How much do you know about Asbestos testing requirements in California?
There is a common misconception that buildings constructed after 1980 do not contain asbestos, yet contrary to popular belief, products containing asbestos have not been completely banned for import into the United States nor installation into current buildings. That is why federal, state and local regulatory agencies throughout California require owners or operators to conduct a survey for Asbestos-Containing Materials (ACM) prior to any demolition or renovation activities irrespective of the building age. We are finding that regulatory agencies are enforcing this rule now more than ever – we are even finding that demo permits are being held up for lack of asbestos bulk survey in buildings of any age. Failing to meet these requirements often results in fines and other penalties.
Healthy Buildings asbestos related services include any of the following:
Healthy Buildings asbestos bulk surveys consist of a site visit to inspect building materials likely to be disturbed during renovation or demolition. Suspect materials are sampled and sent to a local accredited lab for analysis. A report is generated listing areas inspected with mapped locations of building materials sampled and analytical results along with details and photographs. In the case of asbestos containing material being found, the report will be used as a road map by remediation contractors who will ensure the renovation or demolition may be safely completed. To protect the owner, asbestos monitoring oversight is frequently performed.
Asbestos Abatement Oversight
Healthy Buildings acts as the Owner’s representative by providing project oversight and quality control throughout the abatement process. A Cal-OSHA certified Asbestos Consultant/Site Surveillance Technician will monitor the abatement activities to insure that all work is performed in accordance with project specifications and applicable guidelines and regulations. A daily log is maintained which provides primary documentation of the abatement contractor’s activities, as well as any other events important to the project. Area air samples are collected continuously during abatement activities and as a final clearance measure to ensure that the area is safe for re-occupancy. When the asbestos abatement has been completed, a final abatement closeout report is issued, including all required document submittals concerning the abatement and sample analysis results.
Healthy Buildings’ has three offices throughout California, all of which have certified individuals to conduct asbestos surveys, abatement oversight and clearance. Additionally, our team can assist with any of your other hazardous material and industrial hygiene related needs.