Many people believe that asbestos has been eradicated from building materials. The fact of the matter is that asbestos is still present in both new homes and in older homes as well. The state of Colorado and OSHA has strict guidelines on removing asbestos from all buildings, including residential dwellings. Asbestos testing requirements for demolition and renovation projects are discussed in the links below:
The following are the triggers which prompt the property to be pre-inspected/tested for asbestos before materials are disturbed in demolition:
Public and Commercial Buildings (other than SFRDs) – the trigger levels are 260 linear feet on pipes, 160 square feet on other surfaces, or the volume equivalent of a 55-gallon drum.
Interestingly, OSHA’s federal laws surpass the limits above and require that employers who have employees working in construction environments where they could potentially disturb asbestos-containing material in demolition, test all materials before preceding. Because of this, all employers who have employees working in these situations should seek to engage a state-licensed asbestos inspector to sample materials prior to any demolition.
Single-Family Residential Dwellings (“SFRD”) – the trigger levels are: 50 linear feet on pipes, 32 square feet on other surfaces, or the volume equivalent of a 55- gallon drum.
Front Range Environmental, a subsidiary of 212 Degrees Restoration provides asbestos sampling and pre demolition inspection services in Fort Collins, Loveland, Windsor, Greeley, Longmont, Cheyenne and Laramie.