Providing Asbestos Testing in the Boston Metropolitan Area
Asbestos testing consists of taking samples from a building in accordance with federal, state, and local authority and performing bulk sample testing by an accredited laboratory. We provide certified asbestos inspectors, project monitors, management planners, and project designers to help you eliminate this substance and keep you and your loved ones safe from developing serious illnesses.
Why Is Asbestos a Hazard?
Asbestos Do's And Don'ts For Homeowners
- Do keep activities to a minimum in areas with damaged material containing asbestos.
- Do take every precaution to avoid damaging asbestos material.
- Do have the removal and major repair done by qualified and trained people handling asbestos. It is highly recommended that asbestos professionals do sampling and minor repairs.
- Don't dust, sweep, or vacuum debris that may contain asbestos.
- Don't saw, sand, scrape, or drill holes in asbestos materials.
- Don't use abrasive pads or brushes on power strippers to strip wax from asbestos flooring.
- Don’t use a power stripper on a dry floor.
- Don't sand or try to level asbestos flooring or its backing. If possible, when asbestos flooring needs replacing, install the new floor covering over it.
- Don't track material that could contain asbestos through the house. If you cannot avoid walking through the area, have it cleaned with a wet mop. Call an asbestos professional if the material is from a damaged area or a large area that must be cleaned.
Asbestos Inspection and Hazard Assessment
Project Design and Specifications
- Prioritization of Material for Abatement
- Abatement Specifications
- Project Drawings
- Bid Documents
- Project Phasing and Scheduling
Project Monitoring and Sampling
FAQs About Asbestos
Q: What Is Asbestos?
Q: Why Is Asbestos a Hazard?
Asbestosis is a lung disease first found in naval shipyard workers. Once asbestos fibers are inhaled, they may become trapped in the lung tissue. The body tries to dissolve the fibers by producing an acid. This acid, due to the chemical resistance of the fiber, does little to damage the fiber but may scar thesurrounding tissue. Eventually, this scarring may become so severe that the lungs cannot function. The latency period (meaning the time it takes for the disease to develop) is often 25-40 years.
Mesothelioma is a cancer of the pleura (lung and chest cavity’s outer lining) or the peritoneum (abdominal wall lining). This form of cancer is peculiar because the only known cause is asbestos exposure. The latency period for mesothelioma is often 15-30 years.
Lung cancer is caused by asbestos. The effects are often significantly increased by cigarette smoking by about 50%. Asbestos can also cause cancer of the gastrointestinal tract. The latency period for cancer is often 15-30 years.
Q: When Is Asbestos a Hazard?
Q: How Are Asbestos-Containing Materials Maintained?
Q: When Is It Necessary To Remove Asbestos-Containing Materials?
Q: When Is It Required To Have a Building Inspection or Survey?
Q: How Is Asbestos Removed?
Upon approval from the DL, workers construct containment, blocking all possible entry and exit points to prevent air from escaping. Containments are maintained under negative pressure, and the air is exhausted through special filters that ensure that the air exhausted is safe. A decontamination unit is built onto the containment, where workers wear disposable suits and respirators and shower before exiting to avoid contaminating the area around the containment by tracking asbestos on their clothes or bodies.
Once the DL approves the containment, the contractor wets down the material, which helps reduce the airborne fiber count. The material is wetted and scraped from the surfaces and collected in specially labeled disposal bags. Once a bag is filled, it is well-sealed, cleaned off, and placed into a sealed second bag. The bags are placed in a load-out chamber to await transfer to a specially lined waste trailer. When all the visible material is removed and bagged, the bags are loaded into the waste trailer, and the DL performs another inspection. (In progress inspections are performed throughout the removal project.) When the DL Inspector is satisfied with the cleanliness of the containment, the contractor sprays the entire area with a 'lock-down,' which seals any remaining fibers, those that are not visible, to the poly. The confinement is removed after the clearance monitoring is completed and the air counts are under acceptable limits. The remaining poly is bagged and disposed of as hazardous waste. Other abatement approaches, such as removing pipe insulation using a glove bag or mini-containment, are done according to the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development's Abatement of Friable Materials guidelines.