Let the sun shine down on this otherwise dreary day. At Element, we appreciate any extra time we’re exposed to the light of day especially as the cold winter days draw near to an end in conjunction with daylight savings time this weekend. Whether were providing oversight for an asbestos removal project or investigating the release of a substance into a site’s soil, we’ll be there rain or shine. In the environmental industry, you learn to take advantage of the jobs that shield you from the heat in the summer or provide you with a sense of warmth in the winter. It’s the nature of the beast.
When we’re conducting a groundwater investigation we’ll be outside collecting samples no matter what time of the year it is. Then we’ll most likely be inside if we’re performing a hazardous material survey. Sometimes in the deep recesses of a building that no one has dared to venture before. We get the best of both worlds when we’re conducting Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, where we investigate the past or present release of any hazardous substances or petroleum products onto a property. One thing is for certain, the variety and challenges that our industry has to offer keep us on our toes no matter what time of the year it is.
On this Field Day Friday, we’re providing contractor oversight and air monitoring for the outdoor removal of an asbestos-containing “transite” paneled roof on an approximately 14,600 square foot building in the dead of winter. We provided asbestos project inspector services (API) which includes pre-testing, periodic abatement oversight, and air monitoring, which are generally conducted indoors but requirements vary depending on the scope, location, and type of the asbestos abatement project. Air monitoring confirms that asbestos removal practices are conducted in a manner that protects workers and occupants as well as prevents cross-contamination from the containment area to the clean area. While it may be a frigid winter’s day, we welcome the warmth of the sun as were exposed to its light one transite panel at a time. Needless to say, we are grateful for the walls of the building that protect us from the harsh winter winds.