Commercial properties are one of the more common places we find asbestos-containing materials. Asbestos was used in buildings throughout the 80s and even into the 90s. Many commercial buildings are sold and remodeled until someone decides to build a newer building. Luckily, there are laws and regulations regarding commercial building demolition and asbestos. Below, Ogden Asbestos Abatement will discuss commercial building demolition and asbestos regulations to keep you better informed.
Commercial Building Demolition
Over time, commercial buildings break down; as this happens, many companies decide to tear the older building down and start fresh. With modern and sustainable designs, it is more cost-effective to rebuild properties. When this decision is made, it poses the question of asbestos exposure. Buildings must be tested for asbestos before they can be demolished. This is done to ensure the safety of everyone in the general area. If the building has asbestos-containing materials, things become a bit more complicated. The building cannot be demolished. Special steps must be taken in order to prevent asbestos exposure. An asbestos abatement contractor will need to secure the asbestos-containing materials and remove them.
Asbestos removal is a very delicate process and can be time-consuming. Areas that contain asbestos will need to be secured and taped off so that no asbestos fibers can escape. Once this is completed, the asbestos can be removed. Asbestos removal consists of securing the asbestos and then disposing of it safely. It is illegal for anyone without the proper licenses to remove or dispose of any asbestos-containing materials. Once the asbestos has been removed, then the rest of the building can be demolished by other contractors.
If you own a property that needs to be demolished, you must have a certified asbestos abatement professional test the building for asbestos. This is a law put in place to ensure asbestos exposure does not occur during demolitions.