IFMA Cares – St. Jude Fundraiser
Mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 9 at Public House (140 East 41st Street, New York, NY 10017) from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM for an IFMA New York City fundraiser to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital! More information can be found on our website.
Save the Date: Annual Golf Outing
Save the Date for IFMA’s Annual Golf Outing scheduled for Monday, October 6, 2014 at Harbor Links Golf Course. New and exciting activities are in the works so stay tuned for more details.
Annual Awards for Excellence
The committee is currently accepting nominations for the next Awards for Excellence Dinner. You can nominate on the website, on the mobile app and via paper ballots at upcoming events.
Vermiculite/Construction Laws Event Recap
IFMA NYC hosted a program with speakers from Consulting & Testing Services, Inc. and EMSL Analytical on February 18, 2014 focusing on vermiculite and its effect on buildings and construction laws. Facility managers and other AEC professionals in attendance found the presentation extremely valuable. It is a complex subject and our presenters brought a wealth of knowledge. Both presentations can be found on our website and if you missed the presentation, the key takeaways include:
Asbestos Analysis of Vermiculite and Vermiculite Containing Products
By presenter Ed Cahill, VP Asbestos Division of EMSL Analytical located in Cinnaminson, NJ
- Vermiculite’s unique properties make it an ideal choice as a component in many building materials.
- It is chemically resistant, an excellent thermal insulator, and a great carrier for other materials
- It is used as insulation in foundations (block fill), attics and wall cavities, as a carrier for fertilizers and as a component in building materials such spray on fireproofing, textured ceilings, etc.
- The vast majority of vermiculite used in the past has come from a mine in Libby Montana and unfortunately this vermiculite was contaminated with both regulated and non-regulated forms of asbestos.
- In a small but growing number of states loose fill vermiculite is automatically assumed to be ACM (Asbestos Containing Material)
- New York State recently issued guidance declaring that all loose fill vermiculite must be classified as ACM and in addition that any building materials with greater than 10% vermiculite are also suspect and additional analysis procedures must be performed to prove the material is not asbestos containing.
- The New York situation is still in flux and final regulatory guidance on this issue has yet to be released.
- Vermiculite represents a problem matrix for asbestos analysis and therefore various alternative analytical approaches have been suggested
- Each of these approaches has various pros and cons that must be weighed before selecting which one is best for a given scenario.
Ed has presented on this topic to the Business Council of New York (BCNY), American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), and the Environmental Information Association (EIA) among others.
Additional information can be found on EMSL’s website. Ed can be contacted directly at the following email address: email@example.com.