Environmental Consulting & Engineering Services
Evaluation of constituents present in our soil, atmosphere, water, and effluents is vital to the development of cost effective environmental management programs. Western Technologies provides the engineering and scientific expertise essential to successful implementation of environmental control projects.
Property site assessment, investigation, compliance, feasibility study, asbestos consultation, air quality and remedial services should be provided by practical, experienced professionals to minimize potential liability. As a leader in risk management services for over 60 years, WT has the range of experience to deliver practical assessments and solutions.
Western Technologies provides the local knowledge essential to satisfy financial institutions, governmental entities, and real estate requirements relating to managing environmental risk.
Environmental assessments assist with the critical analysis of potential environmental liabilities associated with real property acquisition and ownership, as well as business operations and management. Quality of information obtained through diligent review and analysis can greatly impact economic outcomes affecting the owner, buyer, seller and lender.
Whether dealing with real estate acquisitions, local planning and zoning requirements, or regulatory mandates, clients often insist on an environmental consulting firm that has stood the test of time. For over 60 years, Western Technologies has maintained a strong reputation for technical expertise, quality service and responsiveness. As important, our local knowledge is instrumental in affordably addressing environmental issues.
Environmental risks can significantly impact the viability and credit quality of real estate transactions. Western Technologies specializes in helping to identify and understand the risks in a clear and concise manner.
Federal mandates for environmental due diligence on real estate transactions are well established. Now, in connection with permit and plan approval, local planning and zoning departments are also requiring environmental review. Many large corporations have developed environmental and business risk management strategies to address these requirements.
Voice of experience
Since the inception of Environmental Site Assessments (ESA) in 1986, Western Technologies has conducted thousands of environmental due diligence studies for lending institutions, developers, government agencies, and commercial and industrial businesses.
Whether asked to follow the EPA's "All Appropriate Inquiries" rule, the ASTM standards, Brownfields grant requirements, or user-specified business risk protocols, Western Technologies assembles an experienced team to meet performance objectives and to close issues with well-written opinions.
What happens when the Phase I (ESA) process identifies a problem, or the available data fails to adequately characterize a potential risk? While the All Appropriate Inquiries Rule and ASTM standard do not require a Phase II assessment, issue-specific testing can be necessary when supporting source information is missing, when the data infers a problem, or when available data is insufficient to adequately assess conditions.
So what happens? The scientists and engineers at Western Technologies design and implement the appropriate level of analysis to further the due diligence inquiry. WT can evaluate the presence or absence of particular contaminants, or implement a full scope study that characterizes the nature and extent of impacts to soil, groundwater, and soil vapor.
Whatever the circumstance, Western Technologies establishes clear objectives before sampling begins and compares results to bright-line regulatory clean-up standards or to natural conditions. WT adheres to EPA methods, ASTM standards, and the requirements of state and local agencies for field methods, quality control, and documentation.
Range of activities
- Surface and subsurface soil sampling.
- Soil classification from borings and test pits.
- Waste profiling and characterization for disposal.
- Groundwater sampling.
- Laboratory analysis following EPA and state guidelines.
- Hazardous materials inventory.
- Geophysical services for identification of underground facilities and contaminants.
Most remediation projects begin with an investigation to characterize the extent and magnitude of contamination at a site. These detailed investigations often involve the assessment and characterization of impacts to multiple environmental receptors like soil, groundwater, soil vapor, and surface water. Often, the preliminary data obtained from the Phase II assessment sets the foundation for further detailed sampling and analysis to quantify impacts and estimate costs.
Western Technologies has implemented site investigations due to discovered contamination, in response to regulatory actions, and through voluntary implementation. WT has evaluated PCB sites, dry cleaners, gas stations, electronics plants, plating operations, construction activities, pesticide applicators, and waste disposal sites under the direction of EPA and state agencies. Project documentation includes sampling plans, data quality control plans, and health and safety plans.
Investigative techniques include:
- Soil sampling for target analytes based on the history of operation.
- Water quality assessments including one-time sampling and dedicated wells.
- Aquifer testing and modeling.
- Soil permeability testing.
- Assessment of chemical and biological remediation.
- Vapor monitoring well installation, sampling and analysis.
Underground Storage Tanks
They have seemingly been on every corner — gas stations and USTs. But not only gas stations have utilized underground storage tanks; many facilities installed USTs to store fuel for back-up generation and for waste storage. Today, there are extensive regulations for the installation, design, construction, and operation of underground storage tanks. These regulations contain rigorous requirements for response and corrective action when a leak is detected.
Western Technologies provides comprehensive services from removal, to release reporting, to site characterization and corrective action. We have provided practical solutions for historic tank sites, abandoned sites, and operating service stations for commercial operators, property investors, and as State Lead corrective action consultants.
WT services include:
- UST closures
- Tank removal
- Regulatory agency and fire department permitting
- Soil borings and sampling
- Groundwater monitoring-well installation and sampling
- Soil vapor surveys / vapor intrusion analysis
- Remedial system design
- Monitored natural attenuation
Whether decommissioning a system, bringing a system back into operation, or evaluating potential risks from old or abandoned tanks, Western Technologies provides the quality of service needed to quantify risk and win regulatory closure.
The advent of special protection from CERCLA liability through the Brownfields Revitalization Act, and availability of important administrative and engineering control mechanisms, have created opportunities to revitalize property impaired by hazardous or petroleum substances — or other pollutants or contaminants. Due to funding alternatives, tax incentives, and planning and zoning provisions, these otherwise idle properties return to form and function as part of a viable tax base.
Green building programs
The Green Building program known as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) supports the identification and redevelopment of Brownfield sites as a component of green development. Many of the environmental assessment principles encompassed by the Phase I, Phase II, and Site Investigation process are followed with Brownfields projects.
Western Technologies has partnered with many private developers, landowners, and government agencies, on the investigation and clean-up of Brownfields. WT is an integral part of the creative redevelopment process.
We have characterized sites dealing with all manner of environmental impact to soil, air and water. WT has broad experience in designing and helping to implement the preferred remedial alternatives. Western Technologies assists with decommissioning of old structures prior to demolition, and we prepare technical documentation to obtain government review and approval.
The rapid growth of environmental regulatory requirements creates many challenges for large multi-national corporations and single-facility operations alike. These requirements address water, air, wastes, hazardous wastes, and the release and reporting of hazardous substances. The expanding regulatory umbrella continues to grow with pending regulations on clean air and energy efficiency.
Western Technologies' staff successfully coordinates and manages environmental permitting and compliance programs to reduce our clients' risk of costly environmental remediation or regulatory enforcement. Through the systematic development and implementation of environmental compliance and management programs, WT assists industrial clients with waste management, waste reduction, maintenance, permitting, and budgeting.
Comprehensive environmental risk reviews are an integral part of our due diligence services for asset acquisition, refinancing or closure. WT clients are fully aware and informed of the environmental compliance issues that may substantially affect or influence future operations of the subject assets.
With more than 60 years of operating experience, Western Technologies provides unmatched stability and consistency in the environmental industry. We tap into the broad range of expertise held by our scientists, engineers, and geologists to deliver timely, relevant, and useful advice, minimizing overall risk and exposure.
Due to the broad scope of occupational and environmental laws in the United States, regulatory compliance for most corporate facilities has become a significant economic and legal consideration. Depending on the company's operations, a business may need to assess compliance with a variety of federal, state and local regulations, including the following.
♦ Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
♦ Clean Air Act
♦ Clean Water Act
♦ SARA Title III
♦ Occupational Safety and Health Act
♦ Regulatory Specific Environmental Compliance Audits
♦ Pre-Acquisition Environmental Status Reports
Western Technologies can make these assessments for you by devising and implementing a customized auditing program. We inspect and evaluate processes and activities, feedstock and products, and records and permits to identify key regulatory requirements. We talk to your managers and foremen about their hands-on methods for handling materials. Then we report our findings (in detail) so you know where improved effort is needed. All findings are kept strictly confidential and we can work seamlessly with your corporate or outside counsel.
Many environmental programs require monitoring to document permit or regulatory compliance. The key to effective monitoring resides in the collection of quality field information and the timely processing of reliable laboratory results.
Quality field services
Western Technologies provides a full range of monitoring services, including permit inspections, sampling and analysis for water, groundwater, storm water run-off, and air. We have conducted numerous studies to determine the compliance of drywells, storm water pollution prevention plans, dust control plans, wastewater pretreatment discharges, groundwater quality monitoring, landfill monitoring, and occupational or workplace exposure monitoring.
Diversity in engineering, scientific and regulatory expertise allows Western Technologies to assemble a cost-effective team of field personnel and project managers to timely and accurately monitor your permit or operation.
Personnel & Operations Training
Employee awareness programs, emergency response and contingency plans, waste stream characterization plans, record keeping systems, and self-audit plans require on-going training. Necessary elements of any successful waste characterization, consolidation, and disposal program are well-implemented procedures and formalized personnel and operations training.
Western Technologies' professionals are experienced in the development and implementation of procedures to properly handle and dispose of hazardous materials. Specific regulatory requirements as well as client policies and practices are integrated within these procedures.
WT offers a wide variety of training programs to help our clients stay in compliance with environmental and safety regulations. We present the necessary materials, instruction and hands-on practice to make the training a reality. All training is provided on-site at the client's facility, unless otherwise requested by the client. Documentation of training is presented to participants and for client files.
At times, environmental compliance efforts can overwhelm available staff and detract from their core responsibilities. The scale of operations (whether a function of business fluctuation or staffing) creates a need for more regular involvement by outside experts. Companies with employees who handle hazardous and regulated wastes on a daily basis also benefit from professional support.
Teaming with Western Technologies to develop effective hazardous waste management procedures can help minimize the high risks and costs associated with handling wastes.
Typical scope of engagement
- Annual facility compliance services coupled with on-going environmental management support.
- Environmental report submittal to state or federal agencies including SARA Title III Form R and Tier II Forms, Annual Wastewater Reports, and Hazardous Waste Biennial Reports.
Western Technologies can provide temporary environmental management support on a flexible basis, following a frequency and schedule that meets client needs. Our compliance experts can visit your facility to check on point-of-generation activities, record keeping and reporting, and on-going monitoring. Our professionals can fully manage your compliance programs and we can devise a system of support to help prepare the myriad of government reports and notices including hazardous waste manifests, land disposal restrictions, and hazardous waste annual reports, or SARA Title III reports and notices for hazardous substances.
Remediation & Clean-Up
In soil and groundwater remediation actions, environmental consultants are called upon to monitor groundwater, compare remedial alternatives and draft an action plan. Western Technologies' scientists and engineers advance practical solutions for clean-up requirements.
Groundwater monitoring is required under numerous regulatory programs. In each program, owners of the facility requiring groundwater monitoring must design, install, and implement a monitoring system capable of determining the facility's impact on groundwater. Statistically significant changes in groundwater quality are immediately considered by regulatory agencies to indicate a release. This typically requires implementation of a groundwater quality assessment to determine the rate and extent of contamination.
♦ Monitoring program design and plan preparation
♦ Monitor well installation and sampling
♦ Assessment monitoring
♦ Compliance monitoring
♦ Corrective action monitoring including natural attenuation
♦ Groundwater quality assessment
♦ Groundwater modeling
♦ Data validation
♦ Database management
Remedial Alternatives Analysis
The key to effective site remediation lies in the quality of site characterization that identifies the vertical and lateral extent of soil contamination and the degree and extent of groundwater impact. The characterization data guides the design of feasibility testing and the contaminant migration analysis necessary for choosing appropriate remedial actions.
In addition, risk assessment analyses provide information in the development of cleanup criteria and evaluating response to threats to sensitive receptors, such as drinking water wells. In assessing various risks, fate and transport evaluations are used to determine exposure point concentrations and clean-up standards.
Feasibility study and treatability testing
Once the extent of contamination has been identified, Western Technologies evaluates available technologies and identifies alternative remedial actions for further evaluation. Treatability and/or pilot testing may be conducted to provide the necessary data for optimization of the design of a full-scale remediation system.
- Establish Physical Limitations of Site
- Identify Design Parameters
- Select Remediation Technologies
- Assess Comparative Remedial Costs
Remedial Action Plans
Western Technologies' design experience covers a broad range of remediation technologies, including both in-situ and ex-situ physical / chemical and biological treatment processes. WT engineers are continually evaluating innovative applications of existing technologies to ensure that only the most efficient, cost-effective solutions are selected for implementation.
Upon selection of a preferred technology, WT engineers and computer aided design (CAD) professionals prepare detailed plans and specification, as well as administer bidding and contracting for treatment system installation.
Remedial plan design and execution
- Consideration of Owner Input and Site Use Needs
- System Design and Permit Assistance
- Contractor Prequalification Work
- Value Engineering
- Bid Specification Development and Administration
- Program Administration and Sample Services
- Regulatory Consulting and Agency Liaison
Volatile organic compounds
Organic liquid contamination is a serious environmental concern originating from gasoline storage to industrial facilities. Western Technologies has extensive experience with VOC remediation, improving or restoring groundwater quality to agency acceptance levels. Remedial implementation includes free-product recovery, groundwater pumping / containment, soil vapor extraction, liquid / vapor phase carbon treatment, air sampling, catalytic oxidation, in-situ biodegradation, soil thermal volatilization, and disposal.
Industrial hygiene is a broad-based field affecting businesses and industries of every size and variety. Industrial hygiene is the branch of science that deals with the anticipation, recognition, evaluation and control of chemical and physical hazards in the workplace. As a result, industrial hygiene is primarily concerned with chemical, noise, heat and radiation hazards.
Area of expertise
To determine if hazards exist, Western Technologies' industrial hygiene personnel inspect client facilities, perform appropriate sampling / monitoring services and, based on sampling tests, offer cost-effective solutions. Clients representing a wide variety of private and public workplaces utilize the expertise at Western Technologies to address industrial hygiene issues.
Protection from airborne health hazards is a crucial component associated with our everyday lives in a variety of environments. Health hazards can result from air pollution, microbial or other contamination from a wide range of contamination sources.
Typical scope of engagement
Western Technologies is contacted to conduct an industrial hygiene study for employees exposed to chemicals. Breathing zone samples are taken for a variety of chemicals to determine whether the occupational exposures are in compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Permissible Exposure Limits (PEL). WT's industrial hygiene professionals make practical recommendations for correcting sources of non-compliance.
In cases where PEL is not acceptable, compliance with other authoritative recommendations is evaluated. Possibilities include the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) Threshold Value Limits (TLV), the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Recommended Exposure Levels (REL), and standard business practices.
Worker Health & Safety
Western Technologies performs comprehensive worker health and safety assessments for a wide range of industrial plants and on field operation site safety protocols. Our staff evaluates current procedures and makes recommendations regarding needed updating and supplemental elements to the safety plans in place.
Western Technologies has developed model templates that, depending on the complexity of client processes and facilities, our experts utilize to help prepare Client H&S Plans. Client plans are completed and submitted quickly, efficiently, and accurately.
WT also assists clients with implementation of the full range of applicable Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) procedures such as:
- Lockout / Tag out
- Forklift Safety
- Confined Space Entry
All companies need relevant worker training programs to ensure an awareness of hazards and knowledge of safety responsibilities of employees. These programs are intended to promote good industrial hygiene practices and a safe working environment.
Health and safety training modules
Western Technologies' professionals are able to affordably adapt standardized health and safety training programs to the needs and expectations of its clients. Specific regulatory requirements as well as client policies and practices are integrated within these training modules.
WT offers a train-the-trainers program to help our clients stay in compliance with their Health and Safety Plan and safety regulations. We present the necessary materials, instruction and hands-on practice to make the training a reality. All training is provided on-site at the client's facility, unless otherwise requested by the client. Documentation of training is presented to participants and for client files.
Indoor Air Quality
In today's energy efficient world, buildings are made more airtight, and individual control over one's environment, i.e., open windows, is less common. Businesses often reside in buildings that were not designed for their type of occupancy; operations frequently change without ventilation considerations.
Causes of IAQ problems
Conditions such as inadequate ventilation, heating and cooling issues, mold, vehicle and/or chemical odors, and water leaks can cause indoor air quality (IAQ) problems and trigger employee concerns and complaints. Facility emergencies create the need for immediate response and loss mitigation.
Western Technologies has experience in finding cost-effective solutions to a wide range of indoor air quality challenges. WT has worked with school districts and educational facilities on a variety of mold remediation, demolition and abatement projects. WT has also consulted on lead paint, asbestos abatement and interior demolition at large colleges and universities.
Health effects from indoor air pollutants may be experienced soon after exposure or, possibly, years later. There is considerable uncertainty about what concentrations or periods of exposure are necessary to produce specific health problems.
Biological & Chemical Monitoring
Indoor air quality issues can arise from occupant concerns or pro-active facility management. The key to effectively evaluating potential health and safety concerns for a building's occupants begins with accurate and thorough monitoring for indoor air contaminants.
Western Technologies listens to the needs and concerns of the involved parties, then responds with a range of monitoring tasks from field screening, to comfort measurements, to specific chemical or biological constituents. We can design monitoring programs to evaluate personnel, occupied areas, facility-specific components including ventilation equipment, carpet, floors, walls, or operation-specific equipment.
Scope of services
Our range of monitoring capabilities include mold and bacteria, comfort parameters (temperature, CO, CO2, humidity), dust, a host of chemical constituents (including urea / formaldehyde and volatile organic compounds), and noise. Measurements are taken with direct reading data logging instruments, field indicator tests, or full OSHA / NIOSH approved sampling methods. Once reliable data is obtained, it is compared against standards and guidelines to arrive at recommendations for improving IAQ.
Western Technologies has conducted numerous indoor air monitoring projects at a wide range of settings including industry, health care facilities, office buildings, retail establishments, schools, and homes. We team with laboratories that participate in the Environmental Microbiology Accredited Laboratories Program (EMLAP) administered by the American Industrial Hygiene Association.
Western Technologies quickly responds, devises the necessary sampling, and gets the right information into the client's hands to facilitate sound and sensible decision-making based on scientifically collected data.
Indoor air pollution is caused by accumulations of contaminants that come primarily from inside the building, although some originate outdoors. These pollutants may be generated by a specific, limited source or several sources over a wide area.
Common sources of indoor air pollution include biological organisms, combustion byproducts, organic vapors, and other point source pollutants such as lead, mercury vapor, asbestos, radon, etc.
Western Technologies takes a systematic approach to the assessment of indoor air quality. This includes analysis of a building's mechanical systems, interviews with tenants and employees, on-going routine air monitoring, and specialized testing when a specific problem develops.
Experience is critically important
Indoor air quality problems can be complicated by highly charged occupant emotions, building complexities and inconclusive results using standard techniques. Through questionnaires, interviews, and a scientific process of elimination that narrows down possible causes, Western Technologies' solution-oriented approach provides the guidance needed to achieve higher quality indoor air.
The adverse effect from mold and related indoor air quality issues has become one of today's more sensitive environmental concerns. Health, safety and liability issues associated with mold have all been magnified in recent years, resulting in increased awareness by those affected, and increased liability to those responsible.
A growing problem
The professionals at Western Technologies understand these issues, and can provide relief to all parties. Fungal and bacterial organisms can grow and multiply wherever suitable conditions of moisture and food source exist. Common sources of indoor moisture that may lead to microbial problems include flooding, leaky roofs, plumbing problems and damp basements or crawl spaces. Warping floors and discoloration of walls and ceilings can be indications of moisture problems.
Clients interested in minimizing issues that can arise from a moisture intrusion event contact Western Technologies. WT determines the extent of mold contamination and assists in the development of a remediation plan to abate mold hazards that are found. Left unchecked, water intrusion can lead to extensive mold and bacterial contamination in your home, workplace or school.
Abatement Project Design
Western Technologies has broad experience in indoor air quality abatement project design. WT develops remediation plans for contaminant removal, establishes criteria for post-remediation assessment, and conducts follow-up inspections.
Services include development of protective measures for remediation personnel and building occupants. WT infection-control technicians design and construct physical barriers, strategically place air filtration equipment and create negative pressurization in order to control particulates.
WT has worked with school districts and educational facilities on a very large variety of mold remediation, demolition and abatement projects. WT has also consulted on a range of other IAQ demolition and abatement projects in educational institutions, including lead paint and asbestos abatement as well as routine interior demolition at large colleges and universities.
As part of abatement design, Western Technologies works in concert with healthcare facility administrators and general contractors to design and implement a series of engineering controls and physical barriers to prevent construction-related airborne contaminants from escaping work zones.
Historically, asbestos fibers were widely incorporated into building projects due to special industrial and construction qualities of the material. After asbestos became known for posing adverse health factors in humans, asbestos-containing materials became used more sparingly but are still utilized in construction.
A leading reputation
For both public and private facilities, Western Technologies fully understands the technical and economic complexities and concerns surrounding asbestos contaminated sites and structures. Our applied understanding and experience has developed into a reputation that is unmatched within the environmental industry.
WT begins each project by acquiring a thorough understanding of our client's objectives for the proposed project. We provide inspection, assessment, analyses, monitoring, and remediation strategies as appropriate.
Importantly, Western Technologies is well-versed in applying the appropriate regulations to our client's projects and saving our clients’ money through practical solutions. Our professionals for many years have participated as leaders in AHERA, OSHA and NESHAP programs.
Western Technologies helps many types of clients, including private, commercial, industrial and governmental entities, meet their regulatory requirements to test suspect materials for asbestos prior to renovation or construction. WT determines if materials contain asbestos as mandated by applicable OSHA, NESHAP and AHERA regulations.
This information is used to determine the most cost-effective and safest way to deal with the asbestos-containing materials. Asbestos-containing materials are still installed in buildings today, so compliance issues arise in recently constructed buildings as well.
The value of experience
Accurate and reliable building inspections and surveys for asbestos-containing materials are carried out by Western Technologies in accordance with local, state and federal regulations. WT's highly experienced and trained professional staff possesses a comprehensive knowledge of likely asbestos uses and locations in buildings, so identification is efficient. To ensure quality, our certified professionals perform all field work in accordance with OSHA, EPA and AHERA protocols.
WT coordinates scheduling with building managers to ensure that samples are collected in a discrete and safe manner so as to minimize damage to building materials and limit disruption of functional spaces, activities, and/or occupants. Results of surveys are presented and tailored to suit the client's needs. These results can be utilized by clients to make sound, cost-effective decisions relative to the in-place management, repair, or abatement of identified materials.
Operations & Maintenance Plans
For all buildings with asbestos, the EPA recommends the development of an asbestos management program to communicate the locations of asbestos to appropriate parties. The program is also to train building employees on how to work safely around the materials, and on what to do if the materials are disturbed accidentally. Following these recommendations can be an important step in liability prevention.
Western Technologies helps develop asbestos management plans, which are required for schools under the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA). These plans are helpful in preventing hazardous exposures to employees, students or others in a professional or institutional environment.
A WT project manager is assigned who provides a primary point of contact in order to achieve the flexibility and freedom to personalize the compliance process, or to integrate the plan with client staff.
Once a hazard such as asbestos-containing material is identified, communication of the dangers of working proximate to the hazard is critical. For employees such as maintenance, construction and custodial workers who may come in direct contact with these materials, it is important to know:
- Which materials are hazardous.
- Where they are located.
- How to work around them.
- What work practices are acceptable.
- What to do in an emergency.
Western Technologies provides OSHA-compliant two-hour asbestos awareness training for building maintenance, construction and management personnel. WT includes training specific to the client's needs in order to maximize the relevance and likelihood of mitigating hazards.
Our synopsis coincides with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration 29 CFR Part 1910.1101(j) communication of hazards for asbestos.
Abatement Design & Oversight
To help our clients obtain competitive prices from abatement contractors and to ensure the abatement work is properly performed, Western Technologies provides turnkey asbestos management services from development of plans and specifications through final clearance air testing. Plans and specifications provide contractors with project requirements and well defined scope of work that ensures success and minimizes change orders.
WT understands and implements the cooperative approach that is needed to work with the agencies, consultants and other parties that become involved in the removal and approval process. Our experienced project managers work with clients on-site to develop effective abatement plans in compliance with local, state and federal agencies.
Should our clients desire to repair or abate identified asbestos-containing materials, Western Technologies' team can provide a complete and professional biddable package of plans and specifications. This package enables abatement contractors to provide an accurate cost and schedule for addressing identified materials.
Specifications include a description of procedures and work practices tailored to the material(s) identified and include monitoring services to be performed in accordance with local, state, and federal regulations. Specifications can be tailored to meet specific overall project objectives in terms of scheduling, sequencing, and coordination with general contractors overseeing multiple trades and tasks on site.
Western Technologies can assist owners in obtaining bids from qualified, reputable abatement contractors, conducting a pre-bid walk-thru with potential contractors, and rendering clarifications of drawings and specifications. WT can assist the owner in selecting the contractor most appropriate for the project.
Asbestos in Schools
Western Technologies actively services public, private, and charter schools (kindergarten through 12th grade) with professional level asbestos inspection, management planning and abatement design and oversight services.
Our AHERA accredited asbestos professionals have been actively involved in asbestos in schools work for over 30 years.
Whether an initial inspection, three-year review, management plan revision, or the design and independent oversight and documentation of abatement activity – Western Technologies provides the staffing, expertise, and skill to competently address the asbestos-in-schools issue using cost-effective, efficient approaches to project implementation and management.
Most structures built before 1960 contain heavily leaded paint, and some structures built as recently as 1978 may also contain lead paint. Lead additives to paints were considered a durability contributor and were applied to a wide variety of structures. Today, these materials are known for posing adverse health factors in humans.
Exposure to lead-based paint in older or historic structures should be assessed by a qualified professional. Historic preservation work, whether component removal or otherwise, requires not only an experienced company to conduct proper abatement, but a company that is sensitive to the importance of preservation of the structure.
Western Technologies has performed more than 750 lead-based paint abatement projects over the last ten years. Our projects have included multi-family public housing, single-family residences, historic rail stations, industrial and manufacturing plants, government and military installations, commercial buildings, bridges, water towers and public and private schools.
Many different regulations affect the removal of lead-based paint. These include federal and state regulations outlining exposure requirements for exposure minimization, personnel and occupant protection, removal techniques, and disposal.
Western Technologies personnel are experienced at lead inspections designed to identify lead paint within a structure. We follow the inspection guidelines established by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and use only inspectors certified by the EPA. A lead inspection involves the surface-by-surface assessment for the presence of lead using x-ray florescence analyzers, followed by the collection and chemical analysis of paint chip samples were inconclusive results are obtained. Data gathered from the inspection is used to advise property owners, managers, and occupants about the locations of lead in the home or commercial structure.
Western Technologies helps building owners and managers determine if lead-based paint is present in their buildings prior to renovation or construction activities. A combination of x-ray florescence testing and paint chip sampling is used to identify lead surfaces and advise the client about potential worker protection requirements under the OSHA lead rule. WT also assists with the employee monitoring and negative exposure assessments necessary for full OSHA compliance.
Western Technologies can assess potential sources of lead exposure through the risk assessment process established by the HUD guidelines. These thorough assessments involve an evaluation of paint condition, the collection of dust samples from floors and windows, and the collection and analysis of soil from drip lines and play areas. Expanded testing services include the collection and analysis of tap water samples for lead. Often, the lead inspection and risk assessment services are combined to provide a more comprehensive overall evaluation of lead risks at a home, school, daycare, religious facility, or office.
Western Technologies staff is fully trained and certified in the lead risk assessment process by EPA. We have completed hundreds of risk assessments in public housing facilities, private residences, and apartment complexes. Fully trained and certified staff, in-house XRF capability, and extensive experience; three strong reasons to consider Western Technologies for lead risk assessment needs.
Lead Hazard Control Plans
Often, the primary source of lead exposure is lead-based paint in older buildings. In professional, educational and industrial settings, the employees, visitors and students may become at risk for lead exposure.
Exposure issues can be most acute during construction. When a construction project disturbs or removes lead-based paint, Western Technologies helps building owners and managers determine the proper procedures to be implemented. We help the client protect people at the site and ensure that the work area is properly cleaned following the lead paint disturbance or removal activities.
Lead hazard control plans and specifications prepared by Western Technologies will provide lead-based paint abatement contractors with a well-defined scope of work and procedures to ensure the project is properly performed in accordance with applicable OSHA and EPA regulations.
For target housing projects, HUD guidelines address the project protocol and types of protective measures to be taken during lead-based paint abatement projects.