New Articles on Environmental Health and Safety
INDOOR AIR QUALITY
If you own or manage a building and are experiencing problems with indoor air quality such as mold, fungi, asbestos, bacteria, chemicals and allergens, call on us. We are experts in assessing Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) problems in commercial buildings, public buildings, government offices, industrial facilities, warehouses, small offices, hotels / motels and casinos, and multifamily buildings. Our Indoor Air Quality surveys include testing and sampling for Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) and Building Related Illness. Our IAQ site inspections include the HVAC systems as well as occupied spaces. Our reports include specific recommendations of corrective measures where IAQ problems are identified. Our indoor air quality specialists can also provide expert witness, litigation support and insurance claims assistance for issues such as mold, chemicals and Legionnaire’s disease (Legionella pneumophila).
Your staff’s health and safety is crucial to you and your business. We offer a full range of Industrial Hygiene services from our Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIH) and our Industrial Hygiene Technicians. Our IH services include baseline surveys, sampling surveys, noise surveys, program audits, exposure assessments, program development training and expert witness. Also included in our industrial hygiene capabilities are ventilation, respirator protection, and specialty services such as hexavalent chromium, welding fumes, OSHA inspections, carcinogens assistance, confined space, emergency preparedness and HASP development. We offer qualitative and quantitative fit testing of respirators. We develop SDS/MSDS, and provide permit assistance.
ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT & HAZ WASTE
Realtors, attorneys, and property managers turn to us for Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) services to evaluate liabilities associated with commercial properties during transactions. We follow the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) guidelines known as ASTM-E-1527-05 or the new ASTM-E-1527-13 Standard for Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA). Our Hazardous Waste Management Services include Health and Safety Plans (HASP), Project Supervisor with 40 hour trained HAZWOPER Personnel, Site Safety Officers (SSO), Health & Safety Officers (HSO) for Phase III hazardous waste clean-up projects. We also provide Phase II Site sampling including developing remedial investigation work plans.
Ensure your construction and industrial sites are safe and OSHA compliant with our construction site safety inspections and industrial site safety inspections. Our staff includes Certified Safety Professionals (CSP) and Field Safety Inspectors. Our capabilities include OSHA compliance and citation assistance, random site safety inspections, safety program audits, site specific health and safety plans (HASP), Site Safety Officers (SSO) and Health Safety Officers (HSO) and assistance in such diverse areas as Lock Out/Tag Out (LOTO), material handling and storage safety, cold storage, fleet safety, lift truck safety and training, accident prevention and insurance loss control inspections. We are specialists in Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) and Job Safety Analysis (JSA). We also provide accident prevention and loss control inspection to commercial casualty and Workers’ Compensation insurance carriers.
HOSPITAL INDOOR AIR QUALITY
Hospitals and health care facilities rely on us to solve the environmental health and safety and indoor air quality issues in each area of their buildings. In operating rooms, we monitor indoor air quality, provide waste anesthesia gas surveys, ventilation surveys, and equipment leak detection services. In labs, we monitor indoor air quality and personnel exposure to chemicals and gases such as formaldehyde, ethylene oxide, xylene and toluene. Throughout the facilities we test for asbestos, mold, and bacteria such as MRSA and Legionnaire’s disease (Legionella pneumophila). We can rapidly respond to toxic release episodes or chemical exposures. These services are also applicable to nursing homes, medical laboratories, morgues, dental offices, veterinary clinics, and oncology/chemotherapy dispensaries.
Building owners can obtain LEED points and achieve Silver, Gold and Platinum Certification for New Construction (NC) or Existing Buildings (EB). Call us for LEED 3.2 Pre-occupancy Certification Air Quality Testing. We are members of the USGBC. Manufacturers, suppliers and recyclers also need to address the requirements of product stewardship. Our decades of experience in chemistry and biology radiation can be applied to the life cycle of a product far beyond the intended use. This includes recycling, disposal, decomposition, contamination and misuse. We can also develop Safety Data Sheets (SDS). This includes such elements as carbon footprint, worker exposure, transport, water impact, air impact, odors, side reactions, risk assessment, packaging and material substitution that have less environmental / energy impact.