Asbestos-containing materials (ACM) effect the manner in which a home, school, or building is evaluated, managed, renovated or maintained. ALPHA is knowledgeable and experienced in assessing each project and providing the appropriate level of asbestos service or services specific to the client needs. Inspections and other services are always performed by experienced accredited and certified employees of ALPHA.
Asbestos Inspection and Survey (Residential/Commercial/Institutions)
Residential: This is typically performed for the potential purchaser of a property particularly when renovations are planned or anticipated. It is also performed for a home owner or for the homeowner’s contractor prior to a renovation project to protect the workers, any occupants, or to meet local permit regulations.
Commercial: Commercial renovations general require an asbestos survey in order to obtain a permit. The Asbestos Inspection and Survey Report generated by ALPHA is simply submitted to the permit office to satisfy the requirement.
Institutions: The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) passed into law by Congress in October, 1987 required all public and nonprofit private schools to be inspected for asbestos-containing materials (ACM). Our AHERA survey experience encompasses some 100 million square feet of building space for K -12 school buildings, universities, and colleges.
Asbestos Post Remediation Inspection and Clearance
Residential: This is typically performed to assure the owner or occupant it is safe to enter and occupy space that had asbestos containing material removed or encapsulated. It is also performed in areas where the ACM may have passed through during the removal process.
Commercial/Institutions: This service is generally part of the air monitoring program for an asbestos abatement project, however, it is performed when small areas of ACM have been abated or existing ACM has been repaired.
The company provides air monitoring services during asbestos removal for quality assurance control and regulatory compliance purposes. On-site personnel are well trained, certified, and experienced in all aspects of asbestos control and management. Air samples are analyzed on-site using phase contrast microscopy (PCM). ALPHA is enrolled in the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) Asbestos Analyst Registry (AAR) program as part of our QA/QC program. All air monitoring technicians participate in quarterly proficiency testing for phased contrast microscopy (PCM) analysis. ALPHA uses NVLAP accredited laboratories for analysis of clearance air samples by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). As required by various state regulatory agencies for large asbestos abatement projects, ALPHA maintains a Supervising Air Monitor (SAM) accreditation. Our SAM is responsible for providing a written air monitoring program for these abatement projects as well as periodic site pre-abatement containment inspection and post abatement final visual inspection.
Asbestos Abatement Design and Management Plan
To avoid a conflict of interest and assure cost effective abatement activities the inspection and survey for ACM should be performed independently from an abatement contractor. ALPHA provide an accredited abatement designer who will prepare the plans and specifications, handle bid requirements including pre-bid meetings, bid solicitations, assistance in selection of the abatement contractor and contract documents preparation. During the abatement phase, we will make periodic site visits to assess the progress of the work. We will also review the contractor pre-submittals and final submittals.