Asbestos fibers have been used in a wide variety of building materials, including roofing shingles, ceiling tiles, vinyl flooring, drywall, and popcorn textured ceilings. As is now well known, exposure to airborne asbestos fibers increases your risk of developing lung disease. The greater the exposure to asbestos, the greater the chance of developing harmful health effects. Disease symptoms may take decades to develop following exposure. If you are concerned that your home or workplace may have asbestos-containing building materials (ACBMs), CFL Environmental Solutions can perform complete asbestos testing to identify suspected asbestos-containing building materials (ACBMs), collect samples to be analyzed by an accredited lab, and prepare a detailed report of the findings.
Asbestos testing includes:
Asbestos surveys are required to obtain a demolition permit from local authorities for demolition or extensive remodeling of commercial structures, and they are also typically requested for commercial real estate transactions.
If you need an asbestos survey, CFL will request an opportunity to walk-thru the structure to determine the appropriate number of suspected asbestos-containing building materials (ACBMs) that will need to be collected for lab analysis. Then, based on this information, CFL will provide you with a confirmed quote for the asbestos survey.
CFL conducts asbestos surveys in accordance with AHERA standards. They include:
The report will be emailed to you typically within 3 - 5 business days after onsite sampling is completed.
OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and EPA AHERA (Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act) define asbestos-containing building materials as any building material containing greater than 1% asbestos as determined by a lab analysis method called Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM). However, OSHA regulations concerning specific personnel, training, and procedures would be applicable for all activities associated with asbestos-containing materials, regardless of the concentration of asbestos fibers detected.
Asbestos is the name given to naturally occurring fibrous minerals with unique crystalline structures that separate into fibers. Asbestos fibers have high tensile strength and are resistant to heat and most chemicals. Additionally, asbestos fibers can be woven. Because of these properties, asbestos fibers have been used in a wide range of manufactured goods, including roofing shingles, ceiling tiles, floor tiles, rolled flooring, drywall, siding, insulation, cement products, and textured surfaces.
As asbestos-containing materials deteriorate or when they are disturbed, asbestos fibers are released. When breathing in these microscopic asbestos fibers, the asbestos fibers can get stuck in the lungs and irritate lung tissues. Scientific studies have shown that diseases can be caused by breathing asbestos.
Below are links to additional resources regarding asbestos and its adverse health effects:
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Management of Demolition and Renovation Waste
US Consumer Product Safety Commission