Sunday, August 6, 2017

Discovery of Asbestos can Halt Progress on Renovations of Buildings

Renovations at the Sydney Opera House were halted following the discovery of asbestos.
Renovations at the world-famous Sydney Opera House recently ground to a halt following the discovery of asbestos. In the midst of $200 million renovations, workers pulled off the site of the iconic building, known for its architecture, due to safety concerns. Like many buildings constructed during the 20th century, the complex of the Sydney Opera House contains asbestos, a potentially toxic building material that can cause forms of cancer, respiratory ailments and other health problems. Asbestos can put the health of workers in danger if they inhale or ingest microscopic asbestos fibers. Asbestos in buildings across South Florida can endanger the health of residents and workers. Before undergoing remodeling projects or renovations, older buildings in places like Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, Miami and West Palm Beach should get tested for asbestos. Companies that provide asbestos abatement fort lauderdale services can help property owners and general contractors ensure a safe working environment for workers on site.

Before demolishing or renovating buildings in places like Miami, Kendall, Miami Beach, Doral, Aventura, Hialeah, Miami Springs, Coral Gables or other locations across the city, builders and contractors may want to hire asbestos testing companies to determine if the structures contain asbestos. Licensed asbestos removal miami businesses will typically follow protocols to safely and responsibly eliminate the asbestos. Professional and state-licensed asbestos abatement generally will abide by industry protocols to avoid cross-contamination and to safely dispose of the asbestos.

Following the discovery of asbestos, employers have the responsibility to take steps to protect the health and safety of workers, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA may require employers to provide personal exposure monitoring and to train workers in hazard awareness. Employers should also provide workers with personal protective equipment and protective clothing to minimize workers’ exposure to asbestos, as there is no safe level of asbestos exposure.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Numerous Industries Associated with Asbestos Exposure

People who work in some industries have developed diseases like asbestosis at far higher rates than the general population.
Many people who set out to make an honest living have fallen victim to hazards of their chosen professions. Many skilled tradesmen and workers have become ill or died because of their exposure to potentially-dangerous materials on the job. In some cases, these hazardous materials impact the health of the workers’ family members. When it comes to exposure to asbestos, a toxic and potentially-deadly building material, certain careers and industries carry highly-elevated risks. People who work as miners, textile workers, pipe-fitters, boiler-makers, electricians and plumbers often face increased risks of asbestos exposure. Men and women who work in these fields may experience higher rates of asbestosis, mesothelioma and other associated diseases, and their families may also develop diseases due to second-hand exposure to asbestos. Along with occupational dangers, asbestos can affect people in their workplaces, in their homes and in the environment. People who live in places such as Doral, Aventura, Hialeah, Miami Beach, Coral Gables, Kendall and Opa-Locka can use the services of asbestos testing miami firms to identify asbestos on properties and protect themselves from this hazardous substance.

People who work in jobs with a high risk of asbestos exposure may inadvertently contaminate their homes, parks and other locations with asbestos. Whether due to asbestos brought home from work or asbestos left over from construction of their homes, people in Broward County can get relief from asbestos-related harms by hiring professional and licensed asbestos remediation companies. Businesses that perform asbestos abatement fort lauderdale work can eliminate the substance from houses, condominiums, hotels, townhouses, restaurants, police stations, medical facilities, schools, clubhouses and other structures in places like Miramar, Hollywood, Plantation, Fort Lauderdale, Sunrise, Pompano Beach, Coral Springs, Davie and Dania Beach.

Do your due diligence before hiring a firm to remove asbestos from your home or workplace. Make sure the company holds a current license and insurance policies.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Asbestos Debris a Concern in the Remains of Fire-Destroyed Buildings

The debris of fire-damaged structures could contain asbestos, a carcinogenic substance.
Older buildings damaged or destroyed by fires may leave behind asbestos in their charred remains. Such debris can cause serious harm to people who inhale it or ingest it. Once commonly used as a building material in buildings across South Florida and across the nation, asbestos has become known as one of the more carcinogenic substances out there. Companies have largely stopped using it altogether, although traces of the substance remain in many structures built prior to the 1980s. People exposed to asbestos often experience breathing difficulties, although they may not develop cancers until years, or even decades, later. Many homeowners, property owners and property managers have proactively tried to eliminate this hazardous substance before it can cause harm. In South Florida, people can enlist asbestos abatement fort lauderdale firms to test for, and get rid of, asbestos in buildings and in outdoor spaces.

Public safety professional and health experts say that people should avoid the areas around burned-down buildings, if at all possible, and use caution to avoid contact with the debris from these buildings. Buildings and homes damaged by fires could put people’s health in jeopardy, not only from airborne contaminants like asbestos and dust, but also from the structures themselves. Fire-damaged buildings could suddenly collapse, imperiling anyone in the vicinity. Debris or dust from these buildings could contain asbestos, and people could unknowingly carry microscopic asbestos fibers into their homes or workplaces if they walk in the vicinity of asbestos-containing buildings.

In Miami area locations like North Miami Beach, Doral, South Beach, Cutler Bay and Hialeah, residents can take measures to protect themselves and their families from the potential danger of asbestos in their homes. They can hire asbestos removal miami companies to determine the extent of asbestos in houses, condos and other structures and eliminate the substance before it causes diseases like mesothelioma and asbestosis.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Older Buildings Should Get Tested for Asbestos Prior to Demolition

Hire professional asbestos removal firms for jobs in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and other cities.
Because of the dangers associated with asbestos, municipalities generally require that people have buildings tested for asbestos prior to demolition. Asbestos in buildings can endanger people’s health during demolitions and renovations, as well as contaminate the surrounding ground, water and air. In many cases, building departments have halted work on job sites because of the failure of contractors to get asbestos testing. Developers and general contractors in South Florida can hire asbestos removal miami businesses for testing of buildings, houses and job sites in Miami, Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, Hialeah, Homestead, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and other area locations.

Asbestos used in the construction of buildings and structures across South Florida in past decades can pose serious health risks to people who inadvertently inhale or ingest the substance. While modern buildings typically do not contain asbestos, for many decades, builders used the substance because of its positive attributes, including resistance to fire. When asbestos breaks down, which can occur during demolitions and renovations, its microscopic fibers can become airborne, putting people at risk of a number of diseases and health conditions. Companies that perform asbestos abatement hollywood fl work can safely secure and eliminate asbestos from buildings before they undergo demolition or renovations, making these projects safer for the people who perform the work and safer for surrounding properties.

Builders and entrepreneurs should have properties like condominiums, hotels, apartment buildings, factories, warehouses, schools, strip malls and restaurants tested for the presence of asbestos before commencing renovations and demolitions of these structures to avoid costly fines and building delays and to ensure safe working conditions for workers on site. Structures built prior to the 1980s likely contain asbestos, as builders commonly used the material in new construction before the ‘80s. Failure to test for asbestos or properly dispose of it can lead to steep fines.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Lead a Health Danger in Schools Across the Country

Many schools across the country have tested positive for high lead levels.
Reports about elevated lead levels at schools across the country have alarmed public health advocates, teachers, school administrators and parents. Young children face increased risks of developing serious health problems due to exposure to lead from lead water pipes, lead paint and other sources. Routine tests of the water in water fountains in a handful of schools have revealed elevated lead levels. Since the water crisis in Flint, Mich., many people have paid more attention to lead poisoning and lead exposure. Although lead water pipes do not necessarily represent a danger to South Florida residents, they could endanger the health of people in other parts of the country. People in South Florida places like West Palm Beach, Miami, Boca Raton, Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale who suspect that they have lead poisoning can contact top lead remediation south florida businesses across the area to address this potential health hazard.

Companies that offer lead abatement services for public buildings in Miami like schools, libraries and courthouses can help to alleviate concerns about lead levels in such facilities. Administrators and other public officials can ensure the safety of students, employees and the general public by hiring licensed lead removal miami companies to treat the pipes and prevent lead from leaching into the water. In the case of lead-based paints, these companies professionally and safely remove the paint from affected surfaces.

Lead can cause severe health problems for people of all ages. Many health professionals consider any level of lead exposure harmful. Young children can experience developmental delays and permanent
damage to their digestive systems, nervous systems and muscular-skeletal systems. Many children exposed to lead also have behavioral problems. Adults exposed to lead may have a wide range of systems, including constipation, headaches, depression, forgetfulness, nausea, infertility, memory loss, fatigue, abdominal pain and irritability.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Companies Should Account for Asbestos Before Demolishing Structures

Many older buildings contain asbestos, which can
contaminate surrounding areas during demolition.
In the name of promoting development and progress, numerous communities and municipalities encourage people and companies to renovate and develop properties and parcels of land that have fallen into disrepair. Vacant and foreclosed properties represent missed opportunities for cities to increase their tax bases as well as blights that may scare away potential investors and residents. In many cases, builders will want to “demo” existing buildings and build anew from the ground up. However, demolishing older structures, particularly ones built prior to the 1980s, may lead to asbestos contamination, as many buildings and homes constructed before 1980 likely contain asbestos. Builders across South Florida can hire asbestos remediation firms to eliminate asbestos from buildings in Hollywood, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Miami, Fort Lauderdale and other locations. Businesses that perform asbestos abatement miami work can ensure that asbestos does not get spread during the demolition process.

Asbestos can cause serious harm to people’s health, especially if exposed to asbestos fibers over an extended duration. Researchers and health experts have indisputably linked asbestos exposure to the development of cancer, particularly mesothelioma. Other diseases linked to asbestos exposure include asbestosis and lung cancer. Even short-term exposure to asbestos can cause breathing complications, coughing and shortness of breath.

A number of cities and municipalities have developed guidelines and regulations that require developers and general contractors to address potential asbestos within structures and in the ground prior to tearing down old structures and constructing new buildings. Broward County, for instance, requires builders to comply with federal standards and complete pertinent forms. Developers in the area can turn to asbestos removal fort lauderdale companies for help in eliminating asbestos from structures and the ground and complying with local rules and laws. Such firms help builders protect the health of their employees, the safety of surrounding communities and the health of future occupants.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Future of Asbestos Uncertain Under New Administration

Exposure to asbestos has been linked to numerous diseases.
Despite its widely accepted status as a deadly carcinogen and being outright banned by dozens of countries, asbestos remains legal in the United States, and this status may not change under the Trump Administration. President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, refused to commit to banning the substance during confirmation hearings.

Asbestos, once regularly used in the construction of houses, office buildings and other structures across the United States, including here in South Florida, can cause a number of diseases in people exposed to the substance. Health experts estimate that thousands of people die from asbestos-related diseases each year. The dangers associated with asbestos exposure have prompted many homeowners, businesses and government entities to hire environmental remediation companies to remove the material from buildings and structures throughout Southern Florida. People in places like Hollywood, Miami Beach, Miami, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton can hire licensed asbestos removal south florida companies to test for the presence of asbestos, and eliminate it.

Regardless of what political appointees may say about asbestos, medical professionals and health experts have long recognized the substance’s dangers. Exposure to asbestos, particularly long-term exposure, can cause cancers of the stomach and lungs, including a form of cancer only caused by asbestos called mesothelioma. Other health conditions tied to asbestos exposure include asbestosis, shortness of breath, lung cancer and other respiratory ailments. Firms that offer asbestos abatement broward services remove this dangerous building material from hospitals, apartment buildings, schools, courthouses, condominiums and other structures across Broward County.

Although previous presidential administrations took steps to phase out the use of asbestos, it remains to be seen whether the new administration will continue this trend. One would hope that common sense and public pressure will lead to the end of asbestos use in the near future.