If you work or live in a building that you suspect contains asbestos, you may be worried about your safety. Unless you are the owner of the building, you may feel like there is nothing you can do to remedy the situation.
However, reporting your concerns can trigger action that effectively addresses the hazard and leads to corrective measures. This was the case recently when someone made a complaint to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) about asbestos in a grocery store.
Calling out improper removal efforts
According to reports, the agency received a complaint regarding renovation and demolition activities at a Kroger store. The issue stemmed from the improper removal and disposal of asbestos by a licensed asbestos contractor.
After an inspection, the Illinois EPA determined the company’s actions led to the uncontrolled discharge of asbestos fibers.
The agency issued a seal order, closing the location. It recently modified the order to start the remediation process.
What to do if you are in a similar situation
If you see signs of asbestos contamination or abatement violations, you can take the following steps:
- Make a report to the property owner. In some cases, the property owner may not be aware of dangerous activities and practices occurring.
- File a complaint with the Illinois EPA.
- Pursue a legal claim. Filing a lawsuit could be an option if someone’s negligence or recklessness with asbestos puts you and your health in danger.
Taking these actions can ensure someone knows about an asbestos-related hazard. And knowing about asbestos is necessary for removing and disposing of it properly and safely.
Whether you live in a building managed by a landlord or work for a company that comes into contact with asbestos, it can be beneficial to know what to do if you suspect dangerous practices are exposing people to asbestos. If the parties you inform do not take appropriate action or you are unsure of what to do, you can always reach out for legal guidance and support.