Asbestos in Homes

    Do not become a victim in your own home...

·         Some roofing and siding shingles are made of asbestos cement.

·         Houses built between 1930 and 1950 may have asbestos as insulation.

·         Asbestos may be present in textured paint and in patching compounds used on wall and ceiling joints. Their use was banned in 1989. However in 1991 that ban was overturned.

·         Artificial ashes and embers sold for use in gas-fired fireplaces may contain asbestos.

·         Older products such as stove-top pads may have some asbestos compounds.

·         Walls and floors around wood-burning stoves may be protected with asbestos paper, millboard, or cement sheets.

·         Asbestos is found in some vinyl floor tiles and the backing on vinyl sheet flooring and adhesives.

·         Hot water and steam pipes in older houses may be coated with an asbestos material or covered with an asbestos blanket or tape.

·         Oil and coal furnaces and door gaskets may have asbestos insulation. ·         Over 3,000 products were manufactured using asbestos.Two things for sure that do not contain asbestos are, wood and metal!!!

Do's & Don'ts

·         Do keep activities to a minimum in any areas having damaged material that may contain asbestos.

·         Do take every precaution to avoid damaging asbestos material.

·         Do have removal and major repair done by people trained and qualified in handling asbestos. It is highly recommended that sampling and minor repair also be done by asbestos professionals.

·         Don't dust, sweep, or vacuum debris that may contain asbestos.

·         Don't saw, sand, scrape, or drill holes in asbestos materials.

·         Don't use abrasive pads or brushes on power strippers to strip wax from asbestos flooring. Never use a power stripper on a dry floor.

·         Don't sand or try to level asbestos flooring or its backing. When asbestos flooring needs replacing, install new floor covering over it, if possible.

·         Don't track material that could contain asbestos through the house. If you cannot avoid walking through the area, have it cleaned with a wet mop. If the material is from a damaged area, or if a large area must be cleaned, call an asbestos professional.

The following web links will assist you to get more information about Asbestos:

http://www.epa.gov/oppt/asbestos/index.html                                                                                                                                           EPA Asbestos

http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/HEC/CSEM/asbestos/docs/asbestos.pdf     ATSDR Asbestos

http://www.cste.org/pdffiles/newpdffiles/CSTE_OHI.pdf                                                                                CSTE.ORG

 For more information on asbestos in other consumer products, call the CPSC Hotline or write to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington, DC 20207. The CPSC Hotline has information on certain appliances and products, such as the brands and models of hair dryers that contain asbestos. Call CPSC at 1-800-638-CPSC. A teletypewriter (TTY) for the hearing impaired is available at 1-800-638-8270. The Maryland TTY number is 1-800-492-8104

Ø      Homeowners normally cannot afford to pay a qualified licensed Contractor to identify and remove this hazard. They often remove the hazard themselves and in the process exposing everyone to include the youngsters. I am finding that in most cases they did not know. The attention has been focused on compensation for victims now and in the future. I have to ask, “How long into the future do we wait?” The materials that killed people (like my father) installing or building with them are still a hazard and need to be dealt with. OSHA has nothing to do with dwellings of less than four units. The root cause of future exposures has not been dealt with. Help us by making a charitable contribution. We need to sustain this effort until everyone gets it...

Charles R. Perea