Asbestos Abatement Services

Southwest HAZARD CONTROL, INC.has been in business for 30 years and is headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, we have performed abatement contracts in a multitude of States throughout the country. We have preformed contracts for the federal government, other local governments, Schools, colleges, and commercial organizations.

We have developed a reputation for being safe, ethical, and responsive to our clients needs.

Codes and Standards for Asbestos Abatement

Southwest HAZARD CONTROL, INC. (SHC) complies with all current applicable federal, state and local regulations, codes, and specifications including the following (State and local regulations will vary):

§   OSHA Asbestos – Final Rule (29 CFR 1926.1101 published in the Federal Register: 59FR40964 (8/10/94), 60FR33974 (6/29/95), 60FR50411 (9/29/95), 61FR43454 (9/23/96), 63FR1152 (1/8/98), 63FR20098 (4/23/98), and 63FR35137 (6/29/98).

§   OSHA General Industrial Safety and Health Standards (29 CFR §1910 and §1926, published in the Federal Register, Vol. 51, #119; Friday, June 20, 1986, pages 22611 – 22790).

§   EPA National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPs) (40 CFR, §61, Subsections A, B and M).  As per Clean Air Act Amendments of November 20, 1990 (Updated 3/7/97; Arizona DEQ/AQD Asbestos NESHAP Program).

§   EPA – AHERA Asbestos-Containing Materials in Schools (40 CFR §763). (When applicable or specifically requested.)

Abatement Practices

SHC furnishes all labor, materials, employee training, pollution, general liability, errors and omissions insurance coverage, expertise, and equipment necessary to carry out specified asbestos abatement projects.  SHC will also secure all required permits including any necessary state, regional and local licenses.  Although the owner is responsible for providing required notification to the EPA and any regional, state or local authority having jurisdiction on projects for asbestos removal, SHC will provide assistance to the owner as required.

Qualification Submittals

For each project SHC submits the following materials in order to establish our competency and capability to perform the specified work:

§   Work and educational qualifications and other background information that attests to the ability of SHC and its staff to competently complete the asbestos abatement tasks in question.

§   Proof that all air samples will be analyzed in a qualified laboratory: i.e., a laboratory that participates in the NIOSH Proficiency Analytical Testing Program (PAT) and has been found proficient, or a laboratory that is accredited by the AIHA for asbestos.

§   Proof that all workers have been trained in an EPA-approved asbestos training course and that all site supervisors have attended an EPA-approved abatement supervisory training course appropriate for the specific job.

§   Proof that all workers have had medical examinations as required by OSHA.

§   The name of the landfill that will be used for asbestos disposal and assurance that all regulations/laws pertaining to such disposal will be met in the form of a disposal manifest signed by the owner, transporter and landfill operator.

§   Evidence of legitimate asbestos-specific general liability insurance coverage, workman’s compensation insurance and vehicle insurance.

§   When required by the client, an industrial hygienist will be provided to oversee the implementation of all aspects of safety and health procedures.

Hazard Communication Standards

SHC maintains a written hazard communication program for the work place.

Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) are prepared, explained and distributed to employees and employers.

Pre-construction Meeting

Prior to the beginning of actual removal activities, a pre-construction meeting is held between the owner, consultant and SHC.  SHC presents a written description of the following:

§   Removal plans, which include decontamination facilities and their location, work area isolation and containment plans and safety procedures.

§   A description of protective clothing and approved respirators that will be used.

§   A description of removal, clean-up, and waste disposal procedures and an explanation of decontamination procedures.

Warning Signs, Labels and Posters

OSHA and/or EPA required warning signs are posted around the workplace and at every potential entry to the work area.

OSHA, DOT and/or EPA labels are secured to bags, drums or other containers utilized to transport contaminated material to the approved disposal site.

Other signs, labels, warnings, and posted instructions are provided which protect, inform, and warn of the hazard of exposure.

Safe Work Practices

All workers, foremen, superintendents, authorized visitors, and inspectors are personally supplied with appropriate respiratory equipment for the type of work being performed and the anticipated exposure levels defined by 29 CFR 1910 and 1926.

Workers wear appropriate protective equipment and clothing prior to entering the work area.

Weekly meetings are held at each job site to discuss accident prevention.  Subjects include safe use of electricity, water, scaffolding, hoses, lighting, etc.  Daily tailgate meetings are also held to discuss hazards specific to current job sites.

Emergency and fire exits are established for each work area and SHC is prepared to administer first aid to injured personnel.  Seriously injured personnel will be treated immediately or evacuated without delay for decontamination.  Emergency evacuation due to injury or safety is performed in a manner that minimizes exposure and contamination.

Transportation and Disposal of Asbestos Waste

All asbestos waste is accompanied by a manifest.

An EPA permitted and fully insured transporter provides transportation to the disposal facility.  This transporter will be certified in all applicable EPA, RCRA, OSHA, and DOT regulations regarding hazardous waste transportation.  EPA Hazardous material management (29 CFR SEC 1910.120 {e})

Materials for disposal are only sent to an EPA approved and licensed facility.  SHC audits facilities through site visits, questionnaires and/or interviews.  Completed manifests are reviewed and provided to the owner.

Asbestos Encasement

SHC is a strong proponent of asbestos encasement when removal procedures may not be feasible due to excessive cost or when lack of available down time due to the critical or vital nature of the facility is involved.  SHC has the capability and the resources to procure and apply a very durable and elastomeric coating to encase asbestos.  This material is normally guaranteed for a period up to 20 years.  The manufacturer of the material has also had the material tested and approved for a wide variety of building applications.  We will be pleased to forward further information about this industrial coating at your request.  The most promising applications are over fireproofing and pipe insulation.  Elevator shafts which have sprayed-on fireproofing are especially applicable.  They can be treated during off-hours to eliminate facility disruption.  This process may be very applicable for locations at your facility.

Southwest HAZARD CONTROL, INC. has performed over $3 million worth of encasement contracts and currently holds contacts valued at $500,000.  This has become a popular option for management of lead and asbestos in areas difficult to abate and on building exteriors.