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Asbestos consists of fibrous minerals found in the Earth. It was employed in many building materials for fireproofing and other uses until 1978, when the EPA banned numerous asbestos-containing substances. However, many were left unregulated and are still legal to manufacture and sell. This means that any home, regardless of when it was constructed, may contain asbestos. The risk is elevated for homes built prior to the 1978 regulations – this includes more than 3 out of every 4 homes in Santa Monica’s Los Angeles County.
State law requires that all buildings, including those in Santa Monica and Los Angeles County, be treated as though they contain asbestos when performing any work on the structure unless an asbestos test verifies its absence. Environmental Inspection Services’ California Division of Occupational Safety and Health Certified Asbestos Consultants can take the samples necessary to determine whether asbestos is a factor, including testing ceiling texture, asphalt roofing, flooring made with vinyl, stucco, and insulation. We will help you comply with all laws and regulations required when doing construction in Santa Monica and Los Angeles Country.