It is no surprise that asbestos has been found in older schools across the United States. Asbestos fibers were used in all types of construction materials as late as the 90s. A lot of schools were built before the time and have received remodels over time. Unfortunately, remodels do not usually remove asbestos-containing materials from properties. If asbestos is inside schools, how are students and teachers not being exposed?
Luckily, there are laws in place to protect teachers and students from asbestos exposure. Plans are in place to have asbestos removed from schools at certain times, and checklists are regularly completed to see if asbestos removal is needed immediately.
While all asbestos-containing materials are dangerous, friable asbestos is the most dangerous. Friable asbestos has begun to break down or have become damaged from wear and tear. Friable asbestos can easily cause asbestos exposure.
Non-friable asbestos is asbestos-containing materials that are not an immediate danger. The materials are still in good shape and not likely to break down.
Safe Asbestos Removal
Asbestos removal in schools takes a while. If friable asbestos is present, the areas may need to be sealed off until it can be removed. Asbestos is removed from schools when teachers and students are on holiday breaks or during the Summer. Asbestos removal is very time consuming and dangerous. While asbestos is being removed from schools, no one is allowed on the property except the certified asbestos abatement specialists.
Asbestos removal requires special licensing and certifications for safe removal and disposal. It is illegal for anyone not certified to remove asbestos from a school or any property. Laws and regulations are put in place to protect everyone from asbestos exposure. Asbestos exposure can cause certain types of cancer, such as mesothelioma, respiratory problems, and some times death.