Asbestos Testing Brooklyn NYC

Asbestos Testing in Brooklyn NYC

Asbestos Testing in Brooklyn NYC

If you’re planning any home renovation, construction, or demolition, all building permits in Brooklyn, NYC require the completion of an ACP-5 form (asbestos test, inspection, and confirmation), in consultation with certified asbestos professionals.

While Brooklyn NY is a bustling and vibrantly colorful part of New York City’s culture, some of the aging buildings in this area are not as up-to-date as they could be. Asbestos was once popularly used in many industries, including home construction, until asbestos exposure was linked to various human health problems.

Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) are found in many older buildings, and create a health hazard when disturbed, causing them to release asbestos fibers. As the borough with the oldest construction date, and with a median building year of 1932, Brooklyn building owners and residents should definitely be aware of the risks of asbestos disturbance and when to seek asbestos testing and inspection as required.

Asbestos Testing in Brooklyn NYC

Our Asbestos Testing Services in Brooklyn NY

Whether you need help with an ACP-5 form or ACP-7 form, our highly trained professionals take every step to safely determine whether asbestos is present, in accordance with all legal requirements, so you can obtain your permit and proceed with your project. We offer certified asbestos inspections and tests, including:

  • Bulk material sampling:
    We use polarized light microscopy to test mineral-specific properties in fibers. This is our main method of testing. We also use transmission electron microscopy when required. These are used to lab analyze samples taken of materials suspected to contain asbestos.
  • Asbestos air sampling:
    As asbestos presence is invisible to the human eye, we need to conduct indoor air quality testing by sampling the air to verify that there are no asbestos fibers impacting your building and residents. Air testing is needed after asbestos abatement work concludes to confirm there are no residual fibers.
  • Dust sampling:
    Asbestos dust samples can be collected and tested with various methods, including tape-lift, micro-vacuuming, wiping, or scraping. These analyze for the presence of small particles left on surfaces, as opposed to being within a piece of material (such as a piece of wall or floor tile that is suspected to contain asbestos).

After your asbestos testing and inspection is conducted, we send samples to a certified lab for analysis and results. You will receive a detailed report summarizing the work done, the condition of your property as it relates to asbestos, and whether asbestos has been found.

If there is no asbestos, we file the report stating the work area is clear (an ACP-5, or Asbestos Assessment Report). If asbestos is found to be present, we can help remove the asbestos. We also conduct third-party abatement confirmation.

Brooklyn NYC Laws on Asbestos Testing

NYC has various rules and regulations that apply to any asbestos-related work, such as from the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Environmental Protection, and Department of Buildings.

NYC Buildings Bulletin 2009-31 declared that any building constructed before 1987 needs asbestos testing services. In recent years, New York State has tightened asbestos laws, as growing evidence has linked inhalation and ingestion of asbestos fibers with health dangers, especially in industrial settings. To protect workers and residents, any asbestos contracting and labor must be performed by a licensed environmental service professional, in compliance with the necessary steps for asbestos-safe work.

See the FAQ or give us a call for more info on how we can help with code compliance as well as your NYC ACP-5 and ACP-7 forms.

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What are some common reasons and places I may need asbestos tests and inspections in Brooklyn?

The most common reason is that it’s required by law for any demolition or construction permit! You need an ACP-5 form to get your permit, which means you need to get certified asbestos testing and inspection services in order to satisfy the requirements.

From small residential cases to large commercial projects, there are many scopes of asbestos services. An asbestos inspection and test is required even for something as small as taking down a wall in your home!

Some common Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) include:

  • Vinyl floor tiles, other tiles for flooring and ceiling
  • Construction glues, sprays, and adhesives
  • Popcorn ceilings, spray-on textured paint
  • Roofing materials – certain materials are sturdy and non-friable, such as roofing tiles and shingles, and thus less likely to release asbestos fiber. However, disturbing the material means you need to hire asbestos professionals.
  • Materials for insulation such as brake pads, appliance door gaskets
  • Insulation in walls, air ducts, boiler rooms, and on pipes
What are some potential health effects of asbestos exposure?

The State of New York is one of the nation’s leaders in asbestos-related illness. Asbestos-related health effects are related to the amount and duration of asbestos exposure and inhalation. Once the fibers are ingested, they become stuck and can’t be removed, irritating the body’s organs and systems. Growing scientific evidence links asbestos to health problems, especially with long-term exposure:

  • Mesothelioma, a disease of the lung cavity lining primarily related to asbestos exposure.
  • Lung cancer and other serious illnesses.
  • Asbestosis, a type of fatal lung disease also primarily related to asbestos exposure.
  • Pleural plaques (buildup in the lung) and other health conditions.
Is asbestos illegal in Brooklyn NY (King’s County)?

The new use of asbestos for consumer products is now banned. The problem arises from the fact that millions of homes still contain existing ACMs. As asbestos is not visible to the naked eye, the only ways to know whether something contains asbestos are if the material is clearly labeled, or if you have professional testing conducted.

Asbestos dust is highly dangerous, especially to workers who are at greater risk of exposure to fiber-release episodes when ACMs are disturbed. It’s not illegal to have asbestos in your home, but it is illegal to negligently expose construction workers or residents to asbestos by failing to hire asbestos-certified professionals to work on your home or business. You must verify that all construction projects in Brooklyn NYC are asbestos-safe (with an ACP-5) before you can get permission to proceed.

What if Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) are found on my Brooklyn property?

If your asbestos test and inspection results come back clear, you’re good to go once you file the ACP-5 declaration. But if your project does involve disturbing Asbestos Containing Materials, NYC laws require you to have the asbestos hazard abated. Any contractors involved must be asbestos certified in NY, and work in strict accordance with the EPA’s asbestos-safe work practices.

Any asbestos removal in Brooklyn or other parts of NY are subject to Industrial Code Rule 56 (12 NYCRR Part 56), which protects the public and workers from inadvertent asbestos exposure. It’s also subject to the NYC DEP’s Title 15 regulations.

What are ACP-5 and ACP-7 forms in Brooklyn NYC?

An ACP-5 form is an asbestos assessment report that states the work area has been declared asbestos-free by a DEP-certified asbestos investigator. They are mandatory (required by the NY Department of Buildings). An ACP-5 form is also for when the project has asbestos that will not be disturbed by the work, or is minimal enough to be considered a minor asbestos project.

An ACP-7 form is filed with the City of New York, and it is an Asbestos Project Notification form. This is required whenever you are conducting any project that involves asbestos-related work, or when a project may disturb or have contact with asbestos.

It must be filed at least a week in advance of your project, remaining valid for a period of one year. Any form of work that disturbs “more than 25 linear feet or more than 10 square feet of asbestos-containing material” will need an ACP-7 to be completed (as per the NY Department of Environmental Protection).

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