Tag Archive: asbestos

Asbestos Awareness Training for Galveston Historical Properties

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 ssci@sscienvironmental.com.

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

City of Houston Experience and Certifications

SSCI Environmental has recently renewed our certification as a City of Houston Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE).  SSCI also holds the City of Houston Women Business Enterprise (WBE) and Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) certifications.  SSCI has worked successfully with the City of Houston on projects as a prime and as a subcontractor for many years.  These projects include Asbestos Surveys and Mold Assessments, Asbestos Air Monitoring/Abatement, Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs), and Phase II ESAs. SSCI provided Professional Environmental Consulting Services, General Environmental Services, and Asbestos and Lead Program Services.  More information regarding these project is provided below.

SSCI has conducted multiple Asbestos Surveys and Mold Assessments. These projects involved analysis of bulk samples of suspect Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) using Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM) as well as analysis of air and surface samples to determine the presence of mold, and identify the type of mold present. All the information gathered from analyzing samples is presented in a technical report. SSCI is a Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) certified Asbestos Management Planner Organization and all work is performed under an Individual Asbestos Management Planner.  Services have also included conducting Asbestos Air Monitoring/Abatement in accordance with Texas Asbestos Health Protection Rules (TAHPR). A TDSHS inspector was present and inspected the work place, monitored air conditions, collected air samples for phase-contrast microscopy (PCM) analysis, and provided clearance of the work place.

SSCI conducted Phase I ESAs in accordance with the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standard Designation E 1527-13 including All Appropriate Inquiry (AAI). The Phase I ESAs conducted by SSCI included detailed historic reviews of each site (aerials, topographic maps, city directories, fire insurance maps, chain-of-title, interviews), environmental setting reviews, thorough property inspections, and regulatory database reviews (federal, state, local, tribal) to identify recognized environmental conditions.  Services have also included performance of Phase II ESAs to determine whether historic operations in connection with a property had affected soil and shallow groundwater. All field activities were conducted in accordance with SSCI’s Health and Safety Program and under the supervision of a State of Texas licensed Professional Geoscientist. The Limited Phase II ESAs consisted of soil and groundwater sampling, analysis, and a detailed report presenting findings and recommendations in accordance with the Texas Risk Reduction Program.

We are pleased to continue our relationship with the City of Houston and look forward to many more years of service.

City of Houston Certification is also accepted by the following agencies:

  • METRO
  • Port of Houston Authority
  • Houston Independent School District
  • Houston Community College
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Houston Housing Authority
  • Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
  • Texas Department of Transportation
  • Airport Transportation Agencies Statewide

To learn more about DBE certification, visit the City of Houston Office of Business Opportunity.

SSCI: Hazardous Materials Manager for SH 288 Toll Lanes Expansion Project

SSCI began work on the State Highway (SH) 288 Toll Lanes Expansion Project in Harris County providing hazardous materials management and emergency response in July 2016. Since that time, SSCI has assisted in construction activities, hazardous material handling and disposal, and in managing environmental hazards associated with the project. Construction activities have taken place in the early morning hours before rush hour traffic and in the middle of the night.  We’ve been there to see it all.

The project consists of expanding three major interchanges within a 10.3-mile stretch from US Interstate 59 (US 59) to the Harris County line at Clear Creek. The completed project will provide direct accessibility to the Texas Medical Center and relieve traffic congestion on SH 288.  The construction of new toll lanes will connect Sam Houston Parkway (Beltway 8) and Interstate Highway (IH) 610, and includes the construction of new tolled lanes, direct connectors, an Electronic Toll Collection System, utility adjustments, and adjustments of existing lanes.  Construction began in October 206.

 

Visit Drive288 for information regarding the construction activities and lane closures.

 

 

Environmental concerns for the project were identified in the Environmental Assessment prepared for SH 288, US 59 to CR 60, Harris and Brazoria Counties, prepared by the US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) in April 2013.   The project area is located with an highly urbanized community south of Houston.  The Environmental Assessment was a comprehensive review of the construction project and any impacts on the environment including but not limited to socioeconomic impacts, environmental justice, wildlife, vegetation, soils, threatened and endangered species, fish habitat, water quality, noise, air quality, floodplains, coastal zones, cultural resources, and hazardous materials.  Several hundred potentially impacted properties were identified in the immediate vicinity of the expansion project. Further investigation included soil and groundwater sampling to depths greater than 60 feet below ground surface in specific construction areas.  Ultimately, the FHWA determined that a significant impact to the human or natural environment would not be created by the proposed project.  

SSCI’s role in the project has been to provide construction oversight regarding potential hazardous materials identified during the performance of the Environmental Assessment. These hazards have included asbestos and chemical compounds in soil and groundwater.  Our team of professionals have developed a Soil Groundwater Management Plan working closely with the Drive 288 team and TxDOT.