Asbestos was widely used in many different types of building materials prior to 1980 – including ceiling tiles, insulation, flooring, cements, and more. Before starting any repairs or improvements on a building constructed before 1980, you should first test for the presence of asbestos. If you fail to do this, you may be putting yourself and others at risk of inhaling airborne asbestos fibers during the renovation.
Be sure to hire a certified asbestos consultant to test for asbestos. Asbestos consultants are equipped to make recommendations for the safe containment or removal of asbestos-containing materials, and can also monitor the success of an asbestos removal contractor.
Asbestos removal contractors will first determine whether a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) license is required for the job. This license is typically necessary when there is a high probability that asbestos fibers will be released during the renovation. Once the contractor has evaluated what is required for removal, they will perform the work and safely dispose of the hazardous material.
Asbestos removal regulations vary state-by-state. Your asbestos consultant should make sure your hired professional is fully in compliance with all state laws and regulations governing asbestos handling, removal, and disposal.
If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure, please contact The Law Office of Brown | Kiely, LLP today or call (410) 625-9330 to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our experienced Baltimore asbestos lawyers. We represent victims of asbestos exposure in Maryland, Washington D.C., and surrounding areas.