Asbestos is the collective name of several minerals with common properties composed of tiny fibers. Asbestos is light but almost completely indestructible.
Asbestos (from the ancient Greek for “inextinguishable”) has been used since the stone age and its health hazards have been known since the time of Jesus. Asbestos shows up throughout history. Crusaders catapulted asbestos-fiber balls filled with flaming tar over the walls of Jerusalem; asbestos cremation cloths kept the ashes of warriors from falling into the funeral pyre but its application took off during the Industrial Revolution, when almost every newly invented machine incorporated asbestos.
At its peak from the 1940’s to the 1970’s, asbestos was the basis of thousands of consumer products from cigarette filters to handheld hair dryers. Millions of Americans were exposed to the deadly fibers. Internal industry documents brought to light decades later through lawsuits by victims show in sickening detail that the makers and users of asbestos had known for decades that their products were killing workers but callously continued to conduct business as usual.
Asbestos fibers are microscopic, hundreds of times thinner than a human hair. When they become airborne, either through mining or release from products made with asbestos, they can easily be inhaled. The fibers lodge deep in the lungs or other organs, irritating the tissue and causing grave illnesses that can take from a decade to more than half a century to develop. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, all types of asbestos are deadly and inhalation of a single fiber can be enough to cause disease.
Being that asbestos is so dangerous, asbestos removal is highly regulated by Federal, State and local authorities. The law requires that asbestos abatement work be performed by a properly licensed asbestos abatement contractor, such as DryMaster.
Proper Asbestos Abatement:
DryMaster adheres to all the stringent removal procedures required by the EPA, Cal OSHA and Southern California Air Quality Management District.
All DryMaster crew members are educated by OSHA authorized trainers and carry the necessary certifications and medical physicals.
DryMaster will provide a full project management plan. We will complete the asbestos removal under negative air pressure containment and use every proper engineering control to stay in compliance with all Federal, State and local regulations.