GLOSSARY

Asbestos*: Asbestos is a set of six naturally occurring silicate minerals exploited commercially for their desirable physical properties.

 

Asbestos removal*: There are several methods for removing asbestos including the use of Polyethylene film, duct tape and negative air pressure machines which are fitted with HEPA filters. The idea is that the contained area is pulling fresh air in as to not allow asbestos fibers into the surrounding environment.

 

Asbestos abatement: the removal of environmental harmful asbestos from a public building.

 

Asbestos buildings: Building containing asbestos. An asbestos-containing building that is to be torn down may have to be sealed, and to have its asbestos safely removed before ordinary demolition can be performed.

 

Air quality specialist: an expert who is devoted to evaluate and maintain air quality.

 

Crime clean up: It is the process to clean hazardous materials from a crime scene.

 

Contamination remediation: It is the process of removal and/or cleanup of contamination.

 

Decontamination*:  is the process of cleansing to remove contamination, or the possibility (or fear) of contamination.

 

Environmental asbestos*: Asbestos can be found naturally in the air outdoors and in some drinkable water, including water from natural sources. Asbestos from natural geologic deposits is known as "Naturally Occurring Asbestos" (NOA).

 

Environmental consulting: is often a form of compliance consulting, in which the consultant ensures that the client maintains an appropriate measure of compliance with environmental regulations.

 

Environmental engineering: is the application of science and engineering principles to improve the environment (air, water, and/or land resources), to provide healthy water, air, and land for human habitation and for other organisms, and to remediate polluted sites.

 

Hazardous waste*: is waste that poses substantial or potential threats to public health or the environment that can be carcinogenic, flammable, oxidant, corrosive, radioactive and explosive.

 

Hazardous waste disposal: The careful process to dispose hazardous waste that can only be performed by a professional.

 

Hazardous material*: are solids, liquids, or gases that can harm people, other living organisms, property, or the environment. They are often subject to chemical regulations.

 

Lead paint removal: It is the process of cleaning lead paint.

 

Mold*: include all species of microscopic fungi that grow in the form of multicellular filaments, called hyphae.  In contrast, microscopic fungi that grow as single cells are called yeasts.

 

Mould: British and Canadian spelling for Mold.

 

Mold inspectors: Professional that examines buildings to evaluate its level of mold.  

 

Mold Assestment*: Mold assessment is the process of identifying the location and extent of the mold hazard in a structure.

 

Mold remediation: It is the process of removal and/or cleanup of mold from an indoor environment.

 

Mould removal: The process to remove mold.

 

Mold test: The process to test a building to see the levels of mold.

 

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB)*: are a class of organic compounds with 1 to 10 chlorine atoms attached to biphenyl, which is a molecule composed of two benzene rings.

 

Remediation services*: services provided to correct environmental degradation.

 

Waste remediation: It is the process of removal and/or cleanup of waste.

 

* From en.wikipedia.org


 

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