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How Do I Know If There Is Asbestos At My Work Place?

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How Do I Know If There Is Asbestos At My Work Place?

Postby Hob » Sat Apr 15, 2017 3:41 am

I work in a nice 9 story office building in houston, tx.
It was built in 1988.
I work on the top floor so for exercise i take the stairs instead of the elevator.
One of my co workers said he thinks the enclosed staircase has asbestos in it.
I thought they stopped using asbestos way before 1988.
The material he?s talking about is a dark gray color....it looks like someone blow tons of dust and dirt all over the ceiling.
How do I know if this is asbestos?
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Postby blaize » Sat Apr 15, 2017 3:44 am

You die in a few years time. Then you can sue for huge amounts of money!!! You got it made mate you wil make at millions. Compensation claims seem to rocket once someone dies.
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Postby Wigman » Sat Apr 15, 2017 3:46 am

if you eat it and die, then it is asbestos
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Postby Kael » Sat Apr 15, 2017 3:47 am

either when they start to pull the roof down and they are wearing full chemical suits or you start to cough up blood
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Postby Ridere » Sat Apr 15, 2017 3:50 am

Yea definitely sounds like it. You need to contact the building manager, raise your concern and bring a home inspector to check it out. It needs to be removed and replaced with something not harmful. If you say it's an enclosed space, it can create a sick building, and being in that even if not directly in the staircase can be very adverse to your health.
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Postby Min-Kyung » Sat Apr 15, 2017 3:54 am

i remove asbestos for a living, any building before 1980 is to be treated as asbestos until proven not by a test,if it is pipe insulation it will be white, , also asbestos comes in floor tile to, also the sprayon on beams, that is the bad stuff, it is in skim coat of plaster to
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Postby Artur » Sat Apr 15, 2017 4:12 am

What you are describing can be more than a few different materials, so a non-scientific (testing) evaluation would be difficult.
If the crux of your concern is if the material IS asbestos, then that is something which can be answered.
As an installed material, asbestos is not harmful.
When the asbestos is disturbed (construction, removal, etc.), then they become a problem as the fibers get into your lungs.
Dormant or untouched, asbestos should be of no large concern.
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Postby Ardal » Sat Apr 15, 2017 4:14 am

I'm pretty sure buildings built after the 70s do not have asbestos.
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Postby Avishai » Sat Apr 15, 2017 4:26 am

Take a small sample to be analysed
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