ASBESTOS REMOVAL CONTRACTOR
Abatement contractors are trained to assess and remove asbestos-containing materials based on official government regulations
October 7, 2010 – Despite a partial ban on certain asbestos-containing construction materials today, toxic asbestos-based products are still embedded in most public buildings and homes built before 1980. That alone is not cause for alarm unless the materials are in poor condition, in which case it might be time to consider interviewing an asbestos removal contractor for their opinion.
A licensed asbestos removal contractor is empowered by law to perform any projects involving asbestos abatement. Asbestos removal contractors are equipped to test materials for asbestos content, evaluate the condition of the material and determine the need for any corrective action.
Contractors are versed in government regulations
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulate asbestos abatement companies and enforce the laws governing the handling of this extremely toxic material. Asbestos removal contractors are trained to perform asbestos abatement safely and effectively, and according to EPA and OSHA guidelines.
According to the EPA, removing asbestos from one’s home should be a homeowner’s last resort. That’s because the very act of asbestos removal poses the greatest dangers for toxic exposure and the development of fatal diseases, such as asbestosis and mesothelioma.
When asbestos-containing materials are damaged or disturbed by repair, remodeling or demolition activities, microscopic asbestos fibers become airborne and can be inhaled into the lungs, where they can cause significant health problems.
Tips on hiring asbestos removal contractors
A licensed asbestos removal contractor will provide an estimate on asbestos removal costs. To help keep expenses to a minimum, it is advisable to hire two different asbestos contractors; one to conduct the inspections and another to perform the actual asbestos removal. If the same contractor does both the inspection and the removal, there could be a conflict of interest.
The EPA advises a diverse approach when retaining asbestos removal contractors for a project. Ask one contractor to do the inspection before the work is started and then once again, after the work is completed. When the work is completed, ask your asbestos removal contractor to provide you with a written statement specifying that all required procedures were followed in accordance with EPA and OSHA regulations.
Legal options for asbestos-injured patients
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or asbestosis and seek legal support or free guidance on your eligibility to receive compensation for lost wages, medical bills and suffering, contact Weitz & Luxenberg today through the communication form presented here.