HRP was retained by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management (DCAM) to perform asbestos and other hazardous materials surveys of the Department of Youth Services Facility (DYS) located at 280 Tinkham Road in Springfield, MA. The purpose of the surveys was to determine the locations and quantities of asbestos–containing materials (ACM) in preparation for the demolition of certain sections of the DYS facility prior to construction of a new dormitory building. As such, a NESHAP survey was completed for the portion of the building slated for demolition, as were a survey of hazardous building materials and an XRF lead paint survey.
Building materials identified during the survey were generally inventoried by room/area on data inventory sheets, and the sampling locations were photographed. The HRP inspectors performed bulk sampling of suspect ACM in accordance with AHERA guidelines. The sampling locations were plotted on building floor plan drawings. Bulk samples of suspected ACM were submitted to for analysis of asbestos content using Polarizing Light Microscopy (PLM). Point counting analyses were conducted on selected PLM samples in which asbestos was initially detected and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) analysis.
Homogenous building materials identified during the survey were documented in tables that included material descriptions, locations, conditions, sample number, and asbestos content and estimated quantities. The tables were included in the final comprehensive report.
HRP also performed asbestos and other hazardous materials abatement monitoring including final visual clearance inspections and reporting on the completed abatement activities at the DYS Facility. At the beginning of the project, the HRP Project Monitor checked asbestos contractor records, licenses, credentials, and other paperwork to verify compliance with applicable state and federal regulations.
During all abatement monitoring events, the HRP Project Monitor conducted the necessary background air sampling, observed contractor’s work practices, and conducted periodic visual inspections to assess the integrity of the work area containment and the thoroughness of the contractor’s work area cleaning process. Once a work area or section of the building was visually cleared by the Project Monitor, final Phase Contrast Microscopy (PCM) air clearance sampling was then performed by the Project Monitor to satisfy re-occupancy criteria prior to demolition operations. Daily project monitoring reports were prepared by the Project Monitor summarizing completed activities and documenting the abatement progress.
A final closeout report was prepared documenting the abatement activity. The report included all contractor supplied records, all notifications, the asbestos monitoring records, and all clearance letters and analytical results.