Business to Business partnerships are so critical, especially when it comes to safety. Regarding demolition and construction on a contracted property, nothing requires more attention to safety protocols and procedures like asbestos abatement. Ensuring the protection of the people on-site and the environment is always the top priority.
If demolition and asbestos removal is needed before contractors can break ground on a property, ACM experts have the skills and tools to handle asbestos products and materials while ensuring the safety of people and the environment. Keep reading to learn the types of asbestos removal work, how asbestos can affect demolition and construction, and what the ACM team can offer in both areas.
Types of Asbestos Removal Work
Not all asbestos removal companies are the same. A range of services is offered, including specialization in asbestos abatement, demolition, environmental services, and more. Time and money are saved on a contracting job when leading experts are hired and can cover all services, including performing an asbestos inspection. With 20 years of experience in demolition and asbestos abatement, ACM are the experts.
Apart from single-family homes, apartments, multi-family homes, rental units, and commercial buildings require a state-certified asbestos abatement contractor. These are the different asbestos abatement work offered:
This asbestos work involves removing asbestos products and materials used to prevent heat loss or gain, like insulation, surfacing asbestos-containing materials, or those suspected to contain asbestos.
This asbestos work involves the removal of non-thermal asbestos-containing materials like floor tiles, sheeting, wallboards, roofing and siding shingles, and construction mastics.
This asbestos work involves maintaining and repairing any asbestos-containing materials that could be disturbed.
Asbestos abatement specialists should be trained and experienced in several areas, including:
- Pre-asbestos removal procedure
- Area preparation
- Using personal protection gear
- Safety protocols in abatement area
- Correct handling of asbestos materials
- Proper disposal of asbestos material
- Decontamination procedures, including setting up decontamination units
How Asbestos Contamination Affects Construction
When contracted for a building project, whether residential or commercial, maintaining the safety of the environment and on-site workers is the highest priority. One of the keys to renovation or demolition is evaluating and assessing any risks or issues that could arise during construction.
Construction can be full of dangerous materials that can be harmful when released into the environment. To demolish a building or renovate a property without addressing these materials releases environmental pollutants. The most common of these materials include:
- Polychlorinated Biphenyls
- Synthetic Mineral Fiber
- Ozone Depleting Substances
If not handled appropriately, asbestos and other materials can pose a health risk to anyone in the vicinity of the demolition and construction. Asbestos exposure is known to cause mesothelioma, asbestosis, pleural plaque and thickening, and lung cancer when inhaled. Prolonged exposure can increase those risks. ACM specialists can handle demolition with potentially hazardous materials like asbestos.
Asbestos Removal for Safe Demolition and Construction
Once a thorough inspection is conducted with results from tested samples, an ACM specialist will make recommendations for how to move forward with asbestos removal or demolition and construction.
If demolition is involved, our experts will handle the process from top to bottom, including site survey, planning, execution, and cleanup. After the crew is done and the site is safe from contaminants, construction can move forward.
Part of execution involves environmental consultants overseeing the process and providing insight to avoid unexpected issues. Areas of concern regarding environmental impact include air, ground, and water contamination.
All contaminated materials are properly disposed of in an environmentally safe way during the cleanup, and decontamination of all specialists removing asbestos will be performed.
Asbestos removal takes a similar route as demolition. An initial inspection is conducted, then a specialist will offer recommendations. The planning is a collaborative effort between ACM experts, contractors and property owners. Once a course of action is agreed upon, specialists will move in and begin asbestos abatement. Safety is always a top priority, so proper safety gear will always be worn when asbestos materials are being handled.
The contaminated area will be cordoned off from all ventilation, including turning off HVAC units, sealing vents, and sealing the area with plastic sheeting. All asbestos materials will be removed and placed in clearly labeled air-tight containers for disposal. HEPA filter vacuums and wet cleanup tools will be used to clean the area. Air monitoring will be conducted throughout the process to ensure a safe environment.
After the asbestos is removed from the property, our specialists will follow proper decontamination protocols, including containing or disposing of spoiled clothing and washing off.