Asbestos Surveys in Hospitals & Healthcare buildings

Healthcare & hospital maintenance workers and engineers can be unknowingly exposed to asbestos from many possible areas and sources. Engineers can be exposed while working in plant rooms where boilers are insulated with asbestos, or when making repairs to old pipework or equipment. Significant asbestos exposures can occur when insulation in buildings is removed during renovations. Asbestos was used in making building materials because of its high tensile strength, flexibility (woven), resistance to chemical and thermal degradation, and high electrical resistance. The most common sources of asbestos in healthcare facilities include:

  • Pipe insulation
  • Insulating board fire breaks
  • HVAC duct insulation
  • Boiler insulation
  • Cooling towers
  • Electrical wiring components
  • Floor coverings and textured ceiling coatings
hospital workers, as well as patients, can be unknowingly exposed to asbestos from many possible areas and sources.