Inspections and Testing
- Sampling of structures and building materials
- Comprehensive written reports that meet AHERA, AQMD, city, state, and federal standards
- Activity examples: Remodeling, demolition, pre-abatement, real estate sale, AHERA compliance
AQMD Procedure 5 Protocols
Monitoring during abatement process
Post abatement clearances
- Clearance certification that meets AQMD, State, and federal requirements
Should You Worry About Asbestos?
Asbestos refers to a group of naturally occurring fibrous minerals which can cause major breathing problems and cancer. Inhaling these tiny airborne fibers increases your risk of developing lung cancer and mesothelioma, a deadly form of cancer that attacks the thin lining surrounding the lungs and other organs. Most of the harmful impacts of asbestos are not seen immediately and often develop years after the initial exposure.
Contrary to common belief, the only asbestos ban (1975) regarding building materials related to spray-on type coatings and only limited their asbestos content to less than 1%. Building materials exceeding 1% asbestos content are still in use today include cement products, pipeline wrap, roofing felt, vinyl floor tile, shingles, millboard, and roof coatings to mention just a few.
The EPA does not track the manufacture, processing and distribution of products containing asbestos. In fact they state that “it would be prudent for the consumer to inquire about the presence of asbestos in particular products”.