Whether it is residential or commercial construction, renovation or demolition, exposure to dangerous asbestos-containing materials (ACM) is possible. The EPA and OSHA strictly regulate the handling and disposal of this highly hazardous material which is known to cause asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer. Employers must protect their workers, and workers must protect homeowners and the general public, by establishing controlled removal environments wherever there is potential for asbestos exposure. Containment areas are constructed with poly sheeting and duct tape, while strategically placed negative air machines with HEPA filtration and secure ducting inside the containment area remove harmful airborne asbestos fibers from the air. The appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) necessary for handling and removing ACMs include disposable coveralls, booties, gloves, goggles and fit-tested respirators equipped with P100 filters. Additional products used in the remediation of ACM include glove bags, labeled disposal bags, wetting agents and encapsulants. Since asbestos fibers are too small to be seen by the naked eye, air sampling is conducted using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) after abatement, but before containment is removed, to confirm the air is free of these harmful contaminants.   


According to the CDC, lead-based paints were not banned for residential use until 1978. This means that, for homes built before 1978, there is a good chance that lead based paint may be present.  The real danger from lead paints comes during construction renovations or when it starts to deteriorate with age and fall off the surface. Lead exposure can lead to lead poisoning which can result in anemia, epilepsy, coma and even death. Exposure to lead can negatively impact a child’s health and development of the brain and nervous system, slows growth and development and is the cause for learning, behavior, hearing and speech problems.  Popular locations within a home where lead paint chips and dust will gather is on window and door trim, floors, stairways and cabinets.  Projects that have significant lead-based paint hazards need the proper abatement equipment to remediate quickly, safely and effectively! Our lead abatement equipment includes lead detection test swabs, poly sheeting for containment areas, negative air machines, HEPA vacuums, and lead barrier coatings.  

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