Asbestos is everywhere, so it’s important to be proactive.
Whether you are planning on renovating an older building or demolishing a structure to make way for something new, it is important to consider the presence of asbestos.
Asbestos Testing Services
An asbestos building inspection (sometimes called a survey) involves taking samples of building materials and having them analyzed for asbestos fibers. Any material that contains greater than 1% asbestos fibers is considered to be an Asbestos Containing Material (ACM). These materials must be carefully handled following appropriate regulations to ensure that building occupants are not exposed. ETC offers the following types of building surveys:
- AHERA Building Inspection
- OSHA Occupancy Inspection
- Asbestos Demolition Inspection
- Residential Home Inspection
Facility owners and operators are also required to ensure that employees or occupants of their buildings are not exposed to unsafe levels of airborne asbestos. Allowable fiber levels as defined by the regulatory agencies and various standards exist for different facilities. Some types of possible asbestos air monitoring include:
- Background (Ambient) Air Sampling
- Clearance (Post-Abatement) Air Sampling
- Daily Air Monitoring & Project Management
- Negative Exposure Assessment Sampling
- Specialty Air Monitoring
If asbestos is found within a building and needs to be removed for occupancy, renovation or demolition reasons, it is often appropriate to develop removal specifications to ensure any asbestos work is performed properly by competent firms.
If requested, ETC will prepare a complete and detailed set of specifications, prepared by a professional specification writer. They will assure competitive bids from contractors and detail the methods in which the project will be completed. ETC can also assist or manage the bid review and contractor selection process.
Asbestos samples are analyzed by Environmental Testing Labs. Learn more about asbestos testing and analysis here.
From Sampling to Testing, We're Here to Help
We offer comprehensive services – training, certified field techs to take samples, and a lab to analyze. We also help you understand our reports and recommendations.
Did you know . . .
That the EPA says 1% Asbestos is Asbestos-Containing Material (ACM)? Yet even if your material contains 1% asbestos, you may not officially have asbestos. Sound confusing?
Don't worry -- we are EPA regulation specialists and can you help navigate EPA regulations to ensure you don’t pay for services you don’t need, potentially saving your company thousands of dollars.
In addition, we have an NVLAP-accredited lab that can test with Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM) -- the gold standard for asbestos testing.
Asbestos exposure is a severe health risk that can potentially lead to conditions like mesothelioma, lung cancer and other types of asbestos-related cancer.
Federal and state regulations typically require asbestos surveys and inspections be completed on projects at institutional, commercial or industrial buildings undergoing renovations or demolition.