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Asbestos Inspection & Testing
Limited asbestos survey is conducted for remodeling and/or renovation project where only the building materials that will be impacted during the remolding and/or renovation are sample. Comprehensive asbestos survey is conducted for demolition project where all building materials other than wood, metal, or glass are sample. An asbestos survey report signed by a Certified Asbestos Consultant is required prior to any demolition or renovation. See SCAQMD Rule 1403 (d) (1) (A). Surfacing materials sampling protocols (<1000 SQFT 3 Samples. >1000 to <5000 SQFT 5 Samples. >5000 SQFT 7 Samples).
Asbestos Air Monitoring and Sample Analysis
Phase Contrast Microscopy (PCM) is the traditional method for determining airborne concentrations of asbestos fibers. PCM is widely used during most abatement procedures. Application includes personnel air monitoring, project air monitoring and final clearance testing for most abatement projects. PCM method has the advantage of fast turnaround time can also be done on-site and low cost.
Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) is represents the most sophisticated technology available for characterizing asbestos minerals. This technique is now the standard for most airborne investigations including post abatement clearance testing as well as diagnostic and environmental monitoring activities for K-12.
Question: Which Buildings Require Asbestos Testing Prior to Renovation/Demolition?
Answer: All of Them As the pace of new building construction continues to move slowly, building owners and operators are more often turning to renovation to increase the value of their buildings. •Millboard; •Gaskets; •Non-Roofing Coatings; •Automotive products (automatic transmission components, clutch facings, friction materials, disc brake pads, drum brake linings, brake blocks). Thus, it is evident from these lists that numerous building products may potentially still be manufactured with asbestos, and with the proliferation of products installed in buildings today imported from nations that do not regulate asbestos as strongly as the U.S., there is a very real potential for installation of new products containing asbestos.