Since many building materials can contain asbestos, remodel and repair activity in residential and commercial structures which removes asbestos-containing materials may cause the release of asbestos fibers into the air.
Asbestos is not required to be removed unless it will be disturbed during the renovation or demolition. There is no known health threat if asbestos-containing materials are in good condition and left undisturbed.
Once you have received the survey, you will need to have the asbestos abated by a licensed asbestos contractor and submit the survey and the “Asbestos Renovation/Demolition Survey & Notification Form” to the local AQMD where they will be reviewed for completeness.
Once approved, the local AQMD will stamp your form (within 2 business days from day the localof submittal) and return it to you so that you may bring it to the building department and receive your permit provided that you have met their requirements.
New OSHA Web Page Provides Information on Protecting Workers from Ebola
OSHA has published a new safety and health topic Web page that provides information about the Ebola virus, including how to protect workers from exposure on the job. The page includes sections on hazard recognition, medical information, and applicable standards for protecting workers. OSHA lists protection information for workers in several categories: healthcare; airline and other travel industries; mortuary and death care; laboratories; border, customs, and quarantine; emergency response; and other critical sectors.
A new OSHA fact sheet, “Cleaning and Decontamination of Ebola on Surfaces,” is also available for download. The fact sheet provides guidance on protecting workers in non-healthcare and non-laboratory settings from exposure to Ebola, and from harmful levels of chemicals used for cleaning and disinfection. Additional resources include links to information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and NIOSH.
Control and Prevention.
Currently, most workers in the U.S. are unlikely to encounter Ebola virus or individuals with Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (EHF). However, exposure to the virus or someone with EHF may be more likely in certain sectors, including the healthcare, mortuary/death care, and airline servicing industries. Workers who interact with people, animals, goods, and equipment arriving in the U.S. from foreign countries with current EHF outbreaks are at the greatest risk for exposure.
Precautionary measures for preventing exposure to the Ebola virus depend on the type of work, potential for Ebola-virus contamination of the work environment, and what is known about other potential exposure hazards. Infection control strategies may have to be modified to include additional selections of personal protective equipment (PPE), administrative controls, and/or safe work practices. OSHA has developed interim guidance to help prevent worker exposure to Ebola virus and individuals with EHF. Interim general guidance for workers.
The following are OSHA’s requirements and recommendations for protecting workers whose work activities are conducted in an environment that is known or reasonably suspected to be contaminated with Ebola virus (e.g., due to contamination with blood or other potentially infectious material). These general guidelines are not intended to cover workers who have direct contact with individuals with EHF.
EPA- Mold Health Hazards
Indoor pollution sources that release gases or particles into the air are the primary cause of indoor air quality problems in homes. Inadequate ventilation can increase indoor pollutant levels by not bringing in enough outdoor air to dilute emissions from indoor sources and by not carrying indoor air pollutants out of the home. High temperature and humidity levels can also increase concentrations of some pollutants.