PRE-PURCHASE ASSESSMENTS / ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARD ASSESSMENTS

Buildings of all types, ages, and sizes are at potential risk of containing hazardous and toxic substances within their structural components. Depending on age and geographic location, building materials and systems may contain asbestos, lead, sulfur gas, radon gas, mold, mercury, PCB’s and other dangerous substances. As buildings mature and undergo renovations, damaged materials can and will cause health risks as well as have the potential to lower property values and increase property owners liability.

Our primary objective is to assist property managers, building and home owners to become informed of any building materials or conditions that are questionable. We sample, test and make an inventory of suspect materials and indoor air quality. Our employees are trained, knowledgeable and accredited professionals who provide our clients with the best quality and high value services. We lead in the design and overseeing of abatement and mitigation measures and help our clients establish operations and maintenance procedures to manage hazardous materials.

ASBESTOS SURVEYS

Few things have the potential to impact property values, leasing opportunities or building renovations like the discovery of asbestos. Fortunately for our clients, we offer a level of expertise in asbestos management that is unparalleled in Western Canada. If management isn’t an option we have a list of fully licensed abatement companies to choose from. We specialize in asbestos inspections, microscopic analysis of suspected asbestos-containing materials, monitoring and analysis for airborne asbestos and the design and implementation of asbestos abatement projects. Our Computer Aided Design (CAD) system enables quick reproduction of building floor plans, and provides greater detail and overlay options. All materials and areas sampled can be quickly and easily reported in a variety of formats to satisfy client requirements. Asbestos consulting services include:

  • Building Inspections to satisfy renovation and demolition permitting requirements
  • Asbestos Surveys to identify asbestos containing materials prior to building acquisition
  • Abatement Plans & Specifications
  • Contractor Oversight and Performance Evaluations
  • Air Quality Testing
  • Operation & Maintenance Programs

LEAD-BASED PAINT RISK ASSESSMENTS

We provide complete lead-based paint (LBP) inspections, abatement project design, abatement project supervision, air monitoring services, and operations and maintenance plans for LBP.

X-Ray Florescence (XFR) testing used in conjunction with confirmatory Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (AAS) sampling is one of many testing strategies used by WSC for accurate and cost effective lead detection. We utilize the Niton XL Spectrum Analyzer which is the most advanced portable on-site testing and field screening device available for lead detection ain paint and soil. Services include:

  • Lead-Based Paint Inspections using XRF Detectors and Paint Chip Sampling
  • Risk Assessments
  • Abatement Specifications
  • Sampling Plans
  • O&M Programs
  • OHS Compliance Monitoring
  • Project Management
  • Employee Awareness/Training

ENVIRONMENTAL SITE ASSESSMENTS (EAS’S)

We carry out Environmental Site Assessments (known as ESA’s) in cases where environmental liability may be an issue in the care, custody or control of a property. We apply a phased approach to environmental assessment that takes into account recognized standards, financial considerations and deadlines that are often imposed. The Phased ESA process is used to help in the characterization of environmental issues and associated containment levels that could affect a properly or the natural environment.

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is the formal process used to predict the environmental consequences (positive or negative) of a plan, policy, program or project prior to the decision to move forward with the proposed action. Formal impact assessments may be governed by rules of administrative procedure regarding public participation and documentation of decision making, and may be subject to judicial review. An impact assessment may propose measures to adjust impacts to acceptable levels or to investigate new technological solutions.

The purpose of the assessment is to ensure that decision makers consider the environmental impacts when deciding whether or not to proceed with a project. The International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) defines an environmental impact assessment as the “process of identifying, predicting, evaluations and mitigating the biophysical, social and other relevant effects of development proposals prior to major decisions being taken and commitments made.” EIA’s are unique in that they do not require adherence to a predetermined environmental outcome, but rather they require decision makers to account for environmental value in their decisions and to justify those decisions in light of detailed environmental studies and public comments on the potential environmental impacts.

OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL CONUSLTING SERVICES INCLUDE:

  • Airborne Particles Testing
  • Radon Gas Measurements
  • Hazardous Building Material Surveys
  • Chemical Risk Assessment
  • Reactive (Chinese) Drywall Assessment
  • Ecological Risk Assessment
  • Environmental Transaction Screens
  • Business Environmental Risk
  • Soil & Groundwater Assessments
  • Vapor Intrusion Studies
  • Remedial Design Implementation
  • Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
  • Mold Assessments
  • Chemical Exposure Monitoring
  • On-Site Environmental Consultant (during new construction, renovations or insurance claims work)
  • LEED Testing