Prior to building renovation or demolition, an asbestos inspection is required under the Federal NESHAP regulations. As a core component of our HAZMAT Department, AH inspectors undergo rigorous training in the field that exceeds all state regulations prior to becoming a licensed inspector. Our inspections often identify the asbestos containing materials (ACM) that others miss, because the AH inspections are truly comprehensive and conducted by highly trained personnel. This aspect is critical since a proper inspection eliminates change orders on renovation and demolition contracts, saving the client money. AH inspectors have recorded more than 2,500 quality inspections, 40,000 bulk samples collected, and exceed 15 million square feet of quality inspection in the past decade.
Once asbestos has been identified in a building, the real work begins in order to maintain recordkeeping and preventing mishaps involving compliance with federal standards. ACM and still allowing routine maintenance to be performed is critical. Following an asbestos inspection AH can provide a comprehensive and functional Operation and Maintenance (O&M) Program tailored to the facility.
All construction projects are not created equal. Sites with known or potential hazardous, toxic, or reactive wastes must be treated with the utmost care to avoid the significant liabilities involved with causing pollution or environmental damage. AH HAZMAT staff has experience in project oversight and management when dealing with these issues. AH has successfully written and implemented accident prevention plans (APPs) and hazardous, toxic, reactive waste (HTRW) plans for the Army Corps of Engineers on various sites.
In addition to asbestos, renovation or demolition of buildings and structures may present another documented health hazard, lead. Although not mandated by OSHA or EPA on non-HUD properties, a comprehensive lead check during the preconstruction inspection has proven useful to identify lead components that may be present, which could lead to construction delays and associated costs. AH utilizes standard bulk material (paint, soil, wipes, air) techniques and state of the art equipment [Innov-X X-ray fluorescence unit/ XRF] to quickly identify lead materials (including paints, plastics, and vinyl) in a building or industrial facility. The XRF used has enhanced capability to provide results instantly for lead and additional metals, including cadmium and chromium.