When it’s time to renovate, demolish or upgrade a building, SME’s hazardous materials professionals are experts at evaluating clients’ goals and then developing optimum abatement designs and specifications, which will safely remove hazardous materials issues from the project’s critical implementation pathways, reduce potential exposures to trades workers and building occupants, and help minimize regulatory risks. SME provides project monitoring services during abatement activities to assess compliance with plans, specifications, and applicable regulations, including direct observation of work areas and air sampling services during and at the conclusion of abatement activities to provide work area clearance.

SME works with building owners and developers to identify appropriate strategies for the complete removal, abatement or encapsulation of hazardous materials for building reuse or demolition. After identifying appropriate strategies, we prepare an abatement design and specifications that define the scope of abatement and the abatement removal practices, abatement schedule, waste disposal technology and abatement verification procedures. The design can also incorporate options and contingencies to be used if unanticipated higher concentrations or wider distributions of the hazardous materials are found, or if other obstacles force changes in the cleanup approach. The scope of available services includes:

  • Abatement plan recommendations and design
  • Regulatory compliance evaluations and programs
  • Preparation of abatement plans, specifications and bidding documents
  • Assistance with bid solicitation and contractor selection
  • Project management and contractor interaction/coordination
  • Site monitoring to verify that work is being completed according to plans
  • Short- and long-term site monitoring after completion of abatement/remediation
  • Review of contractor closeout documentation
  • Preparation of a summary report, including analytical data and contractor closeout documents

Regulatory Compliance

During abatement activities, SME project team members familiar with applicable local, state and federal regulatory requirements monitor the on-site activities and coordinate with contractor supervisory personnel to facilitate compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Regulatory compliance issues include indoor and outdoor air quality; chemical management; physical hazard identification; pollution prevention; storage, removal and disposal of hazardous materials; worker health and safety; and other activities which preserve and protect the surrounding community and the natural environment.

Plans and Specifications

SME prepares abatement plans and specifications to ensure that work is performed in accordance with client needs and regulatory requirements. When preparing an abatement plan for a project, SME considers the client’s needs and cost constraints. We develop drawings to clearly delineate works areas along with a work schedule. Then specifications are developed to provide contractors with required information for bidding and contract negotiation.


SME provides full-time monitoring and inspecting of contractors performing hazardous materials abatement work inside regulated areas. We oversee the scope, timing, phasing and/or remediation methods used, and the completeness of an abatement project to ensure compliance with plan specifications.


SME prepares and provides hazardous material inventories, pre-abatement documentation and approval forms, abatement plans, progress reports, waste disposal and handling reports, and final project reports as required by federal, state and local regulatory agencies that are specific to the relevant asbestos, lead paint, PCBs or mercury abatement program.

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