The EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) says one thing—OSHA (Occupational Health and Safety Administration) says another. Sampling variance can certainly trip you up when it comes to compliance. So what exactly do you have to consider when it comes time to sample for asbestos?
Asbestos projects containing building materials with greater than 1% asbestos are regulated by the U.S. EPA. So, if your building comes back with lower asbestos amounts, you’re off the hook, right? Not so fast. Projects with any amount of asbestos are still covered by OSHA worker prot
Asbestos has been used in the manufacture of building materials and other products for centuries because of its resistance to heat and corrosion. It has especially been favored in construction for fireproofing and insulation. However, in recent years asbestos has mostly become known f
Many building owners have turned to renovation as a budget-friendly alternative to new construction. Starting renovations on an existing structure, however, means that asbestos regulations need to be taken into special consideration. One of the most common misconceptions building owne
Most interpret the OSHA Standards to apply only to structures constructed prior to 1981. In fact, OSHA’s regulations also include language pertaining to all structures, regardless of the construction date. Let me attempt to clarify OSHA’s intent as simply as I can, if that is possibl
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has established substance specific standards for 32 substances (mostly carcinogens) that they have identified as unique and in need of specific guidance. Some of the more familiar substances on the list are: asbestos lead blood-
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