A professional building inspection for asbestos-based materials is required
under law before renovation or demolition work can proceed
September 27, 2010 – An asbestos survey is a comprehensive examination of a
public or residential building to identify the presence and location of asbestos containing materials
before construction workers can move in and proceed with remodeling.
The specific goal of any asbestos survey is to locate toxic construction products (i.e., asbestos
tile or asbestos-based
wallboard) so that they can be removed safely by a licensed asbestos abatement
contractor before tradesmen begin their jobs.
An asbestos survey is required before major changes are made to a building,
especially if the structure was built in an era when asbestos was in abundant
use; that is, before 1986.
That year, Congress enacted the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act
(AHERA) to protect workers in all trades from occupational asbestos exposure. Asbestos kills
10,000 individuals in the United States and 90,000 people worldwide annually,
according to the Centers for Disease Control.
The U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its U.S. regional offices
enforce AHERA regulations.
Asbestos surveys are usually required before a renovation or demolition
permit will be issued. If asbestos is identified, licensed asbestos abatement
contractors must be hired to remove the toxic material before workers can
Weitz & Luxenberg will represent your best interests
Weitz & Luxenberg’s Asbestos Litigation Unit is a national legal force,
long recognized for obtaining record-setting multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of
workers injured by occupational asbestos exposure.
Specializing in asbestos litigation since the 1980s, Weitz & Luxenberg
has grown its practice to include a pharmaceutical division that handles
approximately 20 different drug and medical device litigations, and a nationally
focused environmental unit that represents communities and individuals harmed by
polluted drinking water and toxic emissions from landfills.
If you ever worked professionally with asbestos-based products, and have been
diagnosed with an asbestos disease such as mesothelioma or asbestosis, you may
be eligible for financial compensation. For a free review of your case, please
use the communication form on this page and a representative from our firm will
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