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Asbestos Webinar

Asbestos FAQ

Kynoch Environmental Management founder J. Brent Kynoch has been a leader in the asbestos abatement industry since 1984.


Asbestos is a known carcinogen. Many buildings contain legacy asbestos, which can be a health hazard if it’s not kept in good condition. The greatest potential for exposure to asbestos fibers occurs when asbestos containing building materials are disturbed during building renovations or demolition. Because of this, Federal regulations require a thorough asbestos inspection BEFORE demolition or renovation begins, regardless of the age of the building.


Asbestos that is in good condition can be left alone if it will remain undisturbed, but EPA recommends an Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Program be established to assure the asbestos remains in good condition.


Applying ASTM standards for Comprehensive Building Asbestos Surveys (E2356-18) and Visual Inspection of Asbestos Abatement Projects (E1368-14), our licensed Asbestos Inspectors and Asbestos Management Planners have supported compliance with federal AHERA, NESHAP, and OSHA regulations in a variety of engagements, including:

  • historic restorations, 

  • hospital renovations, 

  • AHERA school abatement projects, 

  • Federal buildings, and

  • U.S. Department of Defense facilities.

KEM has earned a strong reputation in this area, evidenced by long-term client relationships. While we can tailor the work to client specifics, Asbestos Assessment & Abatement Projects are conducted in accordance with U.S. EPA and OSHA regulations for asbestos testing, abatement design, and abatement monitoring. To ensure the integrity and accuracy of asbestos assessments:

  • Bulk asbestos samples are analyzed by an independent NVLAP-accredited laboratory using Polarized Light Microscopy analysis. 

  • Air monitoring samples are evaluated by an independent AIHA-accredited laboratory for Phase Contrast Microscopy analysis and an independent NVLAP-accredited laboratory for Transmission Electron Microscopy analysis.

  • All laboratory analytical results are carefully reviewed and reported in a concise and accurate format.


KEM’s Asbestos Operations & Maintenance (O&M) Program is tailored for each project, and includes emergency response plans, periodic re-inspections, and air monitoring. When asbestos abatement is necessary, KEM provides:

  • Technical specifications, abatement drawings, and detailed cost estimates. KEM has full CADD capabilities.

  • Supervision of bid solicitation & contracting for qualified abatement professionals.

  • On-site abatement management, including air monitoring and approval of the contractor’s submittals.

  • Strict quality control procedures to assure highest quality completion.

  • Photographic and written documentation for historical purposes.

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