Hazardous Material Inspection and/or Abatement Resources for State-Owned Buildings


  • How can the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) Construction Services help me inspect and/or abate hazardous materials in a State Owned Property or Facility?
    • DAS Construction Services provides assistance in the identification, abatement, and disposing of hazardous materials for state agencies.
    • Hazardous materials are defined as asbestos, lead paint, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in building materials, mold, fluorescent and high intensity discharge (HID) lamps, mercury, PCB ballasts, lead-acid battery electrolytes, fluorocarbons, equipment coolant, hydraulic fluids, and petroleum products.
    • Some asbestos services are funded by the DAS statewide asbestos fund.
    • Licensed professionals are on-call to do immediate surveys and project design.
    • Licensed contractors are available on-call for emergency work.
    • All work is performed in accordance with all State and Federal regulations, statutes, and laws.
  • How can DAS Construction Services help me determine if there may be PCBs in the building materials at a State Owned Property or Facility?
    • DAS Construction Services has developed a policy regarding the identification, abatement, and disposal of PCBs in building materials (see 1170 DCS PCBs in Caulk Policy). 
    • The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has learned that caulk products that were used in many buildings during construction, renovation, or repair projects from the 1950s through the late 1970s may contain PCBs.  PCBs were often added to caulk products to enhance flexibility of the caulk.  PCBs are federally regulated by EPA in Part 761 of Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), promulgated under section 6(e) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). 
    • DAS Construction Services can discuss solutions and options for the project if it must be investigated and/or abated for PCBs, including assistance with testing for PCBs in building material and interaction with regulatory agencies and consultants.  Agencies should feel free to contact DAS Construction Services to assist with providing guidance to Consultants.