Asbestos – Commercial

Environmental Risks In COMMERCIAL PROPERTY



What You Need to Know

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral which is still mined today

According to the EPA, any material containing >1% is considered to be asbestos containing (although some states have stricter regulations)

There is no safe exposure limit for asbestos

Asbestos is most harmful if friable or made friable

Asbestos can be found in both the air as well as building material samples

What You Need To Do

Any building materials that may contain asbestos must not be impacted until and unless an asbestos survey has been performed (by qualified individuals) identifying any materials that may be asbestos containing. Once identified, all applicable federal, state, and local regulations must be complied with pertaining to removal, disposal, notification, and training.

Be aware that asbestos can be present even in buildings constructed last year and that all suspect asbestos containing materials must be tested prior to impact, not just buildings constructed during time periods when asbestos use was common (1940-1980).

Be aware that EPA and OSHA have regulations with respect to asbestos which must be complied with and include worker protection, notification, training, and disposal requirements

Myths and Misconceptions

Since our building was constructed within the last few years, we do not have to worry about testing for asbestos when impacting building materials during renovation/demolition activities-FALSE

The mere presence of asbestos creates a hazardous condition-FALSE

The latency period for developing an asbestos related disease after exposure can be 30 years or longer-TRUE

Smokers are at much greater risk for developing an asbestos related disease than non-smokers-TRUE

Expert Services:
Commercial Property

Due Diligence

  • Site Investigations/Inspections
  • Cause of Loss Identification
  • Regulatory Review
  • Recommendations for Regulatory Compliance and Liability Protection
  • Emergency Response

Project Scope Development: New Construction, Renovation/Demolition

  • Creative Scope of Work Development
  • Liability Minimization
  • Project Oversight
  • Environmental Sampling
  • Client Interface

Emergency Response

  • Inspections/Moisture Mapping/Material Impacts
  • Environmental Sampling
  • Exposure Evaluation/Health Risk Consulting
  • Contractor Coordination
  • Media Interface

Operations and Maintenance

Expert Testimony

  • Environmental Risk
  • Employee/Occupant Health Risk

Education and Training

  • Risk Management Environmental Toolkits
  • Operations and Maintenance Programs
  • Competency Based Education Programs
  • Water Intrusion Plans
  • Hazard Assessment Critical Control Point (HACCP) Programs
  • White Paper Development

Webinars/Seminars- Managing Risk and Liability

  • Asbestos
  • Lead Based Paint
  • Mold and Water Intrusion
  • Wildfire Impact
  • Legionella
  • Bedbugs
  • Vapor Intrusion
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Norovirus

Commercial Property Risk Alert Service

  • Emerging Environmental Risk Information and Recommendations
  • Emerging Health Risk Exposure Information and Recommendations