Building owners and construction contractors both share responsibility for asbestos testing when doing work on the building. A good faith inspection for asbestos, performed by an AHERA certified building inspector is required before any remodel, repair, removal, or other work that could disturb suspect materials.
Get an asbestos survey performed by an AHERA certified building inspector prior to any construction, renovation, remodeling, maintenance, repair, or demolition project regardless of the age of the building.
Both building owners, and contractors are subject to a mandatory $600 per day fine if an asbestos good faith inspection is not performed.
Provide this survey to any contractors bidding on the project. Subcontractors, and all workers who will be working must also be provided the survey, and a copy must be posted at the work site.
If you have asbestos containing materials that could be impacted during the work, hire a certified asbestos contractor to abate the asbestos.
Asbestos abatement companies are not all the same. Some specialize only in asbestos abatement, while others offer environmental services, demolition services, and general contracting services that may include abatement. Within the U.S., asbestos abatement regulations vary from state to state and city to city, some extend beyond the federal laws that require Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) licensing. Homeowners are not legally required to use a licensed asbestos abatement company, but it is strongly recommended.
*Please verify all contractor's license credentials prior to hire.
Abatement companies in the Seattle, WA area:
( We DO NOT VERIFY Abatement Companies Updated License, Check with Companies prior to hire for current Licesne and Insurance )
Asbestos Abatement Process
Abatement begins with a PNWIG-certified asbestos inspector who takes samples of suspected asbestos. Samples are analyzed at a laboratory to determine the extent of the problem. Asbestos removal can be complex and includes several site preparations. Call 425.608.9553 for an Asbestos Survey prior to Abatement work.
Type of Asbestos Abatement Work Class I asbestos work: Activities involving the removal of asbestos used to prevent heat loss or gain, surfacing asbestos-containing materials, and those suspected of containing asbestos.
Class II asbestos work: Removal of nonthermal asbestos-containing materials such as wallboards, floor tiles and sheeting, roofing and siding shingles, and construction mastics.
Class III asbestos work: Repair and maintenance operations of any asbestos-containing materials that will likely be disturbed. This is the type most likely used for removing asbestos.
Pre-Asbestos Abatement Activities • Work Area Preparation • Establishing Decontamination Units • Using Personal Protection (Respirator and Protective Clothing) • Worker Decontamination Procedures • Safety Considerations in Abatement Area • Proper Handling & Disposal of Asbestos Waste