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Hazardous Substances Found in Building Materials

OnDemand Webinar (93 minutes)

Understand frequently encountered hazardous materials in building and how best to deal with any immediate exposure issues.A common misconception from the public is that building materials cannot contain hazardous materials. Many people are familiar with the hazards associated with asbestos and lead containing building materials. However, most do not realize that there are a number of hazards materials being used in current construction. Exposure to these can create immediate health concerns to the occupants along with considerable liability for the owner. Determining the type, location and quantity of these hazards inside a building before they create an exposure issue to the occupants requires a basic working knowledge of how to at least recognize the presence of suspected hazardous materials. Learn key information that can help you understand the basics for assembling a team of experts once suspect hazardous materials are identified to properly conduct the contamination identification with a cost-effective sampling plan, conduct a risk assessment, design a control plan to deal with any immediate exposure issues and, if necessary, how to execute a cost effective regulatory compliant remediation plan.


Dr. Ryan Kuhn, Ph.D., CIH, Dominion Environmental Consultants, Inc.


Phase I - Occupant Complaints (Immediate Priority)

• Review History of Previous Occupant Complaints

• Interview Current Occupants With Complaints

• Review Previous General Environmental or Sampling Reports

• Compile Comprehensive Report of Findings

- Recommend Resolution Path

- With No Further Action (With Occupant Complaint This Is Unlikely)

- With Further Action (See Phase II)

Phase II - Site Evaluation by Experienced Environmental Professional (With Occupant Compliant or for Proactive Owner Protection)

• Preliminary Site Visit and Visual Inspection

- Identify Possible Hazardous Substances (e.g., Silica, Asbestos, Lead, Volatile Compounds)

• Recommend Sampling of Suspect Materials Linked to Occupant Complaint

- Specific Area (Limited)

• Recommend Physical Inventory and Sampling of All Suspect Materials

- Total Building (Comprehensive)

Phase III - Assemble a Professional Sampling Team for Suspect Materials

• Certified Asbestos Inspector

• Certified Lead Inspector, Risk Assessor and Project Designer

• Experienced Industrial Hygienist

Phase IV - Site Sampling and Characterization (Experienced Environmental Professional)

• Develop an Appropriate Sampling Plan

- Review Previous Laboratory Results

- Prepare Appropriate Cost-Effective Sampling Plan

- Conduct Limited or Comprehensive Sampling

- Review Laboratory Sampling Data

- Compare Any Positive Results With Applicable Regulatory Guidelines

- Conduct a Comprehensive Risk Assessment Based on Positive Results

- Establish Immediate Plan of Action Based on Risk Assessment to Control Ongoing Exposure

• Prepare Detailed Report of Findings With Recommended Further Action

- Notification to Occupants

Phase V - Site Remediation Action Plan (Experienced Environmental Professional)

• Establish Specific Remediation Plan of Action (Based on Laboratory Results)

• Identification of the Site-Specific Scope of Work Based on Current or Prior Investigation Results

• Review Recommended Scope of Work With Owner

• Establish Projected Project Budget and Timeline

• Development of a Site-Specific, Site Safety and Health Plan

• Prepare a Written Site-Specific Scope of Work for Remediation Contractor Bidding

• Identify List of Qualified Contractors (Experience, Work Force, Insurability, Financial Resources Available)