American Environmental Management Services, Inc.
Standard Operating Procedures



TABLE OF CONTENTS:


Completed Application & Schedule of Fees, Notary of Certification, Agent

Verification of Information Form, and Completed Forms.......................................Tab 1


Schedule 1 – Standard Operating Procedures.........................................................Tab 2


A. Type of protective clothing, respirators, and safety equipment that will be used:


B. Personal decontamination procedures that will be used:


C. Process for asbestos training for workers and supervisors:


D. Removal and/or encapsulation and/or enclosure methods:


E. Procedure to be used for handling waste containing asbestos:


F. Final clean-up and visual inspection procedures:


G. Final air monitoring procedures and clearance level to be achieved:


Schedule 2 – Copy of Current License in Lieu of Three (3) Previous Asbestos Abatement

Projects Completed or Supervised by the PRIMARY AGENT

(per conversation with Marcus Mince)........................................................................Tab 3



Schedule 3 – Disclosure Information........................................................................Tab 4


A. Previous asbestos abatement contracts terminated prior to completion.


B. Penalties paid for breach or noncompliance with asbestos contract specifications.


C. Citations levied against this contractor by any regulatory agency for environmental


violations.


D. Legal proceedings (i.e., lawsuits, and claims) filed or levied against contractor for


asbestos activities.




Schedule 4 – Documentation of Training for PRIMARY AGENT.......................Tab 5


Initial Course and Training Provider


Refresher Course and Training Provider :


Refresher Course and Training Provider :


Refresher Course and Training Provider :











Tab 1.


Completed Application & Schedule of Fees, Notary of Certification, Agent

Verification of Information Form, and Completed Forms























Tab 2.


Schedule 1 – Standard Operating Procedures































Tab 3.


Schedule 2 – Copy of Current License in Lieu of Three (3) Previous Asbestos Abatement

Projects Completed or Supervised by the PRIMARY AGENT

(per conversation with Marcus Mince)
























Tab 4.


Schedule 3 – Disclosure Information






































Tab 5.


Schedule 4 – Documentation of Training for PRIMARY AGENT

















Type of protective clothing, respirators, and safety equipment that will be used:


Personnel Protective Equipment (PPE)


Personnel protective equipment (PPE) for personnel performing friable and non-friable asbestos

abatement activities will be selected and used to comply with OSHA’s Asbestos (29 CFR

1926.1101) standard.


Workers Shall Wear:


1. Coveralls or similar work clothes


2. Protective work shoes or boots


3. Tyvek or equivalent suit with hood and boot covers


4. Gloves:


a. Leather or cloth


b. Chemically resistant outer liner


5. Respirator with appropriate filter cartridges:


a. Organic vapors (black cartridge)


b. Organic vapors and dust (black cartridge with cloth pre-filter)


c. Other P100 HEPA


Cartridge type: HEPA filter, purple cartridge or a combination of HEPA filter and organic

vapors cartridges (Black cartridges)






Personal Decontamination Procedures


A three (3) stage decontamination facility (Clean Room, Shower, Equipment Room) contiguous

to the Asbestos Control Area will be used for all friable asbestos abatement work. Typical

decontamination procedures for glove bagging and intact removal of TSI pipe will consist of

HEPA vacuum and careful removal utilizing the double-suit system.


The decontamination facilities will be constructed of a minimum of two (2) layers of 6-mil poly,

with at least two (2) layers on the floor. The rooms will be of a sufficient size to accommodate

the operations and located to prevent workers from contaminating adjacent areas when leaving

the Control Area. Each room will be separated by double “Z” flaps of 6-mil poly. The Shower

will be equipped with soap and hot water. Towels will be provided in the Clean Room. Shower

water will be filtered through a 5 um filter and discharged into the sanitary sewer system.


Prior to exiting the Control Area, workers will follow the decontamination procedures required

by OSHA’s Asbestos (29 CFR 1926.1101) standard, the key components are outlined below:


1. Personnel entering the Control Area will remove street clothes and don appropriate

PPE. All abatement workers will remove all street clothing and dress in the

protective clothing specified.


2. Personnel exiting the Control Area will remove gross contamination by HEPA

vacuuming or wet cleaning from head to toe prior to entering the Equipment Room.

Workers will remove all clothing except respirators in the Equipment Room and place

their disposable suits and gloves in a labeled 6-mil poly bag in the Equipment Room.

This room will be HEPA vacuumed or wet cleaned daily to avoid asbestos dust

accumulations.


3. Still wearing their respirator, the worker will proceed to the shower where the outside

of the respirator and body are washed with soap and water. Just prior to exiting the

Shower, the worker will either wet the respirator cartridges and dispose of them or

seal them with tape or caps for future use. The floor of the shower area will be

covered with a minimum of two layers of 6-mil thick polyethylene sheeting unless

it is constructed of an impervious, easily washable material. Shower water will be

filtered for fibers greater than 5 micrometers in length to remove asbestos or

collected and disposed as an asbestos contaminated waste.


4. The Clean Room will be used to store asbestos workers' street clothing, clean

protective clothing and equipment, and to provide a dressing area for personnel.

Contaminated clothing will not be permitted in this room. Workers will enter

this room from the outside dressed in street clothes.


5. Contaminated work footwear may be stored in the Equipment Room when not in use

in the Control Area. Upon completion of abatement, all footwear will be completely

decontaminated with soap and water before being removed from the Control Area.








Process for Asbestos Training of Workers and Supervisors


Training


Personnel working at specific sites may have to be forty-hour trained (Meet requirements of

40 CFR 1910.120) and completed a refresher course within the past year.


Personnel may not work in areas requiring respirators unless they have received a Medical

Evaluation, fit test and training for respirator use. Personnel working on asbestos abatement

projects must have worker or supervisor training in accordance with 40 CFR Part 763 Subpart E, Appendix C. These personnel must have been fit tested for appropriate respirator and must wear

their respirator in the work area.


391-3-14-.05 Asbestos Supervisor Training


1. No person shall be employed as an asbestos supervisor unless that person has satisfactorily completed training in the removal and abatement of asbestos as described in Rule 391-3-14-.06.


2. Evidence of satisfactory training shall be available for review at all project sites which are

being supervised.


391-3-14-.06 Asbestos Abatement Training Criteria


1. Contractors and supervisors must have completed initial and annual update courses approved

by the Director in supervision of asbestos abatement projects and have satisfactorily completed

an examination with a passing grade of at least 70%. To be approved, the training shall meet or

exceed the following criteria:


A. The initial training course shall consist of 32 hours or more, and provide at a minimum,

information on the following topics:


1. The physical characteristics of asbestos including fiber size, aerodynamic characteristics

and physical appearance.


2.The health hazards of asbestos including the nature of asbestos related diseases, routes of

exposure, dose-response relationships, synergism between cigarette smoking and asbestos

exposure, latency period for disease and health basis for standards.


3.Employee personal protective equipment including the classes and characteristics of

respirator types, limitations of respirators, proper selection, inspection, donning, use,

maintenance and storage procedures, methods for field testing of the face piece-to-face seal

(positive and negative pressure fitting tests, qualitative and quantitative fit testing procedures),

variability between field and laboratory protection factors, factors that alter respirator fit (e.g.

facial hair), the components of a proper respiratory protection program, selection and use of

personal protective clothing, use, storage and handling of launderable clothing, non-slip

footwear, gloves, eye protection and hard hats, procedures and requirements of 29 CFR

1926.58 and 29 CFR 1910.134, benefits of medical monitoring and employee access to

records;


4. Air monitoring procedures and requirements included under 29 CFR 1926.58 including a

description of equipment and methods, reasons for air monitoring, types of samples and

current standards with proposed changes;


5. State of the art work practices for asbestos abatement activities including purpose, proper

construction and maintenance of barriers and decontamination enclosure systems, posting of

warning signs, electrical and ventilation system lock-out, proper working techniques for

minimizing fiber release, use of wet methods and surfactants, use of negative pressure

ventilation equipment, use of HEPA vacuums and proper clean-up and disposal procedures.

Work practice requirements as they apply to removal, encapsulation, enclosure and repair

shall be discussed individually;


6. Personal hygiene including entry and exit procedures for the work area, use of showers

and prohibition of eating, drinking, smoking, and chewing (gum or tobacco) in the work area;


7. Additional safety hazards that may be encountered during abatement activities and how to

deal with them including electrical hazards, heat stress, air contaminants other then asbestos,

fire and explosion hazards, scaffold and ladder hazards, slips trips and falls, confined spaces

and noise; and


8. The requirements , procedures and standards established by:


(i) 40 CFR Part 61, Sub Part M ( National Emission Standards for Asbestos); and


(ii) 40 CFR Part 763, Subpart E (Asbestos-Containing Materials in Schools)


9. The annual update course shall consist of 8 hours or more of abatement training and at a

minimum, adequately review the topics in subsection (A), update information on state of the art

procedures and equipment and review regulatory changes and interpretations Such training shall

have been completed within 12 months of the completion of previous training.










Removal and/or encapsulation and/or enclosure methods


Standard for Asbestos Emission Control


American Environmental Management Services will comply with the following procedures to prevent emissions of particulate asbestos material to the outside air:


1. Remove friable asbestos materials from a facility or residential dwelling being demolished or

renovated before any wrecking or dismantling that would break up the materials or preclude

access to the materials for subsequent removal. However, friable asbestos materials need not be

removed before demolition if:


a) They are on a facility or residential dwelling component that is encased in concrete or

other similar material; and

b) These materials are adequately wetted whenever exposed during demolition.


2. When components of a facility or residential dwelling covered or coated with friable asbestos

materials are being taken out of the facility or residential dwelling as units or in sections:


a) Adequately wet any friable asbestos materials exposed during cutting or disjointing

operations; and

b) Carefully lower the units to the ground not dropping them or throwing them.


3. Adequately wet friable containing asbestos materials when they are being stripped from

components of a facility of residential dwelling before the components are removed from the

facility or residential dwelling. In removal operations, wetting that would unavoidably damage

equipment is not required if the contractor or owner/operator:


a) Asks the Director to determine whether wetting to comply with this paragraph would

unavoidably damage equipment, and before beginning to strip, supplies the director with

adequate information to make this determination; and

b) When the Director does determine that equipment damage would be unavoidable, use

a local exhaust ventilation and collection system designed and operated to capture the

particulate asbestos containing material produced by the stripping and removal of friable

asbestos containing materials. The system must exhibit no visible emissions to the

outside air and must be designed and operated in accordance with the requirements in

391-3-14-.02(1)(c).


4. After components of a facility or residential dwelling have been taken out of facility or

residential dwelling as units or in sections; either:


a) Adequately wet friable asbestos containing materials during stripping; or

b) Use a local exhaust ventilation and collection system designed and operated to capture

the particulate asbestos materials produced by the stripping. The system must exhibit no

visible emissions to the outside air and must be designed and operated in accordance with

the requirements in 391-3-14-.02(1)(c).


5. For friable asbestos containing materials that have been removed or stripped:


a) Adequately wet the materials to ensure that they remain wet until they are collected for

disposal; and

b) Carefully lower the materials to the ground floor, not dropping or throwing them; and

c) transport the material to the ground by way of dust-tight chutes if they have been

removed or stripped more than 50 feet above ground level and were not removed in units

or sections.


6. When the temperature at the point of wetting is below 32 degrees F:


a) Comply with the requirements of paragraphs 4 and 5 of this section. The contractor or

owner/operator need not comply with the other wetting requirements in this section; and

b) Remove facility or residential dwelling components coated or covered with friable

asbestos-containing materials as units or in sections to the maximum extent possible.


7. For facilities or residential dwellings being demolished under order of the State or local

governmental agencies, issued because the facility or residential dwelling is structurally unsound

and in danger of imminent collapse, adequately wet the portion of the facility that contains

friable asbestos containing material during the wrecking operation.


Additionally, American Environmental Management Services will remove asbestos containing materials by implementing engineering controls to include the use of wet methods, hand tools and flooring removal systems. An asbestos barrier will be set up around each area to prevent unauthorized

entry into regulated areas. Negative Pressure Containment systems and three stage

decontamination/load-out units will be utilized. Clearance criteria will be visual clearance and

typically, air testing will be conducted by a licensed 3rd Party Contractor contracted by American Environmental Management Services or the owner/architect.








Procedure to be used for handling waste containing asbestos


Standard for Waste Disposal


1. American Environmental Management Services disposal procedures:


(i) Deposit all asbestos containing waste material at waste disposal sites approved by the

GA EPD for disposal of asbestos containing materials; and


(ii) Discharge no visible emissions to the outside air during the collection, processing,

packaging, transporting or deposition of any asbestos containing waste material, or use

one of the disposal methods as follows:


(I) Treat asbestos-containing waste material with water:


I. Mix asbestos containing waste from control devices with water to form a slurry,

adequately wet other asbestos-containing waste; and


II. Discharge no visible emissions to the outside air from collection, mixing and wetting

operations, or use the methods specified by 391-3-14-.02 (1)(c) to clean emissions

containing particulate asbestos material before they escape to, or are vented to, the

outside air; and


III. After wetting, seal all asbestos-containing waste material in leak-tight containers

while wet; and


IV. Label Containers as follows:


CAUTION!


CONTAINS ASBESTOS - AVIOD OPENING OR BREAKING CONTAINER.

BREATHING ASBESTOS IS HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH.


Alternatively, use warning labels specified by Occupational Safety and Health

Standards of the United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and

Health Administration (OSHA) under 29 CFR 1910.1001(g)(2)(ii).



(II) Use an alternative disposal method that has received prior approval by the Director.




The following are Specific Disposal procedures American Environmental Management Services will employ for the disposal of Asbestos Containing Waste Materials.


The containerization and disposal of all friable and non-friable asbestos will be performed in accordance with all applicable federal, state, city and local regulations. All asbestos waste will be promptly sealed and double bagged in 6-mil poly bags or double wrapped in 6-mil poly sheeting. All

debris will be maintained in a wetted condition at all times. These impervious containers will be

labeled with the appropriate OSHA, EPA, and DOT labels and placed in a secure, placarded

area. Any transportation of packaged asbestos debris within or through occupied areas will be in

enclosed/covered containers following routes and times approved by the owner and/or project

consultant.


Waste bags and containers containing asbestos waste will be hauled away by American Environmental Management Services or a designated authorized subcontractor to a disposal site approved by the GA EPD as soon as there is a sufficient quantity for a truck load. Procedures for hauling and disposal will comply with EPA Standard 40 CFR, Part 61, and other applicable state, regional and local government standards, the key components of the standards are outlined below:


1. Trucks hauling asbestos waste bags/containers will be totally enclosed to prevent

loss or damage to bags/containers in route to the disposal site.

2. Transporters will carry a wetting agent to be used in the event of an accidental

spill. Transporters will be responsible for cleaning up any accidental spills which

occur during transfer or unloading at the landfill.

3. All workers who participate in the transfer, loading or unloading of asbestos

waste will be fully trained asbestos workers and all worker protection procedures

specified herein will be applicable.

4. During unloading asbestos waste at the landfill site, all workers will use respirators,

hooded disposable coveralls, disposable impervious gloves, and washable boots.

5. At the conclusion of landfill site activities, and prior to reentering the truck cab;

the employees will remove all personal protective equipment.

6. All disposable clothing and respirator cartridges will be removed, double bagged

using 6-mil polyethylene, and disposed as asbestos waste prior to leaving the

landfill site.

7. The respirator harness and washable boots will be separately wet-wiped and

sealed in 6-mil polyethylene bags.

8. Only intact and sealed containers will be put into the approved landfill. Damaged

bags or containers will be re-packed in another 6-mil bag or sealed in additional

impermeable containers and buried.


Upon completion of the asbestos removal work, American Environmental Management Services

will submit a written statement attesting that all items containing asbestos have been disposed

of in accordance with EPA 40, CFR, Part 61, Subpart M in an approved sanitary landfill, the key components of the standards are outlined below.


Documentation will include proof of regulatory approval and copies of completed Waste

Shipment Records signed by the generator, transporter(s) and disposal site operator listing

the following information:



1. Name, address, and telephone number of the waste generator;

2. Name, address of local, State, or EPA Regional agency responsible for

administering the asbestos NESHAP program;

3. Quantity of asbestos-containing waste material in square or linear feet or cubic yards;

4. Name and telephone number of the disposal site operator;

5. Name and physical location of the disposal site;

6. Date transported;

7. Name, address and telephone number of the transporter(s);

8. A certification that the contents of the shipment are fully and accurately described

by proper shipping name and are classified, packed, marked, and labeled, and are

in all respects in proper condition for transport by highway according to all

applicable international and government regulations.








Final Clean-up and visual inspection procedures


Final Cleaning:


Final Clean-up is the phase of the project in which all visible asbestos containing material has been

removed from the substrate and the substrate has been brushed (with nylon bristle brushes) and wet

wiped. More specifically, the following procedures will be followed:


Procedures:


1.Remove gross contamination from wall covering/or remove inner contaminated layer.


After all visible asbestos containing material has been removed from the substrate, the next

cleaning task should be the removal of all visible asbestos contamination which has splattered or

collected on the polyethylene wall coverings. Preferably, two layers of polyethylene were

initially hung on the walls and the inner contaminated sheets can be removed at this point instead

of cleaned. Ideally, the contaminated sheet is lightly misted with an encapsulant or "lockdown"

material to minimize the release of airborne fibers. After detaching or cutting this first inside

layer of polyethylene from the bottom of the wall, workers should use ladders to reach the top of

the wall sheet. The inner sheet of the work area enclosure should be gently detached from the top

of the wall and folded inward to form a compact bundle which can be packaged in a properly

labeled 6-mil polyethylene bag for disposal. Any visible debris which leaked behind the inner

layer of polyethylene onto the outer (final) layer is now removed with a HEPA vacuum and/or

wet wiping methods.


2. Remove Gross Contamination from work area:


The next cleaning efforts should be directed toward removing gross contamination from the

exteriors of the negative air filtration units, scaffolding, ladders, extension cords, hoses, and

other equipment inside the work area. Cleaning can be accomplished using a combination of

HEPA vacuuming and wet wiping. This is also a good time to change-out any of the filters that

need replacement on the negative air filtration units.


3. Remove Top Layer of Floor Polyethylene


At this point, the top layer of 6-mil poly which has been used to cover the floor area, should be

cleaned appropriately and carefully folded inward to form compact bundles for bagging and

disposal. Any visible contamination which leaked through to the bottom floor layer should be

removed (i.e., HEPA vacuumed, wet wiped). This material should then be bagged and disposed

of according to procedures outlined earlier. Excessive time should not be spent in cleaning the

floor sheets, but any obvious contamination should be cleaned, contained, and disposed of

properly.



4. Conduct Visual inspection of all surface areas/ re-clean if necessary:


After all of these cleaning tasks have taken place a thorough visual inspection of the area should

be conducted. The inspector (building owner's representative) and the contractor's representative

(usually the project supervisor) should check for visual contamination or residual debris on the

substrate from which the asbestos-containing material has been removed. Ledges, indented

corners, and other surfaces which might "catch" falling material or contain residual material must

be inspected closely. A high-intensity flashlight will prove helpful during this inspection if needed.

As the building owners' representative and the contractor's representative walk through the work area,

the inspection and re-cleaning process might be facilitated by recording on paper the items or

areas which need additional cleaning. The contractor's representative is responsible for correcting

any of the deficiencies noted during the inspection before beginning the next phase of work.


5. Perform final wipe down of equipment and remove from work area:


After the work crew has completed re-cleaning the areas noted on the inspection list, equipment

in the work area should be thoroughly cleaned (gross contamination was removed earlier).

Equipment should be wet wiped, wrapped in polyethylene, or placed in plastic bags. Tools such as scrapers, utility knives, and brushes can be placed in buckets or pans (bottoms cut off of fiber board drums work well) and then sealed in plastic bags for transport to the next project. Equipment which is not needed for completion of the project should be removed from the work area. The negative air filtration units remain in place and operating for the remainder of the cleanup operation until final clearance samples are collected.


6. HEPA Vacuum


The hard-to-reach places such as crevices around windows, doors, shelves, etc., can be cleaned

using a vacuum equipped with a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter. On some

projects, contractors may elect to vacuum all surface areas, beginning at the top of the wall and

working downward. The HEPA filter retains the tiny fibers (down to 0.3 microns in diameter)

which could pass through a standard vacuum cleaner. HEPA vacuums are available with various

canister sizes and horsepower motors. Some models have an available kit for converting a dry

vacuum to a wet pick-up vacuum. Also models are available which use compressed air rather

than the standard direct current. Twenty to thirty feet extension hoses are available for the larger

vacuums.


7. Remove Polyethylene Floor Covering/Remove or Clean Carpet


After vacuuming of these areas is completed, the polyethylene floor covering is detached from

the wall, and folded inward to form a compact bundle for bagging and disposal. If a carpet is in

the work area and specified for removal (removal instead of cleaning is the preferred practice),

workers should lightly mist the entire carpet with amended water before detaching it from the

floor and rolling it up. Once the carpet is rolled up, it can be wrapped with 6-mil poly, sealed

with duct tape, and properly labeled for disposal.



8. HEPA Vacuum Floors


After the floor area is uncovered, corners and crevices can be cleaned with a HEPA vacuum. It

may also be necessary to wet wipe or mop certain locations.


9. Wet Mop Floors


After the walls are wet wiped, the floor (or the floor polyethylene) is mopped with a clean mop

head wetted with amended water. (Caution: If carpet remains in place, only minimal amounts of

water should be used during this process). The water should be changed frequently. Waste water

from the wet wiping and mopping operations should be treated as asbestos-containing waste and

dumped in the shower drain to be appropriately filtered or placed in a barrel for disposal.



10. Wait Overnight/Repeat Wet Wipe and Wet Mop Procedures


At times, abatement project specifications will call for "3-phase cleaning". This may require

more time spent on the project, but if properly conducted will actually save money and prevent

confusion at the conclusion of the project. After the walls and other surfaces (shelves, ledges,

etc.) have been wet wiped and the floors have been mopped, activity in the area may be stopped

until the following day. The next day, the same wet wiping and mopping procedures are often

repeated. As an alternative to using amended water for the second wipe down, the cleaning

efficiency may be increased by using a commercial cleaning product such as Endust or Pledge .


Visual Inspection:


Visual inspection will include the entire surfaces of the work area, the personnel/equipment

decontamination facilities, and all critical barriers to the work area. No debris, residue on

surfaces, dust, soil, sand or other matter shall be detected during this visual inspection. When the

area is visually clean, the final testing will commence. Acceptance of the work area as visually

clean does not relieve the contractor from performing additional wet wiping and HEPA

vacuuming, as necessary required to satisfy the final clean air test levels.






Final air monitoring procedures and clearance level to be achieved


Asbestos Clearance Samples


Aggressive clearance air samples will be collected 24 hours after visual inspection and

encapsulation of an Asbestos Control Area in accordance with EPA/AHERA requirements and

as modified by the competent person as appropriate. Clearance sampling for glove bag

abatement may be non-aggressive and conducted immediately following encapsulation. One

sample will be collected at a rate not to exceed 15 liters per minute with a minimum volume of

1,500 liters for each 10,000 square feet within each discrete Asbestos Control Area. American Environmental Management Services will maintain the integrity of the Asbestos Control Area and repeat cleanup, if necessary, until clearance levels average 0.01 f/cc or less or the reference background

concentrations have been achieved.


Asbestos Air Sample Analysis


PCM samples will be collected on site and tested by an accredited laboratory with NIOSH 582

training and successful participation in the American Industrial Hygiene Associations’ (AIHA)

Asbestos Analysts’ Registry Program (AAR) or a company sponsored PAT program. Asbestos

air monitoring results will be posted on-site within 24 hours of the sampling period.


Replicate analysis will be performed on environmental and clearance samples where fiber

densities result in concentrations above 0.01 F/cc and on personal samples with fiber densities

above 0.1 F/cc.







Contracts Terminated


American Environmental Management Services has not had any contracts terminated prior to the completion of Abatement.






Penalties for breach or non-compliance of contract specifications


American Environmental Management Services has not been assessed any penalties for breach or non-compliance of contract specifications.






Citations


American Environmental Management Services has not had any citations levied against it by any regulatory agency for environmental violations.






Legal Proceedings


American Environmental Management Services has not had any lawsuits or claims filed or levied against it for asbestos activities.