December 7, 2021

How to Avoid Asbestos Exposure in Contaminated Buildings

Minnesota contains many old buildings that are contaminated with asbestos. In the twenty years leading up to 2000, 677 people died from asbestos-related deaths, 67% of which were caused by mesothelioma. In order to protect yourself and your employees from the risks related to asbestos, the EPA recommends you create an Operations & Management (O&M) program when dealing with old buildings and contaminated materials.

The Minnesota Department of Health (DOH) identifies asbestos as a “group of minerals that occur naturally in the ground that are bundled to make minerals and were commonly used to manufacture products.” The most commonly recognized of these minerals are chrysotile, amosite, and crocidolite according to the DOH.

An O&M program is recommended by the EPA for owners and managers of:

  • Office buildings
  • Shopping centers
  • Apartment buildings
  • Hospitals

In order to set up an O&M, it is first necessary to appoint an Asbestos Program Manager (APM) who can handle the details of your O&M program. It is then necessary to inspect your building for physical and visual signs of asbestos. Based on this data, you and your APM must then develop a plan for containing the asbestos. It may be necessary make larger plans or repairs if the asbestos is extensive. For more information on building an O&M program, please visit the EPA website.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and you lived or worked in Colorado, you may be entitled to compensation. Please contact our experienced Colorado mesothelioma lawyers by emailing or calling 1-877 LOSS RECOVER (567-7732) for your free case evaluation.