ASBESTOS INSPECTIONS AND CONSULTING

Asbestos, referred to as “a miracle material” in Greece, was used extensively in building materials due to its lost cost, fire resistance and ability to make products more durable and last longer. However, asbestos is associated with adverse health effects and exposure to asbestos fibers should be avoided. Many older buildings and homes contain some type of asbestos-containing material (ACM). Among materials that may contain asbestos are: drywall texture, joint compound, pipe insulation, boilers, HVAC duct mastic, mirror mastic, plaster, linoleum, floor tile and mastic, ceiling tiles, roofing materials, cement based siding products and more. Asbestos can only be detected by laboratory analysis. You can’t see asbestos fibers in the air, there are invisible to the naked eye.

If you think that your home may contain ACM it is recommended having the building inspected to identify all materials containing ACM. To comply with State and Federal law, commercial /public access building owners and contractors are required to have asbestos testing done prior to disturbing materials that are suspect to contain asbestos.

Choice Consulting, LLC offers complete professional asbestos inspection and consulting services. Choice Consulting, LLC services begin with our trained staff of EPA accredited and Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) licensed asbestos inspectors, management planners, project designers, project managers, consultants and air monitoring technicians, who all have extensive experience providing cost-effective asbestos inspection and consulting services to public, government and private sector clients.  Asbestos inspection and consulting services offered by Choice Consulting, LLC include:

• Asbestos inspections needed to obtain building permits from cities and counties.

Asbestos inspections in commercial buildings and private residences

Independent third party laboratory analysis of bulk samples
• Asbestos abatement project management
• Abatement project design specifications
• Air monitoring using NIOSH 582 trained technicians
• Abatement project estimating/budgeting
• Facility surveys and inspections
• Asbestos operation & maintenance (O&M) plans
• Risk management and hazard assessments
• Training of custodial and maintenance personnel as required by OSHA
• Employee awareness training

Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) 6 month surveillance and 3 year inspections in schools.

Experience puts Choice Consulting, LLC in a unique position to assist you with your project. We believe that environmental consulting services should not necessarily be expensive or time consuming process.

To avoid fines and work delays call or email us today to keep your project in compliance with Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Emission Standards on Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) asbestos regulations.

 

ASBESTOS FAQ’s
What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber that is resistant to heat and has many desirable properties. Because asbestos fibers are resistant to heat and many chemicals, they have been used as insulation materials in many residential and commercial buildings world wide. Nearly every person is exposed to asbestos fibers at some time during his or her life.


Why is asbestos exposure hazardous?
Asbestos is made up of microscopic bundles of fibers that may become airborne when distributed. These fibers get into the air and may become inhaled into the lungs, where they can cause significant health problems. Government agencies and researchers still have not determined a “safe level” of exposure but everyone is in agreement that the greater and the longer the exposure, the greater the risk of contracting an asbestos-related disease or illness. Asbestos related diseases include: but are not limited to asbestosis, mesothelioma, and lung cancer.
What should I do if I find asbestos in my home?Usually, the best thing is to leave ACM that is in good condition alone and not disturb it. There is no danger unless fibers are released and inhaled into the lungs. If the ACM is damaged or becomes damaged, looks for professional help. You may contact Choice Consulting for professional assistance. We can recommend the most cost effective and appropriate response actions. 
Asbestos LawsThe EPA has identified asbestos as a hazardous pollutant, and in 1973, EPA first promulgated the Asbestos NESHAP in 40 CFR Part 61. After that ACM became a highly regulated hazardous material. Federal, State and local asbestos regulations aim to protect the general public from exposure to airborne asbestos fibers. Examples of some regulatory requirements are:

EPA under NESHAP Asbestos Regulation requires, prior to the commencement of a demolition or renovation, a thorough inspection of the affected facility or part of the facility where the demolition or renovation operation will occur for the presence of asbestos.

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) requires that the inspection in public access/commercial buildings be conducted by a licensed inspector, management planner or consultant.

The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA), a provision of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), became law in 1986. AHERA requires local education agencies to inspect their schools for asbestos-containing building material and prepare management plans to prevent or reduce asbestos hazards. Public school districts and non-profit private schools (collectively called local education agencies) are subject to AHERA’s requirements. This includes charter schools and schools affiliated with religious institutions.

Useful Web Links

http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/asbestos/default.shtm

http://www.epa.gov/asbestos/

 

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