IAQ Consultants of Seattle's consultants are AHERA ceritified building inspectors. We are located in Seattle and serve King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties. We provide residential and commercial property owners, property managers, abatement contractors and schools with asbestos sampling, AHERA surveys and final clearance testing after asbestos projects are completed.
What is AHERA?
AHERA stands for Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act. In 1986, the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA; Asbestos Containing Materials in Schools, 40 CFR Part 763, Subpart E) was signed into law as Title II of TSCA. Amendments to the act in 1994 mandated specific training and "accreditation" for all individuals doing inspection, project design, project supervision, and project work involving asbestos in schools, public and commercial buildings.
An AHERA inspector is one who has obtained the AHERA Building Inspector accreditation. With only minor exceptions, you must be an AHERA accredited inspector to take even one sample of an asbestos-containing product.
Renovations - Conduct an asbestos survey. With the exception of limited residential projects performed by the resident-owner, all surveys must be conducted by an AHERA-certified building inspector.
Demolitions - Surveys must be conducted by an AHERA-certified building inspector. IAQ Consultants of Seattle can expedite your AHERA survey report. We use the latest report technology to insure the fastest AHERA survey reports possible. Our goal is to help streamline the permit process for your demolition project by delivering a complete, professional survey report that will not be questioned.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a group of minerals found in rock and soil. It was regularly used in construction materials prior to 1980 because of its fire and heat resistance, tensile strength and acoustic absorption capabilities. Some common building material that contained asbestos included stucco, vinyl flooring, acoustic ceiling material, linoleum, sheet rock, cement board, shingles and multiple forms of insulation.
What are the Health Risks of Asbestos?
The United States has banned the use of asbestos. The construction industry discontinued its use by 1980. Studies conclusively demonstrated that there are severe health risks associated with asbestos. Asbestos becomes dangerous when it is disturbed by repairs, renovations or demolition. Asbestos dust becomes airborne, and its fine particles can be easily inhaled and ingested. Humans can absorb the dust into their bodies where it can reside for many years. Evidence indicates that exposure over extended periods of time can cause asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer. Consequently, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) have set forth strict regulations and guidelines with regard to asbestos.
How We Perform Asbestos Inspections/Surveys
IAQ Consultants of Seattle has certified consultants to handle all asbestos related projects. We perform all of our inspections according to EPA AHERA guidelines and are qualified to perform full Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) Surveys. Our asbestos testing process includes a visual examination of the area, the collection of bulk samples and lab analysis of the samples using Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM). We will then prepare an asbestos survey report. We provide Seattle area clients with asbestos abatement project oversight and air quality monitoring during the abatement process. Once the abatement is complete, we provide clearance sampling certifying that the asbestos has been removed from your property.
Why Choose IAQ Consultants of Seattle
Our focus is to provide our clients with quick response times, accurate testing and reporting. We are proud to offer these services to our clients at an affordable cost regardless of the size or scope of your project. If you need asbestos testing in or around Seattle, call today to let IAQ Consultants of Seattle be the solution!
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