How to Comply with NYC Asbestos-Handling Requirements

Asbestos exposure has long been linked to an increase risk of cancer, particularly for workers in construction jobs involving the use of asbestos materials. Asbestos was used as a fire-retardant insulation in the construction of buildings long before it was known to pose severe environmental and health hazards. As a result, buildings built before the mid-1970s often contain asbestos insulation around heating systems, plumbing lines, and in ceilings and other areas. And until 1981, asbestos was also widely used in many other building materials, such as vinyl flooring and tiles.

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