Environmental hazards are encountered on almost every renovation or demolition project, simply due to the age of most buildings we work on. O’ROURKE has a long and proven track record of handling hazardous materials from commercial to industrial sites and will act as your partner in risk management to ensure your project is seamless from start to finish.

Our team of professionals is highly trained and licensed in asbestos, lead, and mold abatement and will operate in full compliance with OSHA,  federal/state laws, EPA rules and regulations. We will assess and properly plan for the removal and disposal of various types of hazardous construction materials typically encountered during a renovation or demolition. Hazardous materials can pose significant risks to human health and the environment if not properly handled! 

In addition to asbestos-containing materials, other hazardous materials generally encountered include “universal waste” (i.e., fluoresce fluorescent bulbs, neon, high-intensity discharge, mercury vapor, high-pressure sodium, and metal halide lamps), batteries, and mercury devices (thermostats, electrical switches, gauges, and light sensors).  

Other hazardous materials include:

  • Light ballasts
  • Polychlorated biphenyls (PCBs)
  • Lead pipes
  • Roof vent flashings
  • Lead-containing fixtures (i.e., piping and lead-painted surfaces)

Paint, oil, pesticides, cleaners, and other commonly discarded chemicals. 

O’ROURKE will properly identify and remove hazardous materials as needed to obtain clearance of areas prior to renovation or demolition. Our licensed crews are well-trained in hazardous materials safety, waste management, and environmental compliance standards.

Our Abatement & Hazardous Materials Capabilities

When it comes to the abatement and remediation of hazardous materials on your property, O’Rourke is proud to be a trusted name in the industry. We offer a full suite of removal and disposal options for hazardous materials. Contact our team today for a free estimate and more information regarding your project. 

– Asbestos Abatement

O’ROURKE performs asbestos inspections and abatement through a multi-step process that ensures complete removal and client satisfaction. We use EPA-approved asbestos removal methods and equipment to properly contain, remove, and safely dispose of these materials on your property, eliminating the risk of asbestos exposure on the site.

– Lead Abatement

O’ROURKE is also experienced in the removal of lead paint and other lead-based toxic materials. Our certified professionals use specialized safety equipment and industry best practices to detect and remove lead-based paint from any interior or exterior surface.

– Mold Removal

Mold abatement is critical for businesses and homeowners alike, as mold can cause significant health issues, such as lung cancer, if not treated promptly and safely! Our licensed specialists are well-versed in mold remediation, from the initial survey to complete removal and disposal, ensuring that your property stays mold-free for years to come.

– RCRA or Hazardous Waste

O’ROURKE offers a range of services related to the safe management and disposal of hazardous waste materials. Our certified professionals are trained in RCRA regulations and guidelines, including the sampling, analysis, storage, collection, and disposal of these materials. Contact our team today for more information.


abatement services for removal of hazardous materials


– Environmental Remediation

Environmental remediation is a process used to eliminate hazardous materials from the environment and restore contaminated land to its original state. It is primarily used where toxic materials have been dumped, leaked, or otherwise released into the environment, either as ground waste or hazardous air pollutants. 

Our environmental remediation service aims to reduce or eliminate any risks associated with these materials, such as air and water pollution, health problems, and ecological damage. 

– Contaminated Soils

O’ROURKE has many years of experience in the safe remediation and disposal of contaminated soils, including those contaminated with petroleum products or other hazardous substances. Our team has the skills, training, and equipment to correctly identify, remove, and dispose of soil contamination within your property.

– AST/UST Removal & Cleaning

O’ROURKE offers comprehensive services related to the cleaning and removal of underground storage tanks (USTs) and above-ground storage tanks (ASTs). Our certified professionals understand the importance of proper containment and disposal and can work diligently to ensure that all regulations are met.

– Decontamination

Our decontamination services are an essential part of hazardous materials abatement. It involves removing, neutralizing, or destroying hazardous materials from a given site or area. Contaminated sites may be decontaminated by physically removing contaminated items (i.e., soil, equipment, and sections of buildings).

– Waste Minimization Analysis

O’ROURKE provides waste minimization analysis services to identify ways to reduce waste, save money, and improve safety on the job site! By analyzing your waste stream and identifying possible areas for improvement, we can help identify cost-effective solutions that are good for the environment and your property.

Emergency Response

1-800-354-9850  (Call for 24/7 hazardous material response)

When disaster strikes, O’ROURKE is prepared to respond quickly and efficiently to help mitigate risk. Alongside our Emergency Call Center, our Emergency Response Team will offer immediate assistance for incidents involving hazardous and building materials of any kind.

Our team is specifically trained and certified in hazardous materials safety and recovery and can provide emergency response services, including containment, hazardous materials removal and disposal, demolition, remediation, water damage, and equipment assistance. We provide these services to not only property owners but to insurance companies, local fire departments, EPA and FEMA, and more. Reach out to our team today to learn more.


Call The Experts!

As a fully integrated company in demolition, remediation, and hazardous materials abatement work, we are proud to be your single source contractor you can rely on and trust. Whether you’re looking for asbestos removal, industrial cleanup, or emergency response services, O’ROURKE’s extensive experience will give you peace of mind on your next project.

Our safety record is unparalleled in the market, and we continually invest significant resources in a wide variety of training, equipment, and safety technology to ensure your project is performed safely and securely.

Don’t hesitate to contact us today for more information about our services and how we can help care for your hazardous material needs. We look forward to hearing from you!

Ask Our Environmental Experts (FAQs)

What is abatement?

Abatement is defined as the process of removing hazardous material from a given area so that it can be deemed safe for humans and development afterward. This process also can include encapsulation, which is the additional act of sealing off these hazardous materials during their removal, making them safer for disposal.

Abatement vs. Remediation: What's the difference?

While abatement refers to the general removal and disposal of hazardous materials, remediation refers to the more specific process of reversing and eliminating environmental hazards from an area. Remediation is most often done in severe cases of mold growth, in which the mold needs to be completely removed and made so it cannot occur or grow again after the initial cleanup.

Our experts at O’Rourke can offer professional and safe solutions for both remediation and abatement services, following EPA, OSHA, and local guidelines to ensure a secure environment on all our projects. Read on to learn more about our trusted abatement solutions!

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