Asbestos: Leave it to the Professionals
Asbestos: A Brief History
Asbestos is a naturally occurring material that has been used extensively in the construction industry since 1980. Asbestos fibers are extremely durable and highly resistant to heat and chemicals. These characteristics led to its broad use in wall insulation, paint, sprayed- or troweled-on surfacing materials, ceiling and floor materials, pipe, boiler, and duct insulation, cement filler, and a variety of other products.
Impact On Health
Exposure to asbestos occurs when asbestos fibers of various sizes are released into the air and are inhaled. The smaller fibers can remain in the air for long periods of time, and the microscopic fibers can travel through the upper airways and become embedded in the lungs. For crew members working in these environments without specialized protection, the negative health impact is clear.
PALS has spent decades perfecting the process, training, and tools to meet and exceed safety regulations. From the set-up through the decontamination and disposal process, our crew adheres to stringent protocols. Our top priorities are getting the job done right and with the utmost safety in mind for our employees, customers, and the general public.
It doesn’t happen by magic; it takes work and coordination.
- All employees are Division of Occupational Safety & Health (DOSH) certified.
- We follow strict adherence to OSHA, EPA, Department of Transportation, and local air quality laws and guidelines are followed to perform asbestos-related work.
- We foster a deep collaboration with our contractors to identify critical paths for on-time delivery.
- A strong company culture of safety is enforced and we employ state-of-the-art work practices and tools.
- Our decades of experience ensures there are few projects for which we don’t have a successful solution.
Lead Abatement Experts
Lead: A Brief History
The dangers of lead primarily in paints and gasoline have been known for ages and are the source of many childhood illnesses. As a result, lead was banned from paint beginning in 1978 and the 1966 Clean Air Act banned leaded gasoline. But the environmental risks remain from hazardous soil and paint on older residential buildings, structures, and bridges that still stand today.
Impact on Health
Exposure to lead has life-long impacts, and children are most susceptible. Known health effects in children include damage to the brain and nervous system, behavioral and learning difficulties, hearing problems, and headaches. Adults may suffer from reproductive problems, high blood pressure and hypertension, nerve disorders, and muscle and joint pain. Very high exposures may even lead to death.
The removal of lead-based paint and the process of extracting hazardous lead-contaminated soil requires experts to handle. PALS’ expertise comes from X years of perfecting our process, training, and high safety standards.
Keeping us safe means keeping you safe.
- Only Department of Health Services certified supervisors and workers prepare and perform lead abatement work.
- We utilize “state of the art” work practices.
- We stay informed of changing industry regulations and updated methods for remediation…so you do not have to. We stay abreast of all updates to air quality and lead removal processes and standards.
- All work is done according to DHS, Cal/OSHA, and EPA standards.
Removing Mold Safely
Mold: A Brief History
Mold and mildew are a natural part of our environment and exist everywhere. So why has it become more of a problem? Decades ago, the housing boom drove the use of cheaper and different materials when building homes and other structures. Drywall replaced the relatively mold-resistant properties of plaster, brick, and stone, and its water absorption leads to a petri dish of problems. Stachybotrys, the toxic black mold, has a high cellulose content and therefore breeds well on drywall. A change in building processes with new laws and regulations relating to energy conservation, brought new construction methods and materials. As a result, buildings don’t “breathe” as freely, trapping moisture vapors inside the building. Wet environments and damp conditions lead to the creation of this hazardous environment.
Impact on Health
Spores can be inhaled, absorbed through the skin or ingested on our food. Because some people are more susceptible than others, one person may become debilitated by exposure to mold in the home while another person sharing the same environment is essentially unaffected.
Common effects from molds such as Stachybotrys chartarum, Penecillium, Cladosporium, and several strains of Aspergillus, are asthma, pneumonitis, upper respiratory problems, sinusitis, dry cough, skin rashes, stomach upset, headaches, disorientation, and bloody noses. Numerous other species of mold and mildew are also toxic, and many mycotoxins are known carcinogens. Severe exposures can lead to internal bleeding, kidney and liver failure and pulmonary emphysema. Such health risks due to the presence of mold in a dwelling are a serious concern to occupants and can pose potential liability for owners of rental properties.
Maintaining a safe home and work environment is critical to the health and safety of all involved.
- We ensure complete containment using HEPA-filtered air scrubbers to eliminate airborne mold spores.
- Our detailed work promises demolition of affected materials and/or cleaning by scraping and/or sanding. We have a variety of tools for every circumstance.
- Our team features experienced and trained crew members who are trained to know what to do, with strong leadership behind them at every step.
Hazardous Soil & Underground Storage Tank Removal and Disposal
Hazardous Materials: A Brief History
Environmental hazards are nothing new. Soil contamination, soil pollution, or land pollution as a part of land degradation is caused by the presence of xenobiotic (human-made) chemicals or other alteration of the natural soil environment. It is typically caused by industrial activity, agricultural chemicals, or improper disposal of waste. The most common chemicals are petroleum hydrocarbons, polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (such as naphthalene and benzo(a)pyrene), solvents, pesticides, lead, and other heavy metals. Underground storage tanks (USTs) removal and tank closures are also critical hazards.
Impact on Health
Health consequences from exposure to soil contamination vary greatly depending on pollutant type, the pathway of attack, and the vulnerability of the exposed population. Researchers suggest that pesticides and heavy metals in soils may harm cardiovascular health, including inflammation. Chronic exposure to chromium, lead and other metals, petroleum, solvents, and many pesticide and herbicide formulations can be carcinogenic, can cause congenital disorders, or can cause other chronic health conditions. Industrial or man-made concentrations of naturally occurring substances (such as nitrate and ammonia associated with livestock manure from agriculture operations) have also been identified as health hazards in soil and groundwater.
Removal and handling of hazardous soils are among the most highly regulated forms of removal and disposal.
- We are in compliance with all regulatory requirements.
- We work closely with all required health and regulatory agencies on critical changes and updates.
- All personnel are highly trained and experienced.
- We ensure the complete removal of all traces of hazardous materials.