Building materials that contain asbestos are still legal to sell, although since the late 1980’s they are seldom used in construction. Asbestos can be found in structures of all ages and in various forms, such as decorative plasters, fireproofing, resilient flooring, heating system insulation, wallboard joint compound systems, roofing, exterior siding, and more.
Asbestos Inspection (pre-abatement)
If you suspect asbestos has been used in a building that will be undergoing demolition or renovation prior to you must have an asbestos inspection to thoroughly inspect the building or the components in it that you suspect have asbestos. The inspection report will identify the presence, location, amount, and condition or asbestos or suspected asbestos in the areas that will be affected by the demolition or renovation.
In Massachusetts any project that involves asbestos abatement, removal, or disposal is required to notify the Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and the Department of Labor Standards (DLS) at least 10 working days prior to the start of the project. Checking with the board of health, building inspector, and fire department in the town or city the project is located to notify them or obtain and local approvals before starting the project.
Asbestos Inspection (post-abatement)
Upon completion of asbestos abatement activities a visual inspection can only be performed by an asbestos project monitor. This inspection will include the visual inspection all surfaces within the work area for visible debris. If any visible debris is found in the work area, it will have to be repeatedly cleaned by the asbestos contractor until there is no visible debris.
There is only one Massachusetts landfill currently permitted to accept asbestos-containing waste: Waste Management Fitchburg/Westminster Sanitary Landfill, 800-963-4779. There are 2 landfills in states bordering Massachusetts that are permitted to accept asbestos-containing waste generated in Massachusetts: Waste Management Turnkey Landfill, 800-963-4776, and RED Transfer & Logistics, 860-342-1022