The EPA has taken a special interest in the issue of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in the past 10 years. PCBs were used in a wide variety of caulking products up until the late 1970s. This type of caulking was especially popular in the construction of schools when installing doors and windows.
According to EPA studies, PCBs can have serious health effects.
“PCBs have been demonstrated to cause a variety of adverse health effects. They have been shown to cause cancer in animals as well as a number of serious non-cancer health effects in animals, including: effects on the immune system, reproductive system, nervous system, endocrine system and other health effects. Studies in humans support evidence for potential carcinogenic and non-carcinogenic effects of PCBs. The different health effects of PCBs may be interrelated. Alterations in one system may have significant implications for the other systems of the body.”
According to EPA regulations, any material that contains more than 50 parts per million of PCB are classified as dangerous. When materials exceed this limit, special precautions need to be used to safely dispose of them. The Toxic Substance Control Act lays out strict guidelines for demolition contractors who come across PCB caulking.
If a school, or any building built between the 1950s and 1980s is slated for demolition, it’s important to check for PCB caulking. Failure to identify the dangerous compound can have serious consequences. It’s vitally important that all demolition contractors stay up to date on the latest rules and regulations from the EPA.
At DT Specialized Services, we pride ourselves on adhering to all environmental and safety regulations. Holding ourselves to such high standards is how we’ve built a trustworthy reputation with so many satisfied clients.