Asbestos. It’s a word that strikes fear into the heart of any school administrator, contractor, or homeowner on home renovation television (cue commercial break). And while asbestos is a serious matter, and most definitely an issue to call in the experts for, the right contractor will perform asbestos abatement and disposal in a way that will cut the drama out.

Nabholz has an experienced team of asbestos abatement workers and supervisors. Our team will design asbestos abatement plans and specifications to ensure that abatement work is competitively priced, meets client needs, and is performed efficiently and in accordance with OSHA & EPA requirements. Nabholz has all the tools, equipment, manpower, and expertise to safely and effectively remove and properly dispose of ACMs in any type of building or facility. Visit our environmental page to see everything our environmental team can do. In the mean time, get to know the basics about asbestos.

The following is from the Environmental Protection Agency’s resource page on asbestos.

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a mineral fiber that occurs in rock and soil.

Where Can I Find Asbestos?

Because of its fiber strength and heat resistance asbestos has been used in a variety of building construction materials for insulation and as a fire retardant. Asbestos has also been used in a wide range of manufactured goods, mostly in building materials (roofing shingles, ceiling and floor tiles, paper products, and asbestos cement products), friction products (automobile clutch, brake, and transmission parts), heat-resistant fabrics, packaging, gaskets, and coatings.

Most uses of asbestos are not banned. A few are banned under existing regulations.

Where asbestos may be found:

  • Attic and wall insulation produced containing vermiculite
  • Vinyl floor tiles and the backing on vinyl sheet flooring and adhesives
  • Roofing and siding shingles
  • Textured paint and patching compounds used on wall and ceilings
  • Walls and floors around wood-burning stoves protected with asbestos paper, millboard, or cement sheets
  • Hot water and steam pipes coated with asbestos material or covered with an asbestos blanket or tape
  • Oil and coal furnaces and door gaskets with asbestos insulation
  • Heat-resistant fabrics
  • Automobile clutches and brakes

How Can People Be Exposed to Asbestos?

Asbestos fibers may be released into the air by the disturbance of asbestos-containing material during product use, demolition work, building or home maintenance, repair, and remodeling. In general, exposure may occur only when the asbestos-containing material is disturbed or damaged in some way to release particles and fibers into the air.

See the full version of the EPA’s page “Learn About Asbestos”

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  • This is such a useful and important post and I’m so glad to see this level of attention and concern being given to such an important issue. In my old work place we actually had to have an abestos awareness training course as we were based in an old building and so there was a risk of abestos. I didn’t even know what abestos was, or about the dangers it poses until then! I read recently that breathing in abestos kills 4500 people a year while at work so I think it’s really important that more people are made aware of this! That’s why posts such as this need to be circulated more! Keep up the great work! (If anyone is actually interested in doing an awareness course – I believe my old work used Safety Services Direct. Here’s the link to their abestos training anyway- hope this helps!)

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