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 schoolsPMs 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 PM is done primarily to ensure air quality outside 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 concentrationwithin 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.

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