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Clarifying Roles, Responsibilities, and Relationships in Hazardous Materials Abatement Projects

Updated: Apr 22

We recognize that hazardous materials abatement projects can be overwhelming, leading to confusion for customers regarding the roles, responsibilities, and relationships among the parties involved. For homeowners unfamiliar with such projects, this may be their first and only encounter with this type of work. Given the urgency often associated with these projects, homeowners may need more time to grasp the intricacies involved fully. However, the project could already be completed by the time they gain a better understanding.


Abatement/Removal Companies

Abatement companies are licensed specialist firms that carry out the physical removal of hazardous materials from your property.


Things you’d need to know are:


  • Removal must be conducted according to the directives provided by your consultant and in accordance with the percentage of hazardous materials present in the construction materials, as indicated in the test report provided by your consultant.

  • Abatement companies are obligated to properly manifest the waste and dispose of it in designated hazardous materials landfills.

  • Due to potential conflicts of interest, the law prohibits removal companies from conducting any testing or providing consultation services.



Consultants

The hazardous materials abatement projects are an unsure path for the average homeowner to step into without proper knowledge, lab tests, and reports. You’d need someone on your side to assess the situation, plan for removal, and check and watch the work process to ensure it is done correctly. The consultant is a company/person who is responsible for all these support.


Things you’d need to know are:


  • The consultant you hire must be certified by the state. Please beware; we have encountered people who claim to be consultants without proper licenses. If the situation requires legal action, their report would not be valid for authorities. So, you’d need to check the consultant’s legitimacy and state license.

  • The consultant takes a sample of each construction material at your property and sends it to their trusted lab. Then, they’ll send you a report that shows what hazardous materials exist on your property and their percentage in each material.

  • The consultant can run an air test post-project to prove to you that the removal company performed the right work. Please note: the abatement companies also have their own policies on when they consider an air test result valid, which has to be explained in the terms and conditions of their proposal.



Hazardous Waste Generator

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