Asbestos Testing and Consulting
Prior to a renovation or demolition of a structure, testing for asbestos is required. At the federal level, both EPA and OSHA require testing building materials prior to the material being disturbed. In the State of Florida, the requirements are further enforced by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Additionally, there are eight counties with established programs that require testing. The counties include Sarasota, Pinellas, Broward, Duvall/City of Jacksonville, Hillsborough, Miami-Dade, Orange, and Palm Beach.
The term asbestos describes six naturally occurring fibrous minerals found in certain types of rock formations. Of that general group, the minerals chrysotile, amosite and crocidolite have been most commonly used in building products.
When mined and processed, asbestos is typically separated into very thin fibers. When these fibers are present in the air, they are normally invisible to the naked eye. Asbestos is mixed in during the manufacture of many different products. If the fibers are released from the asbestos-containing materials, (ACM), they are so small and light that they may remain in the air for many hours. When fibers are released into the air, they may be inhaled by the occupants of the building. VIEW AN ADDITIONAL VIDEO
If inhaled, the fibers can cause diseases which disrupt the normal functioning of the lungs. Three specific diseases — asbestosis (a fibrous scarring of the lungs) , lung cancer, and mesothelioma (a cancer of the lining of the chest or abdominal cavity) — have been linked to asbestos exposure. These diseases do not develop immediately after inhalation of asbestos fibers; it may be twenty years or more before symptoms appear. (EPA 2OT-2003).