Asbestos Awareness Training for Galveston Historical Properties - SSCI Environmental

SSCI recently had the opportunity to provide Asbestos Awareness training for Galveston area historical property owners and volunteers. The  presentation included discussions of asbestiform minerals, common commercial products  containing asbestos, health associated with asbestos exposure, and a review of regulatory requirements for asbestos management and removal.  The presentation was provided by Vice President and Board Member, Ms. Jo Drake Keim.  Ms. Keim has 25 years of experience in the environmental consulting and occupational safety and health training.  She has provided classroom instruction for occupational training courses in industrial hygiene, property assessments, and environmental regulations.  Ms. Keim has instructed occupational and environmental training courses including Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Model Accreditation Program (MAP) courses for asbestos inspector, management planner, supervisor/contractor, air monitoring technician, project designer, and worker.  Classroom instruction has included teaching Federal regulations including Occupations Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), EPA and Texas and Louisiana Law.  She has develop instructional materials for occupational and environmental training for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESA), indoor air quality, mold assessments, and various other industrial hygiene training programs.  Ms. Keim has instructed environmental courses at a local community college teaching Phase I ESAs and environmental law.

It is a misconception that buildings recently constructed do not have asbestos containing materials (ACM) or that a survey is not required before construction activities.  Asbestos containing building materials (ACBM) are still commonly found in new construction in floor tiles, mastic, insulation and wall systems.  The Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) regulates ACM within the state and requires that Safety Data Sheets (SDS) be obtain by public building owners prior to construction of new structures.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) requires that a survey be performed for any structure or facility prior to demolition or renovation.  Construction, maintenance and abatement activities are considered a renovation.  Notification to the TDSHS may also be required before being a construction project.

The following presentation gives an overview of the Awareness Training provided by SSCI.

SSCI is Texas Licensed Asbestos Management Planner Agency and employees both Licensed Management Planners and Inspectors.  If you are interested in having any asbestos service performed, please view our asbestos services page and reach out to us at

Asbestos Services

  • Asbestos Management Planning
  • Operations and Maintenance Plans
  • Initial Facility / Site Assessments
  • Asbestos Surveys
  • Project Planning
  • Asbestos Abatement Services Oversight
  • Material Sampling, Analysis and Testing
  • Air and Personnel Monitoring Services Oversight
  • Safety/OSHA Procedures and Protocols
  • Oversight of Remediation Contractors
  • QA/Risk Assurance
  • Construction Management
  • Turn-Key Project Management