Benchmark Environmental Consulting offers asbestos testing in San Jose and surrounding areas. We are a California Certified Asbestos Consultant offering asbestos inspection, abatement planning, project oversight, and continuing education courses. With offices located in San Jose and San Francisco, we provide commercial property owners, property managers, facilities and maintenance managers, government agencies, abatement contractors, and homeowners with the region’s most comprehensive asbestos testing.
Asbestos Testing In California
Asbestos is a group of minerals found in rock and soil. It was regularly used in construction materials prior to 1980 because of its fire and heat resistance, tensile strength, and acoustic absorption capabilities. Some common building material that contained asbestos included stucco, vinyl flooring, acoustic ceiling material, linoleum, sheetrock, cement board, shingles, and multiple forms of insulation.
What are the Health Risks of Asbestos?
The United States has not completely banned the use of asbestos. However, the construction industry discontinued its use by 1980. Studies conclusively demonstrated that there are severe health risks associated with asbestos. Asbestos becomes dangerous when it is disturbed by repairs, renovations or demolition. Asbestos dust becomes airborne, and its fine particles can be easily inhaled and ingested. Humans can absorb the dust into their bodies, where it can reside for many years. Evidence indicates that exposure over extended periods of time can cause cancer, mesothelioma, and lung disease. Because of this, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) have set forth strict regulations and guidelines with regards to asbestos.
How We Perform Asbestos Investigations
Benchmark Environmental Engineering has certified consultants and surveillance technicians on staff to handle all asbestos-related projects. We perform all of our inspections according to EPA guidelines and are qualified to perform full Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) and Asbestos National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPS) surveys. Our asbestos testing process includes a visual examination of the area, the collection of air samples, and lab analysis of the samples using Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM). We will author a finding report and an asbestos abatement plan. Benchmark Environmental Consulting can provide Northern and Southern California clients with asbestos abatement project management, oversight, and air quality monitoring during the remediation process. Once the abatement is complete, we provide clearance sampling, certifying that the asbestos contamination has been removed from your property.
Additional Asbestos Services Offered
Benchmark Environmental Engineering offers a wide variety of asbestos-related services. Our California Certified Instructors provides federal and state-approved Asbestos Class III – Competent Level and Asbestos Class IV – Awareness training. In addition to our OSHA Compliance Training, we also offer Respiratory Fit Testing. Benchmark Environmental Consulting also offers San Jose area clients assistance with asbestos project bid writing. Additionally, we can provide facilities and maintenance professionals with operations and maintenance planning to prevent contamination. Our team of legal specialists can also give expert witness testimony in court cases involving asbestos.
Why Choose Us?
If you need asbestos testing in San Jose, let Benchmark Environmental Engineering be the solution to your concerns. Our focus is to provide our clients with quick response times, accurate testing and reporting, and comprehensive continuing education programs. We are proud to offer all of these services to our clients at an affordable cost, regardless of the size or scope of your project. Contact us today for more information on our asbestos testing services.