The adverse health effects of asbestos are well known and documented. This was not always the case. Up until the late 1980s, asbestos was commonly used in construction materials, roof shingles, siding material, and cavity insulation; paint and flooring materials all contained asbestos in one form or another. If you own or manage an office or commercial building that was constructed before 1989, it may be prudent to arrange to have an environmental services company visit your site and conduct tests to identify the potential dangers, if any. If problems are found, asbestos abatement in Texas will eliminate the health risk to employees and others.
The first step in the asbestos abatement process is to secure the area. Knowledgeable technicians employed by 1 Priority Environmental Services, LLC seal the air ducts, disable any HVAC systems and install negative air equipment. The objective is to prevent the spread of asbestos fibers through the building during the removal and cleaning process. The technicians will also cover all surfaces, including the walls and ceiling to protect them from any airborne asbestos that may escape during the abatement process. Once the work area has been closed, technicians wearing full abatement suits and air monitoring apparatus will enter the enclosure. The technicians are equipped with the necessary tools that are needed to remove material known to contain asbestos.
Like asbestos abatement, the EPA also regulates lead abatement procedures. Before the commencement of activates, a certified company must give the EPA five days advance notice of their intention. Personnel must wear protective equipment in accordance with regulations. A full-body suit, hood, and shoe coverings will prevent the ingress of airborne contaminant containing lead. Disposable coveralls provide single-use protection. The full protective gear includes single use coveralls, respirators, goggles, and gloves. Prohibited methods of lead abatement include scraping, sanding, sandblasting, or the use of a heat gun or open flame.