Healthy Building Science provides asbestos inspections and survey’s for residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional projects of any size. An Asbestos Survey generally includes material sampling to identify existing asbestos materials.
Some common sources of Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) can include, but are not limited to:
- Vapor Barriers on or behind walls, ceilings, floors, or fixtures
- Piping and Boiler Insulation
- Heating System Components
- Electrical: knob and tube wiring, insulation fuse box insulation
- Vinyl Floor Tile and underlying mastic or Vinyl Sheet Flooring and backing
- Linoleum flooring
- Leveling Compound, Carpet Glue or Grout and mortar associated with ceramic tile
- Baseboard and associated glues
- Wallboard/Drywall/Sheetrock with joint or taping compound or Wall and ceiling plasters
- Interior wall texture
- Acoustical Ceiling Tiles and Ceiling tile glue commonly referred to as “Popcorn Ceiling” tile
- Sprayed acoustical ceiling texture
- Window putty, Exterior Paints and waterproofing
- Exterior Stucco and Exterior Transite siding (cementitious panels)
- Roofing components including shingles, tars, papers, felts, and mastics
Asbestos Survey Regulations
These services can help comply with applicable regulations including:
- General and Construction Industry Asbestos Standard
- National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPS)
- Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA)
- EPA Laws and Asbestos Regulations and local air pollution control district rules and regulations
According to most readings of the NESHAPS asbestos rules, there is no end date for asbestos testing depending on the time of construction. That means that ANY renovation project involving demolition should have an asbestos inspection (asbestos survey).
Because material testing can be damaging, it may be prudent to sample only those materials to be impacted or that have been already been damaged. Otherwise the safest course is to avoid disturbing the suspect materials.
Air sampling for asbestos will not definitively tell whether there is asbestos in building materials. Only sampling the material itself and analysis by an accredited laboratory can provide that answer. Air sampling may be useful if there is a general concern about asbestos in the air or a suspicion that asbestos work was performed. Air sampling should be performed after any known removal of asbestos materials and before re-occupancy.
Asbestos Health Effects:
There is a variety of information available on the health risks of asbestos.
To minimize exposure to asbestos, avoid disturbing the material and always use certified professionals for testing suspect materials, and impacting or removing asbestos containing materials.
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