What Property Managersengineers Need To Know In Order To Comply With Epa Asbestos Abatement Regulat-guitarpro5

Home-Based-Business Asbestos is the most regulated hazardous material you will encounter. At AM/PM our goal is to ensure that our clients are aware of the facts and regulations regarding Asbestos, in order to help them avoid health risks, fines and possible litigation. As part of our "spotlight on regulations" we have taken the time to provide you with valuable information that could protect you in the future. Fact: Asbestos May Be Present In Your Building Today & You Are Responsible For Managing It. Many people believe that asbestos is a problem of the past and that it was banned in the United States decades ago. The truth is, the use of asbestos has never been banned in the US and is present in many of the building materials in use today. The EPA has established regulations called – Asbestos NESHAP (National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants), which require that before the demolition, renovation or disturbance of building materials begins, the areas that are set to be demolished or disturbed must be tested prior to their disturbance in order to confirm the presence/lack of asbestos in the building materials. This testing must be performed by an AHERA Certified Building Inspector, and is done in the form of a complete survey of your building or only in the areas that are scheduled for renovation. If you opt not to conduct a survey or have the building materials sampled, you must presume that the materials contain asbestos; and, any subsequent work should be carried out with full asbestos abatement and safety precautions, preferably by a certified asbestos abatement professional. Does the age of the building matter? No, these regulations apply to commercial buildings regardless of age. Newer buildings are subject to these regulations, as well LEED certified buildings. In addition, a letter from the architect stating that, "no asbestos containing materials were spec’d for the building" is not recognized by the EPA as valid replacement for the survey / testing. Who’s Liable If Asbestos Containing Material Is Disturbed? Liability resides with the owner/operator of a demolition or renovation project. In cases where a management company acts on behalf of the owner and carries out the renovation project / tenant improvement, the property management is liable as well, and contractors and subcontractors. Whoever is involved with the work that is taking place is involved at that point and may have substantial fines assessed against them if the EPA gets involved. Best Practices for Property Managers/Building Engineers: Before conducting any repairs or renovations to a property, it is your legal responsibility to find out if there are asbestos containing materials in the building. You should not rely on the contractor, who will be performing the work, to be accountable for this. Here’s a proactive approach: Step 1) See if there is an Asbestos survey you can refer to in your files, which is less than 12 months old. Step 2) If a current asbestos survey of your property is unavailable, Asbestos NESHAP regulations require all of the parties involved If the samples confirm the lack of asbestos, you can proceed with the T/I as usual, if the samples come back over the allowable threshold of asbestos present in the materials, then you must approach the project as an asbestos abatement in order to remove those materials. In our company,we have an AHERA Certified Building Inspector on staff. In response to meeting NESHAP/OSHA Regulations, our protocol requires that he take the appropriate samples in the affected areas, where we intend to remove and replace water, fire, or mold damaged structural materials. This will be done every time we perform emergency services for your company where demolition is required. We will take the necessary precautions to cover all of us, and limit our exposure to liability; as well as ensure the environmental safety of your clients and our technicians as it relates to the project. In addition, you will receive the test results for your records and to refer them when conducting future renovations. If you’d like to learn more about this topic, or the other topics we discussed, please visit our website at ampmrestoration.com About the Author: 相关的主题文章: