As of April 1, 2017 the state of Oregon has updated its screening requirements regarding the disposal of asbestos materials. If you’re in the process of any building-related repairs (i.e. demolition, repairs, painting, renovations,) you will be required to comply with updated testing and disposal guidelines in order to properly dispose of the material at one of Oregon’s Metro transfer stations.
Asbestos is a strong fiber that was often used in building materials before it was banned in the 1970s. It’s extremely hazardous to human health and can cause respiratory issues like asbestosis, mesothelioma, and lung cancer. Because of asbestos’ detrimental effects, Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality has passed regulations to ensure the safety and well-being of Metro transfer station’s customers and employees.
What are the new regulations?
Metro transfer stations will thoroughly screen all materials for the presence of asbestos. As a part of the new regulations, customers of Metro transfer stations will be required to provide documentation that shows a comprehensive examination of incoming construction material. The documentation will include printed copies (electronic copies will not be accepted) of material analysis, and the Construction and demolition waste acceptance form.
Some steps to prepare you for delivering materials to transfer stations include:
- Hiring an accredited asbestos inspector to survey your materials and ensure they are compliant.
- Analysis testing by an analytical laboratory.
- Filling out the Construction and demolition waste acceptance form (link provided above.)
- Bringing the documentation to your nearest transfer station proving that your construction load contains less than one percent of asbestos contamination by weight.
Analytical testing verifying that construction materials contain one percent or less of asbestos by weight is required for the following materials:
- Exterior Walls
- Interior walls and ceilings
- Insulation and fireproofing
- Fire doors, fire/kiln brick and fireproofing
- Roofing materials
- Various compounds (window glazing, caulks, etc.)
Check out Oregon Metro’s asbestos information page for more information on the new screening and acceptance requirements.
What if I don’t comply?
Non-compliance of new asbestos regulations can result in a fine from the Department of Environmental Quality. Recently, the DEQ issued a civil suit against a non-compliant offender, which resulted in a $28,800 fine. Because the state of Oregon sees the issue of asbestos contamination as being so severe, there may be very serious consequences for Metro station customers if contamination is found.
How do I begin screening for asbestos?
Hiring an expert who is specialized and trained in screening construction materials for asbestos is one of the first steps you need to take to ensure your material is compliant with these new regulations. Alpha Environmental is staffed with professionals who have years of experience—we know what to look for and are up to date on all current testing and removal procedures. We can help screen your construction materials while providing specialized, expert, and efficient service to help you stay on top of Oregon’s most current disposal requirements.