Dangers in Demolition

Though the inherent dangers of asbestos are largely known today and are directly linked to the rare and often fatal form of cancer, mesothelioma, asbestos may still be prevalent in a wide variety of common materials including but not limited to the following:

Sheetrock
Vinyl floor tiles, adhesives and ceiling tiles
Fireproofing
Caulk
Gaskets
Brake pads and other car parts
And more!

The dangers of asbestos are real and should be taken seriously, especially whenever you are considering getting involved in a home improvement or demolition project.

Do not take the dangers of asbestos for granted.

“Do not take the dangers of asbestos for granted.”  This warning comes from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) after they admitted to relaxing some of their own rules and regulations for how to handle asbestos safely.

The 1960’s saw a wide and sweeping range of health problems that linked asbestos exposure with developing asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma, and this eventually led the EPA to begin regulating how asbestos should be safely handled.

People today are now more aware that once asbestos is airborne, the fibers can lodge in the lungs, triggering mesothelioma even decades after exposure.

Despite the dangers associated with asbestos exposure and mesothelioma, beginning in 1999, the Environmental Protection Agency considered alternative methods to “augment” the Asbestos National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants, the act that governs asbestos handling during demolition.

The alternative methods considered, including the Fort Worth Method and the Alternative Asbestos Control Method which include leaving some or all of the asbestos-containing material in place and allowing demotion equipment to shred it. The material is wetted during demotion in an attempt to limit the release of fibers and lower the risk of mesothelioma. The lingering question is: “Does it work?”

Making Sure the Message Gets Through

In a potential response to the unasked question above, EPA Inspector General Arthur A. Elkins, Jr. recently stated that such methods such as wetting material during demolition still have the potential to stir up airborne asbestos and should, therefore, not have been considered. EPA’s Office of Research and Development ended the research project in July 2011 but apparently not all contractors have heard the message.

In recent years, video surveillance of demolition sites show government employees and contractors working without the required protective gear, thus putting themselves at an increased risk for mesothelioma as well as other asbestos-related diseases. Perhaps even more alarming is that these workers can spread asbestos dust from their clothes and expose members of the public to these dangerous fibers.

Asbestos Dangers in Buildings Today

In the United States, there are more than 2,000 cases of mesothelioma that are diagnosed each year. Additionally, tens of thousands of older homes and public buildings still contain asbestos. To reduce the risk of mesothelioma, homeowners should hire professional asbestos removal teams to remove asbestos prior to demolition or remodeling.  If you’re not sure whether or not your home contains asbestos, hire a professional to take a closer look.

Disclaimer: The information in this article is for educational and informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read in this article.

Content distributed on behalf of http://www.survivingmesothelioma.com with their express permission. This is the only website where this important book is available for free. It is written by Paul Kraus who was diagnosed with mesothelioma more than a decade ago and is still enjoying life today!

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Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value.
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We talked about the impending EU Demolition Waste Streams directive. "Recycling," he said, "I call it downcycling. They smash bricks, they smash everything. What we need is upcycling where old products are given more value not less." He despairs of the German situation and recalls the supply of a large quantity of reclaimed woodblock from an English supplier for a contract in Nuremberg while just down the road a load of similar blocks was scrapped. In the road outside his premises, was the result of the Germans’ demolition waste recycling. It was a pinky looking aggregate with pieces of handmade brick, old tiles and discernible parts of useful old items mixed with crushed concrete. Is this the future for Europe?

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On the top of my list of career moves would be explosive demolition. I already have an engineering degree, but I wonder how I could get more training in this occupation (aside from military experience).

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