Asbestos was extensively used for electrical and building insulation due to its longevity and fire resistance, particularly between 1930 to the 1970s. Asbestos has been steadily restricted and phased out since the 1980s due to its toxicity and threat to human health. When asbestos-containing material (ACM) are damaged or “friable”, asbestos fibers can be released into the air introducing many established health risks to building occupants or workers from exposure or inhalation.
Visual identification is not enough to establish the presence or absence of asbestos fibers in building materials. Only an asbestos survey, which includes a sampling and laboratory analysis of the materials can correctly identify and quantify asbestos fibers in building materials. PEC performs asbestos surveys, which are often required as part of due diligence during commercial real estate transactions or financing, prior to the demolition or renovation of buildings, or after suspected damage to buildings during flooding and after significant natural disasters. PEC stays current with state, local and federal regulations and certification requirements.
Asbestos abatement includes the removal, repair, or encapsulation of materials or products in a structure to eliminate the threat of exposure. PEC workers or subcontractors are trained in pre-asbestos abatement activities, work area preparation, establishing decontamination units, using personal protective equipment, decontamination procedures, safety considerations in the abatement area, and proper handling and disposal of asbestos waste.