Asbestos Surveys and Removal Services
EE&G’s building inspection and asbestos removal program is directed by two full-time Florida Licensed Asbestos Consultants. The Licensed Asbestos Consultants oversee an experienced technical staff consisting of project managers, building inspectors, and project monitors to ensure the delivery of consistent, high-quality services. Original and periodic training of all EE&G personnel meets or exceeds the requirements of the Asbestos Hazard and Emergency Response Act (AHERA).
EE&G Asbestos Professionals
EE&G specializes in asbestos surveys, inspections, microscopic analysis of suspected asbestos-containing materials, monitoring and analyses for airborne asbestos, and the design and implementation of asbestos abatement projects and Operations and Maintenance programs. Our Computer Aided Design (CAD) system enables quick reproduction of building floor plans and provides greater detail and overlay options. All materials and areas sampled can be quickly and easily reported in a variety of formats to satisfy client requirements. Asbestos consulting services include:
- Asbestos Surveys to identify asbestos-containing materials prior to building acquisition
- Abatement Plans & Specifications
- Contractor Oversight and Performance Evaluations
- Air Quality Testing
- Operation & Maintenance Programs
- Compliance Monitoring
- Expert Witness Testimony
- Employee Awareness/Training
- Laboratory Services (PCM & PLM)
Asbestos Removal Services
Many buildings contain asbestos, which was used in spray-applied flame retardant, thermal system insulation, and in a variety of other materials. Asbestos was sometimes “flocked” above false ceilings, inside technical ducts, and in many other small spaces where firefighters would have difficulty gaining access. Structural components like asbestos panels were also used. In residences, asbestos was often a component of a type of flocked acoustic ceiling called popcorn ceiling or “cottage cheese ceiling”, until its production was banned in the US in 1978. However, the ban allowed installers to use up remaining stocks, so houses built as late as 1986 could still have asbestos in their acoustic ceilings. The only way to be sure is to remove a sample and have it tested by a competent laboratory.
In the United States, asbestos removal must be completed by an EPA licensed asbestos abatement contractor. Furthermore, the building has to be tested by an EPA licensed testing consultant.
Asbestos Abatement Taking Place
When asbestos abatement is taking place, occupants are not allowed to enter the area. Typically, the part of the building from which asbestos is being removed has to be sealed off in order to prevent contamination of the other areas. Methods of sealing off an area often include the use of polyethylene film, duct tape and negative air pressure machines which are fitted with HEPA filters. The idea is that the contained area is pulling fresh air in as to not let asbestos fibers out into the surrounding environment.
Only a special vacuum cleaner that is designed for asbestos containment (class H) can be safely used when cleaning up during and after asbestos removal. Ordinary vacuum cleaners cannot be used, even those fitted with a HEPA filter. An ordinary vacuum cleaner will expel the asbestos fibers into the room air.
Asbestos Removal Enterprises
If the building is closed to normal users, it may be necessary to seal it off from the outside atmosphere so that no accessible air is contaminated. Examples of asbestos removal enterprises include the Jussieu Campus (begun circa 1996 and still going on as of 2005) and the Tour Montparnasse (in 2005, projected duration was three years if the tower was emptied of its users, and ten years if it was not).
An asbestos-containing building that is to be torn down may have to be sealed and to have its asbestos safely removed before ordinary demolition can be performed. The asbestos removal may take longer and cost more than the actual demolition. For example, the former seat of parliament of East Germany, the Palast der Republik, was stripped of most of its asbestos between 1998 and 2001, before it was finally demolished starting in 2006.
New Innovative Methods for Asbestos Removal
New innovative methods for asbestos removal have been used as well. One example is the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) B238 building, where a track mounted wet cutting saw with a diamond blade was used in order to cut the building into small sections. These small sections were then double wrapped in plastic, the minimum requirement when transporting asbestos material, and driven to a landfill. This method not only contained the asbestos material within the gunite and metal layers of the walls but also kept workers at a safe distance since the saw was controlled remotely.