Asbestos found in damaged ceiling tiles in senior apartment complex

17 Nov 2018 by under News

renovations South Oak Cliff High School 100x100 Asbestos found in damaged ceiling tiles in senior apartment complexInspectors from the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) in California are investigating a senior apartment complex after receiving reports that ceiling material containing cancer-causing asbestos had been disturbed during water damage that had occurred days earlier. Samples were taken and a “contamination survey,” by a certified consultant was conducted, resulting in an order to secure and stabilize all affected areas for abatement.

“Older buildings can contain asbestos in ceiling tiles, ‘popcorn’ ceilings and many other building materials,” SCAQMD Executive Officer Wayne Nastri said. “Our asbestos regulations require strict protective measures to ensure that these asbestos-containing materials do not contaminate the environment during all demolition, remodeling and clean-up activities.”

The use, sale and distribution of asbestos is banned in 60 countries due to its cancer-causing characteristics, but it is still used in the U.S., and can still be found in older structures in construction, shipbuilding and friction materials. And it is still proving deadly.

Microscopic fibers from materials that contain asbestos can go airborne and be swallowed or inhaled. Exposure to asbestos causes diseases like asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs and other internal organs, and can take years to develop. Once diagnosed, the disease is usually aggressive, killing within a year or two. Even now, more than 107,000 people around the world die each year from asbestos-related diseases, according to the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO).

Source: NBC Los Angeles

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