According to the news report, contract employees involved in the renovations were told their work did not involve asbestos and that any pipes that were covered in asbestos would be clearly labeled. Workers cutting pipes apparently caused the dangerous asbestos fibers to become airborne. A dozen workers’ clothes and three work trailers were later found to contain asbestos fibers. At least one company has been fined by state investigators for not properly labeling the pipes.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber that was used extensively for pipe insulation for decades before the use of asbestos was banned for most products. During much of the last century it was regularly added to building products to increase strength, provide corrosion resistance and to provide insulation and fire resistance.
“If materials that contain asbestos are disturbed, asbestos fibers may be released into the air as appears to be the case at the Surrey Nuclear Power Plant,” stated Susan White, Ph.D., CMC, President of Sussex Environmental Health Consultants (SEHC), a leading area asbestos and indoor air quality consulting firm. “If inhaled by a building’s occupants it can increase the risk of lung cancer, mesothelioma and respiratory diseases such as asbestosis. Because of these risks, it is essential that all suspect materials in older commercial, institutional and residential properties be tested before any renovation or demolition work occurs. This not only protects the workers, but also any future building occupants,” she continued.
SEHC recently sponsored a video about the dangers associated with asbestos exposure in people’s homes. It can be seen at:
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SEHC is a certified woman owned business that provides environmental and health and safety consulting services. The company is located in the Mid-Atlantic and services clients nationwide. SEHC provides solutions to clients ranging from homeowners to international Fortune 500 Corporations.