The Empirical Company staff has been providing professional and effective solutions to clients who seek to survey, manage or abate asbestos. The staff includes certified industrial hygienists, certified asbestos consultants, and certified site surveillance technicians. The group commonly provides professional services to commercial, industrial and government entities. Professional services include asbestos surveys, abatement project design, abatement monitoring, contractor selection assistance, hazard awareness training, operations and maintenance programs, emergency response, and litigation support.
From being able to staff a small abatement clearance project, to writing a detailed specification for a multi-site asbestos abatement project, The Empirical Company’s consulting staff is experienced and capable of handling projects large or small. The staff has a very diverse experience base, with consultants that have worked in virtually every type of structure imaginable, under a variety of conditions.
Accurate and reliable building inspections are carried out by highly experienced EPA and state certified consultants. Each consultant has a comprehensive knowledge of asbestos issues ranging from analytical methods, to asbestos containing materials and uses in buildings. Their understanding of materials facilitates inspections of dust, insulation materials, vinyl floor tiles, acoustical products, and other potential hazardous materials. Results can be presented in customized building inspection reports with AutoCAD® drawings, which provide a solid foundation for making management or abatement decisions.
Asbestos Abatement Consulting Services
Comprehensive asbestos abatement consulting services are offered including specification development, inspection and documentation of work practices, air monitoring and clearance sampling. Emphasis is placed on personnel protection, secure containment, and safe abatement practices.
Why is Asbestos a Hazard?
Asbestos is made up of microscopic bundles of fibers. Usually asbestos is mixed with other materials to actually form the products. Floor tiles, for example, may contain only a small percentage of asbestos. The asbestos content of different materials varies according to the product and how it is used. Among those materials with higher concentrations of asbestos are insulation products on heating systems and the backing on sheet vinyl flooring.
An uncontrolled disturbance of any asbestos-containing material in any concentration may be dangerous to your health. When asbestos becomes airborne, the fibers can be inhaled into the lungs, where they may cause significant health problems. The longer the exposure, the greater the risk of contracting an asbestos related disease.
Asbestosis – As asbestos fibers are inhaled, they may become trapped in the lung tissue. The body tries to dissolve the fibers by producing an acid. This acid, due to the chemical resistance of the fiber, does little to damage the fiber, but may scar the surrounding tissue. Eventually, this scarring may become so severe that the lungs cannot function. The latency period is often 25-40 years.
Mesothelioma – a cancer of the pleura ( the outer lining of the lung and chest cavity) and/ or the peritoneum ( the lining of the abdominal wall). The only known cause is from asbestos exposure. The latency period for mesothelioma is often 15-30 years.
Lung Cancer – caused by asbestos. The effects of lung cancer are often greatly increased by cigarette smoking ( by about 50%). Cancer of the gastrointestinal tract can also be caused by asbestos. The latency period for cancer is often 15-30 years.