Hazardous Building Materials Survey
TRINITY supports USACE Omaha to ensure building renovations and demolitions are conducted in a manner that protects workers and the environment.
During the Hazardous Building Material Surveys, TRINITY visually examines building materials and performs environmental sampling to identify the presence of hazardous materials that may be impacted during renovation or demolition. Materials identified in the surveys may include asbestos-containing materials (ACM); lead-based paint (LBP)/lead-containing paint (LCP) and paints containing other heavy metals; light ballasts containing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) or di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP); refrigeration units (air conditioning, water coolers, etc.) that may contain ozone depleting substances (ODS); gel-cell and other types of batteries; mercury-containing lights and switches/thermostats; radioactive materials in exit signs and smoke detectors; and caulk that contains PCBs. TRINITY has also performed surveys to identify and characterize the presence of hexavalent chromium and other heavy metals in surface dust in a corrosion control facility.
In addition to the providing USACE Omaha District with the locations and quantities of the hazardous building materials identified through the surveys, TRINITY provides approximate cost estimates and unit rates for removal and disposal as part of a building renovation. These estimates are used by the Corps in developing the renovation designs, and the survey reports prepared by TRINITY are used to assist in ensuring that hazardous building materials are handled properly and/or removed as required from the buildings prior to renovation or demolition, and that renovations and demolitions are performed safely.