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Asbestos/Lead Detection, Monitoring and Abatement
Federal Occupational Health can address the issues that relate to the detection, monitoring and abatement of Asbestos and Lead.

Asbestos

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) mandates that an asbestos inspection be conducted prior to most building renovations and demolitions. NESHAP is intended to minimize the release of asbestos fibers during activities that involve the handling of asbestos. In addition, NESHAP specifies work practices to be followed during renovation, demolition, or other abatement1 activities when friable2 asbestos is involved.

Furthermore, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that building owners disclose information pertaining to the presence of asbestos-containing material in buildings to their employees, contractors, and tenants. Federal Occupational Health’s (FOH) comprehensive asbestos services addresses the provisions of these and other asbestos regulations and will work with your agency to ensure that occupational exposures to asbestos are minimized or eliminated.

As part of its asbestos services FOH will:

  • Develop a building management plan or Operations and Maintenance Plan (O&M Plan) that outlines work practices and procedures for avoiding exposures.
  • Conduct asbestos surveys, which include monitoring indoor and outdoor ambient air for asbestos fiber concentrations*.
  • Conduct Asbestos Abatement Design and Oversight. FOH’s accredited professionals can design an abatement program and conduct air monitoring before, during, and after abatement activities.
  • Conduct all levels of asbestos training – from two- hour asbestos awareness to five-day Supervisor Initial training.

* Sample analysis can be conducted on-site or at FOH’s certified asbestos laboratory in Denver, CO.

Lead

Workplace exposure to lead continues to be a significant public health problem today because of the widespread use of lead compounds in industry during the past century. Lead is a highly toxic metal that may be present at hazardous levels in water, soil, and air. Since the 1980's, the EPA has been working to phase out lead in gasoline, reduce lead in drinking water, reduce lead in industrial air pollution, and ban or limit the use of lead in consumer products, including residential paint. Despite this, overexposure to lead continues to be one of the most common overexposures found in general industry. Federal Occupational Health’s comprehensive environmental services helps agencies protect workers from lead poisoning and comply with mandates regarding workplace lead exposure. As part of our services FOH will:

  • Provide training designed to educate Federal managers and their employees on how to work safety with lead.
  • Conduct air monitoring for the detection of lead
  • Conduct blood-lead level sample analysis to determine possible lead exposures
  • Develop lead abatement and oversight programs
  • Design lead management plans

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