Working in an older building can present many safety hazards, but one of the most common and most dangerous is the presence of asbestos. Having been such a common material, asbestos is a widespread problem with well-established safety standards. Here are the basics of working on a job site where asbestos is present.
Where is Asbestos
Asbestos was used as a manufacturing material all the way up to 1981. It was commonly used in insulation, roofing and siding shingles, vinyl floor tiles, ceiling tiles, pipe wrapping, and plasters and cement.
What’s the Danger
If fibers released into the air during construction are inhaled, they can become trapped in your lungs and cause serious health issues. The fibers can also be ingested and get stuck in the digestive tract. Cancer is a serious concern from exposure to asbestos and symptoms can take years to show up.
Working Near Asbestos
The first step is to assess the workplace for any signs of asbestos. An assessment must determine the presence of asbestos as well as the likelihood of asbestos fibers being dispersed during construction. There is a permissible exposure limit for asbestos as outlined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of “0.1 fiber per cubic centimeter of air as an eight-hour time-weighted average.” Respiratory protection is a vital piece of protection when working with or near asbestos. A decontamination area is mandatory to keep all dangerous fibers contained in the work site.
Prioritizing Safety with G & M Services
G & M Services is proud of our employees and the dedication they have for safety in the workplace. Our employees are also rewarded for positive safety practices. We incorporate weekly and monthly discussions and meetings to ensure that all involved are aware of how to handle equipment and potential situations that could occur during a project.
G & M Services offers services in the way of concrete drilling and sawing, concrete scanning, and FireStop. To get started with G & M Services, call us today at 410-787-8828 or visit our contact page.