When it comes to getting an asbestos inspection or abatement done at your place of business or at home, it’s important to understand core concepts and terms. Below are seven of the most common terms and titles used when talking about asbestos contractors and their work. Take a few minutes to review them to understand better the asbestos removal process and when talking to your asbestos abatement contractors that are handling the project.
ACM: Asbestos Containing Material
Any manufactured materials that contain asbestos. A term used by the EPA, OSHA, and other regulatory bodies, it is defined as a product that contains more than 1% asbestos.
AHERA: Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act
Part of the EPA’s, Toxic Substance Control Act, AHERA was an additional section added on in 1986, legislation focusing on creating standards for asbestos identifications and abatement. While initially just for school, AHERA has been expanded on to extend to general contractors and asbestos abatement.
More than just removal and disposal of asbestos, asbestos abatement is the containment and control of asbestos fibers, including procedures to removal, encapsulate, or repair ACMs that meet with federal and state laws. Read more in our blog, What is Asbestos Abatement?
You may hear asbestos referred to as one or more colors. The three most common are:
- White Asbestos: Chrysotile asbestos. The most common and most flexible.
- Brown Asbestos: Amosite asbestos. More toxic and used in construction materials.
- Blue Asbestos: Crocidolite asbestos. Dangerous smaller fibers, less used.
Learn more about asbestos types in our blog, Is Asbestos Man-Made or Naturally Occurring?
The method of taking samples of materials to get them analyzed to see if it contains detectable asbestos (i.e., is an ACM). Includes EPA-recommended procedures for safety and containment. Also known as Asbestos Bulk Sampling.
Asbestos that is friable means that it can easily release asbestos fibers when disturbed or decaying. This includes “loose” asbestos like fill insulation, low-density materials, or materials that are brittle. See our blog, The Difference Between Friable Asbestos and Non-Friable Asbestos, for more information.
NESHAP: National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants
A set of EPA standards, NESHAP set requirements for the inspection and removal of asbestos by certified contractors before renovation or demolition of buildings. NESHAP only applied to certain types of buildings, with individual residential buildings being exempt from this part of the standards.
Learn something new? Have questions about these or additional terms? Fiber Control, Inc. can help. We specialize in abatement and removal of asbestos and other hazardous materials. If you’re in Massachusetts or New Hampshire and need asbestos inspection and abatement, we can help. Contact us today.