materials that may be disturbed as
part of a planned renovation must
be inspected for the presence of asbestos
prior to the renovation. ALIS can
perform building inspections and full
surveys to determine the presence,
location and quantity of asbestos
materials. Once the asbestos hazards
are located and their condition assessed,
we can present a comprehensive report
of findings that includes sample results,
locations, quantities and conditions
and cost estimates for abatement.
We can offer assistance with remediation
options and associated cost effectiveness.
Remediation options include encapsulation,
enclosure, operations and maintenance,
repair and removal.
In Your Home
IS ASBESTOS? Asbestos is
the name given to a naturally occurring
group of minerals composed of tiny,
easily inhaled fibers.
CONCERNS? Asbestos fibers
can cause serious health problems.
When asbestos gets in the air, breathing
the fibers can lead to an increased
risk of (1) lung cancer; (2) cancer
of the lining of the chest or abdominal
cavity (mesothelioma); and (3) scarring
of the lung tissue (asbestosis).
IS IT FOUND? Many types
of building products and insulation
materials used in homes before the
mid-1980s contained asbestos. Common
products that might contain asbestos
PIPES, BOILERS, and FURNACE
DUCTS insulated with an asbestos
blanket or asbestos paper tape.
The materials may release asbestos
fibers if damaged, repaired,
or removed improperly.
SHEET, MILLBOARD, and PAPER
used as insulation around furnaces
and wood-burning stoves. Removing
appliances may release asbestos
fibers. So may cutting, tearing,
sanding, drilling, or sawing
GASKETS in furnaces, wood stoves,
and coal stoves.
OR DECORATIVE MATERIAL sprayed
on walls and ceilings. Loose,
crumbly, or water-damaged material
may release fibers. So will
sanding, drilling, or scrapping
AND JOINT COMPOUNDS for walls
and ceilings, and TEXTURED PAINTS.
Sanding, scraping, or drilling
these surfaces may release asbestos.
CEMENT ROOFING, SHINGLES, and
SIDING. Do not saw, drill, or
cut these materials.
FLOOR TILES (vinyl asbestos,
asphalt, and rubber), the backing
on VINYL SHEET FLOORING,
and ADHESIVES used for installing
floor tiles. Sanding tiles can
release fibers. So may scraping
or sanding the backing of sheet
flooring during removal.
Operation and Maintenance
Operations and Maintenance (O&M)
Program can be implemented for the
building, to address the presence
of known asbestos-containing material
(ACM). A properly implemented O&M
Program helps prevent the potential
release of asbestos fibers by minimizing
and controlling ACM disturbance.
goal of an O&M program is to minimize
the release of airborne asbestos fibers
and surface contamination generated
as a result of improperly performed
work activities, accidental disturbances
or natural deterioration of asbestos-containing
building materials (ACBM) within the
facility. The release of asbestos
fibers increases the risk of asbestos
exposure. An O&M program can inform
maintenance personnel and contractors
of the specific locations of asbestos,
establish a periodic observation program
for changes in the materials conditions
and facilitate response for removal,
clean up or repair of damaged areas.
Project Monitoring and On-Site
Project Monitoring services include
observation and documentation of the
activities by an asbestos abatement
contractor. Observe proper credentials,
monitor their work practices, ensure
compliance with all federal, state
and local regulations and contract
specifications, collect and analyze
environmental air samples during the
abatement project and grant final
clearance upon satisfactory completion
of the project. PCM analysis on air
samples can be performed on-site for
immediate results. The primary obligation
of the Industrial Hygienist during
an abatement project is to the public.
Air Sampling and Testing
air sampling services on a monthly,
quarterly or semi-annual schedule
is provided for a wide range of environments;
offices, commercial buildings and
manufacturing facilities. This sampling
plan is ideal for owners of buildings
where asbestos is present and an O&M
program is in place. Periodic air
sampling in these types of situations
in addition to a visual assessment
of existing ACM can alert the building
owner to otherwise undetected exposure
to building occupants.
who have a workplace or operation
where exposure monitoring is required
under the OSHA Standard CFR 1926.1101
for construction, must perform monitoring
to determine the airborne concentrations
of asbestos to which employees may
be exposed. We can conduct Initial
Exposure Assessments prior to the
start of an abatement which will determine
the level of respiratory protection
for the employees and /or collect
air samples for ongoing employee exposure
monitoring during a project.