Asbestos Inspection: What You Need to Know

Posted by on Dec 13, 2014

So you need an asbestos inspection? It probably came as a surprise to you when you visited the local building department or maybe you heard through the grapevine of contractors. After reading this article you will hopefully understand why you need an asbestos inspection and how to get an inspection done properly.

The process by which the average homeowner became entrenched in the asbestos issue has a fairly long and voluminous background of Federal and State regulations. Asbestos first became regulated in 1986 with the adoption of the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) which is Federal regulations pertaining to schools. Shortly thereafter asbestos became further regulated under the Clean Air Act as the EPA adopted the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP), part 61, section 150. Among other things, section 150 addressed demolition and renovation projects in almost all buildings except “single family residential” structures. To comply with these Federal requirements the State of Colorado adopted its own asbestos regulations and added some further “enhancements”. REGULATION NO. 8, Part B, The Control of Hazardous Air Pollutants (5 CCR 1001-10, Part B) is now the law regarding asbestos activities in all buildings in Colorado. Reg. 8, Part B incorporated single family residential structures and ancillary buildings into the authority of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). Compliance with this regulation is required for all demolition and renovation activities.

What the regulation requires is that prior to beginning the renovation or demolition of a building in this State, the facility must complete an asbestos inspection by a Colorado State Certified Asbestos Inspector working for a Colorado State Certified Consulting Firm, or as it is stated in the Regulation:

Prior to any renovation or demolition which may disturb greater than the trigger levels of material identified as a suspect asbestos-containing material pursuant to the EPA “Green Book”, Managing Asbestos in Place, Appendix G (1990), the facility component(s) to be affected by the renovation or demolition shall be inspected to determine if abatement is required.

Further:

Abatement, in accordance with Regulation No. 8, is required if the amount of ACM that will be disturbed in connection with the renovation exceeds the trigger levels.

Any asbestos-containing material that is friable or will be made friable during demolition activities in any area of public access or non-public access area must be removed prior to demolition. Removal, in accordance with Regulation No. 8, is required if the amount of asbestos-containing material that is friable or will become friable during demolition exceeds the trigger levels.

Don’t give up on me yet, “the devil is in the definitions” and an explicit understanding of these regulations can be the difference between a successful project and expensive nightmare.

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