December 08, 2020 / Industry News, PWGC News

Season’s greetings! I hope this post finds everyone well and in good spirits.  We have officially made it to the home stretch of 2020.  Although the start of 2021 may just mean breaking out a new calendar, I’m sure we’re all ready to leave this year in the rear-view mirror.

As one of the newer employees here at PWGC, I’d like to introduce myself.  My name is Sam Johnson and I began working at PWGC’s Saratoga Springs branch office in October of 2019 as a Field Hydrogeologist.  Given the circumstances, my first year of professional work experience has been nothing short of interesting.  However, I am proud to be a part of a firm who persevered and continued to provide their clients value through our services.

Industrial Hygiene Spotlight December Author: Sam Johnson, Field HydrogeologistSam Johnson, Field Hydrogeologist

This past year I have been exposed to a variety of different environmental consulting projects but continually find myself working on industrial hygiene (IH) related projects.  For December, let’s talk about what is a frightening word to building owners across the country: asbestos.

These dangerous microscopic asbestos fibers were used extensively in thousands of different products without regulation until the 1970s.  Although asbestos is highly regulated today, it is not banned in the United States.  It continues to linger in older buildings in places such as spray-on insulation, roof shingles, ceiling and floor tiles, and other building materials.  Today asbestos exposure is recognized as the #1 cause of work-related death in the world due to diseases such as mesothelioma and asbestosis.  This is why it’s important to consider the potential of asbestos before beginning any renovation, demolition, or construction that could disturb these fibers and result in exposure.




With property transactions beginning to resume, something that any seller or buyer should consider is asbestos.  The IH team here at PWGC holds the necessary certifications per Part 56 of Title 12 of the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations for the State of New York (12 NYCRR Part 56) and Title 15, Chapter 1 of the Rules of the City of New York to assist in any asbestos inspection, investigation and abatement project.  Hiring a professional IH team will bring you peace of mind by assuring the most current guidelines, technology, and practices are all followed and used during the inspections and sampling of the asbestos project.

From preliminary asbestos inspections to the actual design and monitoring of the project, PWGC is experienced, knowledgeable and certified to make certain your asbestos projects progress as planned.

Happy holidays and be well!


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