Asbestos & Lead Management

Asbestos was widely used because of its resistance to burning, corrosion and electrical conductivity and its ability to provide increased strength and durability when mixed other materials.

Those who worked in mines came in contact with asbestos in the natural environment. However, most people were exposed to asbestos in the man-made environment as it was used in the industrial and construction process and thousands of products.

Industries that involve exposure to asbestos include:  mining, chemical plants, oil refineries, power plants, shipyards, aluminum plants and steel mills.  For many years asbestos was used as a building material, therefore, those who lived or worked in buildings with asbestos content may have been exposed to it.

One study found that asbestos was used in over 3,000 products that includes:  fireproofing substances, roofing materials, siding, bricks, emergency generators, insulation including sprayed insulation, vinyl flooring, drywall materials, cement panels, piping, talc-based products (such as baby powder), wire insulation, fertilizers containing vermiculite and certain textiles.  Also, small appliances (toasters, coffee pots, hair dryers) contained asbestos for many years.

Understanding where asbestos is found is important in avoiding contact.  It can take 15 to 50 years after exposure for symptoms to begin surfacing and for health to be impacted.  Asbestos is a known carcinogen and conditions most commonly associated with asbestos exposure include:  asbestosis, pleural effusions, lung cancer and malignant mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer.  Some common symptoms of exposure include shortness of breath, coughing up blood, fatigue and weight loss.

Our Approach

Image Environmental has a staff of trained and licensed professionals using the most up-to-date techniques to ensure a safe and cost-effective project.  Our experience working with asbestos enables us to provide realistic solutions associated with the removal or encapsulation of asbestos. We adhere to all federal, state and local regulations and licensing.

Clean up Process

  1. Evaluate the area of removal and design the process.

  2. Notify the local office of the EPA and OSHA if required.

  3. Work with supervisor to choose a skilled crew for the project.

  4. Safety meeting prior to start date.

  5. Set critical seals as appropriate over windows, doors and HVAC system.

  6. Set up air monitoring for inside and outside areas

  7. Set up decontamination chambers and negative pressure equipment.

  8. Wet material to be removed.

  9. Remove by hand or mechanically strip asbestos material.

  10. Bag and seal waste for transport.

  11. Detail clean work area including HEPA vacuuming and turn over for air monitoring clearances.