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ACP-5 Report Explained

Knowledge of asbestos-related disease and cancers began to spread throughout the 1940’s and 1950’s, however the most common form of asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma, was not discovered until the 1960’s. In the 1970’s the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission began to ban asbestos in many home building materials, such as material used for wallboard and fireplaces. It wasn’t until 1989 that the EPA started to completely ban asbestos materials across the country.

An ACP-5 report is a form used by a DEP-certified investigator to determine if asbestos containing material (ACM) will be disturbed during the course of work on a building. Asbestos is a group of six naturally occurring minerals made up of six microscopic fibers. Asbestos is heat and chemical resistant, fireproof and strong. These qualities are what made asbestos a popular additive in thousands of products before the dangers of asbestos were known.

The Process of an ACP-5 Report

NYC law requires that an ACP5 asbestos inspection be performed prior to the start of any renovation or demolition project requiring a permit from the New York City Department of Buildings (NYC DOB).

The ACP5 asbestos investigation process starts with a thorough examination of the architect's drawings or plans. All potential asbestos containing materials (PACM) which will be disturbed during the demolition phase will need to be sampled. The list of PACM and number of samples of each material to be sampled are prescribed by NYS/NYC regulations. The inspector will sample all required materials and then have them analyzed by our ELAP certified asbestos laboratory for asbestos content.

Upon receiving laboratory results, if no asbestos is present in any of the materials sampled, electronic filing must be completed with the DOB and issued an ACP5 within 24-48 hours. The ACP5 Asbestos Assessment Report Form will be signed and stamped by a licensed New York City Asbestos Investigator and emailed directly to the client, architect or expeditor. The ACP5 form is filed electronically with the DEP and is required by the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) before a construction permit is issued.

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