Asbestos services we provide
- Inspections, Assessments, and Abatement Strategies
- Technical Specifications and Permits
- Contractor Prequalification and Selection
- Bid Documents, Bid Review, and Contract Administration
- Air Monitoring and Air Sample Analysis
- Project Monitoring and Site Supervision
- Operations and Maintenance Programs
- Asbestos Management Plans
Our services are in compliance with the requirements and standards as set by the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA); the Asbestos School Hazard Abatement Reauthorization Act (ASHARA); and the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP). We are also licensed to meet the requirements of The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Illinois, Iowa and Missouri.
Common Suspected Asbestos Materials
The following list is not all inclusive:
- Sprayed acoustical ceilings
- Acoustical ceiling/wall tiles and glue
- Textured coatings
- Flooring: 9 inch and 12 inch tiles, sheet vinyl, vinyl backing, mastic, and linoleum
- Walls, plaster and sheetrock / joint compound
- Heating system insulation: includes duct, heater, and heat register insulation
- Piping and boil insulation
- Electrical: knob and tube wiring insulation, electrical panel partitions
- Roofing shingles
- Tar paper or roofing felt beneath shingles
- Tar and gravel roofing components
- Transite siding (cement-like shingles)
- Putty and/or caulk
The primary federal regulations include:
- Asbestos School Hazard Abatement Reauthorization Act (ASHARA): applies to both public and commercial buildings
- OSHA – 29 CFR 1926.1101
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA): applies to employees of employers in the workforce
- AHERA – 40 CFR 763
- Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA): applies to public and private schools
- NESHAP – 40 CFR 61
- National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: apply to exposure or potential exposure to the general public. This includes public, commercial and some residential buildings being demolished or renovated. These buildings must be inspected by a licensed inspector to determine the presence or absence of asbestos
*Specific regulations may apply on the state and local levels.
What is Asbestos?
Buildings that were constructed before January 1, 1981, are assumed to have been constructed with asbestos containing materials. Asbestos gained wide-spread use within the construction trades for several reasons. Materials were plentiful, readily available, low-in-cost, fire resistant, endured high tensile strength, had poor heat and electrical conductivity and generally impervious to chemical attacks. Since asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral, it has literally been used in thousands of products. Collectively these products are frequently referred to as "Asbestos-Containing Material" (ACM). There are essentially six types of asbestos minerals, only three of which were used commercially.
- Chrysotile: This is the most commonly used type of asbestos and accounts for approximately 95% of the asbestos found in buildings within the United States.
- Amosite: this is the second most common type of asbestos to be found within buildings.
- Crocidolite: most commonly used in high temperature insulation applications.
Before you tackle your next project that may require demolition, relieve any asbestos concerns by contacting your closest Klingner office and ask to speak with one of our environmental staff for a detailed and thorough inspection. Our firm provides the necessary services to perform asbestos inspections prior to your renovation or demolition activities or as a management tool. These services may include a review of existing data, a building survey, asbestos sampling and analysis, and necessary report preparation summarizing the location and description of the identified asbestos, quantities, along with a preliminary estimate of abatement costs. We will assist you in determining the best course of action, based on laboratory results, materials condition and budget.
Our licensed personnel provide asbestos consulting and management services to residential, commercial, industrial, institutional and educational clients throughout Illinois, Iowa and Missouri.