Asbestos was used in construction on a global scale but over the past decades, has since been banned by most countries. Due to its widespread and multipurpose use it can be found in a wide range of buildings. Specialty areas of asbestos removal include schools, churches, hospitals, and historical buildings.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a material that was widely used as an effective insulator in buildings before its use was regulated. Asbestos is made from six naturally occurring minerals that are made up of heat-resistant fibers. Before the dangers of asbestos were known, it was used in thousands of U.S. consumer products, from cloth and paper to cement and plastic.
Asbestos exposure is highly toxic. Asbestos dust and fibers can become permanently trapped in the body if they are inhaled or ingested, ultimately causing lung disease and cancer and other cancers, including a rare, aggressive cancer called mesothelioma.
The importance of removing asbestos
Asbestos can pose a serious risk to human health, especially if and when it becomes disturbed and is released into the atmosphere. This risk is considerable when asbestos is present in publicly used buildings as the number of people exposed to asbestos is significantly higher. Asbestos can cause health issues such as:
- Lung cancer
- Reduced immune function
Removing asbestos is an important step in ensuring public safety and must be performed correctly per strict procedural guidelines. Effective asbestos removal in Los Angeles schools, churches, and courthouses that prioritizes safety and minimal exposure is of the utmost importance and is what we consider to be our standard.
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Asbestos removal in schools
Schools built throughout the 1900s often have immense amounts of asbestos within the structure. As these buildings age and renovations are required, asbestos is liable to become exposed and potentially become airborne. School districts are required under the asbestos-containing materials in schools rule, to have inspections performed and plans created for the management and abatement of asbestos. Materials used in schools where asbestos can be found include:
- Vinyl flooring
- Ceiling tiles and textured paint ceilings
- Insulation around pipes
- Insulation around boilers
- Cement sheets
- Ducts used for heating and air conditioning systems
It is required by law that asbestos in school buildings is removed by certified professionals.
Churches require surveys to discover asbestos used in any building materials. As the industrial scale development and use of asbestos took off in the mid-nineteenth century, most churches in the US are likely to have asbestos in varying levels and in varying conditions throughout their construction.
Depending on the condition of the asbestos they will either have to manage it or have it professionally removed. Quality Environmental specializes in removing asbestos from church buildings so that renovations and updates can be made to the building while the air quality and public safety are maintained.
Asbestos removal in historial buildings
Historical buildings in California typically date back to the beginnings of the industrial use of asbestos in construction.
As these buildings age and require repair, asbestos abatement is often a necessary part of keeping these buildings safe for public use. Many of these buildings are open to visits by tourists or are remodeled for commercial use.
These structures require an abatement process that meets the standards required for heritage buildings, while removing any asbestos present in the structure.
Our team can properly assess the presence of asbestos in historical buildings and act to perform the abatement with only the necessary alteration to the historical site to facilitate safe removal and disposal.
Many hospitals in the state of California were built decades in the past, with some established over a hundred years ago. These buildings continually need updating and renovations to keep them in line with health and safety standards.
Quality Environmental, Inc. has the experience and technical know-how to keep these buildings safe for renovation through the proper assessment and abatement of asbestos-containing materials that were heavily used during the initial construction of many of these older buildings. Asbestos abatement is particularly necessary when a hospital building is scheduled for demolition.
Asbestos removal in courthouses
Courthouses have a history of construction with asbestos containing materials. As these buildings age they continually require repair, renovation, or in some cases, demolition.
Prior to these activities, an asbestos survey is always necessary for the proper abatement of any asbestos containing materials. As these are large, public buildings, the standard abatement of asbestos is of great significance in maintaining not only the safety of workers, but the general public, especially due to the proximity of these buildings to densely populated areas.
Quality Environmental, Inc. performs asbestos abatement properly, following all regulations and specifications for specialty buildings such as courthouses.
Regulations for asbestos abatement
The abatement of asbestos is regulated by laws that delineate the proper assessment, handling, management and removal of asbestos. When removing asbestos from specialty areas and buildings larger than 100 sq. ft., it is required that the abatement is performed by certified contractors that are registered with the Asbestos Contractor’s Registration Organization.
There are four classes of operations that are outlined by California law for the management or removal of asbestos. The guidelines represented in each class cover the various situations for asbestos abatement and include the safety protocols for the handling and disposal of asbestos materials.
Classes of operations for asbestos abatement
- Class 1 operations detail the correct removal of asbestos from thermal systems such as furnaces and ducts.
- Class 2 operations delineate the protocols for the safe removal and disposal of asbestos containing construction materials. These materials include roofing materials, insulation, and flooring.
- Class 3 operations involve repair work and utilize the same guidelines as class 1 and class2 operations.
- Class 4 operations involve the management of asbestos containing materials that are in good condition. The safe handling and personal safety gear that is required for workers that are operating within the vicinity of the asbestos containing material is also delineated.
Asbestos Removal Costs
Asbestos removal costs in Los Angeles from a certified and licensed removal company, using proper safety equipment depends on a number of factors:
- Materials provided to protect the area from additional exposure during removal. The materials used to safeguard from further exposure are an important part of the removal process and contribute to the overall cost.
- The size of the contaminated area. How large the contaminated space is factors heavily into the cost.
- Disposal fees. To safely and ethically dispose of asbestos, there is a fee to be paid. This fee depends on the amount of asbestos being disposed of.
Why choose Quality Environmental
Quality Environmental, Inc. is committed to providing the highest standards of customer service. We are committed to going above and beyond when performing our services of the abatement of hazardous materials.
We meet all the California requirements with the standard certifications necessary for the safe removal of asbestos containing materials.
Quality Environmental, Inc. has as our highest priority the safety of workers and the public throughout our asbestos abatement operations.
Contact us for more information on our certifications and experience in asbestos removal in historical buildings, schools, and commercial buildings. We are always happy to share information about our industry know-how, our technology, and our history of approval from our many customers.