RHP’s licensed inspectors are experienced in providing solutions to simple and complex questions and concerns relating to asbestos containing materials (ACMs) that may be found in buildings and structures based on their age and class type. Such building materials may be found in both interior and exterior surfaces and components. Our processes commonly include sample collection of building materials, air monitoring and sampling of contractors, subcontractors and occupants.
RHP is well versed in assisting our clients in assessing and identifying hazardous materials and work with homeowners, buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants to determine next steps needed to avoid any asbestos exposure risks.
RHP’s inspectors routinely conduct building inspections and understand the complexities associated with various building types and classes, potential hazards, risks of exposures, and activities requiring special cleanup and disposal tasks. RHP works with building occupants and owners to determine needs and scope of each project considering their objectives, motivations and local, state and federal regulations. Collected samples would be analyzed at RHP’s NVLAP-accredited laboratory, located in Elk Grove Village, IL to allow for schedule control and on time results.
If needed based on estimated release or inadvertent disturbance of regulated materials such as ACMs, air sampling may be desired or required. Air sampling may also be conducted in connection with an asbestos abatement project, either during or following the completion of a project.
Ambient air sampling may also be conducted in a space recently impacted by a localized material disturbance. Air samples collected can be analyzed by RHP’s staff of Air Sampling Professionals (ASPs) at our laboratory for quick turn around and ease of mind.
Residential Asbestos Inspections
RHP’s team of licensed inspectors conduct asbestos inspections of single-family and multi-family residential structures including apartment and condominium buildings. RHP professionals stay abreast of local, state and federal regulations and evolves with changes and industry trends.
To assess if a building material is asbestos containing, the suspect material should be sampled and analyzed at an accredited laboratory. RHP can conduct sampling during building inspections or conduct a targeted survey of specific materials within an area of interest.
Reasons for an Asbestos Inspection
Real Property Transaction Due Diligence – During a real estate/real property transaction, a general home inspection is typically conducted which identifies deficiencies within the home or unit and provides recommendations. In structures of particular age or class, asbestos can be identified in a home inspection report as an item to have assessed by a professional. RHP’s inspectors have the expertise to assess the cited material(s) of concern and sample as necessary or provide guidance on next steps.
Demolition or Renovation – National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) requires a thorough asbestos inspection be conducted in multi-unit residential buildings containing 5 or more units prior to demolition. This federal standard requires a limited inspection be conducted prior to renovation of a building where materials will be disturbed. NESHAP does not apply to single-family homes or multi-family dwellings with 4 units or less but some local city, county, municipality, such as Cook County, IL, have requirements that are similar to NESHAP related to demolition or renovation projects. Building or demolition permits often require an inspection report from a licensed asbestos building inspector.
Urgent Cleanup/Restoration – In emergency situations such as a flood, storm or fire, 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 process, 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.
Flooring Replacement – Large flooring contractors such Home Depot and Luna/Empire maintain corporate policies that require homeowners to verify their existing flooring is not asbestos containing prior to contract workers removing or disturbing any building materials including flooring. A sample of the flooring and associated mastic (adhesive) is usually all that is needed to resolve the matter. RHP’s inspectors can collect samples of the flooring materials and results are often provided the same day to keep the project moving along.
Residential Air Monitoring
Based on the age, location and class of building, single and multi-family residential buildings may have building materials that are asbestos containing. Asbestos containing building materials (ACMs), if disturbed, have the potential to result in exposure to airborne asbestos fibers by homeowners, occupants, or contractors. Any work activity or workers that may interact with asbestos-containing materials (ACM)s, intentionally or inadvertently, within a residential building or single-family home should take precautions, wear protection and understand the risks associated with asbestos exposure.
When ACMs are disturbed during a planned asbestos abatement project, containment and air monitoring is used to ensure workers are not exposed to elevated airborne fiber concentrations 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 when monitoring workers or surrounding areas.
Project Management Services
RHP’s experienced Project Managers (PM) and ASPs provide project management support to clients at their single family or multi-family residential property settings. Project Managers may act as the building owner’s representative on asbestos abatement projects and are responsible for ensuring the abatement contractor complies with contract specifications and state and federal regulations.
Air monitoring is conducted by an RHP PM primarily to ensure air quality outside a containment area remains unaffected by abatement activities and work conducted inside the regulated containment area. Secondly, personal air monitoring is conducted to assess fiber concentrations during abatement activities. The results of the monitoring provide insight and direction on appropriate level of and or adjustments to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as well as provides documentation of compliance with Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) permissible exposure levels (PELs). A detailed record of sampling is maintained during the abatement project by the RHP PM and inserted into a building’s Operations & Maintenance (O&M) Program.
Post-abatement Clearance Air Sampling
RHP’s Project Managers and ASPs conduct air sampling immediately following the removal of ACMs within the abatement containment area. Clearance air sampling is conducted to ensure fiber concentrations within the contained work area meet established regulated standards prior to containment disassembly and normal re-occupancy. 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.
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 home or multi-family building.
Information generated from the ambient air sampling may be used in guiding what steps should be taken that may include cleaning of an impacted space, area isolation and air filtration using HEPA filters for a period of time. RHP professionals are experienced in understanding sampling results and determining the appropriate course of action following an inadvertent disturbance by a homeowner, tenant or occupant.
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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.