Depending on the age of or class of building, industrial facilities and structures may contain building materials such as asbestos or leadthat could increase a risk to workers, management, and contractors to be exposed to airborne asbestos fibers. Workers and contractors that may interact with asbestos-containing materials (ACM)s, routinely or not, within a facility should be protected and educated about the increased risks associated with exposures to asbestos.

When workers, management or various contractors impact ACMs within a facility, air monitoring is a tool used to evaluate and 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 and methodology when monitoring workers or surrounding areas.

Project Management Services

If desired, RHP’s Project Managers (PM) and ASPs may provide project management support in your industrial facilities and buildings. Project Managers may act as a 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 a PM primarily to ensure air quality outside the contained area remains unaffected by removal activities being conducted inside the regulated contained work area. Secondly, personal air monitoring is conducted to assess fiber concentrations workers are exposed to during an abatement activity. The results of the air monitoring assist in determining appropriate levels of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and adherence to Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) permissible exposure levels (PELs). A detailed record is maintained during the abatement project by the PM and is typically 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 a contained work area. Clearance air sampling is conducted to ensure the fiber concentration within contained work area meets an established standard prior to containment disassembly and normal re-occupancy. The clearance service RHP provides 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 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 building occupants or the public.  

For further references and RHP White Papers on the topic, see: rhprisk.com/white-papers 

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