Leaders In Asbestos Consulting
As an industry leader in asbestos consulting, RHP professionals draw on decades of experience and training from our team of inspectors, risk assessors, safety professionals and Certified Industrial Hygienists. RHP has a unique ability to respond to a full range of client needs, from a demolition inspection to risk assessment/exposure assessment and laboratory analysis.
What Is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a commercial term that refers to a group of six naturally occurring minerals containing very high fiber strength and heat resistant properties. Over the last century plus, asbestos has been utilized primarily for these properties in numerous consumer products and building construction materials. Some of the more common building materials containing asbestos include exterior siding and roofing panels, ceiling and floor tiles, drywall products and pipe insulation. Some additional products include friction products (automobile clutches, brake, and transmission components), packing, gaskets, and coatings.
According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), many people with occupational exposure to asbestos never have serious asbestos-related diseases. However, asbestos-associated diseases typically have long latency periods: 10 to 40 years or more, depending on the disease and exposure factors. It is important to use caution when working near or potentially disturbing materials that contain or are suspected to contain asbestos and to have a plan in place in the event materials are disturbed or plan on being disturbed.
Inspecting and Testing Your Property for Asbestos
RHP’s licensed and knowledgeable inspectors have extensive experience providing solutions to our clients’ needs and concerns relating to asbestos-containing materials present in the built environment, commercial buildings and properties, residential both personal and commercial, and industrial structures. Solutions may involve the sample collection ofsuspected building materials, air monitoring and sampling of workers or individuals and the development and/or audit of existing Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Program.
Asbestos Project Management Services
RHP’s Project Managers (PM) and Air Sampling Professionals (ASPs) provide project management support in a variety of commercial, institutional, and residential settings and include schools, offices buildings, industrial facilities, multi-family residential properties and single-family homes. PMs may act as the building owner’s or school’s representative during the asbestos abatement process and are responsible for ensuring the abatement contractor is complying with the contract specifications and state and federal regulations.
Air monitoring conducted by a PM is done primarily to ensure air quality outside a contained area remains unaffected by removal/abatement activities done inside a regulated contained work area. Personal air monitoring can be conducted to assess the fiber concentrations workers or contractors could be exposed to during abatement activities. This assessment may be used to determine appropriate levels of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and compliance with Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and permissible exposure limits (PELs). A detailed record of air monitoring must be maintained during the abatement project by the PM and is typically inserted into a building’s Operations & Maintenance (O&M) Program or a school’s Asbestos Management Plan.
Our Asbestos Sampling Procedures and Testing Methodology
RHP’s PMs and ASPs follow all regulations, standards, and guidance provided by the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) and the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP), both established decades ago under the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA).
AHERA is a regulation for public school districts and non-profit schools developed to protect students and school employees from asbestos exposure. Samples of bulk materials are often collected and analyzed when developing or updating an Asbestos Management Plan in schools. Asbestos air sampling is conducted before, during, and after abatement activities or any time asbestos is disturbed (planned or unplanned) in schools.
NESHAP is intended to minimize the release of asbestos fibers during activities involving the handling of asbestos-containing materials, such as building renovation of demolition. NESHAP sampling is typically associated with commercial buildings and facilities excluding residential buildings with four or fewer dwelling units. Sampling is conducted in the area of the building where demolition or renovation activities will occur.
Once samples (air or bulk) are collected from a site, they are transported to an accredited laboratory and analyzed according to the project requirements and specifications. Once sample results are available, RHP works with all project stakeholders (i.e., school representatives, building owners and managers, abatement contractors) to determine and provide guidance on any remaining phases of the project.
Post Asbestos Abatement Clearance Air Sampling (AHERA)
Following the conclusion of asbestos abatement activities, RHP’s Project Managers and ASPs conduct clearance air sampling to ensure fiber concentrations within the contained work area meets the established clearance standards prior to containment disassembly and normal re-occupancy. AHERA standards are strictly followed during the clearance phase of an asbestos abatement project in schools. RHP’s clearance service includes a thorough visual assessment of the contained work area to ensure all materials have been adequately removed and the work area is clean and free of debris.
Benefits of Asbestos Management
RHP’s Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIHs), Asbestos Project Managers, and Air sampling Professionals have the experience and knowledge needed when you are looking for professional guidance and asbestos consulting services for any building or facility types. By following established standards, regulations and guidance, RHP’s clients can be confident each asbestos abatement project will be handled professionally, ensuring the health and safety of all building occupants.
Asbestos Services We Offer
RHP provides asbestos inspections and consultations for commercial, industrial and residential properties. Through our certified and accredited lab we can provide assurances for the need of PPE, containment and reaching clearance. Our science-driven solutions provide the confidence you are looking for to meet your project objectives with safety and within prevailing standards and regulations.
Residential Asbestos Services
RHP provides asbestos consulting services to owners, renters or leasers of residential properties, including single-family homes, apartment complexes, condominium buildings and other residential-type facilities. RHP’s team of inspectors is well-positioned to respond quickly and arrive on-site with everything needed to conduct the inspection. We utilize our in-house accredited asbestos testing laboratory to provide results within hours if desired.
RHP’s core asbestos consulting services for residential properties include:
- Demolition/Renovation Inspection for Permit Application
- Air Monitoring and Air Clearance Associated with Abatement Projects
- Restoration/Cleanup Projects
- Property Transaction/Due Diligence Inspections
Commercial & Industrial Property Services
For our commercial and industrial clients, RHP’s team of professionals gives our clients confidence during the management of risks associated with asbestos-containing materials present or suspected in your facility, building and structure. Worker safety and health and corporate risk management drive clients to RHP’s expertise.
RHP’s core asbestos consulting services for commercial and industrial clients include:
- Environmental Property Due Diligence
- Demolition/Renovation (NESHAP) Inspections
- Emergency Response Support
- O&M Program Development and Maintenance
- Employer/Worker Training
- Abatement Project Management
- Local, State and Federal Regulation Guidance
- Employee Fit Testing
Contact RHP for an Asbestos Survey and Inspection in Chicago
We have a team of highly trained professionals for projects of any scale. Our staff includes:
- Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Science Professionals
- Certified Industrial Hygienists
- Certified Safety Professionals
- Public health scientists
- Risk assessors
- Credentialed and Licensed Field and support staff
RHP Risk Management uses a reliable, reproducible, and sound scientific approach recognized in the industry to address each client’s concerns. Our thorough and data-driven inspections, sampling, and testing approach will ensure you have complete confidence and defensible data. Through our asbestos consulting services, you can:
- Recognize your business risks and manage them.
- Comply with industry regulations.
- Answer regulatory or liability actions.
- Target areas of concern with response actions and control measures.
Contact our industry experts today to learn more about our asbestos consulting services.
Content Reviewed & Verified by Our Asbestos Experts
Jacob Persky, MPH, CIH – A board-certified Industrial Hygienist and holds multiple professional licenses for asbestos and lead in Illinois and Indiana.
Luke Nienhaus, CIH – A licensed air sampling professional (ASP), asbestos project manager and inspector, and lead-based paint inspector and risk assessor in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin.
Ben Heckman, MPH, CIH – AHERA trained and accredited and holds certifications as a Cal/DOSH Certified Asbestos Consultant (CAC) and Cal/DPH Certified Lead-Related Construction, Inspector/Risk Assessor, and Project Monitor.