Garden Grove, CA, October 7th, 2013
Last month, The Sacramento Bee published a report that the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal-OSHA) recently cited Sacramento County over an incident that took place last year. In August of 2012, a water leak in the old administrative building caused ceiling tiles that contained asbestos to fall to the floor. According to the report, the building’s air conditioning was left running which could have exposed building occupants to any airborne asbestos fibers.
Cal-OSHA cited the county for failure to properly train employees and for not reporting the incident to the agency. Sacramento County has been fined $2810, but has filed an appeal.
Many buildings and homes constructed up until the 1970s used materials that contained asbestos. Due to its strength, durability and insulating fire resistant properties it was a popular material in numerous building components. Over time, these materials can begin to degrade and present a health hazard. These same materials can also be disturbed, as occurred when water damage caused the ceiling tiles in Sacramento to collapse, potentially allowing asbestos fibers to be released into the air.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection agency (EPA), “Exposure to asbestos increases your risk of developing lung disease.” The agency goes on to report, “In general, the greater the exposure to asbestos, the greater the chance of developing harmful health effects.”
One California company that has been at the forefront of helping to identify asbestos is LA Testing. “Asbestos is still found in many older structures and people need to be aware of its presence to be able to protect building occupants in all types of situations,” reported Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Garden Grove facility. “LA Testing offers convenient and affordable testing services to the general public, contractors, consultants and regulators. Testing can quickly determine the presence of asbestos in all types of building materials and environmental samples.”
LA Testing has sponsored an online video about asbestos dangers in the home that can be seen at:
To learn more about asbestos testing services or other indoor air quality (IAQ) issues, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794.
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