Hazardous Building Materials Management Services



Prior to any renovation of a building, trained professionals must evaluate an inventory of hazardous building materials. It is important to ensure they pose no threat to construction workers. SCS can help your organization with assessing, project planning, abatement monitoring and, of course, other concerns.

First of all, our assessments are conducted on a room-by-room basis. In addition, detailed notes will be collected with each sample including a room identifier, type of material and sample location. Also, digital photographs will be taken of each sampling location and of representative hazardous building materials.

While the assessment will be semi-destructive, meaning that sampling will be performed in a manor to limit routine damage and disturbance to existing materials, some repairs may be necessary. Furthermore, repairs particularly related to the sampling of materials such as, but not limited to, drywall, ceiling tiles, flooring and other exterior/interior finishes may be required. Of course, we always attempt to sample in a way that will minimize any damages, and always in the most unobtrusive location as possible.

Buildings are Assessed for the Following Hazardous Materials:

  • Asbestos-containing materials (ACM)
  • Lead-based surface coatings/paints
  • Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) in fluorescent light fixtures
  • Mercury building components in thermostats and light fixture bulbs
  • Radioactive building components in smoke and/or heat detectors
  • Ozone-depleting substances in refrigeration equipment
  • Miscellaneous chemicals in storage
  • Biological contamination including fungal/mould affected building materials, animal droppings, etc.

As a result, asbestos samples are collected and submitted under chain of custody in accordance with National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Method 9002 or the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Method 600/R-93/116.

Surface coatings and/or paint samples are also collected and submitted under chain of custody to an accredited laboratory for analysis.

Finally, based on the findings of sampling and onsite assessment, SCS will assist you to develop and implement appropriate and cost-effective control measures, which also include options to remove, encapsulate, enclose or manage.