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Residential Asbestos Abatement- Reducing The Risk Of Asbestos Diseases

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July 8, 2008

Residential Asbestos Abatement- Reducing The Risk Of Asbestos Diseases

The Firms and Cost Incurred in Asbestos Abatement Residential asbestos abatement is the process to determine if a material is asbestos containing and to take necessary steps removal of asbestos containing materials from the residential buildings. During residential abatement processes you have to ensure that the material is sampled and analyzed by an analytical laboratory.

Laboratories that are accredited by the National Institute ofScience and Technology (NIST) through the National VoluntaryLaboratory Accreditation Program or which successfullyparticipate in the asbestos bulk-analysis program of theAmerican Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) can only berelied in determining the presence of asbestos.
There are certified asbestos inspectors who collect the bulksamples for determining asbestos content during the residentialasbestos abatement process. These are certified asbestosinspectors and can be hired through a consulting firm. Theseconsulting firms are registered in the yellow pages underasbestos or environmental consultants. You can also look forthem under the head of residential asbestos abatement.

The asbestos inspections are conducted on a random basis, costincurred depends on the amount of material being removed, andwhich method is adapted for the abatement. The residentialasbestos abatement can cost from $500 to $2000.
Precautions required to be taken in Residential AsbestosAbatement Process Any asbestos removal includes the use of engineering controlsto reduce the release of fibers in the environment. This is tomake sure that the residential asbestos abatement process issafe and do not pose any health hazards. Engineering controlsinclude the use of water during removal, filtered ventilationsystems, and plastic barriers for isolating the work area.
Though there are no immediate health symptoms from asbestosexposure, but when getting a residential asbestos abatementprogram done, you should observe that containment constructed ofpolythene sheeting is surrounding the component(s) from whichasbestos is to be removed. In cases where there is a smallquantity of asbestos to be removed, you should use a glove bag.
You are entitled to request for a copy of the contractor’slicense, project/program work plan, the original results beforethe program, air-monitoring results from the analyticallaboratory and a copy of the waste manifest for the disposal ofthe asbestos. The whole procedure of residential asbestosabatement would take a full day or possibly two days forcompletion.

About the Author: Kirsten Hawkins is a asbestos andmesothelioma specialist from Nashville, TN. Visit for information on asbestos reform,mesothelioma lawsuit news, and more.


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