We offer asbestos consulting services across the state of Texas. Our license number is #100517.
The word asbestos comes from Greek word meaning “inextinguishable” or “indestructible”. Asbestos was once used as a material in almost every building for fire-proofing. Prolonged inhalation of asbestos fibers can cause serious and often fatal illnesses including lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma. In Texas, the mission of the Asbestos Program is to protect and promote the physical and environmental health of the people of Texas from asbestos. For safety purposes and regulatory compliance, you need an asbestos survey done before you start a renovation or demolition of a public building. AEC Engineering, LLC. can survey public and residential buildings for the presence of asbestos and help you plan a safe method for removal of the asbestos.
Per the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) all suspect Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) are presumed to contain asbestos until proven otherwise. What is suspect ACM?
- Thermal System Insulation (TSI)
- Surfacing Materials such as spray applied fireproofing, joint compound, wall texturing and other trowel or spray applied materials.
- Miscellaneous materials like mastics, asphaltic compounds, resilient floor coverings, roofing materials, ceiling and acoustical tiles, and refractory materials and other cementacious materials.
Texas Senate Bill 509 requires municipalities to verify that an asbestos survey has been conducted prior to issuing renovation or demolition permits for public or commercial buildings, and affects renovation and demolition permits for public or commercial buildings issued by municipalities on or after January 1, 2002.
Municipalities in Texas are obligated by law to verify an asbestos survey (commonly, even thought not accurate called asbestos inspections) is performed before issuance of demolition or renovation permit. The municipalities are not required to obtain proof of appropriate management of any identified asbestos-containing materials in a building; as this responsibility is held by property owner.
The Texas Asbestos Health Protection Rules and Federal asbestos regulations also apply to renovation and demolition regardless of the results of the survey or the issuance of a building permit.
We have been involved with thousands of asbestos surveys throughout the state of Texas and we have managed hundreds of asbestos management abatement projects. We know the rules and regulations and ensure that the asbestos surveys are done in accordance with Texas Asbestos Health Protection Rules (TAHPR) and the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP).
In Texas, the asbestos program is regulated through the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Asbestos is not banned in the United States. In 1989 a ruling issued by the EPA banning most ACM products was overturned by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans in 1991. This was mostly by pressure from the asbestos industry. Although it is still legal and it appears in many building and common household products, asbestos use has declined considerably in the US with the last asbestos mine closing in the US in 2002.