Asbestos is the name given to a variety of naturally occurring minerals that are resistant to heat and corrosive chemicals. Asbestos is most commonly used in a variety of building construction materials for insulation and fireproofing.
Asbestos is a problem because, as a toxic substance and a known carcinogen, it can cause several serious diseases in humans. Symptoms of these diseases typically develop over a period of years following asbestos exposure.
Asbestos-containing materials (ACM) in buildings do not always pose a problem to occupants and workers in those buildings. Intact, undisturbed ACM generally do not pose a health risk. They may become hazardous and pose increased risk when they are damaged, are disturbed in some manner, or deteriorate over time causing asbestos fibers to be released into the air and inhaled into the lungs.
It is estimated that over a million employees are exposed to asbestos on the job. Heaviest exposures occur in the construction industry, particularly during the removal of asbestos during renovation or demolition.
To avoid significant liability risks, property owners should have an inspection performed to determine the presence or absence of ACM prior to renovation or demolition. Our staff includes licensed asbestos inspectors, planners, and designers that have extensive experience in providing asbestos management services for schools, health care facilities, and property management companies.
Micro Air, Inc.'s asbestos management services include: