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HAZARDOUS MATERIALS

L&R has the broad experience and capabilities necessary to evaluate, classify and proactively manage hazardous material concerns.  L&R’s qualified team is experienced in handling a variety of facility related environmental concerns commonly encountered in industrial, institutional, commercial and residential building environments.  Our team is experienced in comprehensive inspections and preparing bid specifications, removal scopes of work and remediation work plans, as well as providing oversight and monitoring throughout the duration of a project.

Hazardous Materials Services Include:

  • Comprehensive hazardous materials management programs for renovation and demolition projects, including surveys in residential, industrial, commercial, institutional and municipal buildings.
  • Total project management including the preparation of bidding specifications, management of the bidding process, oversight of removal activities, third-party and worker exposure air monitoring, and documentation of compliance with project specifications and local, state and federal regulations.
  • Development of management processes based on L&R’s industry experience and best management practices
  • Management of facility decommissioning projects involving the removal of asbestos containing materials, industrial wastes and regulated building wastes
  • Project planning and coordination of hazardous materials tasks across interdisciplinary project teams
  • Monitoring for compliance with current state and federal hazardous materials regulations

Asbestos is most commonly found in older homes and buildings in the following materials:

  • pipe and furnace insulation materials
  • roofing materials
  • exterior siding
  • wallboard and textures/joint compound
  • textured paints and other coating materials
  • flooring materials and adhesives

While many asbestos containing materials have been banned in the United States, asbestos continues to be used today in building material construction making it necessary to test modern building materials.

The following are some of the materials in which the use of asbestos is not banned and may be used in new construction today:

  • Vinyl floor tile
  • Roofing felt
  • Roof coatings
  • Non-roofing coatings
  • Millboard
  • Cement shingle
  • Cement pipe
  • Cement corrugated sheet
  • Cement flat sheet
  • Pipeline wrap
  • Automatic transmission components
  • Clutch facings
  • Friction materials
  • Disk brake pads
  • Drum brake linings
  • Brake blocks
  • Gaskets
  • Clothing

If asbestos-containing materials are disturbed by cutting, sanding or other remodeling activities, asbestos fibers can be released to the air where they can become an inhalation hazard.  To be a significant health concern, asbestos fibers must be inhaled at high concentrations over an extended timeframe.  Significant exposure to asbestos increases the risk of asbestosis or mesothelioma.

Asbestosis is scarring of the lung tissue.  Asbestosis restricts breathing leading to decreased lung volume and increased resistance in the airways. It is a slowly progressive disease with a latency period of 15 to 30 years.

 Mesothelioma is a cancer of the pleural lining and is considered to be exclusively related to asbestos exposure. By the time it is diagnosed, it is almost always fatal. Similar to other asbestos related diseases, mesothelioma has a longer latency period of 30 to 40 years.

Asbestos can be positively identified in air, bulk, and/or dust samples only by trained analysts using specialized microscopes.  L&R has trained and experienced staff along with the necessary equipment and instrumentation to provide quality asbestos analysis of air, bulk, and/or dust samples.  We offer various methodologies (NIOSH, EPA, OSHA, ASTM, etc.) utilizing Phase Contrast Microscopy (PCM) and Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM).
Laurie Kuther is an Environmental Professional and professional asbestos laboratory analyst. Laurie has worked as an asbestos analyst in the Treasure Valley for the past 11 years and has analyzed thousands of samples for the presence of asbestos.