According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) all suspect Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) are presumed to contain asbestos until proven otherwise. What are suspect ACM?
Asbestos management programs can be one of two varieties: proactive or reactive. A reactive program presumes all suspect material to be asbestos (PACM) and only conducts thorough inspections for ACM on an "as needed" basis. This approach is a valid Operations and Management (O&M) Program in the eyes of the EPA, however it has limitations. Unplanned events and discovery work often make emergency inspections necessary. This results in rush surcharges for laboratory analysis, idle maintenance crews, possible accidental exposure to personnel, and in some cases can even delay the startup of a production unit or postpone the re-occupancy of a renovated building. In addition to the premium rates that need to be paid to Asbestos Consultants and Laboratories, delays can cause significant project cost overruns and lost production opportunity. Personnel exposure to disturbed PACM also requires the initiation of the emergency response system and medical follow up action.
A proactive approach to your asbestos management program can minimize these
impacts. Simply put, this approach allows you to know the location, condition,
and concentration of asbestos in any given building, process unit, or plant. Turnstone
EH&S can provide these services at a cost effective rate. Our approach will
provide you with comprehensive survey reports, estimates of your quantities of
ACM and the corresponding asbestos concentrations, and a sortable database that
can be cross referenced for easy verification. In industrial environments, we
will document each sample collected with an indelible, legible mark documenting
a unique sample number to allow for easy field identification of ACM and non-ACM.
Turnstone will also work with your insulation and/or building contractors to document
that all new materials installed are confirmed to be non-ACM and develop a marking
system to make visual identification possible. A proactive approach also can reduce
the risk of fugitive emissions and accidental exposures by assessing the condition
of confirmed ACM, allowing you to proactively maintain your in-place ACM and avoid
fiber release episodes.
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