What does NESHAP stand for?
Who does NESHAP apply to?
What is a NESHAP permit?
NESHAP, or the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants, is a Federal law enforced by the California Air Resources Board. Its goal is to reduce the exposure of air pollutants – including asbestos. The majority of renovations and demolitions completed in California fall are subject to the NESHAPs regulations and complying with the regulations is key to avoid exposure to the general public, as well as to avoid fines for lack of compliance. During demolition or renovation activities, asbestos particles may be released into the air. To help prevent this, when plans for demolition and renovation are submitted, contractors and building owners are often required to have a NESHAP permit. This ensures certified individuals, such as Guzi-West’s personnel, identify whether asbestos-containing materials are present and will be subject to any disturbance.
Asbestos is a mineral that is commonly found in building materials. It is toxic to the human body when inhaled or ingested. It can cause serious negative health effects--including some types of cancer. If NESHAP regulations are not followed, people may have higher chances of asbestos exposure as well as exposure to other toxins found in building materials.
History & Implementation of NESHAP
NESHAP’s standards were originally proposed in 1971 as a response to the clean air act of 1970. In the following years, amendments were enacted to further reduce the exposure to various air pollutants. By 2004, the final standards of NESHAP were entirely implemented.
Guzi-West has performed asbestos inspections in Northern California and Chico for over 30 years. Our certified inspectors and consultants perform asbestos testing in accordance with NESHAP. We make sure that safety guidelines are met, the assessment is done correctly, and that we can help guide you through the complex web of regulations concerning asbestos. Guzi-West also provides inspections and testing for additional substances such as lead-based paint, mold, sewage/bacteria contamination, and methamphetamine. Give us a call or request a quote today! 888-351-8189