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Our staff has the experience and licensing to perform asbestos surveys and inspections in any structure commercial or residential.

Asbestos

Asbestos

Asbestos exposure becomes a health concern when high concentrations of asbestos fibers are inhaled over a long time period. We possess the necessary experience and equipment to safely identify asbestos in your home or workplace.

Indoor Air Quality

In 1980, 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 until the early 1980’s and even later in some applications.

If a contractor had stockpiles of non-friable asbestos, it was 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 have the building surveyed for Asbestos Containing Materials.

The only definitive answer for knowing if you have asbestos in your building is to have the building surveyed for Asbestos Containing Materials.

What We Can Do

Our staff has the experience and licensing to perform asbestos surveys and inspections in any structure commercial or residential. If you own a building, constructed prior to 1980, it may contain asbestos.

Our surveys locate, identify, estimate quantities, and note the condition of asbestos containing materials (ACM). AMD staff is also proficient at determining preliminary estimates for remediation costs. Our asbestos surveys are conducted in accordance with all applicable procedures in 40 CFR, Part 763 (Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act or AHERA), 40 CFR, Subpart M (National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants or NESHAPS), and all applicable regulations.

The New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) are the primary State agencies responsible for establishing and implementing regulations regarding asbestos abatement, worker training programs, worker protection, and disposal of asbestos waste materials in New York State. OSHA regulation 29 CFR 1910.1101 requires owners to know the condition of asbestos in their buildings 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 requires you to know the extent of asbestos in your building prior to the start of work.

Asbestos Sampling & Surveys

Many building components may contain asbestos, such as insulation, ceiling and floor tiles, mastic, roofing, and sidings. When disturbed or damaged, asbestos can cause significant health threats. We can test materials in your home if you are planning renovations or if you just want to know if there is asbestos in your home.

Asbestos related services include pre-demolition and general building surveys, asbestos abatement air and/or project monitoring, bulk and air sampling, and laboratory analysis.

Building surveys are performed to identify asbestos-containing materials (ACM) through inspection, sampling and analysis. At the completion of an asbestos survey, a comprehensive project report is prepared to provide the client with information relative to the types and quantities of asbestos-containing materials (ACM) identified, the locations and condition of the materials, and options for appropriate or acceptable management of identified ACM.

AMD has provided survey and management plans for industrial and commercial clients that meet or exceed the current regulatory guidelines. Air sampling and project monitoring services are provided to ensure that asbestos abatement projects are completed in accordance with applicable federal, state and local regulations.

Project Monitoring Services

In New York State, building owners are required to utilize a certified and licensed third-party Project Monitor and Air Sampling Technician on most asbestos abatement projects, per 12 NYCRR Part 56-4 and 56-9. Working as the eyes and ears of the building owner, this service involves the use of certified personnel on your asbestos abatement projects to ensure that all contract specifications and regulations are strictly adhered to by the abatement contractor. We offer specially trained New York State Certified project monitoring personnel to oversee compliance with all regulations.

With AMD Environmental providing your Project Monitor, you can rest assured that the asbestos abatement project will be completed in a safe, efficient, and professional manner. Due to potential conflicts of interest, asbestos abatement contractors cannot hire or provide required monitoring, clearance, and area air sampling services on their projects.

Asbestos Project Design

Abatement project design involves coordination with the client and other designated parties (architect, construction manager, and building management) to develop the work plan and specifications for the project. Pre-project planning is the key to successfully developing cost effective, regulatory compliant work plans and project specifications. Our work plans are developed to incorporate the compliance requirements of the local, county, state, or federal jurisdiction(s) with authority over the work.

Our Asbestos Project Designers develop specifications describing:

  • Locations of ACM to be Abated
  • Work Area Boundaries
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Personnel and Waste Decontamination Units Location
  • Temporary Electrical
  • Water/Drain Sources
  • HVAC, Electrical, and Operating System Isolation Requirements
  • Equipment Staging Areas

The air monitoring plans include descriptions of proposed sampling locations, types, methods, and frequencies.

The specification package also includes requirements for housekeeping and dust control measures, air sampling requirements, temporary sanitation facilities for contractor’s personnel, and waste characterization and disposal methods.