The Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) process includes Phase I (assessment), Phase II (investigation and sampling) and Phase III remediation. Real estate may have potential or existing environmental contamination liabilities. Environmental Due Diligence is required to know what you have or what environmental liabilities you are purchasing. Our Environmental Professionals routinely perform these services.
Indoor Air Quality
The term "sick building syndrome" (SBS) is used to describe situations in which building occupants experience acute health and comfort effects that
appear to be linked to time spent in a building with poor indoor air quality
(IAQ). We can assist in the evaluation process and provide recommended IAQ sampling and assessments.
Exposure Assessment and Industrial Hygiene
Industrial hygiene is the science of anticipating, recognizing, evaluating, and controlling workplace conditions that may cause workers' injury or illness. Our Industrial Hygienists (IH) use environmental monitoring and analytical methods to detect the extent of worker exposure and employ engineering, work practice controls, and other methods to control potential health hazards.
Program Development, Implementation and Management
Employers and Building Owners are required to develop and implement programs to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and protect the health and safety of employees. Schafer routinely provides written programs, such as Asbestos Management, Repiratory Protection, Health and Safety, Exposure Assessments, Colorado Voluntary Clean Up and Materials Management.
Schafer routinely provides asbestos awareness training, asbestos operations and maintenance training, respiratory protection, mold awareness, lead awareness and other OSHA required training.
Water Quality – Storm Water Management
Schafer can perform a variety of water sampling for lead, other metals, biological contaminates (legionella, coliform and E. coli ) to determine water quality. Schafer also manages stormwater for the Broncos and the Rockies MS4 permits and during construction activities.
Subsurface Contamination – Soil and Groundwater
Subsurface contamination can occur when buildings or building debris has been left behind requiring asbestos contaminated soil management and materials management. Phase II Environmental Site Assessments may also identify soil and groundwater contamination, such as chlorinated solvents from former drycleaners. Schafer performs initial assessments and remediation planning and oversight for contaminated soil and groundwater.
Hazardous Materials and Hazardous Waste Management
Hazardous and Regulated Building Materials (RBMs) include universal waste, hazardous waste or any special waste or otherwise regulated material. RBMs include batteries, liquid mercury in thermostats and gauges, electronic devices, lighting wastes containing mercury, other metals and ballasts containing Poly Chlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs), Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), and components containing metals, unused paints, oils, fuels and miscellaneous chemicals.