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
Measuring Ventilation in Industrial/Commercial Buildings Δ Poor Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) at Work Δ Indoor Firing Ranges and Lead Contamination—Exposure Beyond the Firing Line 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 Job Safety Analysis (JSA) Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) Using an Outside/Third Party 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
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.
It is important to note – there is no conflict of interest in our mold testing services. We are not affiliated with any mold remediation business.
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 , IH PROGRAM 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, 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) AND HAZARDOUS WASTE SERVICES
A Phase I Environmental Property Assessment (ESA) are generally prepared as part of the purchase/sale of a property or re-financing of a property. The Phase I ESA may also be requested as part of a commercial lease, new development, or significant change of use. Phase I 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 is almost always associated with commercial property but could include multiple family housing. A Phase II generally involves further investigation of a property such as soil or groundwater testing, asbestos sampling or other hazardous materials. A Phase III usually refers to the actual clean-up of a property of identified hazardous materials. We follow the American Society of Testing/Sampling 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. 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.
Phase I Environmental Site Assessments
Hazardous Waste Management
SAFETY INSPECTIONS AND SAFETY AUDITS – OSHA COMPLIANCE
Are your construction and industrial sites safe and OSHA compliant? With our construction site safety inspections and industrial site safety inspections can improve OSHA compliance and make worksites safer for workers, inspectors and visitors. Our staff includes Certified Safety Professionals (CSP) and Field Safety Inspectors. Our capabilities include OSHA compliance and citation assistance, upwind and downwind sampling for hazardous dust or hazardous chemicals, 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 inspection to commercial casualty and Workers’ Compensation insurance carriers.
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.
Ergonomics/Human Factors, Workplace Assessments, Testing and Consulting. We provide ergonomic assessments in industrial and office environments to define practical solutions to workplace problems such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD), back injuries. Our ergonomic assessments include a risk analysis and cost effective practical solution options. The objective of each assessment is to ensure that workstations and work activities are efficient and productive, without subjecting the individual to injury. The true benefit of ergonomic assessment/human factors engineering is to provide a workplace and individual workstations that allow each individual the ability to be efficient and effective in performing their assigned duties. In industrial activities, our objective is to assess the range of motion of the worker, directional movement, lifting and pace to ensure they can be productive and healthy—thus motivated to do the best for their employer and themselves. This may involve changes in work methods, modifying or adding equipment, personnel. Most ergonomics organizations seem to focus on office/administrative activities. Our primary focus is industrial and the material handling environments. This is because much of the other services of Atlantic Environmental are also focused upon the industrial workplace. Our industrial hygiene and safety capabilities have been a staple of our capabilities since our founding in 1978. We have Certified Safety Professionals (CSP) to address worker injuries and Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) allowing us to provide a full service capability to our chemical, manufacturing, and warehousing clients. Ergonomics is an integral part of making the workplace a productive, comfortable, health and safe environment for this country’s most valuable resource—its workers.
Atlantic Environmental, Inc. has provided expert witness and litigation support on Health, Safety and Environmental issues throughout the 38 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. 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. 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.
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4401 W. 152nd St. Midlothian (Chicago), IL 60445 800-344-4414
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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) TX, OK, DC, AR, we can service most other areas of the U.S. but with some added travel charges.