Choosing an asbestos consultant for your renovation or demolition project, or to respond to potential asbestos contamination, could be as simple as a quick Google search. But we don’t recommend it.
There are risks associated with hiring an asbestos consultant, and it’s important to do a little due diligence before making the decision.
Asbestos is a fibrous ingredient in many common building materials and components. Contrary to a popular misconception, its use is not outlawed in the US, and even newly constructed buildings can contain asbestos-containing building materials.
While asbestos can be perfectly safe as a building component in its intact condition, it becomes dangerous when the fibers enter the air. They may lodge themselves in the lungs of building occupants and cause deadly diseases, including lung cancer and mesothelioma.
For this reason, it’s critical to conduct an asbestos inspection prior to any renovations or demolition, as well as any time the presence of asbestos dust is suspected (such as when aging insulation materials begin to deteriorate).
A trained, certified, and experienced asbestos consultant can provide several key services to help ensure your buildings are safe from asbestos contamination, including:
In many cases, a separate asbestos contractor may perform the abatement work, while your asbestos consultant helps to ensure the work is done correctly, in compliance with plans and specifications, and in compliance with OSHA and EPA standards. In this case, the asbestos consultant may draw up your specifications and aid in selecting the right contractor to do the work, and then oversee the process of abatement.
When it comes to asbestos, the safety of your employees and workers is at stake. Choosing the right asbestos consultant is critical.
To ensure the work is done safely, completely, and correctly, look for an asbestos consultant that fits these criteria:
When you choose an asbestos consultant that meets these criteria, you can rest assured that your asbestos needs will be taken care of in a safe, timely, and compliant manner.
We would love to be your asbestos consultant. We offer a complete line of asbestos services for public and private clients, across all building types, with a proven track record spanning 30 years. Give our asbestos experts a call today to learn more.