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Asbestos is a natural mineral fiber that occurs in rock and soil. Asbestos-Containing Materials (ACM) are hazardous materials that can be harmful to humans when exposed through inhalation. 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 e.g. roofing materials, ceiling materials (popcorn) and tiles, wall systems (drywall, joint compound, and wall texture), flooring materials (sheet flooring, floor tiles, mastics), paper products, asbestos cement products), friction products (automobile clutch, brake and transmission parts), heat-resistant fabrics, packaging, gaskets, and coatings.

 
 
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.  Exposure to asbestos increases your risk of developing lung disease and lung cancer.

 

Asbestos may be found in:

  • Attic and wall insulation produced
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Acoustical ceiling spray (popcorn)
  • Vinyl floor tiles, linoleum, and mastic/adhesives
  • Roofing and siding shingles
  • Wall systems (drywall, joint compound, wall texture) 
  • Hot water and steam pipes coated with asbestos material
  • Oil and coal furnaces and door gaskets with asbestos insulation
  • Heat-resistant fabrics
  • Automobile clutches and brakes


prior to the commencement of a demolition or renovation (remodel) operation, the owner or operator of the demolition or renovation activity must thoroughly inspect the affected facility or part of the facility (regardless of the date of construction) where the demolition or renovation operation will occur, for the presence of asbestos. This inspection must be conducted by a qualified AHERA building inspector licensed by Nevada OSHA

 

WHAT TO DO

Infinity Environmental Services, LLC can provide the inspection/survey required.  This includes visual assessment of materials, including their condition.  Bulk material samples are collected and analyzed using ASTM standard practices for asbestos.  Upon completion of the inspection/survey, the materials are evaluated and appropriate recommendations are made within a written report.

Infinity Environmental Services can oversee the abatement of asbestos-containing materials and ensure that it is conducted per design specifications and in compliance with regulatory standards.

At the conclusion of an asbestos abatement project, Infinity can provide a third party clearance assessment.  (The clearance assessment includes a visual inspection and air clearance testing.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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