A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) is an investigation for potential environmental hazards. The purpose of a Phase I ESA is to comply with the due diligence property inspection requirements of the Innocent Landowner Defense under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). Phase I inspections performed by EMS follow the protocols established in the ASTM 1527 and 1528 standards, widely accepted as the industry standard. Sampling for typical environmental hazards, such as asbestos, radon or Lead-based Paint can be included as necessary.
EMS professionals have performed Phase I ESA inspections on hundreds of residential, commercial and industrial properties. We will bring the same high level of experience and expertise to your project.
A Phase II investigation is a quantitative inspection to verify and define potential hazards which may have been identified in the Phase I. EMS will provide guidance in determining the most cost effective method to discover the extent and severity of a potential environmental hazard, as well as guidance through the maze of regulations. The Phase II inspection may include an asbestos inspection, an evaluation for the presence of lead-based paint, a subsurface investigation, or a combination of these.
Do you know enough to make decisions about mold in your buildings? Can you respond to a tenant complaint or evaluate a consultant's recommendation? Should you implement a mold Operations & Maintenance (O&M) Program?
Mold is an area of intense concern at the present time. Schools have been closed and homes vacated. Long-lasting and severe health effects have resulted from mold exposure, and settlements amounting to millions of dollars have been awarded in recent law suits. Public awareness is at an all time high. To make matters worse, there is a wealth of conflicting information and advice concerning mold.
Mold remediation is a complex issue, with no set regulatory protocols for scientific testing, analysis or removal. Let EMS help with the evaluation, control and remediation of mold problems. We provide guidance in sampling, determining the most effective control strategies and making sure the job is done right. We also provide Mold Awareness Training and a Mold Awareness Seminar.
Even though it's no longer front page news, asbestos contamination in buildings can still be a significant environmental problem. The extensive use of asbestos products in buildings has raised concerns about exposure to asbestos in non-industrial settings. However, the presence of asbestos in a building does not mean that the health of the building occupants is necessarily endangered.
The US EPA and OSHA both recommend a pro-active, in-place management program whenever asbestos is discovered. EMS will provide trained, accredited and licensed professionals to conduct an inspection for the presence of asbestos, to perform a hazard assessment and recommend appropriate responses to the asbestos. EMS will then prepare an Asbestos Management Plan or Operations and Maintenance (O & M) program to meet regulatory requirements. OSHA also requires that those who work with or around asbestos receive very specific training. See our training section for more details.
Sustained use of large quantities of lead over many years has resulted in its wide-spread presence in our environment. Although lead and its compounds occur in nature, the greatest risk of human exposure is from man-made processes and products.
While HUD and EPA lead regulations are exposure driven ( based on evidence of elevated blood-lead levels or "EBLs"), OSHA maintains a pro-active stance regarding occupational exposures. Employers are required to conduct an assessment for the presence of lead. If no analytical data is available, this assessment can be based on type of activity to be performed. The employer must also initiate protective measures based on this assessment.
In identifying lead based paints, the regulations distinguish between inspection, risk assessment, and survey. EMS will determine which of these investigations is most appropriate for a particular situation. We can then conduct that investigation to identify the presence of lead in paint, soil, settled or airborne dust, and in chemical or mechanical processes. Based on the information generated, EMS will identify existing and potential lead hazards and will develop a program to minimize exposures and liabilities.