RHP’s licensed inspectors are experienced in providing solutions to simple and complex questions and concerns relating to asbestos containing materials (ACM) in commercial buildings and properties and how to avoid or mitigate risks associated with these materials. Our processes commonly include sample collection of building materials, air monitoring and sampling of workers or individuals, and audits and development of Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Programs.
RHP’s inspectors routinely conduct building inspections for large and small commercial buildings and facilities throughout the United States. RHP works with clients to determine the needs and scope of each project considering the client’s objectives, motivations and local, state and federal regulations. All collected samples are analyzed at RHP’s NVLAP-accredited laboratory in Elk Grove Village, IL or if desired another accredited laboratory.
Air sampling entails the capture of particles in the air either during an asbestos abatement project, before (background) or after (clearance) a project is completed by a licensed asbestos abatement contractor. Ambient air sampling is typically conducted in a space recently impacted by a localized material disturbance. Air samples are collected and analyzed by RHP’s staff of Air Sampling Professionals (ASPs) who are recognized in AIHA’s Asbestos Analysts Registry (AAR) program.
RHP’s professionals provide training and consulting services in O&M Program development for commercial buildings of all types including office buildings, shopping centers, apartment buildings and health care facilities as well as public buildings such as schools. Training in using an O&M Program is conducted in person or through RHP’s online training platform.
Asbestos Inspections - Commercial Buildings (Retail, Office, Multi-Family Residential)
RHP’s team of licensed inspectors conduct asbestos inspections in all types of commercial buildings, including retail, office and multi–family residential structures. RHP stays abreast of local, state and federal regulations and evolves with industry trends.
To determine if a building material is asbestos containing, it would entail sampling and analysis of the material at an accredited laboratory. RHP can conduct sampling during a building inspection or targeted survey of specific materials or in a particular area of interest.
Reasons for an Asbestos Inspection
Environmental Property Transaction Due Diligence – During a commercial property transaction, establishing if asbestos is a component of the property at issue can affect the value and/or requirements of an ownership transfer. Age of the property/building, site conditions, and purchaser’s desired use are factors that may drive the desire for an asbestos inspection or limited assessment during a property transaction.
Demolition or Renovation – Prior to the demolition of commercial buildings, National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) requires a comprehensive asbestos inspection or a limited inspection prior to renovation of a building where building materials may be disturbed. This federal standard does not apply to single-family homes or multi-family dwellings with 4 units or less but some local county, city or municipalities (e.g. Cook County, IL) carry similar inspection requirements for demolition or renovation projects/permits cover all building types including single-family homes. Building or demolition permits often require an inspection report from a licensed asbestos building inspector.
Urgent Cleanup/Restoration – In an emergency situation such as a flood, storm or fire, hazardous building materials or debris such as asbestos may be overlooked. Whether the building material of concern has been damaged or is scheduled to be disturbed or removed during a restoration project, it is important for a trained asbestos building inspector to assess the material and situation to develop an appropriate mitigation plan. Sampling of suspected ACMs within the affected area and quick lab results may be required for a swift resolution to a difficult situation.
Asbestos - Commercial & Industrial: Air Monitoring
Commercial buildings of a certain era or class often contain building materials that are asbestos-containing materials (ACMs). This fact leaves building owners at risk for claims or exposure by employees, workers and/or contractors. Owners and workers that interact with asbestos-containing materials (ACM)s, routinely or not, should be are aware of and receive training on the risks associated with asbestos exposure.
When workers, building occupants or contractors impact ACMs within a building, air monitoring may be conducted to ensure any potential exposure to airborne fiber concentrations are below regulatory levels and the surrounding areas remain unimpacted by the work. When air monitoring is conducted, RHP’s licensed Inspectors and Air Sampling Professionals (ASPs) utilize state-of-the-art equipment and follow state and federal guidance to assess workers and surrounding areas.
Project Management Services
RHP’s Project Managers (PM) and ASPs provide project management support in a variety of commercial and industrial settings including schools. PMs act as the building owner’s or school’s representative on asbestos abatement projects 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. Secondly, personal air monitoring can be conducted to assess the fiber concentrations workers or contractors may be exposed to during abatement activities. This assessment can be used to determine appropriate levels of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and ultimately adherence to Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) permissible exposure levels (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.
Post-abatement Clearance Air Sampling
After an abatement project, RHP’s Project Managers and ASPs conduct clearance air sampling to ensure fiber concentrations within the contained work area meets an established standard prior to containment disassembly and normal re-occupancy. RHPs 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.
Ambient Air Sampling
Ambient air sampling may be conducted following a disturbance of a known or suspected ACM in an unregulated area (no containment) within a commercial or public building.
Information generated from the ambient air sampling may be used in determining the next steps following the disturbance which may include cleaning of the impacted space, area isolation and air filtration using HEPA filters for a period of time. RHP professionals are experienced in determining the appropriate course of action following a potentially dangerous exposure event for employees or the public.
RHP Exposure Laboratory
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RHP Risk Management is a leader in the field of Industrial Hygiene, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), Built Environment, Risk Management, Dose Estimation & Analysis, and Exposure Simulation Testing. Our highly trained and sophisticated team of professionals work together seamlessly on small and large projects. Our roster includes certified industrial hygienists, public health scientists, risk assessors, certified safety professionals, field staff, an engineer, an anthropologist, an economist, certified paralegals, and support staff.
We work with our clients to develop solutions to their most pressing concerns. Understanding exposures and risks through a grounding in a sound, defensible, state- of- the- art scientific approach gives our clients peace of mind. Empowered by a comprehensive understanding of exposures we can provide, clients are better equipped to recognize previously unseen business risks, manage known risks, target areas for control systems, comply with regulations, and to be braced for regulatory or litigation actions. Senior staff have served as experts in front of stakeholders, public, workers, regulatory, and State and Federal courts.