Demolition and Asbestos - Alliance
June 5, 2014

Demolition and Asbestos

Written by Alliance Environmental

When a demolition is going to take place, there needs to be specific preparations that need to take place. For example, performing asbestos abatement, removing hazardous materials, obtaining permits and developing safety and work plans. However, when these precautions are not taken into consideration, debris can become a significant danger especially if there might have been asbestos before the demolition. Recently in Oregon, The Department of Environmental Quality took action against a building contractor for not checking for asbestos in a home before demolishing took place. It is a scary thought to know that debris can could be anywhere and individuals can be exposed to this debris that can become dangerous. Asbestos fibers are a known human carcinogen. When fibers enter the body lung cancer and mesothelioma can develop. There are four steps that create a successful demolition and renovation project to prevent asbestos fibers from being exposed in the air.

1. Inspection- Inspect the facility where the demolition or renovation will take place and inspect if there is any presence of asbestos.

2.Notification-Notifying those who are working on the projects and notify those who are working in the workplace if asbestos is present.

3.Removal-Use safe work practices to ensure materials in the demolition or renovation project are not dispersed in the environment and are sealed tight in proper containers.

4.Disposal- Waste and materials need to be properly managed and disposed of.

Most importantly, is to inspect the area that will go through demolition or a renovation. Prevention is key and the health of employees and the environment are important. If you have any questions regarding demolition, Alliance Environmental is a licensed California-based demolition contractor capable of handling most structural demolition projects, from taking apart all or part of a particular structure to clear the space it is built on, to renovating the demolished part of the structure. Our highly-qualified demolition team has several certifications from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and are well-versed in LEED requirements and regulations.

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