Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Reporting Asbestos in Public Buildings

"People want and deserve to have easier access to information about the presence of asbestos in public buildings," said Dustin Duncan, the minister of health for the province of Saskatchewan. The province has passed a bill that will make Saskatchewan the first province in Canada to require mandatory reporting of asbestos in public buildings. The new legislation will require that any buildings owned by the province, such as hospitals, schools, or those used by crown corporations, must be listed in the registry if there is asbestos present. For full article follow link http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/story/2013/04/18/sk-asbestos-reporting.html?goback=.gde_3780205_member_233648023 Asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral that is resistant to flames and corrosion and was used during the past century mixed with cement to reinforce construction materials, woven into textiles for fireproof insulation products, you can even find it in the textured ceilings of older family homes and apartment buildings. Asbestos is the leading cause of deaths from mesothelioma and lung cancer. Due to the long latency period, the incidence of malignant mesothelioma continues to rise in Canada despite the restrictions on asbestos use that began over 30 years ago. It wasn't until 2007 The Canadian Cancer Society called for the Canadian government to completely phase out use and export of asbestos. For references follow link http://www.ehatlas.ca/environmental-contaminants/asbestos Now companies are using wet work techniques to safely remove textured ceilings suspected of asbestos contamination from buildings and homes to eliminate potential hazards. Demolition Contractors, Restoration Contractors, and Facility Maintenance Workers are always looking for safer ways to remove asbestos contaminated building products. Restoration work in particular often involves removal of damaged ceiling, wall and flooring materials. These materials, even in a private home, are suspect for asbestos, and must be treated as asbestos unless proven non-asbestos by sampling and analysis. The problem is that most of this work must be done on a moment’s notice, and budgets are limited by insurance settlements. The most cost effective and timely method, while still complying with regulations is to skip the asbestos inspection, assume the material to be asbestos, and use safe removal techniques to proceed with the remediation. EcoSolve Americas has the solution for the safe and effective removal of all types of textured coatings possibly contaminated with asbestos fibers. X-Tex Textured Coatings Remover is the only textured coatings remover that encases material with a specially patented gel formula preventing hazardous fibers from being released into the air. Unlike other texture removers X-Tex is non-toxic, fume free, and UL Global Certified as a safe alternative to chemical strippers. Clings 100% to all surfaces for easy application and less mess! No more messy water and foam concoctions just wipe surface with a damp rag for easy clean up as product is neutralized with just water. For more info on X-Tex and other Tough Not Toxic products from EcoSolve please visit http://www.ecosolveamericas.com/ 

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