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Hazardous Materials Survey

Hazardous Materials Survey

Partner provides hazardous materials surveys (also known as a pre-demolition survey or a “universal waste” survey) for all types of properties. Conducting this kind of survey is necessary before the complete or partial demolition of a building to avoid unnecessary exposure to these materials. Not only could this pose a risk to human health, but larger areas of the building could become contaminated, causing project delays and additional expenses, perhaps even including regulatory fines. 

Our professionals can evaluate on-site hazardous materials to determine the presence of, concentration, and configuration of potentially harmful substances. Many are aware of asbestos, lead, mold, and radon surveys as they are the industry standards.  However, the Environmental Protection Agency has designated several building materials as “Universal Waste”.   These materials include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Mercury light ballasts, fluorescent lights, mercury light switches, and thermostat bulbs
  • Radioactive sources such as tritium-containing signage
  • PCB (polychlorinated biphenyls), containing equipment including elevator hoists, switching equipment and panels, electrical transformers, hydraulic lifts etc.
  • Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC)-containing equipment such as HVAC pumps and compressors


An inventory will be provided at the conclusion of the survey in report format. These items will need to be removed prior to the demolition of the subject project.  In many cases and locations, these materials will need to be disposed of in a manner other than general waste.  As such, extra fees for disposal will likely be required.