Asbestos is a mineral fiber which was typically added to numerous building materials. Examples of such materials include floor tile/mastic, spray-on fireproofing, thermal system insulation, cementitous siding, ceiling tiles, pipe coverings, shingles, window glazing just to name a few. Asbestos containing materials (ACM) can be found in commercial buildings, industrial/manufacturing plants, and even residential homes.
As per the National Emissions Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) regulations, 40 CFR; Part 61, Subpart M, prior to demolition or renovation, a building must be inspected for ACM and the ACM must be removed to minimize the release of asbestos emissions during renovation/demolition activities.
The purpose of an asbestos survey is to identify and assess the condition of the suspect asbestos containing materials (SACM) in a building.
Sagasser & Associates, Inc. trained personnel will complete a survey of a building according to 763.85 of AHERA.
Surveys include visually inspecting and assessing the condition of all SACM. Sagasser & Associates, Inc. personnel completes the sampling using the standard asbestos sampling protocol/techniques to minimize the creation of airborne fibers.
The samples are submitted for analysis by EPA Method 600- Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM) to determine the presence and percentage of asbestos mineral fibers in the sampled materials. We prepare a report detailing the locations and estimates of area/length of SACM.
Sagasser & Associates, Inc. will provide the client with recommendations and assist with all phases of the project.