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Asbestos, Lead, and Hazardous Materials

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Asbestos Inspection and Hazardous Material InspectionWhether the need is a limited test to verify if lead paint is present, a larger scale bridge remediation project, hazardous waste characterization or a HUD/State lead-based paint (LBP) assessment, RPF Environmental has the experience and capability to help. For over 25 years, our professionals at RPF Environmental have been devoted to performing surveys that create a safer environment. Our team consists of certified professionals who have successfully completed thousands of projects involving hazardous building material surveys, pre-renovation and demolition asbestos inspections, site assessments, PCBs, mold, universal waste and hazardous wastes, and management of site remediation/abatement.

Asbestos Survey

Asbestos is a broad term for a group of fibrous minerals that were used widely in the construction of buildings and in products. More specifically, according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) of the United States Department of Labor, asbestos was commonly used as materials, in such things as walls, floor tiles, pipes, automobile manufacturing, electrical components, cement, roofing, and among many more. As one can see, due to the multifaceted use of asbestos, many places other than building construction can be affected.

There are six different types of asbestos:

  • Actinolite Asbestos
  • Amosite Asbestos
  • Anthophyllite Asbestos
  • Chrysotile Asbestos
  • Crocidolite Asbestos
  • Tremolite Asbestos

The reason asbestos was used so commonly was that asbestos is immune to corrosion, heat, and is extremely durable. Essentially perfect for construction purposes. However, the reason that asbestos is no longer used in a majority of construction jobs and products is because of the harm it causes to individuals and workers. The tiny particles that make up asbestos are absorbed through the respiratory system creating various health problems and cancer.

Hazards associated with asbestos include:

  • Mesothelioma – is a specific form of cancer, that comes from asbestos exposure; it occurs in the thin layer of tissue that surrounds the lungs and other internal organs.

  • Asbestosis – a disease where scars are formed in the lungs from prolonged exposure to asbestos, causing difficulties in breathing.  There is no cure.

  • Lung Cancer and other diseases

Due to the toxic nature of asbestos, it is important that you get your environment surveyed by a professional, independent of any abatement or remediation contractors. Following a survey, asbestos can be removed; however, it is an extremely technical process that requires the appropriate protective gear and the knowledge regarding the condition of the asbestos. Typically, asbestos in good condition doesn’t represent a hazard; but when deteriorated or impacted by renovation or demolition work, asbestos can become airborne, resulting in human exposure and harm to the environment. That is why it is best to contact a licensed professional for all your asbestos needs.

Lead-Based Paint Survey

Lead paint is dangerous for a number of reasons, not only in homes, but in public spaces and offices as well. In 1977 the United States' Consumer Product Safety Commission, or CPSC, created a ban on lead paint because of the dangerous effects it carried. Widely used lead paint has a history of causing lasting health effects on the general population. To learn more about lead, please visit our video center.

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, most homes built before 1978 have a higher chance of lead-based paint being used.

Here at RPF Environmental we offer our clients highly trained and experienced staff members that can provide a wide range of services, including industrial hygiene, OSHA training, OSHA audits, safety survey, occupational exposure survey, noise monitoring, silica testing, and much more.

The most common victims of lead paint can be children, due to their natural response of putting foreign objects and their own hands in their mouth. If an environment contains lead, the surfaces that children contact can likely get them sick. However, children are not the only ones at risk; lead dust is also a hazard for building maintenance staff, construction workers, manufacturing employees, and even some hobbyists.

Some effects of lead-based poisoning include:

  • Brain Damage
  • Kidney Damage
  • Headaches
  • Stomachaches
  • Nausea
  • Tiredness
  • Irritability

The best way to avoid lead poisoning is to use proper work and cleaning methods. If you believe that there is a danger of lead paint in your business, or home, contact us today to speak with one of our lead paint experts about scheduling a survey.

Other Hazardous Material Surveys

As seen above, specific hazardous materials can be extremely dangerous in the workplace. Not only impacting your health, but the health of those around you, costing you more money in the long run. That is why RPF Environmental is here to help. Our professionals can handle a wide range of different hazardous working and/or living conditions that will lend to better health and safety for everyone involved.

Some of the services we offer include:

  • EPA Renovation Repair and Painting Rule training and testing
  • Waste Characterization, Lead and RCRA 8 TCLP Analysis
  • Air, Water, and Surface Dust Testing and Analysis
  • Residential LBP Risk Assessments and Lead Safe Certificate (NH Only)
  • Lead, mercury, and PCBs survey
  • Radon testing
  • Waste material characterization
  • Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessments
  • Hazardous material inspections & chemical exposure assessment
  • Air quality
  • Mold survey
  • Silica 
  • Underground storage tank removal services
  • Brownfields site investigations
  • Litigation support
  • Accredited laboratory analysis
  • Remediation design, bid, and contract administration

This is by no means a full list of the services RPF Environmental offers. For a list of our services, or if you would like to talk about a specific concern you have, contact our professionals today.

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Our industry-leading professionals have serviced customers ranging from building owners and small businesses to construction clients and Fortune 500 companies. With a network that encompasses all New England and beyond, we at RPF Environmental, Inc. are equipped to help you quickly deal with any hazardous material. You can count on RPF Environmental to deliver some of the fastest responses in the industry and to provide exceptional solutions that are tailored to your needs. Discover what decades of know-how and proven dedication can do for you.

Don't hesitate to schedule your consultation with our expert team.
We provide asbestos inspection in New Hampshire, Maine & Massachusetts.

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Why Work With
RPF Environmental?

  • Fastest turnarounds available for time-sensitive projects
  • Meet all regulatory standards & maintain focus on project goals
  • Dedicated client services that emphasize close communication
  • Cost-effective and creative alternatives for flexible strategies
  • Access to leading experts in your specific field to enhance your solutions
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