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Improper Asbestos Removal in the United States

Many buildings in the United States have been constructed with asbestos materials. Homes, condominiums, commercial buildings, and other structures built before 1990 are likely to contain the substance. In most cases, the asbestos-containing materials do not pose harm to anyone - it is when fibers are released into the air that a hazard arises. Unfortunately, many individuals release these fibers by improperly handling asbestos during removal.

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It is not uncommon to hear about licensed and unlicensed teams and individuals improperly removing asbestos from older structures.  In a recent case, Cesar Ripalda, the foreman of a licensed asbestos removal crew in Staten Island, New York, was charged with criminal nuisance as his crew "fail[ed] to use water to wet down asbestos bricks before removal, fail[ed] to properly bag and seal broken down asbestos bricks, and [left] loose bricks of asbestos on scaffolds as said scaffolds were brought down." Asbestos abatement teams should be properly trained to remove and dispose of asbestos-containing materials for the safety of themselves and those around them. 

Four members of Ripalda's team were also carrying fake safety certification cards. The lack of certification combined with the improper handling of asbestos could have led to exposure for many individuals in the area.

If you are dealing with asbestos in an older building, make sure you are hiring a licensed asbestos abatement professional that you can trust.



I actually did not know that asbestos removal had to be done by licensed professionals according to the law. I'll bear this in mind as we remodel our old home. Thanks for the really informative article on proper asbestos removal.

You're welcome, Cohen, and thank you for your comment. The regulations regarding asbestos removal can vary in every city, state, and county, so inquiring about your local laws would be a good idea before beginning any work on your home. A licensed professional should be properly trained on removing and disposing of asbestos-containing materials without causing harm to you, your family, or the environment. Good luck with with your remodel!

It is interesting for me to learn a little bit about asbestos abatement and how to take care of it properly. In our home there is a lot of mold. This article has some great ideas on what to do in that situation,

I'm glad this blog post helped you better understand the abatement process, Paige. The best thing to do if you believe asbestos is present in your home is to hire an experienced, professional abatement company to test and remove any asbestos for you. The same advice can be given for a mold situation. Do not risk your or your family's health by attempting a DIY removal.

I'm really glad I came across your article before endeavoring on removing the asbestos from our home. I didn't know there was a process that needed to be followed. I think I'll simply hire a professional to come help us before we make any other decisions. Thank you so much for the information.

We're glad this post was helpful for you, Logan! Hiring a trusted professional is the best way to keep yourself and your family safe from asbestos exposure during a renovation or remodel. Good luck!

I had no idea of the dangers that you would face if you chose not to worry about asbestos removal! It's interesting to think that something as simple as trying to removal asbestos improperly could be hazardous to environment. I'm glad you expressed the seriousness of hiring a professional to do the removal in cases like this one. Thanks for all your tips and helpful warnings in asbestos removal!

Thank you for your comment, Annie. We are glad our post could help you better understand the dangers of asbestos removal. We hope it helps if you ever encounter it in your own home.

Thanks for the tip about how important it is to get a licensed team for asbestos removal. My parents just tore down an old house that had asbestos in it. They had to hire someone to take care of it. I'll have to keep this on hand in case we have to do that again. Thanks for sharing!

Hi Joel, thanks for your comment! We are glad this post was helpful, and that your parents went about the demolition in a safe way. Ban Asbestos. Cure Cancer. Spread Awareness.

I agree with you, the removal of asbestos must be done by people who have special skills! and of course licensed. Do not harm yourself, indiscriminate elimination of asbestos which will only add to your problems. thx for your information friend

Thank you for all of the insight about properly ridding your building or home of asbestos. As you say, you should always make sure that you are hiring licensed professionals to do the abatement job, and I completely agree. If you find out that the person you hired isn't actually authorized to do the work, it could cause serious issues and cost you even more money. Thus, being careful and thorough with the hiring process will pay off in the end. Thank you for sharing!

You're welcome, Lauren! Thank you for your comment. We are glad you agree with us. Improper asbestos removal can be devastating for individuals and the environment. Ban Asbestos. Cure Cancer. Spread Awareness.

It's so interesting to me that residential buildings were built using asbestos as late as 1990. Whenever I hear of asbestos problems, it seems like it's in homes that are from the 60's and 70's, so I assumed it was a product used back then. I know my house was built around the early 90's, so I'll have to check what year it was actually built so I know if we might have asbestos or not.

Thanks for your comment, Veronica. Having products that are potentially asbestos-containing tested by a professional is a good idea. It can be shocking to find out that insulation and other materials might have been contaminated with the substance for so long.

Katie, that would be somewhat scary to know that a building improperly performed an asbestos removal. Would you know of a tool or equipment that can be used to detect asbestos? This question came to my mind because I'm thinking my daughter's room might contain this type of stuff.

Hi Andre, thanks for your comment. Having a trusted professional take samples from the products and materials that potentially contain asbestos is the best way to keep you and your family safe from inhaling or ingesting the substance. They will be able to recognize asbestos-containing materials, and will send off the sample to a lab to be tested.

I had no idea that asbestos was still such a problem. It makes sense that you'd want to have a certified team to help you get rid of it if you're dealing with a lot of it though. The idea of people faking their certification is kinda worrisome, but it's a good reminder to make sure you do your research on any company that you're looking at hiring - especially for something like asbestos removal. Thanks for the heads up!

I think it is so important to hire the right type of removal company so that you get the asbestos removed properly. It is a dangerous substance so having that in the air can cause all sorts of lung problems. I agree with you about having to deal with a hired licensed removalist.

Asbestos is such a dangerous material to have around. That's why I think it's scary that people will try improper removal. I think that's terrible! I'll be sure that I hire a professional! Thanks for sharing.

I agree that you should make sure to hire a licensed asbestos removal company when you have to deal with asbestos. That sounds like a great way to ensure the job is done the right way. My sister needs to hire an asbestos removal company, so I am going to tell her to be sure they have a license.

Thanks for your comment, Sam! It is also important that you trust the licensed professionals you hire. There have been many instances of improper removal by individuals trying to cut costs. Good luck to your sister!!

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