In the heart of Quincy, Massachusetts, approximately 10,000 square feet of transite shingles needed to be removed from a rooftop on Linden St. It might have sounded like a daunting task, but when you have Banner Environmental, your trusted asbestos abatement company in Massachusetts and Rhode Islane, on the job, it became an achievable mission.
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
Cooperation was key in this project. We partnered with a trusted general contractor and roofer who supplied us with the necessary lift and scaffolding equipment. This collaboration ensured that we could access the workspace safely and efficiently, adhering to the highest safety standards.
The property owner played a crucial role in ensuring the smooth execution of the project. They removed all movable items within ten feet of the roofing area and provided essential resources such as water and electricity, ensuring that the abatement process proceeded without a hitch. This collaborative effort between Banner Environmental and the property owner exemplifies the commitment to safety and successful project execution.
The Transite Shingle Challenge
First things first, what are transite shingles? These siding and roofing products are made of cement mixed with asbestos. Yes, you read that correctly – asbestos. They fall under Category II asbestos-containing materials under both Federal and Air District regulations.
Here’s the catch: When transite shingles are intact and in good condition, they aren’t considered a regulated asbestos-containing material (RACM). But, and this is a big “but,” weathering and improper removal practices can turn them into a potential hazard. Activities like cutting, abrading, hammering, sanding, or grinding can release asbestos fibers into the air. Once that happens, the material becomes “friable” and falls under RACM regulations. And demolition involving these materials? Always considered RACM.
Banner’s Approach to Safe Transite Shingle Removal
Now, here’s where Banner Environmental steps in as your trusted partner for asbestos abatement. We follow strict and recommended handling practices to ensure transite roofing and siding materials are not rendered friable during the removal process:
- We place 6-mil polyethylene sheeting under the removal area to collect any debris.
- The material is constantly misted and kept damp throughout the removal and bagging process.
- Removed materials are immediately placed in a 6-mil (or greater strength) plastic bag.
- We work meticulously to avoid breaking up roofing or siding, ensuring minimal breakage.
- Materials are lowered to the ground carefully to keep panels or shingles intact – no dropping or throwing.
- For those hard-to-reach areas, we use scaffolding, as it’s generally a “two-handed” operation that can’t be done on a ladder.
- We “double-bag” all waste, including roofing, siding, personal protective equipment, tools, and anything that has come in contact with asbestos materials, using 6-mil (or greater strength) plastic bags.
- All waste is disposed of at an appropriate landfill that accepts asbestos-containing materials.
Safety is Our Priority During Asbestos Abatement
Why all these precautions? Because there’s no safe level of asbestos exposure. Our recommended practices are designed to prevent asbestos fiber releases during removal and maintain strict compliance with asbestos regulations. It’s important to note that these practices don’t just ensure safety; they also address public health risks, regulatory compliance, and the potential for civil suits due to improper removals.
So, when you’re facing a project involving transite shingle removal, remember that expertise matters. Banner Environmental is your go-to licensed and proven asbestos abatement company in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. We’ve got the knowledge, experience, and commitment to ensure your environment stays safe and asbestos-free.
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