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Asbestos Inspections, Testing, and Abatement Management


C.E.S. furnishes clients with comprehensive asbestos services from inspection to abatement management.  Certified specialists perform asbestos surveys, building inspections, conduct air monitoring, analyze samples, develop asbestos removal specifications, and prepare operations and maintenance (O&M) plans.


Recent regulations promulgated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have an impact on public and private building owners and their tenants.  The OSHA Standard specifically requires a good deal of pro-active assessment on the part of owners, lessees, property managers, and the general construction industry, shifting the emphasis from voluntary to mandatory.


On August 10, 1994 OSHA revised the "Occupational Exposure to Asbestos Final Rule"(29CFR 1926.1101).  This revision reduced the permissible exposure limit by 100% and requires building/facility owners to identify, quantify and demarcate asbestos containing thermal systems insulations and surfacing materials in buildings constructed prior to 1980.  This rule also requires that suspect materials must be presumed to be asbestos containing (PACM) until minimum sampling in accordance with EPA-AHERA or multiple sampling and analysis procedures are conducted by an accredited building inspector trained in accordance with Section 206 of TSCA Title II of the Toxic Substance Control Act.


Industrial Hygiene


C.E.S. works with clients to identify, evaluate and design controls to reduce occupational exposures to physical and chemical agents.  Industrial hygiene services are designed and conducted in accordance with the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) accepted methods.


Indoor Air Quality Consulting


C.E.S.'s staff have been extensively involved in the identification, evaluation and mitigation of indoor air quality complaints resulting from physical and chemical factors in the building environment.  These include evaluation of building occupants, measurements of physical and chemical parameters used to assess indoor air quality, and recommendations for the implementation of corrective actions.  Field experience and the understanding of building components allows C.E.S. to better under stand the root causes of "Sick Building Syndrome" or "Building Related Illness".  Services include building inspections, evaluation of building components, HVAC system analysis, measurement of indoor air quality parameters, public relations, and recommendations for the implementation of remedial activities.


Analytical Services


As a company dedicated to fulfilling the needs of clientele, C.E.S. knows that understanding and interpreting analytical data is critical to achieve compliance with many aspects of environmental regulations.  C.E.S. can provide clients with the necessary understanding of analytical results to insure that proper methodology was employed during the analysis and that analytical data is properly interpreted.


Environmental Site Assessments


Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) are performed in accordance with ASTM Standard Practice E-1527-94 to provide the client with a cost effective approach to investigating potential liabilities and the current level of compliance at a property.  ESAs are conducted to: (1) limit the extent of environmental liabilities to which the parties involved in real property transactions are exposed; (2) allow the parties involved in real property transactions to more accuratly appraise the value of a property, and (3) determine potential environmental concerns at the property and nearby properties.


Phase I ESAs are performed through a review of available records to examine the usage of a property and surrounding properties throughout their occupancy.  The types of businesses that occupy or have occupied the properties will be evaluated for their potential to negatively impact the environment.


If the Phase I ESA produces evidence of a potential environmental problem which warrants further investigation, a Phase II Investigation may be recommended to review additional documentation or perform subsurface testing through the collection of samples to confirm or disprove the potential contaminate source uncovered during the Phase I ESA.  A Phase II Investigation can also serve as the first phase of a site specific contamination assessment, should one be warranted.


When applicable, C.E.S. can provide an ASTM Transaction Screen in accordance with ASTM Standard Practice E-1528-94 to rapidly document existing site conditions without the full undertaking of a Phase I.