Procyon Environmental, New York state licensed inspectors, will establish the presence or absence of asbestos through a visual inspection, bulk sampling and lab analysis. If asbestos is detected, the report will indicate its location and a hazard assessment of each asbestos containing material (ACM), including whether or not the material is friable. Depending upon the hazard level, we will recommend response actions.
An asbestos survey or inspection is required prior to any building/structure demolition, remodeling, renovation or repair. All suspect potential asbestos containing materials (PACM) must be presumed to contain asbestos unless they are tested. The asbestos survey or inspection will at a minimum, identify the locations, quantities, friability and conditions of all types of Potential Asbestos Containing Material (PACM). A licensed asbestos inspector is responsible for identification and assessment of all types ACM, PACM throughout the building or portion of the building that is to be demolished, renovated, remodeled or repaired. The asbestos investigation process starts with a thorough examination of the architects drawings or plans. All potential asbestos containing materials (PACM) that will be disturbed during the demolition phase will need to be sampled. The list of PACM and number of samples of each component to be tested are prescribed by NYS/NYC regulations. The inspector will sample all required materials and then bring them to our certified laboratory for analysis. Upon receiving laboratory results, if no asbestos is present in any of the materials sampled, Procyon Environmental will issue a report to be filed with your local building department in order to receive a permit for renovations or building demolition. The asbestos report will be signed by a licensed New York Asbestos Inspector and emailed directly to the client, architect or expeditor. To perform an asbestos inspection in New York State but outside of New York City you must be a NYS licensed asbestos inspector. To perform an asbestos survey or an ACP5 inspection in NYC you must be licensed by both NYS and NYC licensed. As asbestos-containing products are still available in the marketplace today, building owners and professionals involved in building construction, whether new or renovation, should ensure that building materials used on their projects have been determined to be non-asbestos-containing and that documentation (test results, manufacturer’s certifications etc.) ascertaining their non-asbestos status be maintained in the building’s records.
Asbestos-containing material (ACM), defined as any material with more than one percent asbestos, comes in two forms: friable and non-friable. Friable ACM, such as insulation, is brittle, easily crumbles and readily becomes airborne when crushed. Non-friable ACM, such as floor tile and most roofing materials, is thicker and tougher and so not as easily released into the air. Friable ACM is potentially dangerous when disturbed, whereas the sturdier non-friable ACM poses less risk. In either case, cutting, drilling and other types of demolition usually generate a lot of dust, creating a potential hazard of asbestos inhalation. Local Law 76/85 was enacted as a precautionary measure to ensure that any project involving such demolition — even relatively minor interior remodeling jobs — faces minimal risk of airborne asbestos.
Asbestos is a mineral fiber that occurs naturally in rock and soil in the environment as bundles of fibers that can be separated into thin, durable threads. These fibers are resistant to heat, fire and chemicals and do not conduct electricity. For these reasons, asbestos has been used widely in building materials for insulation and as a fire retardant.Asbestos has also been used in a wide range of manufactured goods, mostly in building materials (roofing shingles, ceiling and floor tiles, paper products and asbestos cement products), friction products (automobile clutch, brake and transmission parts), heat-resistant fabrics, packaging, gaskets and coatings.
You can’t tell if a product contains asbestos just by looking at it. Many products look the same, whether they do or do not contain asbestos. The only way to tell for sure is to take a bulk sample collected and analyzed by our accredited laboratory. Procyon's licensed asbestos inspector carefully collects a bulk sample from a material in a controlled fashion to minimize fiber release.
How Can People Be Exposed to Asbestos?
When asbestos is left undisturbed, it poses little danger. However, when asbestos is disturbed building or home maintenance, repair etc.(by grinding, sanding, cutting, scraping, etc.) it releases millions of microscopic fibers into the air. These fibers, much smaller than the width of a human hair, can become easily inhaled by people around them. Once inhaled, asbestos fibers can lodge themselves inside the respiratory tract and can cause serious health issues later on.