Precautions for PCBs and Caulk

If you are a building owner or administrator of a facility renovated or built from 1950 to 1978, are you aware of what should be done to reduce PCB exposure? This toxic chemical has been found to be present in caulk used for construction during that time period.

PCBs, were lab-made chemicals were used in electrical products and construction materials before 1978. This chemical has been shown to negatively impact the immune, reproductive, nervous, and endocrine systems and is cancer-causing with long-term, prolonged exposure.

While the potential presence of PCBs is a critical issue, there are steps to take to ensure health and safety for all occupants. The EPA suggests that to lessen exposure to potentially dangerous caulk the following should be implemented:

  • routinely cleaning air ducts and improving ventilation systems
  • frequent cleanings with a damp or wet cloth to reduce dust and residue
  • using high efficiency air filters on vacuums and minimize dry broom usage
  • washing hands with soap and water frequently

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: Whether you’re renovating a building or working or living in one that fits the 1950-1978 time period for PBC caulk, it’s wise to take precautions and learn more about what can be done to protect your healthy and safety.