Roger Francoeur, President of RPF Environmental, Inc. recently wrote an
High Profile, a magazine that reports the news on New England facilities, discussing
the use of asbestos in modern building construction and remodeling or
restoration. You can read the entire text of the article in full
on High Profile’s website.
Modern Use of Asbestos
Many people are stunned to learn that the use of asbestos is not only perfectly
legal still (unlike other materials that have been outright banned, such
as lead-based paint). In fact, it’s still commonly found in things
such as flooring, putty, roofing, siding, insulations, plaster, gaskets,
and a ton more. One of the biggest possible sources of asbestos is spray-on
insulation, which has become all the rage in modern buildings due to its
efficiency, durability, and ease of installation.
Health Effects of Asbestos
The health effects of asbestos are widely known, as a relatively recent
rash of bad press regarding asbestos-based products has brought the issue
to public light. “Asbestos is a carcinogen, and epidemiological
studies demonstrate that several diseases are related to asbestos exposure,”
Francoeur writes. “A general rule of thumb is that if it isn’t
wood, metal, or rubber, then the EPA likely considers it a suspect [asbestos
containing building material].”
Dealing with Asbestos in Your Building
Many contractors are unaware of the inspections for asbestos containing
building materials (ACBMs) that are required by state and federal agencies
prior to any renovation or demolition procedures.
If asbestos is present in your construction site and will be disturbed
by your work, then the typical steps that must be followed include:
Remediation or work plan: Before beginning your work (ideally during the planning phase of your
project), you should run tests, including collecting samples in order
to file a proper report and work plan for your project.
Notifications: once your plan and testing is completed, you must give notice to all contractors
as well as to the appropriate state agency. This can be quite a large
added expense, and will take some time as the EPA requires a 10-day notice
to be given.
Abatement: All removal and abatement must be performed by an insured and licensed
abatement contractor who can handle the removal, repair, packaging, and
proper disposal of asbestos. This can be a very time-consuming process
to perform properly, and all contractors should be monitored by an independent
hygiene monitoring firm.
Records: Within 30 days of the completion of the abatement work, the abatement
contractor must submit a large number of documents to the property owner
to demonstrate that the abatement was performed properly.
If you need a high-quality inspection or environmental report for your
RPF Environmental, Inc. can assist you. We are one of the leading firms in environmental consultation,
having developed a strong track record of accurate reporting and reliable
analysis since our formation in 1991. We guarantee some of the fastest
turnaround available thanks to our extensive array of experts in many
fields and vast pool of resources that are available to us.
schedule a consultation for your project, call RPF Environmental Inc. today at 888.293.0619.