Don’t Let This Happen To You.
As a contractor, this can be one of the worst things to happen to your job. It means your schedule is going to be delayed, you may have to postpone other jobs in the queue, you’ve got workers standing around, maybe you’re having to pay them to wait, maybe they leave for another job and won’t be available when it’s convenient for you. To make matters worse, Georgia requires a ten (10) working day notice should asbestos be discovered that needs to be abated.
What’s this going to cost? First we have the fee for the asbestos inspection, sooner or later it will need to be done. There could be a much larger cost associated with the asbestos abatement, if necessary. And there are the looming financial liabilities such as regulatory fines for improperly conducting asbestos work, fines for improper disposal of asbestos-containing materials, potential lawsuits for worker exposure (especially a disgruntled employee or sub). And the nice client that hired you could also be on the hook.
National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) apply to owners or operators of demolition and certain renovation projects, regardless of the original construction date. The standards require a thorough inspection by a certified asbestos inspector to determine if asbestos-containing materials are present. Asbestos laws have been on the books for a long time which means that, as an experienced contractor, it is expected that you know the basics of asbestos regulations. Receiving this notification could change your client’s opinion of you as a contractor.
So which would you prefer, you quietly absorb these unexpected costs or you hand your client a change order? The correct answer is neither. Don’t wait until your ready to pull the demo permit to get bad news. Bring your A-Game by being proactive. Consult with your client and with a certified asbestos inspector. It is possible to avoid the delays, the unexpected job costs, and preserve your reputation.