by Maggie Strom, QEP, CHMM founder a president
Finding out that there is asbestos at a project you are about to renovate or demolish is one thing but dealing with the hassle of getting it properly removed is quite another. Fortunately, that’s one of Tioga’s specialties.
Regardless of the size and scope, the only way to ensure a successful abatement project is to have a written specification prepared. A written asbestos abatement design specification establishes the scope of work, sets the parameters for how the project is done and sets the criteria for determining when the work is complete. It’s not enough to merely have the abatement contractor comply with federal, state and local regulations. In some cases, more stringent criteria are needed to ensure the adequate protection of all parties involved in an abatement project. A properly written specification should help minimize at least five potential problems in your abatement project:
- Health hazards;
- Bad publicity;
- Compliance with government regulations;
- Contract disputes; and
Specifications also serve an important purpose in the bidding phase of an abatement project. They ensure that all contractors bidding on your project are planning to perform to the same standard, so that you receive apples-to-apples bids and all work is compliant with regulations.
We have all heard stories of an asbestos abatement gone wrong. If asbestos must be removed, it is important that the project has an asbestos abatement design specification that is executed properly to protect the safety and health of workers and building occupants, to avoid further contamination within the building and to the environment, and to reduce the potential for legal liability.
Abatement designs are prepared by professionals with asbestos-related training targeted to developing specifications that consider various building-related issues critical to ensuring a successful abatement project. A large portion of a project designer’s responsibility involves proper planning and sequencing of the asbestos removal activities. It is the designer’s responsibility to minimize worker exposure through proper design and execution of the removal project. Specifications typically address project tasks to include planning, worker protection, containment of the work area, removal, final cleanup and project completion.
Tioga employs trained asbestos abatement designers and certified asbestos project monitors to provide support from the beginning to the very end of an abatement project. Project monitors are your “boots on the ground,” overseeing the abatement contract and ensuring that the requirements outlined in the specification remain in compliance.
Tioga can do it all. We can be your asbestos translator; preparing the specification, assisting with the bidding and contractor selection process, overseeing the abatement and monitoring the impacts to other building occupants, and doing final clearance inspections and air testing to ensure that you have a clean slate for your project.