Asbestos Testing company in Grays Harbor County, WashingtonAuthor: Pacific Northwest Inspections Group, LLC Date: 03-Sep-2017. Category: Asbestos Add to Favorites
Greys Harbor Asbestos Information
Asbestos currently is received at the Central Transfer Station for a fee per cubic yard. Asbestos for Greys Harbor is now going to the Finley Buttes Landfill in Boardman, Oregon.
Asbestos regulations apply to ALL structures, including residential homes.
Asbestos is regulated by the Olympic Region Clean Air Authority (ORCAA) because airborne asbestos particles not only can pose a health risk to residents, but also anyone who unwittingly handles contaminated building materials, such as volunteers, contractors or garbage disposal workers.
Before beginning any asbestos project, you must notify ORCAA at 360-539-7610 or 1-800-422-5623. An asbestos removal permit is required for the removal or disturbance of more than 10 square feet of any asbestos containing material. ORCAA currently charges a nominal fee for this permit, but a request to temporarily waive this fee is under consideration.
Asbestos projects within Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston counties REQUIRE A PERMIT and tequire that the following conditions be met prior to the demolition, renovation, or remodeling.
If material is not tested for asbestos, it must be assumed to contain asbestos and handled as contaminated material. ORCAA maintains a list of asbestos contractors on its website at www.orcaa.org.
Through the generosity of donations, the Grays Harbor Community Foundation is currently working with CCAP to possibly cover the cost of some asbestos testing or permit fees to help encourage repairs to local housing damaged in the flood.
Asbestos containing material must be properly removed, bagged and reported before dumping. Illegally dumping asbestos contaminated materials in the garbage or at the transfer station places garbage workers at risk. Failure to follow state and federal asbestos regulations can result in fines ranging from $200 to $15,000.
Asbestos projects within Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston counties REQUIRE A NOTIFICATION and require that the following conditions be met prior to the demolition.
Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA) regulations define an asbestos project as any activity involving the abatement, renovation, demolition, removal, salvage, clean up, or disposal of asbestos-containing materials, or any other action that disturbs or is likely to disturb any asbestos-containing materials. It includes the removal and disposal of stored asbestos-containing materials or asbestos-containing waste material. This term does not include the application of duct tape, rewettable glass cloth, canvas, cement, paint, or other non-asbestos materials to seal or fill exposed areas where asbestos fibers may be released. ORCAA defines ACM as more than 1 percent (1%) of asbestos. Notification is not required for removal and disposal of non-friable asbestos caulking, window glazing or roofing if it meets all the requirements in ORCAA Regulation 6.3.1.
The following is merely a reference guide and not a substitute for agency regulations.
- It is the responsibility of the building owner to ensure all ACM removed is properly disposed of in accordance with ORCAA’s Regulations.
- A copy of the asbestos survey and Asbestos Notification, as well as any subsequent amendments, must be kept on site and be available for review by Agency inspection personnel. For a Survey in Great Harbor area call 866.608.6653
- For asbestos projects that will result in a demolition project, asbestos surveys must be submitted with Notification.
- Use the Amendment and Completion Notification Form to make changes to the original Notification.
- The original asbestos notification will expire at 11:59pm on the last Completion Date of record. To change the completion date, an Amendment and Completion Notification form must be received no later than 4:30pm on the last completion date of record. If the notification expires and the project is not complete, you must submit and pay for another asbestos notification. Under no circumstances will a project be extended beyond 1 year from original submission date.
- Upon completion of project, fill out and submit an Amendment and Completion Notification, documenting actual date of completion, and submit disposal receipts.
- Asbestos notifications require 14-day prior notice before work begins. Order your Survey today
Rule 6.3.3 Procedures for Asbestos Emission Control
(a) Asbestos Project – Requirements. It shall be unlawful for any person to cause or allow work on an asbestos project unless the following procedures are employed:
(1) Any work on an asbestos project shall be performed by certified asbestos workers under the direct, onsite supervision of a certified asbestos
The asbestos project shall be conducted in a controlled area, clearly marked by barriers and asbestos warning signs. Access to the controlled area shall
be restricted to authorized personnel only, including occasions when asbestos abatement is not actively occurring (e.g., when workers are on break
or temporarily off-site).
All asbestos containing material shall be kept adequately wet while being removed from any structure, building, vessel, or component.
All asbestos containing material that has been removed or may have fallen off components during the course of an asbestos project shall be:
- (i) Kept adequately wet until collected for disposal; and
- (ii) Collected for disposal at the end of each working day; and (iii) Contained in a controlled area at all times until transported to a waste disposal site; and(iv) Carefully lowered to the ground or a lower floor, not dropped, thrown, slid, or otherwise handled in such a manner that may risk further damage to them; or (v) Transported to the to the ground via dust tight chutes or containers if they have been removed or stripped more than 50 feet above ground level and were not removed as a unit or in sections.
- The exterior of each leak-tight container shall be free of all asbestos residue and shall be permanently labeled with an asbestos warning sign as specified
by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries or the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
No visible emissions shall result from an asbestos project.
Mechanical assemblies or components covered, coated, or manufactured from asbestos containing material, removed as a unit or in sections, shall be contained in a leak tight wrapping after wetting and labeled in accordance with Rule 6.3.4(a)
For large components such as boilers, steam generators, and large tanks, the asbestos containing material is not required to be removed or stripped if the components can be removed, stored, transported, and deposited at a waste disposal site or reused without disturbing or damaging the asbestos.
Metal components such as valves, fire doors, and reactor vessels that have internal asbestos containing material may avoid wetting and leak tight wrapping if:
All access to the asbestos containing material is welded shut; or
The component has mechanical seals in place that separate the asbestos containing material from the environment and these seals cannot be removed by hand; an
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(C) The components are labeled in accordance with Rule 6.3.4(a)(1)(iii).
- (8) Local exhaust ventilation and collection systems used on an asbestos project shall:
- (i) Be maintained to ensure the integrity of the system; and
- (ii) When feasible, have one or more transparent plastic or glass viewing ports installed on the walls of the enclosure in such a manner that will allow for viewing of all components inside the enclosure. When available, existing windows may be utilized for viewing ports.
- (9) Local exhaust ventilation and collection systems, control devices, and vacuum systems, used on an asbestos project shall be equipped with a HEPA exhaust filter, maintained in good working order, and exhibit no visible emissions.
- (10) It shall be unlawful for any person to create or allow a condition that results in the disturbance, or likely disturbance, of asbestos containing material (e.g., not removing all asbestos containing material in a structure scheduled for demolition or partially removing asbestos containing material and leaving remaining asbestos containing material in a state that makes it more susceptible to being disturbed, or leaving it on the ground, outside and open to the environment.
- (b) Asbestos Project – Exemptions for Residential Dwellings. The requirements of 6.3.3(a)(1) shall not apply to the removal of asbestos on furnace interiors and direct applied mudded asbestos insulation on hot water heating systems. This work must be done by asbestos certified individuals in accordance with Washington State Labor and Industries or Occupational Safety Health Administration standards.
- (c) Renovation – Requirements. It shall be unlawful for any person to cause of allow any renovation unless prior to renovation, the property owner or the owner’s agent obtains an asbestos survey, or can otherwise competently declare the material being removed as not containing asbestos and file appropriate permits.
- (d) Demolition – Requirements. It shall be unlawful for any person to cause or allow the demolition of any building, vessel, structure, or portion thereof, unless all asbestos containing materials have been removed from the area to be demolished. It shall be unlawful for any person to cause or allow any demolition that would disturb asbestos containing material or prevent access to the asbestos containing material for removal and disposal.
- (e) Demolition – Asbestos Removal Exemptions. Asbestos containing material need not be removed before the demolition of any building, vessel, structure,
or portion thereof if:
(1) The asbestos containing material is on a component that is encased in concrete or other material determined by the Control Officer, or designee, to be equally effective in controlling asbestos emissions. In this case, the ORCAA Regulations permit requirements of Rule 6.3.2 shall apply and these materials shall be kept adequately wet whenever exposed during demolition until disposed of in accordance with Rule 6.3.4(a)(2); or
- (2) The asbestos containing material could not be removed prior to demolition because it is not accessible until after demolition begins. In this case, the permit requirements of Rule 6.3.2 shall apply and the exposed asbestos containing material and asbestos contaminated debris shall be kept adequately wet at all times until disposed of in accordance with Rule 6.3.4(a)(2); or
- (3) The material was not accessible for removal because of hazardous conditions. Such conditions may include environments that are contaminated by
toxic substances, structures or buildings that are structurally unsound and in danger of imminent collapse, or other conditions that are immediately
dangerous to life and health. Under such conditions, the facility owner or operator may submit a signed written request for conditional approval
by the Control Officer, or designee, to waive the requirements of Rule 6.3.3(c). In this case, the permit requirements of Rule 6.3.2 shall apply
and the exposed asbestos containing material and asbestos contaminated debris shall be kept adequately wet at all times until disposed of in accordance
with Rule 6.3.4(a)(2). Evidence of the hazardous condition, as documented by a state or local government agency, or other competent person, shall
accompany the written request in addition to the permit and appropriate fee as required by Rule 6.3.2. The request for exemption from Rule 6.3.3(c)
shall include, at the minimum:
- (i) The complete name, mailing address, and telephone number of the owner or operator of the facility, including the city and zip code;
- (ii) The complete street address or location of the demolition site, including the city and zip code;
- (iii) The name, title, and authority of the person who has determined the hazardous condition;
- (iv) A description of the hazardous condition that prevents the removal of asbestos containing material prior to demolition, including the
amount, type, and specific location(s) within the structure of such materials; and
- (v) The procedures that will be used to prevent the release of asbestos fibers into the ambient air.
- (i) The complete name, mailing address, and telephone number of the owner or operator of the facility, including the city and zip code;
Alternative Control Measures. The owner or operator of an asbestos project may submit a signed written request to use an alternative control measure that is equally effective in controlling asbestos emissions, for approval by the Control Officer, or designee. The written request shall include, at a minimum:
The complete name, mailing address, and telephone number of the owner or operator of the asbestos project, including the city and zip code;
The complete street address or location of the site, including the city and zip code;
- (3) A description of the material, including the type and percentage of asbestos in the material, total amount of material involved, and the specific location(s) of the material on the site; and
- (4) The reason why an alternative control measure is required and a description of the proposed alternative control measure to be employed, including the procedures that will be used to prevent the release of asbestos fibers into the ambient air.
Rule 6.3.4 Disposal of Asbestos Containing Waste Material
Disposal Requirements. It shall be unlawful for any person to cause or allow work on an asbestos project unless the following procedures are employed during the collection, processing, packaging, transporting, or deposition of any asbestos containing material:
- (1) Treat all asbestos containing waste material as follows:
- (i) Adequately wet all asbestos containing waste material and mix asbestos waste from control devices, vacuum systems, or local ventilation
and collection systems with water to form a slurry;
- (ii) After wetting, seal all asbestos containing waste material in leak tight containers or wrapping to ensure that they remain adequately
wet when deposited at a waste disposal site;
- (iii) Permanently label wrapped materials and each container with an asbestos warning sign as specified by the Washington State Department
of Labor and Industries or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Permanently mark the label with the date the material was
collected for disposal, the name of the waste generator, the name and affiliation of the certified asbestos supervisor, and the location
at which the waste was generated;
- (iv) Ensure that the exterior of each container is free of all asbestos residue; and
- (v) Exhibit no visible emissions during any of the operations required by this rule.
- (i) Adequately wet all asbestos containing waste material and mix asbestos waste from control devices, vacuum systems, or local ventilation and collection systems with water to form a slurry;
- (2) All asbestos containing waste material shall be deposited within ten (10) calendar days after collection for disposal at a waste disposal site
operated in accordance with the provisions of 40 CFR 61.154 or 40 CFR 61.155 and approved by the appropriate city or county department. The requirement
is modified by Rule 6.3.2(c) for asbestos containing waste material from asbestos projects conducted under annual permit.
- (3) All asbestos containing waste materials, handled as dangerous waste in accordance with chapter 173-303 WAC, shall be excluded from the requirements
of Rule 6.3.4(a)(1) and 6.3.4(a)(2).
Alternative Storage Method – Asbestos Storage Facility. The owner or operator of a licensed asbestos abatement company or disposal facility may apply to the Control Officer, or designee, to establish a facility for the purpose of collecting and temporarily storing asbestos containing waste material.
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- (1) It is unlawful to cause or allow the operation of a temporary asbestos storage facility without the prior written approval of the Control Officer, or designee.
- (2) The owner or operator must request authorization for an asbestos storage facility. When approved, the Authorization will be returned and be available at the facility.
- (3) An asbestos storage facility shall meet the following general conditions:
- (i) Asbestos containing waste material must be stored in a container with a single piece liner at least 6 mil in thickness; and
- (ii) Said container must be in a secured building or in a secured exterior enclosure; and
- (iii) The container and enclosure must be locked except during transfer of asbestos containing waste material and have asbestos warning signs posted on the container;
- (iv) Storage, transportation, disposal, and return of the waste shipment record to the waste generator will not exceed the 45 day requirement of 40 CFR Part 61.150; and
- (v) A copy of all waste shipment records shall be retained for at least 2 years, including a copy of the waste shipment record signed by the owner or operator of the designated waste disposal site. A copy of the waste shipment records shall be provided to the Agency upon request.
(c) Alternative Disposal Method – Asbestos Cement Water Pipe. Asbestos cement water pipe used on public right of ways or public easements shall be excluded from the disposal requirements of Rule 6.3.4 (a)(2) if the following conditions are met:
- (1) Asbestos cement pipe may be buried in place if the pipe is left intact (e.g., not moved, broken or disturbed) and covered with at least three (3) feet or more of non-asbestos fill material and the state, county or city authorities are notified in writing of buried asbestos cement pipe; and
- (2) All asbestos containing waste material, including asbestos cement water pipe fragments that are one (1) linear foot or less, protective clothing, HEPA filters, or other asbestos contaminated material, debris, or containers, shall be subject to the requirements of Rule 6.3.
Rule 6.3.5 Controlled and Regulated Substances
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(a) No person shall cause or allow visual asbestos emissions, including emissions from asbestos waste materials
On public or private lands, on developed or undeveloped properties and on any open uncontrolled and non-designated disposal sites;
During the collection, processing, handling, packaging, transporting, storage and disposal of any asbestos containing waste material; or From any fugitive source.
“Single-Family Residence” means any structure containing space for use such as living, sleeping, food preparation and eating. This term includes houses, mobile homes, detached garages, houseboats, and houses with a “mother-in-law apartment” or “guest room”. This term does not include multiple-family units (i.e. apartment, duplex, condominium, etc.), nor does this term include any mixed-use building, structure, or installation that contains a residential unit.
Emergency Project: A project that was not planned but results in a public health or safety hazard; the project must proceed immediately to protect equipment, ensure continuous vital utilities or minimize property damage; ACM was encountered that was not identified during the survey or the project must proceed to avoid imposing an unreasonable burden.
Greys Harbor LNI Asbestos Enforcement Office:
415 W. Wishkah St.