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What Do Abatement Contractors Do?

By A. Leverkuhn
Updated Mar 03, 2024
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Abatement contractors are skilled professionals who deal with hazardous materials, and help clients to improve a property through containing or eliminating these elements. Different kinds of abatement contractors are needed at properties where various substances can cause hazards to residents, visitors or others. Qualified abatement contractors have the skills and tools necessary to contain or get rid of these threats according to all applicable hazardous material laws.

Some specific kinds of abatement contractors are lead abatement contractors and asbestos abatement contractors. Lead abatement contractors most often work with lead paint wherever it exists. They may work on eliminating a layer of lead paint from an entire exterior or interior of a property or housing unit, or they may work with a smaller part of that property. Asbestos abatement contractors work with this potentially dangerous fiber wherever it is found, including sealing materials, flooring, pipes, and other areas of a building or property.

In addition to lead and asbestos contractors, other kinds of hazardous material contractors are popular for residential and commercial properties. One of these is the mold abatement contractor, who is generally responsible for removing toxic or devaluing mold substances. There are also other kinds of contractors skilled in dealing with invasive plant species and other elements.

An abatement contractor works with all applicable regulations including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), in the United States, and others that regulate the moving of hazardous materials. OSHA governs the regulation of health hazards in the workplace. The contractors hired for specific hazards may also work according to specific legislation; for example, asbestos removers need to follow the principles of the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA). These contractors need to know how to keep their clients safe, and how to protect the health of their workers as well.

The job of an abatement contractor is absolutely important to a wide variety of renovation projects or maintenance initiatives. Any time that a hazardous substance needs to be dealt with, it’s important to have an experienced and qualified individual to help with disposing of the substance or otherwise handling its risk. Contractors for lead, asbestos, and other threats help keep living spaces and other buildings safe for the public, and free of toxins that can cause chronic medical conditions, and harm occupants and visitors. Those who hire these shops should be certain that they have the appropriate state or federal licenses for dealing with the materials that they have been called for.

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