Since 1978 Atlantic Environmental ( A 100% Veteran Owned Business) has helped businesses provide a healthy and safe working environment and environmental control and regulatory compliance.
New Articles on Health, Safety and the Environment
I Need An Industrial Hygiene Survey, What Do I Do? Δ Measuring Ventilation in Industrial/Commercial Buildings Δ Mold Control Information! Control Water-Control Mold Δ Poor Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) at Work Δ Lead Poisoning at Indoor Shooting Ranges: Shooters, Range Officers, Visitors, Family Members, Neighbors Δ Worker Exposure to Isocyanates (TDI, MDI, HDI) Found in Paints, Coatings, Resins and Insulations Δ Silica-OSHA Final Rule for Crystalline Silica is Effective, September 23, 2017 Δ Most Frequent OSHA Citations for 2017 Δ Who Needs A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) And What Do They Cost? Δ Vapor Intrusion – Health Hazards from Below Δ Vapor Intrusion Testing in Buildings Δ Testing Indoor Air Quality in an Office Including Vapor Intrusion Δ Indoor Air Quality (Solving a Mystery) Δ Beryllium-OSHA Issues Final Rule to Lower Beryllium Worker Exposure Levels and Increase Worksite Compliance Requirements in Effect May 20, 2018 Δ Meth Lab Dangers on the Rise Again – 2018 Δ Hurricane Damage 2018 – Mold, Bacteria, Insects and More
INDOOR AIR QUALITY (IAQ) MOLD EXPERTS TESTING/SAMPLING CONSULTANTS
For Indoor air quality hazards such as mold, fungus, mildew, VOC’s, asbestos, lead, bacteria, fire residue, toxic chemicals, allergens and odors call on Atlantic Environmental, Inc.. We are experts in assessing Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), Sick Building Syndrome, Building Related Diseases and Indoor Air Pollution in commercial buildings, public buildings, government offices, industrial facilities, warehouses, small offices, hotels/motels, casinos, and multifamily buildings. This includes ventilation studies using tracer gas such as sulfur hexafluoride (SF6). Few OSHA regulations exist for IAQ Problems. We have developed guidelines based on research, NIOSH, ACGIH, WHO and other resources that establish criteria for good indoor air quality. Our Indoor Air Quality surveys include testing and sampling for Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) and Building Related Illness for mold, bacteria, mycotoxins, endotoxins, toxic substances, chemicals, asbestos, fire residue, odors and other toxic agents. 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. SPECIAL SERVICE: Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Prevention and Maintenance Program for Commercial Buildings. Our indoor air quality specialists can also provide expert witness, litigation support and insurance claims assistance for issues such as mold bacteria, chemicals, Legionnaire’s disease (Legionella pneumophila), flood claims, fire cleanup & fire residue, sewer backups, chemical spills and cancer clusters.
Vapor Intrusion testing, although generally considered an environmental issue is within our capabilities.
SPECIAL NOTE: STATE OF TEXAS REQUIRES ALL MOLD RELATED CONSULTING BE DONE BY A TEXAS Licensed Mold Assessment Consultant. Our Dallas/Ft. Worth office has a Texas Licensed Mold Assessment Consultant available.
Indoor Air Quality
INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE EXPERTS , HEALTH RISK ASSESSMENTS, AUDITS, TESTING, TRAINING
A full range of Industrial Hygiene (IH) services from our Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIH) and our experienced (IH) field staff. Our Industrial Hygienists can provide IH Program Audits, expert witness, temporary IH staffing services, baseline surveys, sampling surveys, air testing/sampling, noise dosimetry surveys, OSHA Compliance, responses to OSHA Citations, personal sampling/testing, risk exposure assessments, industrial and office ergonomics, program development, training and expert witness. Also included in our industrial hygiene capabilities are air contaminant control ventilation including air changes per our (ACH) using tracer gas or direct air flow measurements, respiratory protection, and specialty services such as pharmaceuticals, hexavalent chromium (hex chrome), crystalline silica, beryllium, welding fumes, VOC’s, paints, paint thinner, printing ink solvents, carbon monoxide, sewer gas, lead, mercury, isocyanates, asbestos, formaldehyde, OSHA inspections, cancer causing substances, toxic substances, confined space, emergency preparedness and Site Specific Health and Safety Plans (HASP) development. We offer qualitative and quantitative fit testing of respirators. We develop SDS/MSDS, and provide air permit assistance. We have field Industrial Hygienists and CIH’s available for on-site surveys, sampling/testing, noise dosimetry, radiation, written programs, prepare SDS’s and OSHA regulatory compliance, and upwind/downwind air monitoring at construction sites for hazardous waste, dusts, metals and VOC’s
PHASE I ENVIRONMENTAL SITE ASSESSMENT (ESA)
A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) are prepared as part of the purchase/sale of a commercial property or financing of a commercial property. The Phase I ESA is also requested as part of a commercial lease, new development, or significant change of use. Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) for change of use may be from farmland to multi-unit housing, or industrial to housing, or even industrial to public lands such as parks or recreational use. A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) is almost always associated with commercial property but could include multiple family housing. We follow the American Society of Testing/Sampling and Materials (ASTM) guidelines known as ASTM-E-1527-13 Standard for Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA). These Phase I ESA’s are intended to protect a new owner, user or lending institution from incurring unforeseen liability. A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) involves a site visit, an extensive records search of federal, state and local databases for information regarding property contamination that may not be readily apparent from a site visit. This can include asbestos, lead, chemicals, ground contamination or groundwater contamination from the property itself or adjacent properties (gas stations, factories, landfills etc.) The site visit also includes identifying the surrounding buildings, properties and activities that may impact the subject property. Talking to nearby residents for details of activities on the subject property and history are included.
Our Hazardous Waste Management Services also 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. Our Phase II services include upwind/downwind testing/sampling for hazardous materials such as lead, asbestos, heavy metals, benzene, VOC’s, PNA/PAH’s and Vapor Intrusion Testing. The first step in determining if a commercial property has liabilities that can affect the value of a property is to have a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (Phase I ESA) performed.
Phase I Environmental Site Assessments
INDUSTRIAL AND CONSTRUCTION SAFETY SERVICES
Are your construction and industrial sites safe and OSHA compliant? We provide construction site safety inspections and industrial site safety inspections can improve OSHA compliance and make worksites safe. Our staff includes Certified Safety Professionals (CSP) and Field Safety Inspectors. Our capabilities include OSHA compliance and citation assistance, random site safety inspections, loss control programs, 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 services to Commercial Casualty and Workers’ Compensation insurance carriers.
More and more construction projects require a site specific Health and Safety Plan (HASP) regardless of the nature of the work performed. this includes both government and private construction projects not just highway projects, building demolitions, excavations and of course where hazardous waste may be present. Also, there is usually a requirement for a sign-off by a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) or a Certified Safety Professional (CSP).
Our industrial experience includes heavy industries as steel making, oil foundries, chemicals and petroleum refineries, major manufacturing, aerospace, automotive, major assembly, warehousing, material handling, cold storage, vehicles-including over the road. Out insight after 40 years of experience can address not just physical safety but organizational weakness, structure, and philosophical approach to commercial activities, and assist in OSHA citations and expert witness/litigation support in Workers’ Compensation actions.
HOSPITAL/HEALTH CARE AIR QUALITY TESTING EXPERTS
Hospitals and health care facilities can rely on us to solve indoor air quality issues in each area of the medical complex. In operating rooms, we monitor indoor air quality, provide waste anesthesia gas surveys, ventilation surveys, air testing/sampling, personal sampling/testing, and equipment leak detection services. In labs, we conduct indoor air quality testing/sampling and monitor personal exposure to chemicals and gases such as formaldehyde, ethylene oxide and xylene. 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 IAQ services are also applicable to nursing homes, medical laboratories, histology labs, medical schools, morgues, dental offices, veterinary clinics, and oncology/chemotherapy dispensaries.
Hospital Indoor Air Quality
The definition of Product Stewardship is “an environmental strategy that means whoever designs, produces, sells or uses a product takes responsibility for minimizing the products environmental impact throughout all stages of the products life cycle, including end of life management” (definition by Northwest Product Stewardship Council). Note: Extended Procedure Responsibility (EPR) is often used interchangeably with Product Stewardship (PS).
Our decades of experience in chemistry, biology and radiation can be applied to the life cycle of a product far beyond the intended use. Following the complete life cycle of a product from raw materials to final disposal must now be considered for all products. Product Stewardship includes recycling, disposal, decomposition, contamination and misuse. We can also develop Safety Data Sheets (SDS) as part of the Product Stewardship process. This includes such elements as carbon footprint, worker exposure, transport, water impact, air impact, odors, side reactions, risk assessment, packaging, material substitution and disposal that have less environmental / energy impact.
LOSS CONTROL/RISK MANAGEMENT SAFETY HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES FOR INSURERS, BROKERS & CLAIMS
Commercial Lines Pre Coverage and Post Coverage Reports-We can inspect factories, manufacturing, construction, buildings and properties as part of our loss control services. This includes site inspections for safety, health, industrial hygiene, pollution liability, vehicles, and regulatory compliance. We have staff members who were former insurance loss control employees.
Loss Control Consultation-Eliminating potential accidents and damaging incidents is the way to financial success for both insurance carriers and business. Identifying loss protection through site visits, program audits, accident/injury statistics, and claims losses are all part of the services of Atlantic Environmental, Inc.
Workers Compensation Services-Reducing illness and injuries as part of a loss control program increases company profits, reduces direct expenses, insurance premium, and maintains eligibility for government contracts where accident history is an important factor.
Special Services for Insurance Carriers, Claims Agencies, Insurance Brokers and Excess Lines-Green Building Services and LEED 3.2 Indoor Air Quality Testing, Surplus Lines Commercial Inspections, Pollution Liability Audits, Industrial Hygiene, Claims Cost Verification, Catastrophic Spills, Chemical Releases, Security Inspections, Accident Investigation, Clean-Up Cost Estimates, Flood and Mold Claims Services.
Special Services for Industrial Facilities and Construction Companies-Safety Manuals-Training, Material Safety Data Sheets, OSHA Compliance, Air Sampling Surveys, Noise Surveys, Fleet Safety, Security Inspections.
As experts, we have acted as expert witness and litigation support in insurance related matters including workers compensation, industrial hygiene, safety, pollution liability, toxic torts, indoor air quality mold, asbestos, silicosis and benzene.
Atlantic Environmental, Inc. has provided expert witness and litigation support on Health, Safety and Environmental issues throughout the 40 years of our existence. This includes asbestos personal injury defense, occupational disease, toxic torts, chemical spills, hazardous waste, workers’ compensation illness and injury, indoor air quality, mold and a variety of other chemical and biological related litigation in which we have acted as expert witnesses. We have the ability to translate highly technical information into understandable and readable language both verbally and in writing. Our objective is to assist the attorney in a favorable presentation of their case supported by peer-reviewed literature and other legal decisions related to asbestos, chemicals, and biological exposure that may have let to personal injury. We have dealt with law firms and clients throughout the country with decades of experience and have always been successful in qualifying as experts in Daubert challenges. Our technical staff has experience in searching literature worldwide that addresses the issues involved in a particular case—hopefully in support, but if not in support, we will advise you on the merits or weaknesses of the claims involved. We can respond rapidly, if necessary, and prepare to the extent that time allows. We will travel to involved sites for inspections, depositions or trials as required. In a few cases, we request a retainer but mostly we invoice monthly for services rendered.
We have developed literally hundreds of expert reports, are regularly deposed in cases where we have been retained, and have appeared at trial in civil and workers compensation cases. We can assist the attorneys in developing strategies to further their case and even recommend other experts (medical, engineering, toxicology, laboratory analysis, etc.) to strengthen the legal position of those we represent.
Finally our 40 years of experience of health, safety and environmental consulting has gained us vital knowledge in the wide range of industries and situations that litigation may involve and thus, we can use our personal experience in addressing the clients needs as the litigation progresses.
Feel free to contact us about specific litigation situations. We can offer a free proposal, CV’s, list of trials and depositions, fee schedules and references.
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Our primary service areas are: NJ, NY, NYC, PA, CT, DE, (Boston) MA, RI, Wash DC, WI, MD, MI, (Chicago) IL, VA, IN, (Atlanta) GA, AL, NC, SC, TN, (Dallas, Ft Worth) TX, OK, DC, AR, we can service most other areas of the U.S. but with some added travel charges.