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Demolition Projects in New York can Create Air Quality Concerns for Workers and Residents

VOETS, LLC provides consulting services to identify potential hazards caused by demolition projects across New York and the tri-state area.


New York, NY – WEBWIRE

Each year, demolition projects such as this result in countless tons of demolition waste. Much of this waste is inert or nonhazardous, but other debris may contain hazardous materials that are regulated by government agencies.

Recently, demolition work began in Park Slope to make way for a new high-rise condo building. The 109 unit development will be built on multiple lots that requires older structures be torn down. As is often the case, asbestos first had to be remediated before at least one of the buildings could be demolished.
 
Each year, demolition projects such as this result in countless tons of demolition waste.  Much of this waste is inert or nonhazardous, but other debris may contain hazardous materials that are regulated by government agencies.  This waste, and the demolition process itself, can in some circumstances create exposure concerns for project workers and even nearby residents.
 
Demolition projects create a large amount of particulate matter, i.e. dust that can become airborne and spread to surrounding properties. Depending on the type and age of the building, it could contain any number of hazardous materials, including the following:
 

  • Asbestos was used in many materials found in older buildings, including insulation, flooring tiles, shingles, roofing, textured paints, and numerous other items.
  • Lead-based paints were banned in 1978, but many buildings constructed before then still contain it.  Some structures may even have old lead pipes.
  • Mold can quickly begin to grow throughout an abandoned building or one in disrepair, including some types that are known to be pathogenic or capable of producing mycotoxins.
  • Polychlorinated biphenyl, also known as PCB, was used in many applications such as fluorescent light ballasts, caulks, thermal insulation materials, and other items up until 1979.
  • Mercury is an extremely persistent and toxic human health and environmental threat found in some types of thermostats, fluorescent bulbs, smoke detectors, old paint, and other materials.

 
“Older structures likely contain at least several of these hazardous substances that can get mixed with general dusts during demolition activities if the proper procedures have not been taken,” said Michael Berrevoets, President, VOETS, LLC. “These particulates can spread across the worksite and into surrounding communities creating exposure concerns and general respiratory issues for project workers and neighbors living nearby.  Even diesel exhaust from demolition equipment can create exposure concerns. At VOETS we offer pre-demolition testing services to determine materials that are present, provide solutions for hazard mitigation, and also provide demolition air monitoring, for contractors and concerned neighbors, to help ensure both workers and residents are not being exposed to regulated materials that could impact their health.” 
 
To learn more about VOETS and air quality, occupational, industrial hygiene, environmental, health, and safety testing and consulting services, please visit www.VOETS.nyc, email michael@VOETS.nyc , or call (212) 860-7450.
 
About Verification, Operations, and Environmental Testing Services (VOETS, LLC)
VOETS, LLC began operations in 2016 with some of the most seasoned professional indoor environmental quality consultants in the nation. They bring a proven track record of identifying and resolving a wide range of building science, industrial hygiene, and construction health and safety issues.  VOETS offers environmental compliance, indoor air quality, mold, asbestos, lead-based paint, Legionella, environmental site assessments (ESAs), training, and industrial hygiene consulting services. The company specializes in field investigations and assessments of commercial, institutional, healthcare, and residential buildings throughout New York City and the tri-state area.Recently, demolition work began in Park Slope to make way for a new high-rise condo building. The 109 unit development will be built on multiple lots that requires older structures be torn down. As is often the case, asbestos first had to be remediated before at least one of the buildings could be demolished.
 
Each year, demolition projects such as this result in countless tons of demolition waste.  Much of this waste is inert or nonhazardous, but other debris may contain hazardous materials that are regulated by government agencies.  This waste, and the demolition process itself, can in some circumstances create exposure concerns for project workers and even nearby residents.
 
Demolition projects create a large amount of particulate matter, i.e. dust that can become airborne and spread to surrounding properties. Depending on the type and age of the building, it could contain any number of hazardous materials, including the following:
 


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