For more than 30 years, Forensic Analytical Consulting Services has provided a full range of testing, inspection, training, litigation support, and other consulting services as a means of assisting our clients in managing asbestos materials. Places where dangers from asbestos may lurk include existing buildings, at sites with naturally-occurring asbestos, and at contaminated sites under litigation or regulatory scrutiny.
Our staff of certified consultants has hands-on experience with many types of asbestos issues. This broad experience forms the basis of our ability to efficiently manage remediation projects. Our staffing and laboratory experts work closely to ensure a quick turnaround, from the proposal stage through project completion.
Past asbestos remediation projects have included pre-demolition asbestos surveys, pre-litigation characterization of contamination throughout a multi-story building, and remediation of scattered, broken and buried asbestos materials on a multi-acre site. Our services also include providing CAD drawings, database development for identified asbestos building material inventories, and efficient field communications.
FACS also conducts asbestos program development for enterprises of all sizes – anything from a single-site project to nationwide building portfolios. This program includes development of asbestos operation and maintenance programs for in-place management of asbestos-containing material. Our asbestos abatement oversight services include specification preparation, contractor selection assistance, independent on-site remediation inspection, and post-abatement verification testing.
Crystalline silica exposure may occur during construction, maintenance, mining, and manufacturing. The release of crystalline silica may affect workers, bystanders, and the public. The most common form of crystalline silica is quartz, and quartz is the primary component of sand. The potential for crystalline silica exposure is substantial because of the widespread use of sand, sand-containing products, and quartz-containing minerals in manufacturing and construction. Excessive exposures to crystalline silica may result in silicosis or lung cancer.
FACS has been helping a wide variety of clients assess individual exposure, personal protection, and controls for many years. FACS clients include general and specialty contractors (concrete drilling, tuck pointing, sandblasting, et al), mine operators, cement manufacturers, paint manufacturers, and attorneys involved in crystalline silica litigation.
Fiberglass is the trade name for a man-made fiber of which the main component, as the name suggests, is glass. Fiberglass may also be referred to as fibrous glass or glass wool. Fiberglass is widely used to insulate pipes, attics, walls, and appliances, for sound control in aircrafts and automobiles, and in roofing material and some plastics. Direct contact with fiberglass or with airborne dust containing fiberglass may irritate the skin, eyes, nose, and throat. High levels of exposure to airborne fiberglass may aggravate asthma or bronchitis.
FACS assists fiberglass manufacturers in assessing workplace exposure, personal protection, and controls. FACS provides similar service to building construction and maintenance personnel that may work with fiberglass insulation materials. Additionally; FACS provides assessment and guidance to building occupants and residents that may be exposed if fiberglass is dispersed into occupied areas due to degrading ventilation systems, during building renovations or during other disturbances of fiberglass building materials.
Workplace exposure to solvents has been a recognized safety and health concern for many decades. Aqueous solvents are often acidic or caustic, and can cause irritation or burns when touched or when mists are inhaled. Organic solvents are typically more volatile and more readily absorbed through the skin than aqueous solvents so that the potential for harmful exposure from inhalation and skin contact must be considered whenever organic solvents are used.
FACS industrial hygienists are experts at designing sampling strategies for assessing exposures in the simplest to the most complex work environments, interpreting results, and making practical recommendations for controlling exposures. FACS clients range from building engineers and contractors to multinational corporations with manufacturing sites around the world. FACS has assisted in litigation related to exposure to benzene, silk screen solvents, and various chlorinated hydrocarbons.
Forensic Analytical Consulting Services’ lead consulting capabilities extend well beyond the traditional lead-based paint arena. This expertise includes some the following:
- Remediation oversight for installation and removal of lead sheet radiation shielding in health care settings
- Testing and mapping of elevated lead in drinking water due to leaded plumbing components in buildings
- Lead consulting in manufacturing settings
- OSHA-required compliance plan development and associated exposure determinations
- Proactive waste characterization to minimize hazardous waste and prevent change orders for hazardous lead waste disposal.
Our certified staff has extensive experience with our real-time, non-destructive X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) field instrumentation, which, together with our affiliates best-in-class laboratory testing, optimize testing precision, cost-effectiveness and completion time.
Our comprehensive services for lead-based paint in buildings include consulting for in-place management of lead-based paint, hazard determination, evaluation, prioritization and design of remediation alternatives, cost estimating, scheduling, CAD drawings, bid documents, and contractor selection assistance. Our independent oversight and testing of remediation projects helps keep projects on-time and on-budget, while providing defensible verification of the effectiveness of control measures during remediation, as well as post-remediation data demonstrating compliance with regulatory standards.
Manganese is a common element found in steel and in welding rods used to weld on steel. Manganese is a neurotoxin, and the industrial hygiene community has become increasing concerned about both acute and chronic health effects from airborne exposure to manganese dust and fumes.
FACS consults on the control of manganese exposures through substitution, engineering controls, and personal protective equipment. FACS recommends that all welders wear respirators to protect against manganese exposure unless exposures are well controlled and predictably low.
Wildfires result in not only property and structural damage, but can be a major environmental health concern. Forest fires emit particulates, vapors from partially burned hydrocarbons, and other potentially toxic volatile organic compounds, all of which can potentially result in adverse health effects. Additionally, smoke related particles can deposit on undamaged or partially damaged structures and materials causing staining, corrosion, and potential health effects from ingestion or inhalation of re-suspended particles.
Externally generated fire residues are not the same as those from a typical interior fire. A lack of directly accessible source and knowledge of exact fuel source makes evaluation difficul. FACS has been assisting its clients by conducting evaluations on smoke damage claims resulting from wildfires.
FACS has developed a standard procedure for evaluating smoke related damage that includes systematically identifying smoke infiltration pathways, visual inspection for staining and smoke residue, and collection of surface samples to identify potential smoke contamination. Additionally, FACS provides its clients with cleaning or mitigation recommendations based on observations and sound scientific data.