Before beginning any demolition, renovation, or any other disruption of materials in a building build prior to 1990 that may contain asbestos, it is essential that you get an asbestos survey. Why? Because more than 2000 building materials used prior to 1990 contained asbestos, is a health hazard and is proven to cause diseases including mesothelioma and asbestosis. In short, exposure to asbestos can cause death.
Asbestos survey, also referred to as an asbestos location survey or asbestos assessment survey or asbestos testing and inspection is required to establish whether the materials present in the building contain asbestos and to delineate the location and condition of asbestos-containing materials (ACM).
An asbestos survey is based on a walk-through inspection and sampling of suspect building materials for both friable and non-friable asbestos. Friable ACM include those that can be crumbled and pulverized by hand pressure. Non-friable ACM are those that require tools to be broken and pulverized. Friable ACM is most often found in buildings that include: mechanical systems thermal insulation, fireproofing, soundproofing and other acoustic applications. Non-friable ACM includes: drywall joint compounds, plasters, vinyl asbestos flooring materials, linoleum, acoustic tiles, gaskets, putties, and caulks.
Once the survey is complete, the consultant will provide a report that will assess the level of asbestos hazard present so that an asbestos abatement plan can be determined. Our surveys ensure that you are in compliance with Howard’s Law.