The peace of mind of library staff and patrons is of the utmost importance.
As part of the final phase of Renovation 2018, a small staff area on the second floor was found to contain similar tiles to those previously removed by an asbestos abatement company. This floor tile asbestos is a “non-friable” type—meaning it is not airborne and is not dangerous unless disturbed. Demolition would disturb the underlying materials, so we are using Holian Asbestos Removal, a professional contractor licensed in abatement, to ensure that the tiles are safely removed in compliance with federal, state and local regulations. Air monitoring will be conducted by an independent laboratory, United Analytical Service (UAS).
The asbestos in our library has not been airborne and it is safe to be in the Library. Asbestos only presents a health risk when fibers become airborne and are inhaled. The mere presence of ACM does not represent a health risk.
If you have any further questions, please contact:
Heidi Smith, Director
Park Ridge Public Library