Asbestos

DS Environmental provides a full spectrum of asbestos consulting and testing services:

  • Inspections, Sampling, Assessments
  • Final Clearances
  • On-Site PCM Analysis
  • Project Design
  • Project Management
  • Asbestos Awareness Training
  • Abatement Over-site
  • OSHA Personal Monitoring
  • Area Monitoring

Asbestos Basics

Asbestos was widely used in over 20,000 different building materials until it was discovered to be a carcinogen. OSHA and the EPA implemented stringent regulations in the 1980s to control its use in order to protect homeowners, workers in commercial buildings, and contractors from risks associated with asbestos exposure.

Asbestos is commonly found in building materials manufactured before the late 1970s such as ceiling and floor tiles, linoleum, drywall and mud, plaster, wall texture, fire proofing material, glues and mastics, and thermal insulation. An asbestos survey by a certified inspector is required prior to remodeling or demolition to determine the presence of asbestos.

When to Test for Asbestos?

  • When you identify or disturb any building material that you suspect contains asbestos
  • Before beginning renovations on structures built before 1978
  • Before beginning any demolition work on structures built before 1978
  • If you are buying, selling, or renting a structure built before 1978

Health Risks of Asbestos

Asbestos is made up of microscopic bundles of fibers that may become airborne when disturbed. If these fibers get into the air, they can be inhaled into the lungs, where they can cause significant health problems. Most health problems caused by asbestos typically go unnoticed for 15-50 years, but by the time the impact becomes noticeable it has often developed to be quite severe.

Some of the health problems that result from asbestos exposure:

  • Asbestosis – a lung disease that causes scarring of the lungs. Eventually the scarring can get so bad that the lungs cannot function.
  • Mesothelima – a cancer of the lining of the lung and chest and/or the lining of the abdominal wall.
  • Lung Cancer – a person has 50-84 times greater of a chance of developing lung cancer if they are exposed to asbestos and they smoke.

Contact DS Environmental!

DS Environmental will evaluate the location, type, and condition of the asbestos and assess remediation options. Often, only minor repairs are needed to maintain the asbestos in good condition. We develop asbestos management plans that comply with regulations to fit each client’s unique case.

If abatement is required, we can assist with the selection of a qualified abatement contractor, prepare necessary abatement design documents in compliance with government regulations, oversee the abatement project, monitor air quality to ensure that exposure levels are not exceeded, and analyze air samples on-site via phase contrast microscopy (PCM) for expedited turnaround.

DS Environmental is a participant in the Industrial Hygiene Proficiency Analytical Testing (IHPAT) program. Our laboratory ID No. is 188987 and DS Environmental has earned a rating of Proficient.

Call us at (303) 286-9094 for testing and guidance!


Helpful Links

State of Colorado: Regulation 8

State of Colorado: Common Questions About Asbestos

State of Colorado: Renovation and Demolition Requirements

State of Colorado: General Information

State of Colorado: Asbestos Bans

EPA: About Asbestos 

EPA: Asbestos in School Buildings 

EPA: Information on Asbestos for Building Owners and Managers 

EPA: Asbestos FAQ