Huntington Beach, CA, January 4th, 2019
The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) recently directed that strict containment measures be taken for debris piles at a demolition site on the campus of an East Los Angeles high school. The requirements follow the disturbance of steam pipes that were wrapped with asbestos inside a building that was being demolished on the school’s campus.
Inspectors from SCAQMD had been dispatched to the school after a demolition contractor discovered the asbestos-wrapped steam pipes between the floors and foundation of the building. The agency requires contractors working on the school demolition to follow all procedures under Rule 1466 -- Control of Particulate Emissions from Soils with Toxic Air Contaminants. This rule means that the debris pile at the school containing disturbed asbestos material must be contained, fenced and have signage posted.
Asbestos-wrapped steam pipes are just one of many asbestos-containing materials that can still be found in older schools, buildings and residential properties across California. Other materials where asbestos is still frequently encountered include furnace insulation, shingles, millboard, textured paints and other coating materials, and floor tiles to name just a few of the thousands of materials that were once made with asbestos.
“As stated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), you can't tell whether a material contains asbestos simply by looking at it, unless it happens to be labeled,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “Very few materials are ever labeled so it takes a qualified laboratory that specializes in asbestos analysis to determine if a material or environmental sample has the potentially deadly fibers known to cause mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer. At LA Testing, with multiple locations across California, we are proud to offer comprehensive asbestos analyses, all of the sampling supplies necessary, easy to use test kits and a wide range of personal protective equipment. These services and products protect against exposure risks and help to keep companies that could encounter asbestos-containing materials in regulatory compliance to avoid costly fines and potentially endangering people.”
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