Dust Exposure and Me

Construction dust
The building next door is being remodeled and your living areas are full of construction dust.

Take a look at the outside of the building and see if there are any signs from the SF Building Dept. If the building was built before 1981, there is a possibility the construction dust may contain lead and asbestos. If you see a water truck spraying the construction site, there is a good chance that building contains asbestos, but not always.

Report the problem to your landlord or property manager. Send them a photo if possible.

Then buy a HEPA only air purifier and keep your doors and windows shut as much as possible.

DON’T SWEEP THE DUST – USE A SWIFFER-TYPE MOP. If the dust has “bad stuff” a broom will make the dust go into the air and up your nose. If you must sweep, wet the area (all the dust) with a spray bottle. Then clean up the area.

Please give your landlord time to respond to your situation. If things don’t improve, or if you have a reason to believe the dust contains asbestos or lead, then a call to a local tenant-landlord attorney, the SF Rent Control Board  or the SF Building Department. If you are SURE asbestos and/or lead paint dust is present, then call the Bay Area Air Quality Management District