The inhalation of asbestos may result in developing mesothelioma, an aggressive form of cancer. Asbestos may still exist in old facilities, offices, and residences even though it has not been used in the construction of new buildings. You will need to identify if the substance exists and whether it is present in the air. This means following the proper procedures in testing, identifying, and removing the asbestos.
OSHA applied the following standards for medical surveillance with the following guidelines in which the presence of asbestos particles may be in the atmosphere.
- Chest Roentgenograms
- Applying Surveillance Guidelines for Asbestos
In addition, OSHA includes x-rays to identify if those who have been exposed may have been contaminated.
Phase Contrast Microscopy and Transmission Electron Microscopy are methods to determine the type and amount of asbestos fibers in the air. Dust samples are taken from the location and tested in qualified laboratories. Urine is also collected from those who work inside to help determine exposure. A bulk sample analysis is performed which follows both OSHA and EPA regulations. In addition, Polarized Light Microscopy helps to identify the presence of asbestos fibers.
Controlling the Exposure
If asbestos is present, those who work inside must follow the proper protection. Start with identifying the source, isolating it from the rest of the structure, and removing it as quickly as possible.
Workers must be limited in terms of time and exposure inside the building. Personal protective gear must also be worn including the proper respiratory devices and clothing. The US Department of Health and Human Services offers guidance as to the rules and regulations that must be followed.
Why Call Brickley Environmental?
If you suspect that asbestos may be present inside your home, office, or facility call the professionals at Brickley Environmental. They have the knowledge, experience, and equipment to properly test, identify, and remove asbestos safely. They also follow all rules and regulations that are set by OSHA to ensure accuracy and safety in the identification and removal of asbestos.