Asbestos Abatement

White Glove Group has over 25 years of combined project management experience in asbestos abatement. We take pride in completing projects ahead of schedule and over expectation. Our methods and attention to detail separate us from our competition. Our four solutions to a successful demolition and or asbestos abatement project:

1. Inspection

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources regulations require the owner or operator of a facility to “thoroughly inspect the affected facility or part of the facility where the demolition or renovation operation will occur for the presence of asbestos”. Our certified team of asbestos inspectors has the experience and diligence required to provide cost effective solutions to demolition projects or renovation projects large or small.

2. Notification

A demolition project that contains any amount of asbestos containing materials, no matter how small, is subject to the regulations in ch. NR 447, Wis. Adm. Code [PDF exit DNR]. The facility must be subject to the federal asbestos NESHAP regulations [exit DNR]. Residential structures and apartments with four or fewer dwelling units are included if the demolition is part of a Wisconsin Department of Transportation road project, commercial or industrial development or urban renewal project. A single, isolated, residential dwelling unit or structure with four or fewer dwelling units is exempt, regardless of ownership or the intended use of the property (all fire training burns [PDF] are still subject facilities). This exemption does not apply if more than one structure is involved or where a single structure is part of a larger project involving nonresidential buildings or as part of a large planned demolition project, such as urban renewal. (Individual demolitions planned at the same time or as part of the same planning schedule are part of a large project.) In order for a renovation/asbestos abatement project to be subject to DNR asbestos regulations in ch. NR 447, Wis Adm. Code [PDF exit DNR], the following criteria must apply.

The quantity of regulated asbestos containing materials to be removed must be at least:

  • 260 linear feet of pipe insulation;
  • 160 square feet, or 5,580 square feet of total area, of asphalt roofing removed with a roofing saw; or
  • 35 cubic feet off of facility components (this measurement should only be used if there is no way to determine the amount as it existed on a facility component pipe, ceiling, floor, etc.)

Our administration team has the experience and attention to detail to process asbestos abatement project related paperwork and notices within required time periods and exact to regulation.

3. Removal

To ensure compliance with NR 447 the following work practices are required when performing asbestos abatement.

  • Asbestos abatement contractors should adequately wet the ACM to prevent visible emissions (VEs). The absence of VEs is not sufficient evidence that the ACM is adequately wet.
  • Wetting that would unavoidably damage equipment is not required if the owner/operator supplies the department sufficient information explaining the situation. When the department determines that such damage is unavoidable, the asbestos abatement contractor should use a local exhaust ventilation and collection system designed and operated to capture the particulates produced by the stripping and removal of the friable ACM. The system shall exhibit no VEs to the outside air. The asbestos abatement contractor must receive written approval from DNR before starting the project.
  • All ACM must remain adequately wet when collected, contained, treated for disposal and transported.
  • All ACM must be sealed in leaktight containers. For materials that will not fit without additional breakage, leaktight wrapping may be used.
  • All asbestos containing waste material shall be deposited as soon as practical at an approved waste disposal site licensed by the DNR under section NR 506.10, Wis. Adm. Code Outofstate disposal sites shall be operated in conformance with 40 CFR Part 61, Subpart M, section 61.152.

4. Disposal

Our team or certified asbestos abatement supervisors and certified asbestos removal specialists cover all of these requirements and provide a cost effective solution to all size demolition or renovation projects.