Capital Improvements in Our Classrooms: Our schools comprise some of our oldest infrastructure, and are our most critical priority for safe buildings and best practices. Safe drinking water, lead-free paint, asbestos-free flooring and roofing, building envelopes and classroom lighting free of PCBs – school districts across New York are moving into an age of safer, greener buildings with the assistance of Adelaide Environmental as they renovate and upgrade their facilities.
Tools of the Trade: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is a must. Adelaide Environmental applies the requirements of PPE to its own staff as rigorously as it enforces the use of PPE by contractors at an abatement site. Enforcing regulations to the letter and meticulous recordkeeping by the project monitor are two of Adelaide’s hallmarks.
Hazmat Testing NY
Adelaide Environmental provides consulting services and Hazmat Testing in NY for both ongoing and emergency hazardous materials management and abatement, assuring regulatory compliance at the federal, state and local levels, and offering public information assistance when clients must communicate with their constituencies on environmental issues. Adelaide’s professionals conduct comprehensive site surveys and inspections, provide materials testing, plan site remediation, write abatement specifications, and monitor abatement activity for a variety of hazardous materials and pollutants:
Asbestos Abatement NY
Asbestos, a regulated substance, was widely used in construction materials prior to 1978. It is most commonly found in ceiling tiles, flooring, roofing materials, and the adhesives used in construction and renovation completed prior to the prohibition of asbestos-containing building materials (ACBM). Asbestos poses significant health risks when, in a friable (brittle) state, it dusts up and enters the air as particulates. Its remediation is regulated at the federal and state levels, and the decision to remove or otherwise remediate should only be made in consultation with a trained and experienced team like Adelaide’s certified inspectors and management planners. (See Resources for more information on asbestos.) Multi-site clients, such as large school districts that are required by the federal government to conduct regular AHERA inspections, benefit from Adelaide Environmental’s database approach to recordkeeping, maintaining a computerized history of their test results and any abatement activity monitored by Adelaide.
Lead can reach hazardous concentrations in the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, and even the everyday objects we touch, due to its commonplace use as an additive in paint and gasoline, as an ingredient in the manufacture of crystal, china, and food containers, and the widespread occurrence of lead-containing fixtures and solder in the plumbing of buildings across the country. (See Resources for more information on lead.) Though most of these practices are now prohibited, lead contamination continues to threaten the wellness of our population and our ecosystems. Adelaide Environmental’s team of risk assessors and inspectors, including lead-based paint specialists, are certified by the Environmental Protection Agency and have the expertise necessary to effectively evaluate conditions, plan the remediation, and monitor the abatement of lead wherever it occurs inside your building, and in the soil and ground water surrounding your building.
PCBs, mixtures of synthetic and organic chemicals, were used freely in the construction industry before their toxicity was understood to outweigh their advantages and their manufacture was halted. PCBs persist in our buildings in many forms since their 1977 prohibition, including presence in commercial lighting fixtures, transformers, heat transfer fluids, soil, and most commonly, old window caulking. The professional team at Adelaide Environmental is experienced in surveying and sampling, then managing the abatement of PCBs as a common circumstance of renovation and rehabilitation projects.
Unidentified materials stored in the workplace with no known identity can jeopardize the workforce, risking exposure to potentially dangerous conditions. Adelaide Environmental’s team identifies and manages the disposal of stored unknown substances, providing detailed documentation and ensuring compliance with all regulatory requirements.
Mercury and radon are also among the materials Adelaide Environmental has surveyed, evaluated, and managed the abatement of. These and other toxic substances have come to be recognized in recent times as posing threats to our environment and to ourselves. Today’s “miracle substance” may prove tomorrow’s environmental detriment, and it is often only with hindsight that we resolve the risk/benefit debate. With a quarter century of field experience to its credit and a commitment to ongoing, multi-discipline training for its staff, Adelaide will continue to comprise the vanguard of environmental consulting in these times of complex economic and ecological challenge.
INDOOR AIR QUALITY ASSESSMENTS
Indoor air quality problems can be caused by ventilation system deficiencies, overcrowding, microbiological contamination, outside air pollutants, and off-gassing from materials in office and mechanical equipment. Common indoor air contaminants include respirable particles such as asbestos or mold spores, pesticides, tobacco smoke, radon, volatile organic compounds, and combustion gases. Additionally, various chemicals (especially those with perceptible odor) used in work processes may be adversely affecting building occupants. The presence of mold, pollen, dust mites, various fibers, animal hairs, insects, and bacteria and their toxins in the air can also degrade air quality and create adverse health effects.
Adelaide Environmental calls on its many years of expertise and uses state-of-the-art technology to identify and enumerate allergens, particulates, and other pollutants, by direct microscopic analysis or by microbiological culture. Adelaide Environmental’s fastidious examination includes special microbial sources such as water-spray systems, humidifiers, fan coil units, porous insulation in HVAC systems, and water-damaged spaces, as well as a review of processes, work practices, ventilation efficiency, engineering controls, and the assessment of any deleterious noise. After its comprehensive site survey and review of all related conditions, Adelaide Environmental produces a detailed report on air quality and environmental problems, and recommends a program of remediation with a long-term strategy to assure ongoing compliance with mandated regulations on air quality.
Concern about indoor exposure to mold and other, less common, microbiologicals has been increasing in recent years as the public becomes aware that exposure to these irritants can cause a variety of health effects and symptoms. Following the guidelines developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the professionals at Adelaide expertly diagnose the problem through sampling and visual inspections, develop a remediation plan, and recommend steps to prevent further growth. (See Resources for more information on mold.)
INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE INVESTIGATIONS
Ensuring site safety at all times is the ultimate objective in every evaluation undertaken by Adelaide Environmental. Any work site can carry the potential for illness, injury, or accident, so each site is approached as a unique environment, and Adelaide conducts a comprehensive investigation into its potential hazards. The team is experienced at identifying and resolving industrial hygiene problems arising from past and current practices in the treatment, storage, and disposal of risk-bearing substances in the workplace, most especially hazardous industrial waste. Also included in their evaluations are the management and treatment of water, wastewater, stormwater, emissions, soil, and fuel systems, specifically monitoring leakage, overfill, spill and containment systems. Any necessary remediation is mapped out in a detailed plan that addresses both emergency response and ongoing compliance with regulations and standards. Educating the workforce in emergency response and best practices, and periodic re-evaluations to monitor the successful restoration of critical systems produce the seamless process of planning-to-closeout that Adelaide Environmental provides its clients on every project.
Virtually every employer in the U.S. comes under the jurisdiction of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Inspections may be precipitated by reports to the agency of imminent danger or accidents about to happen; fatalities or accidents sending three or more employees to the hospital; employee complaints; referrals from other government agencies; high rates of illness or injury, or hazardous work environments. To ascertain the status of a client’s OSHA compliance, Adelaide Environmental’s professional team conducts detailed audits aligned with OSHA’s testing standards. On-site assessments include exposure monitoring, the review of workplace practices, engineering controls, use of personal protective equipment, employee on-the-job training and education programs, regulated-area requirements, signs and labels, and recordkeeping. Adelaide also reviews and consults on daily operating procedures and protocols. Should the results of such audits indicate potential risks or violations, Adelaide Environmental proposes appropriate remediation strategies and closely monitors their implementation to assure ongoing compliance with OSHA standards and requirements.
Over the course of its history, Adelaide has supplied some of America’s oldest and largest companies with comprehensive emergency preparedness planning and training. In this post-9/11 era, even small companies are taking the appropriate steps to ensure the protection of life, corporate/industrial infrastructure, private property, as well as the environment in the event of an emergency or disaster. Adelaide Environmental’s professional team evaluates potential threats to a client’s physical plant, workforce, and productivity, from both internal and external sources, considering such possibilities as accidental release of chemicals or dangerous substances, a workplace accident or crisis, and life-threatening events stemming from an external crisis or disaster. Within the context of the client’s environment/industry, a review of the federal, state, and local regulations is incorporated into the planning process. Based on its careful assessment of corporate, industrial, and environmental circumstances, Adelaide prepares a detailed plan that outlines step-by-step operating procedures in the event of each identified type of emergency. The plan stipulates roles, responsibilities, actions, response priorities, and recovery strategies. Identification and coordination of resources are detailed, and the education and training of the staff by Adelaide professionals completes the emergency preparedness process.