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Uses

ASBESTOS REMOVAL CONTRACTORS

The FoamShield™ method is the concept of containing or enclosing the Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) instead of the entire work area or building. Obviously, the savings in labor and materials is dramatic, but the main advantage is that asbestos fibers are contained at the point of disturbance. This means that airborne fibers are not generated in the work area. This in turn means that there are no airborne fibers in the worker’s breathing zone, nor is there airborne contamination to be controlled for the protection of the owner’s facility or the environment. Protection of the worker is of paramount importance in asbestos removal. Secondarily, would be the protection of the public and the environment, and thirdly would be minimizing the cost associated in accomplishing the first two objectives. The FoamShield™ process accomplishes all three objectives in ways that are far superior to conventional asbestos abatement procedures. It is the only procedure that is always pro-active in these respects, not reactive as the conventional, traditional containment and worker protection methods are (attempting to control asbestos particulate after they have been generated).

In addition to the above advantages, water consumption is far less using the FoamShield™ method than when using normal amended water, as the FoamShield™ method uses air pressure to generate the foam instead of water pressure. This minimizes clean-up and the risk of uncontrolled water leaking from the work area.

Federal and local regulations must always be complied with. The FoamShield™ method is completely compatible with the federal EPA and OSHA regulations and in fact is more in keeping with the spirit of the OSHA standards than are the conventional methods.

DEMOLITION CONTRACTORS

The safest and most cost effective way to demolish a building containing Category I and many Category II ACMs is to demolish the structure with the ACM in place. This eliminates the potential for worker exposure during handson removal of ACM, and the cost associated with that removal before demolition. The FoamShield™ procedure of foaming both the interior and exterior of the building before demolition, and the use of foam during the demolition procedure effectively eliminates the potential for release of asbestos fibers into the ambient air. In the case of NESHAP ordered demolition, where Regulated Asbestos Containing Material (RACM) must be demolished in place, there is not a better or safer method than the FoamShield™ method. The volume of water necessary to adequately wet most demolition projects is greatly minimized, thereby avoiding any water containment or run off problem. By eliminating most, if not all of the asbestos removal cost before demolition, many needed demolition projects in this country can be accomplished with the minimal funding currently available, at huge cost savings to the owner.

RESTORATION CONTRACTORS

Emergency response / water restoration work usually involves removal of damaged ceiling, wall and flooring materials. These materials, even in a private home, are suspect ACMs, and must be treated as asbestos unless proven non-asbestos by sampling and analysis. The problem is that most of this work must be done on a moment’s notice, and budgets are limited by insurance settlements. The most cost effective and timely method, while still complying with regulations is to skip the asbestos inspection, assume the material to be asbestos, and using the FoamShield™ method, safely proceed with the remediation.

Even though the materials to be removed may be wet, that will not stop asbestos fiber emissions and worker exposure. However, the simple application of FoamShield™, even on wet material, effectively stops the possibility of airborne asbestos fibers. This avoids the liability associated with claims of exposure when buildings are reoccupied. The use of FoamShield™ will give the contractor a competitive edge, while safely complying with the regulations.

FACILITY MAINTENANCE WORK

Most facility maintenance work (replacing the broken floor tile, mounting a smoke detector on a ceiling, cutting an outlet in a wall) disturbs ACM. Even if a facility maintenance employee knows about the asbestos issues, he will usually proceed with the work without controls in the interest of time and convenience. After all, it would cost a lot in dollars and time to contact a consultant and have an asbestos inspection done, and we can’t afford either the cost or the time. As far as exposure to asbestos goes, surely a few minutes won’t matter? As far as regulatory compliance, we hope we won’t get caught.

The above scenario is the main reason that the incidence of asbestos disease is so widespread among building users and janitorial (maintenance) workers. The result of this is increased liability to building owners and maintenance contractors.

The simple and cost effective solution to the above scenario is to make it a practice to use FoamShield™ when disturbing any manufactured building material. The time and cost associated with building inspections for asbestos can be avoided by simply assuming that the materials are indeed asbestos containing. The use of FoamShield™ will put the employer / building owner in compliance with the regulations meant to protect the worker, with no added costs such as personal protective equipment (PPE) and containments. The simple use of a one gallon pump-up foamer is all that is needed, and that can be easily added to the employee’s tool kit or work cart.

EMERGENCY RESPONSE / MAJOR CATASTROPHY

Major catastrophe clean-up usually involves asbestos containing materials (ACM), but may also include hazards such as biological or radiation. FoamShield™ foam can be formulated to control any of these hazards and more.

Simply applied with high volume foamers, FoamShield™ will put a protective barrier between the debris and the clean-up workers, and also neutralize most biological hazards. Regulatory issues can be easily complied with instead of ignored, particulate and biological hazards can be controlled, water consumption minimized and the public and environment protected, all at minimal cost compared to conventional methods. FoamShield™’s compact, transportable high volume foamers can be shipped around the globe or hauled across the city without the use of heavy equipment. The high volume foamer is completely self-contained, operating without the need for auxiliary backup equipment.