Commercial Asbestos Testing
The U.S. EPA requires an asbestos survey prior to renovation for buildings built before 1980.
Professional Asbestos Consulting
Essel staff are fully trained and certified for all inspections they will perform.
While others may outsource tasks to the lowest bidder, we use only in-house engineering professionals.
Fast and Thorough
We work quickly but leave no stone unturned to ensure your interests are fully protected.
What You Can Expect From Our Commercial Asbestos Testing
Essel Environmental Engineering and Consulting has Certified Asbestos Consultants and surveillance technicians with years of experience conducting surveys in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. We are registered with Cal/OSHA and all inspections, including phase 1 environmental site assessments, are performed in accordance with EPA guidelines, and we are qualified to perform full Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) and Asbestos National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPS) surveys.
What Is Asbestos?
In the early 20th century, asbestos was celebrated as the building material of the future. Asbestos is a naturally occurring silicate mineral. It has been mined and used to strengthen ceramic materials since ancient times, but refinement processes improved in the early 1900s which allowed it to be processed and incorporated into many different building materials. Ironically, the same properties that made it so valuable were also the same that made it so dangerous: durability, fibrous texture, heat resistance, etc.
What Was Asbestos Used For?
The fibrous strands of this silicate mineral allow asbestos to be incorporated into cloth, ceramic, plaster, paint and just about any other building material and textile. The fibers are extremely heat resistant and durable. Asbestos found its way into our daily lives in a multitude of ways, and in short, it was everywhere from heat resistant pipe linings, to tile floors, insulation, acoustic ceiling tiles, movie theater curtains, firefighter bunker gear, and even textured paint.
Why Is Asbestos A Concern?
Asbestos fibers are very durable, and when they come into contact with soft tissue, as they are when inhaled or consumed, they work into the living tissue and are extremely carcinogenic, especially with the fibers which can enter the lungs and cause cancer, especially mesothelioma. Due to its fire resistance, it cannot be disposed of through burning, and the fibrous nature means that it is easily “friable” which means that small particles can break free from the substrate and become airborne. Without special breathing equipment, ventilation and filters, the dust created from asbestos-infused materials can quickly become life threatening to people and animals in the area, especially affecting the respiratory system.
Why Is Asbestos Testing Important?
Since asbestos found its way into virtually every type of building material used in the early 20th century, it is important to safely identify the various types of asbestos materials used prior to a renovation or demolition. Some building materials might be asbestos free or subsequent renovations may have removed the material from the site. Additions which were built after the ban on asbestos, which resemble older parts of the property might not be a concern at all, and an asbestos survey can actually identity which areas are safe, and which are not.
It is the law to test for asbestos, but there are more than fines and permits that you should keep in mind when dealing with these requirements. The health and safety of your workers, tenants, and contractors is also at stake. Asbestos doesn’t go away on its own, but it will continue to threaten the health of anyone exposed to it in a friable form. If your renovation project is done in an uncertain environment, you are also putting yourself at risk for being liable for damages if workers, inhabitants, or neighbors are affected by asbestos, so it really is in your best interest to make sure the job is done properly.
Essel Environmental performs Property Condition Assessments (PCA) in-house and follows the ASTM 2018-08 standard. We also have the ability to customize a PCA to your specific concerns to ensure that all relevant concerns are addressed. Essel Environmental Engineering can include any add-ons to an existing PCA. Speak with our client representative today to discuss your needs. 1-800-595-7616 or use our contact form.
The Essel Difference
Essel Environmental Engineering and Consulting brings a dedicated team of experts to each project to ensure you get the best information possible about your property or transaction.
Essel’s mission is to become the primary choice for environmental risk management services by delivering a technically sound & cost effective product on time.
Our vision is to create an organization that is valued part of our clients business process and one in which our employees will feel empowered by the difference they make, since we listen hard to understand your business and your needs.