In 1980, the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutant Standards (NESHAPS), under EPA guidance, outlawed the installation of all friable asbestos (“friable” = able to be crumbled by hand pressure). Non-friable asbestos–containing materials, such as floor tile and mastic, a type of resin, were installed in buildings until the early 1980s—and even later in some applications.
According to the standards, contractors could continue to install non-friable asbestos until their supplies were exhausted. Depending on when your building was constructed, the only definitive way to know if you have asbestos is to have the building surveyed for asbestos-containing materials (ACM).
AMD Environmental’s team has the experience and licensing to perform asbestos testing, surveys and inspections in any commercial or residential structure. 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) and the levels of asbestos exposure. AMD Environmental staff is also practiced in providing 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 [AHERA]), 40 CFR, Subpart M (NESHAPS) and all other 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. When considering a renovation or demolition, EPA regulations under NESHAPS, 40 CFR 61, Part M requires you to know the extent of asbestos in your building prior to the start of work.