Recently Asked Questions

Asbestos

Question: A building with asbestos/asphalt/steel (galbestos) siding was involved in a fire. The siding is intact but some of the siding has friable asbestos exposed. If asbestos-trained roofing workers screw new siding onto the existing galbestos, is that regulated work?

Question: My client has a utility tunnel with a soil floor. Due to previous (incorrect) abatement, there is a good deal of asbestos waste mixed with the soil. How can this be made safe and are licensed personnel required?

Question: We are shipping asbestos wastes in bladder bags. The U.S. DOT says our driver must have a commercial drivers license with a hazmat endorsement. Is that true?

Question: I received a call from a commercial flooring contractor. What training do thon's people need to remove asbestos flooring?

Question: I am confused. When does the EPA NESHAP standard actually require me to perform point-counting rather than ordinary PLM analysis?

Question: While my crew was removing floor tile and mastic, we had a visit from the local asbestos enforcement inspector. The inspector told me that my mastic remover residues are a hazardous waste? Is thon right?

Question: While sampling the plaster at a large facility I collected eighteen samples from what appeared to be a single homogeneous area. The initial results showed four low positives, but after point-counting only one sample exceeded 1%. Does my client have to treat all areas of the plaster as ACM?

Hazardous Waste / Hazardous Materials

Question: We are shipping asbestos wastes in bladder bags. The U.S. DOT says our driver must have a commercial drivers license with a hazmat endorsement. Is that true?

Question: While my crew was removing floor tile and mastic, we had a visit from the local asbestos enforcement inspector. The inspector told me that my mastic remover residues are a hazardous waste? Is thon right?

Question: While cleaning out a remote building, we found a 5-lb can of calcium carbide in a storage area. How should we dispose of it?

Lead

Question: I was doing a risk assessment for a HUD rehab grant. Because your trainer encouraged us to always take a soil sample, I sampled one area near the house, even though there was less than the de minimis amount of bare soil in the yard. The sample came up very high (13,900 ppm). Now what should I do?

Question: During a lead inspection I checked the painted parking lot stripes and found high lead levels. Was I required to check this and what should I do with the information?

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