In 1978, the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutant Standards (NESHAPS) under EPA guidance outlawed the installation of all friable asbestos (able to be crumbled by hand pressure). Non-friable asbestos containing materials such as floor tile and mastic were installed in buildings up until the early 1980’s and even later in some renovations.
If a contractor had stockpiles of non-friable asbestos, they were within their legal rights to install it in buildings until their supplies were exhausted. Therefore, the only definitive answer for knowing if you have asbestos in your building is to obtain a letter from the building contractor testifying that the building was constructed or renovated with no Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM). Without this documentation, your only alternative is to have the building surveyed for ACM.
WHO NEEDS AN ASBESTOS SURVEY?
If you own a building constructed or significantly modified prior to 1990, it may contain asbestos. The OSHA regulation 29 CFR 1910.1101 requires owners to know the condition of asbestos in their buildings and if tenants and/or employees are being exposed.
If you are planning a renovation or demolition, EPA regulations under National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPS), 40 CFR 61, Part M require you to know the extent of asbestos in your building prior to the start of work.
WHAT WE WILL DO.
With our experience, we know where to look. We will crawl through and sample the suspect materials in your building, assess their condition and quantify the extent of the problem.
When complete we deliver CAD drawings showing the sample locations, extent of ACM found, and any damaged areas. We will make recommendations on how to handle the materials and provide you with a rough order of magnitude cost estimate for any recommended repairs or removals.