Asbestos Compliance Evaluation—Metals Processing Facilities

Comprehensive and targeted asbestos inspections facilitated rapid overall assessment of vast infrastructure.

An asbestos inspection and compliance evaluation was performed at four major industrial facilities to assess the completeness of historical asbestos-related information, to develop associated life cycle costs and to implement program improvements at the facilities.  The evaluation included both record review and targeted site inspections at four facilities with 150 buildings, including: a major Alloys Plant, two large metals Reclamation Plants and an Aluminum Can Plant.  The structures chosen for site evaluations were selected because they were representative of larger portions of the facilities, thereby allowing for rapid overall assessment of a vast infrastructure in weeks, not months.

Project Highlights

  • Extensive existing asbestos inspection reports and surveys were efficiently reviewed and keyed for specific buildings or areas to streamline the inspection process.
  • Site inspections focused on accurate hazard assessment through air monitoring and surveillance of the condition of the asbestos.
  • Historical site reports used algorithms or numerical scoring systems to identify the appropriate response action for referenced asbestos. These scoring systems were discontinued based on the evaluation findings because they did not account for such industrial factors such as heat or vibration.
  • Although the asbestos product ban was implemented in 1980 there was evidence that asbestos was installed at the facilities until the late 1980’s.  Program improvements therefore included additional targeted inspections of newer structures.
  • A facility-wide written O&M program was developed to successfully manage asbestos in-place.  Asbestos survey information was organized and presented in a user-friendly database.
  • A comprehensive ACM labeling program was developed that utilized color-coding systems effective in high heat environments to attain compliance yet minimize cost and time constraints.
  • On-going worker training was developed that included both standard rubrics and information keyed to a given employee’s specific work area.