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Main Title Visual Inspection and AHERA Clearance at Asbestos Abatement Sites.
Author Kominsky, J. R. ; Freyberg, R. W. ; Brownlee, J. A. ; Gerber, D. R. ; Powers, T. J. ;
CORP Author IT Corp., Cincinnati, OH. ;New Jersey State Dept. of Health, Trenton.;Environmental Protection Agency, Cincinnati, OH. Risk Reduction Engineering Lab.
Publisher c1991
Year Published 1991
Report Number EPA-68-C0-0016; EPA/600/A-93/084;
Stock Number PB93-180966
Additional Subjects Asbestos ; Air pollution abatement ; School buildings ; Visual inspection ; Air pollution sampling ; Pollution regulations ; Comparison ; Transmission electron microscopy ; On-site inspection ; Indoor air pollution ; Concentration(Composition) ; TEM clearance air test ; Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act ; Cleanup operations
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NTIS  PB93-180966 Most EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. Check with individual libraries about paper copy. 08/23/1993
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Asbestos abatement carried out in schools is subject to regulations under the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) of 1986. The AHERA rule (40 CFR Part 763) specifies a bifactorial process for determining when an asbestos abatement site is clean enough for the primary containment barriers to be removed. The process consists of a thorough visual inspection of surfaces for debris, residue, or dust to establish that a 'no dust criterion' has been achieved. After the abatement site has passed a thorough visual inspection, air samples are collected under aggressive sampling conditions; i.e., air blowers are used to dislodge fibers from surfaces and circulating fans keep the fibers suspended during sampling. The air samples are analyzed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). If no visible debris, residue, or dust is detected by the unaided eye, the site is more likely to pass the TEM clearance air test specified in the AHERA rule. Data from a previous EPA study were evaluated to examine the relationship between passing a thorough visual inspection and the AHERA clearance test. The purpose of the paper is to examine the relationship between passing a visual inspection and the AHERA TEM clearance test.