Asbestos and Lead Assessments
Asbestos is a general term applied to a wide variety of naturally occurring fibrous minerals. Because asbestos is strong, incombustible and corrosion-resistant, it was widely used in buildings constructed prior to 1975. Unfortunately the unique physical characteristics of asbestos that make it a good building material are the same characteristics that make it harmful. When inhaled, asbestos fibers can cause serious health problems. Although many substances are listed as suspected carcinogens, asbestos is one of the few substances that are a proven carcinogen. For these reasons, federal, state and local governments now regulate the use and removal of ACM.
Lead contamination occurs from its historical use in paint and residual presence in dust and soil. Lead dust is especially dangerous to children and women who are (or wish to become) pregnant. Many buildings built before 1978 contain some lead-based paint. Lead-based paint is not hazardous if properly maintained; but, when lead-based paint deteriorates, chalks or is disturbed during renovation, remodeling, or routine maintenance, it creates an invisible, tasteless, and odorless toxic lead dust. Most cases of lead poisoning are caused by exposure to this dust.
Consequently, one of the most universal environmental problems facing property owners today is the potential presence of asbestos and lead in building materials and other media. Because asbestos and lead are highly regulated by federal, state and local government agencies, it is extremely important to know that all suspect materials are being addressed in accordance with all applicable regulations. For this very reason, in addition to safety and health issues, certified and licensed industry professionals should perform all asbestos and lead projects.
GUIDEWIRE specializes in performing surveys, project design and abatement project management for asbestos and lead projects. Our staff has been trained by US EPA and HUD accredited training providers, and has been providing clients with accurate, cost-effective solutions to asbestos and lead-based paint needs over the past two decades. With nearly 50 years of combined project experience, our team of professionals has performed hazardous materials assessments on more than 100 million square feet of commercial, industrial and educational property, and has designed and managed asbestos and lead paint abatement activities for more than 3,500 projects.
The use of our Project Management Staff and National Affiliates allows us to provide a timely response to all project needs located throughout the country. These personnel maintain all required personnel and corporate certifications to successfully complete every aspect of lead and asbestos projects in accordance with all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. Our experience and industry and regulatory knowledge make us the logical choice in assessing and handling all aspects of asbestos and lead-based paint projects.