Asbestos is used in many common building materials including sprayed on insulation, fireproofing and soundproofing in thousands of buildings across the U.S. It was used in schools, offices, warehouses, sports arenas, airport terminals and many other private and public structures. It has been known for 45 years that asbestos is a carcinogen, a cancer causing agent that creates fibrous changes and scarring in lung tissue. While the latency period for asbestos-induced lung cancer is 15-30 years, most victims die within two years of the first symptom. But lung cancer is not the only hazard associated with asbestos. Physicians are now seeing cancers caused by asbestos fibers that have migrated to other parts of the body.
First Action provides a wide range of consulting and analytical services to help our clients identify, manage and abate asbestos and lead containing materials. These services are tailored to meet each project’s unique requirements and specifications, respect the budget and comply with state and federal regulations.
Detailed building inspections are conducted to identify, quantify, assess and document the presence of suspect materials. Our project managers and inspectors are AHERA trained and are state certified. Typical survey activities include:
We provide professional asbestos and lead-based paint engineering services to help manage materials in place through the development of Operation and Maintenance Programs and employee training. We also provide complete abatement design services including scope-of-work development and production of plans and specifications.
Project Management and Air Monitoring
To assure that our clients receive cost effective and professional service, we provides on site inspection during abatement to monitor compliance with abatement specifications and assure regulatory compliance.
Daily visual and air monitoring are conducted to document the condition of containment systems and compliance with worker and employee safety standards. Disposal of removed materials is monitored to assure that waste handling and disposal requirements are met.
Finally, inspection and air monitoring clearances are completed and certified to assure that all material is abated and the hazard is effectively removed. Project close-out includes a written industrial hygiene surveillance report, together with all sample analytical reports, and material waste disposal manifests.