Asbestos Inspection Los Angeles CA and Public Safety

Posted on July 5, 2013 in Blog

Abestos Testing Los Angeles

State law requires asbestos inspection in Los Angeles CA & other cities to protect public health

Because asbestos is hazardous to human health, most people realize that occupied structures should be subjected to asbestos inspection Los Angeles CA in order to ensure that they are safe. What people often fail to consider is that unoccupied structures can also pose health and environmental hazards.

Unoccupied structures that contain asbestos can be quite dangerous, especially if they are in a state of disrepair. This is because asbestos-containing materials really only pose a problem if they become broken or damaged. Asbestos fibers can then break free of the material and become airborne. Airborne fibers may travel outside the structure and contaminate other areas.

Before remodeling or demolishing an unoccupied structure that may contain asbestos, it is vital that you secure the necessary asbestos inspection Los Angeles CA for the property. This will enable you to detect the presence of any asbestos-containing materials and develop a plan for removing them safely, thus avoiding the risk of releasing clouds of hazardous asbestos dust into the air during your project. H2 Environmental is an excellent choice of partner for your asbestos inspection Los Angeles CA. Not only can we provide the expert personnel required to identify suspicious materials and take samples for testing, we can also help you deal with the results of your inspection through our asbestos management services.

Asbestos Inspections in the News

One recent example of the need for asbestos inspections on buildings scheduled from demolition involves the Desert Mobile Home Park, aka “Duroville,” which is located near Thermal in Riverside County. This non-permitted mobile home park housed about 4,000 migrant workers at its peak and has been plagued with health and safety complaints for nearly its entire existence. Duroville was declared a public health and safety hazard by a US District Court judge in 2009 due to problems like contaminated drinking water, faulty electrical wiring, and asbestos and lead paint contamination.

The effort to relocate residents from Duroville to other, safer communities is ongoing. Riverside County is currently in the process of demolishing the old, vacant trailers located on the property, but they need more funds to complete asbestos and lead paint inspections on about 140 occupied trailers. Naturally, if the presence of asbestos is confirmed it will complicate demolition and cleanup efforts and end up costing the county more money. The current estimated cost of the cleanup is set at $400,000 according to the Housing Authority.