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Protective coatings can develop defects or fail completely for a variety of reasons, including improper surface preparation, inadequate cleanliness and unfavorable environmental conditions. It’s essential for owners to verify the quality of these coatings to avoid the expense and delay caused by reapplying a coating. ARM Environmental Services is well qualified to inspect a range of coating issues, including preparation methods, application techniques, coating thickness, and presence of lead.
The primary objectives of coating inspection are to ensure the coating meets safety requirements and will last for its expected service life. Coatings may contain hazardous substances such as lead, especially in buildings constructed before 1978. Proper preparation and application are key requirements for a coating to last as long as it should. The Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC) provides the specifications and requirements that ARM staff members use when inspecting coatings.
ARM provides comprehensive coating services, including the detailed monitoring of coating applications to verify proper surface preparation and environmental conditions. We can also inspect the containment systems and waste storage facilities that are commonly used in coating projects. Additional coating services that ARM provides for its clients include verification of the proper transportation of waste, certification of waste disposal and permits for recycling facilities. ARM also monitors the health and safety of workers on lead-based paint operations.
ARM’s trained coating specialists have worked on over 200 projects involving the management and abatement of lead paint. They have extensive training in the inspection, assessment and disposal of lead-based paint, including certification from the SSPC as Lead Competent Persons. Our inspectors have also successfully completed the SSPC’s course entitled “Inspection for Bridge Coating Projects.” Additional specialized training of ARM personnel include Level III training by the National Association of Corrosion Engineers. All ARM field personnel have OSHA-certified training in fall protection, hazardous materials, lead awareness and respiratory protection.
ARM Environmental Services, Inc. has been providing environmental services such as coating inspections since 1991. We serve both private and public organizations and government agencies on many types of projects, including land development, site planning, maintenance and remediation. Most of our work is in the Southeastern United States, especially North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. Contact us today to find out how we can help you with your coating inspections.
"ARM has provided environmental services on many First Palmetto projects, primarily Environmental Site Assessments on convenience store properties. We have appreciated their expertise and fast turnaround on rush projects, and consider them a vital part of our team."