Have you been told you need to get an ''asbestos survey" Prior to renovation or demolition?
Call us at 503-233-8565 today! We can quickly and economically evaluate your residential or commercial property for the presence of asbestos in flooring, wallboard, ceiling panels, roofing, furnaces, ductwork, plumbing, and insulation. Our asbestos surveys are fully compliant with state and local codes. The survey will identify exactly which materials in your building contain asbestos so that they can be safely and professionally removed or abated and disposed. Our territory includes all of Oregon and western Washington, including Portland, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, the Oregon Coast, Bend, Eastern Oregon, the Columbia Gorge, Vancouver, Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia.
Pre-Demolition Asbestos Survey Requirement
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality requires that an ACM survey be performed prior to any demolition (including intentional burning) or renovation activities of structures other than single-family homes and residential buildings with four or fewer dwelling units. If ACMs are identified, they must be removed prior to demolition or renovation to prevent the release of asbestos fibers to the air [(OAR) 340-248-0270] regardless of whether the material is friable (able to be hand-crumbled, pulverized or reduced to powder when dry).
Commercial Building Asbestos Survey Requirements
Regarding commercial and industrial buildings, Oregon-OSHA requires that building owners conduct ACM surveys of their buildings, notify any occupants of the presence of ACMs, and provide ACM operations and maintenance training and guidance for maintenance personnel.
We Have Deep Experience with Asbestos Surveys
Our staff have extensive experience inspecting and sampling buildings for asbestos. We can include this service as part of the Phase I ESA and provide results in as little as 24 hours.
Friable vs Non-Friable Asbestos
From a regulatory standpoint, there are two types of asbestos--Friable and Non-Friable, which have different abatement requirements. Friable ACMs can be easily curshed or pulverized. These types of materials are more likely to release asbestos fibers and can include floor tiles, pipe insulation, "popcorn" ceiling texture, wallboard systems, including drywall, compound, and tape, and soundproofing panels. Non-Friable asbestos materials have a binding agent that holds the fibers together, making the material less apt to release fibers to the air. These can include asphalt roofing material, roofing felt, sprayed-on undersink soundproofing, vinyl floor tile and mastic, and transite cement siding shingles.
Who Can Perform Asbestos Surveys and Sampling?
Owner-occupants of single-family homes are legally allowed to collect samples when they are doing their own home renovation projects, although they must hire a professional to conduct an asbestos survey if their home is being demolished. Here's a list of ODEQ-accredited labs you can bring your sample to. If you're hiring a contractor to renovate or demolish your home, and it was built before 2004, an asbestos survey must be conducted by an accredited asbestos inspector prior to the work.
Who Can Perform Asbestos Abatement (Removal and Disposal)?
For owner-occupied homes, there are two options for abatement. The owner-occupant may either hire a licensed asbestos abatement contractor, or remove the asbestos themselves (as long as they follow Oregon's requirements for asbestos waste packaging and disposal). Here's a list of ODEQ-accredited asbestos abatement contractors.
2018 Updated Oregon Asbestos Rules
In fall 2018, Oregon adopted new requirements for handling ACMs:
New Requirement 1: Residential renovation asbestos survey
All houses and other residential buildings constructed prior to 2004 must now have an asbestos survey conducted by an accredited inspector prior to demolition and renovation activities, with one exception: Owner-occupants doing their own home renovation work are exempt from this rule. This exemption does not apply when the residence is going to be demolished. Previous rules exempted residential renovation projects from the asbestos survey requirement that applied to commercial projects and residential demolition projects. However, residential property owners and contractors were still required to follow asbestos abatement requirements for licensing, certification, notification, handling, packaging and disposing of asbestos. When complete demolition or extensive renovation is planned, an asbestos survey of the entire facility is required. When partial renovation is planned, such as a kitchen remodel, a survey is required for that area of the structure only. If a single material, such as sheet vinyl flooring is to be removed, a sample of each layer of flooring needs to be collected and analyzed or the material can be presumed to contain asbestos. When a single material is involved, an accredited inspector is not required.
New Requirement 2: Updated disposal requirements for non-friable materials
Non-friable asbestos waste must now be packaged the same as friable waste. Friable materials are those that can be easily crumbled and release asbestos fibers. Non-friable materials can become friable if improperly handled, increasing the risk of exposure to asbestos fibers. Applying the same packaging standard for non-friable and friable materials streamlines the packaging requirements for all asbestos waste and ensures a safer work environment for employees, residents, neighbors and disposal facility workers.
New Requirement 3: Accredited laboratories for asbestos testing
Laboratories analyzing bulk asbestos samples must participate in a nationally recognized accreditation or testing program by January 1, 2021. This new requirement establishes a common level of competency and reliability in analysis to properly identify asbestos content. DEQ maintains a public list of accredited laboratories on its website.
New Requirement 4: Asbestos Survey Reports Must Meet ODEQ Standards
Asbestos survey reports submitted to DEQ must now meet standard requirements. This requirement ensures survey reports include all required information. See all ODEQ asbestos standards here.