Asbestos is one of the most common overlooked environmental issues encountered on a property. How most economically deal with asbestos issues, while at the same time maintaining regulatory compliance without the risk of liability, is frequently debated.
Straight Line Environmental, Inc. Performs all asbestos related consulting functions, including asbestos surveys (limited and/or comprehensive), asbestos project design specifications, air monitoring and abatement project oversight, training classes (OSHA Awareness Training - Class IV), and the development of operations & maintenance plans (O&M Plans)
Straight Line Environmental, Inc. Approach to the asbestos issue is focused on understanding the need and goals of our clients, while educating and advising the of the current federal, state and local regulations. Effective, economical decisions and the developed balancing the clients goals with applicable regulations.
States mandate accreditation for asbestos related activities, Straight Line's personal are accredited in all states which we perform services. We have conducted asbestos surveys for clients throughout the United States and are cognizant of the variations in environmental regulations from state to state.
Asbestos Investigations (Building Survey)
The Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard, 29 CFR 1926.1101, Requires building owners to identify the presence, location, and quantity of asbestos containing material (ACM) at a work site prior to the performance of any work on that site. This work includes custodial and maintenance activities.
Asbestos Project Design
When Plans call for demolition and/or renovation that will affect asbestos containing materials (ACM), the asbestos must be abated prior to the commencement of the renovation and/or demolition activities Straight Line Environmental, Inc. will develop site specific specifications for such abatement.
All project design specifications will also specify designated work periods, housekeeping requirements, security issues, unit pricing, insurance requirements, etc. Drawings of areas to be affected may also be included. For small scale, projects mini-specifications can be developed focusing on a limited scope of work.
To provide maximum client protection, all project design work will be performed by an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certified Project Designer and all specifications must be written in strict accordance with federal, state, and local regulations.
Asbestos abatement oversight encompasses all components of an asbestos project, from contractor submittals to waste disposal and project close-out. Enforcement of the specifications in strict compliance with regulations protects the building owner/client from potential liability.
Once an abatement project is completed, a close-out book detailing all aspects of the project, along with all required documentation, is forwarded to the client for their permanent records.
Generally, air monitoring is performed in conjunction with providing asbestos abatement oversight. Analysis of air samples, either by Phase Contrast Microscopy (PCM) or Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), is necessary to provide an indication of how many fibers are contained in the air prior to starting a project, during the abatement project, and upon project completion. Re-occupancy of an area should not occur until clearance air monitoring samples have been taken, analyzed, and found to be within acceptable limits.
In buildings with existing asbestos, ambient air monitoring should be performed periodically in random areas to monitor fiber content and to insure against potential liability. Accumulating air fiber data can be helpful in the event of a fiber release and can provide valuable baseline information during abatement projects.
Operations & Maintenance (O&M) Plans
A major component of successfully managing a residential or commercial building today is a comprehensive, user friendly O&M Plan. To comply with the current OSHA regulations, an O&M Plan is a necessity. The O&M Plan should be designed to manage materials in place and should be specifically detailed to the affected site. The O&M Plan should highlight work practices and procedures directly relating to conditions in the building and should include the following, surveillance programs, notification programs, work controls, work permit system, worker protection programs, work practices, record keeping, and training.
Straight Line Environmental, Inc. provides economic site specific O&M Plans, the objective of which is to create a practical management plan for the control of potential sources of airborne asbestos fibers in a building.
In addition to being user friendly, we design an O&M Plan to be dynamic so that as changes in th building occur, the O&M Plan will evolve to reflect and accommodate those changes. Straight Line Environmental, Inc. encourages clients to perform periodic building inspections, to help our clients maintain their vigilance, we regularly advise them of pertinent regulatory changes.