Asbestos Building Inspection / Surveys
Surveying and sampling of Suspect Asbestos Containing Materials (SACM) will be carried out by Certified Building Inspectors and will be as per EPA Protocol. The highest level of Quality Control will be maintained at all times to ensure the well-being and safety of surveyors and occupants of the building at all stages of the survey.
Asbestos Abatement Project Design
Certified Management Planners and Engineers will design Plans and Specifications for all stages of a proposed Asbestos Abatement Project in compliance with prevailing Federal (NESHAP and AHERA/ASHARA), State (e.g. NJAC 5:23-8, subchapter 8) and Local Regulations (e.g. City of Philadelphia Asbestos Regulations).
Asbestos Air Monitoring and Testing
Our scope of work for Asbestos Safety Control and Air Monitoring Services during an Asbestos Abatement Project shall include, at a minimum, the following:
- Providing a competent Asbestos Project Inspector (API) or Asbestos Safety Technician (AST).
- Inspectors will ensure standard operating procedures, engineering control systems, respiratory protection, decontamination procedures, packaging and disposal of asbestos waste and any other aspects of the project that may affect the health and safety of the building occupants and the environment.
- Collect Baseline Samples prior to initiation of each work activity or abatement area.
- Collect Project Samples during abatement to yield a minimum of eight hours of sampling time inside each work area and outside the work area (in occupied buildings).
- Our technicians are also trained (NIOSH 582) to read Asbestos Air Samples (Phase Contrast Microscopy-PCM), so we can turn around the analysis of PCM air sample very rapidly.
- If at any time during the course of the work, airborne asbestos concentrations exceed either the background concentrations or 0.01f/cc outside the work area, the technician will halt abatement activities and request the Contractor take corrective measures to reduce airborne concentrations (misting the air, wet wiping, HEPA vacuuming, etc.). Work may not commence until the source of the contamination has been identified and additional air samples have been collected and analyzed indicating acceptable levels.
- After a thorough and final cleaning of the work area, our technicians will conduct a Final Visual Inspection. If the work area is visually clean, the technician will perform the Final Air Clearance Testing. An Asbestos Certification of Visual Inspection will be generated if all the clearance criteria are satisfied.
- Daily project activity logs, sample location maps, and sample collection data will be maintained for the duration of the project. All project documentation and final report shall be provided at project completion.
A team consisting of Environmental Engineers, Building Inspectors and Lab Analysts headed by a competent and experienced Asbestos Program Manager will execute all such projects. A Time and Work Schedule will be set up for the completion of all phases of the project and once this Schedule is approved, the highest priority will be given for completing each phase as scheduled.
Asbestos Bulk Sampling
Our personnel are trained and licensed to meet all applicable Federal, State and Local Regulations on proper bulk sampling procedures to ensure minimization of fiber contamination; proper sample identification and the appropriate chain-of-custody to ensure accountability and maintaining sample standards and accuracies. All Bulk Samples will be analyzed by an Accredited and Licensed Laboratory using Polarized Light Microscopy or Transmission Electron Microscopy with Sampling and Testing Methodology conforming to Regulatory Standards as outlined by the appropriate Regulatory Agencies at the Federal, State and Local Level.
Asbestos Awareness Training
Westchester Environmental LLC provides training services in Operations and Maintenance and Material Safety Data seminars. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has mandated a Hazard Communication Standard that provide employees with appropriate information and training to enable them to work safely with and around hazardous materials. This standard was designed to reduce and eliminate incidence of hazardous substance related injury or illness on the job.