Asbestos Assessment for Real Estate Transfer
Asbestos Operations & Management Plans
Floor Tile Removal
Asbestos surveys are required by the State of Ohio or the Federal Government to assure the safety of the public. There are many rules for both residential and commercial buildings that must be followed.
An asbestos survey consists of collecting samples of building materials for laboratory analysis to determine the presence of asbestos above threshold values. Although residential homes focus on construction prior to 1978, for commercial buildings the age of construction does not exempt the requirement of an asbestos survey prior to remodeling or demolition.
Farsight Management has completed hundreds of asbestos surveys for builders, property management companies, private homeowners, commercial building owners, and municipalities. We also provide third party oversight of asbestos abatement activities by a contractor to assure they comply with OSHA regulations.
There are few ways that we perform asbestos maintenance
1. Removal or repair of damaged or deteriorated HVAC duct work tape/wrap and boiler pipe insulation:
These items are typically left in place and repaired with an EPA approved WetLag® and seal with an EPA approved encapsulant. Abatement (complete removal) of these materials can be costly and may create a condition that causes the asbestos fibers to become airborne, potentially contaminating the entire home (if not completed by a professional), therefore leaving them in place and reducing any human contact exposure is an acceptable work practice. Asbestos exposure to these materials is likely an can be dangerous when disturbing the material. The material is soft and can be pulverized to a powder by hand pressure (this is considered a FRIABLE asbestos material)
2. Removal of flooring and mastic:
The most common floor tile that typically contains asbestos is 9”x9” and 10”x10”, however it is encouraged to always assume the material does contain asbestos, regardless of the size or age of the floor tile, or test the material to prove the absence of asbestos in the material. The black mastic (glue adhesive)also may contain asbestos. Asbestos exposure from these types of material is low (very minimal) the material cannot be pulverized to powder by hand pressure (this is a NONFRABLE asbestos material). The asbestos fibers are within the matrix of the tile itself and can only become airborne (causing an inhalation hazard) by grinding the material into a powder, this is done by drilling, grinding, power cutting though or burning the material for some reason and is not recommended without proper training and equipment.
Sheet flooring (vinyl/linoleum) may also contain asbestos as well. The asbestos can either be in the vinyl/linoleum or in the backing. Most commonly, the paper backing of the older types flooring has been found to contain asbestos
REMOVAL OF NON-REGULATED ASBESTOS CONTAINING MATERIALS
Building materials sometimes contain asbestos that is not regulated by the State of Ohio. This is when the material is not considered friable either in place or when it is removed.
Farsight Management can remove non-regulated asbestos containing materials such as floor tile. Our clients include homeowners, schools, hospitals, and other commercial facilities.
Farsight Management guarantees that your project will be completed according to current industry standards. We will demonstrate this through a documentation report at the conclusion, and you will be secure in knowing that we completed the work properly.