Section 4: Purchase of Service

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Hazardous Material Services

Hazardous material services that do not require professional engineering or consulting services can be provided by various vendors or specialty contractors. A district should first contact its purchasing staff before coordinating assistance from affected divisions. Table 6-6 lists available hazardous material service specifications. The web document Hazardous Materials in Project Development: Purchase of Service Specifications provides additional information on how to obtain copies of purchase of service specifications.

Anchor: #i1003202Table 6-6: Purchase of Service Specifications (Hazardous Material Services)

Type of Contract

Point of Contact

TxDOT Specification/Latest Revision

Inspect, Sample and Test for Asbestos Containing Materials and Monitor Abatement Projects

General Services Division

Standard Specification No.


Revised: October 2003

Emergency Response Systems Attachment A - References Attachment B - Disposal Facilities Attachment C - Laboratories

Bid Schedule

General Services Division

Standard Specification No.


Revised: February 2004

Excavate, Test, Backfill, Transport and Dispose of Petroleum Contaminated Soils

General Services Division

Standard Specification No.


Revised: September 2002

Removal of Petroleum Storage Tank System(s)

General Services Division

Standard Specification No.

TxDOT- 968-78-65

Revised: June 2005

Asbestos Services: The TAHPR, 25 TAC §295.31 et seq, set stringent requirements for licensing asbestos inspectors, asbestos consultants, abatement planners and air monitors. Licensed asbestos consultants are not required to be professional engineers. However, per 25 TAC §295.47(a)(2), in some instances where a building’ structure, electrical, mechanical, safety or other components need alteration, an individual consultant who is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE), or who is acting in conjunction with one, must prepare the appropriate specifications.

The district can obtain asbestos consulting services for right-of-way improvements by district-wide architectural and engineering contracts, consulting services contracts, scientific services contracts and/or purchase of services contracts (most common).

A licensed asbestos inspector must conduct a detailed inspection prior to any demolition or renovation project. Any regulated asbestos containing material (RACM) found in homogenous areas must be abated prior to demolition or renovation.

TxDOT’s surplus and salvage procedures require the title to the building or improvements to be transferred to the demolition contractor. However, the Texas Department of Health (TDH) does not recognize the severability of the structure from the land. TxDOT may still be held liable for any violation incurred by the demolition contractor pertaining to asbestos issues. To reduce the chance of liability, TxDOT must perform asbestos management for any abatement of asbestos prior to demolition or renovation. This will include asbestos inspections, asbestos project design, abatement oversight, estimates, notifications and independent third-party air monitoring.

Additional information on asbestos-containing materials is provided in Chapter 3, Right of Way.

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