UNYSE provides turn key environmental support services to assist property owners, developers and agencies to control environmental hazards during building maintenance, renovation or demolition. We have been providing specialized asbestos, lead, mold and hazardous materials investigation and management services to hundreds of clientele since 1993. We’ve successfully completed thousands of inspections, designed hundred of remediation activities and monitored countless projects.
Our certified and experienced staff is available 24/7/365 to help. Contact us if you are considering a project and we’ll help identify what environmental hazards may be present, estimate costs and work with you to get the project done.
Asbestos Inspections and Surveys
UNYSE environmental consultants’ offers complete asbestos consulting services, including Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) asbestos inspections and management plans, New York State and US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) pre-demolition and pre-renovation asbestos containing materials surveys.
UNYSE Environmental Consultants also offers asbestos variance application services and works with building owners and agency representatives to design abatement projects to suit the circumstances of each project. UNYSE Environmental Consultants offers project design, both for standalone asbestos abatement projects or to supplement renovation or demolition that involve asbestos abatement.
Air Sampling and Clearance Inspections
The Lab Division performs both polarized light microscopy (PLM), for the presence of asbestos in building materials during asbestos inspections and pre-demolition surveys, and phase contrast microscopy (PCM), for the determination of fiber concentrations on air samples as third party project monitor and air sampling technician. Special consideration is given to “round-the-clock” and emergency analysis. Free sample pick-up, consultation on-line results are available.
The Lead division offers lead based paint inspections, risk assessments, clearance examinations, potable water and other sampling activities designed to determine a presence of lead in air, soil, paint, water or waste.
XRF Lead Inspections
Lead Inspections are conducted using state of the art X-ray fluorescence (XRF) testing technology. Experienced UNYSE staff utilizes XRF in conjunction with hand-held computers to properly record the location, presence and condition of lead-based paint. Lead inspection reports are produced consistent with USEPA requirements; including identification of all lead painted surfaces and records of all testing results.
Lead Risk Assessments
Lead Risk Assessments are designed to identify lead hazards in dust, soil and/or deteriorated paint. UNYSE staff has conducted hundreds of risk assessments for private property owners, housing organizations and community development agencies. A typical risk assessment involves an evaluation of property conditions, collection of wipe and soil samples and XRF testing of deteriorated paint. The lead risk assessment report provides a summary of lead hazards and recommendations on controlling these hazards.
Lead Hazard Control Project Design
UNYSE environmental consultants works with property owners, government officials, community based organizations, and housing agencies to design hazard control or abatement, as determined appropriate according to applicable regulations. UNYSE will identify the specific practices necessary to comply with Federal and State standards, including USHUD subsidized housing, USEPA abatement and/or OSHA compliance standards. Staff will assist in preparation of project specifications, bidding and contractor selection.
Lead Clearance Examinations
UNYSE Environmental Consultants provides clearance examination and sampling services at the conclusion of hazard control. Our experienced staff will complete a thorough examination of the work area to ensure that clearance sample analysis results in a satisfactory conclusion to the project.
Lead in Potable Water Testing
UNYSE offers lead in potable water sampling and analysis to schools, BOCES, hospitals and other multi-source facilities. Samples are collected and analyzed per NYS Department of Health Environmental Laboratory Approval Program (ELAP) method and a report prepared to meet regulatory requirements,
Lead Hazard Control Project Monitoring
UNYSE environmental consultants will work with property owners, government officials, community based organization and housing agencies to provide compliance monitoring during hazard control to ensure compliance with work practice standards. UNYSE staff has extensive hands-on experience in home improvement, rehabilitation and renovation. UNYSE project management entails pre-project coordination between property owner and contractor, on-site oversight of hazard control practices, clearance inspections and final reporting.
UNYSE offers “state of the art” mold investigation, consulting and project design services. UNYSE has the most current mold testing equipment available to provide you with the quality assurance you need to ensure that the assessment and resolution of your mold contamination is handled professionally. Please find a list of some of our industry equipment used in mold projects:
UNYSE will conduct a complete evaluation of premises for the presence and location of molds and water damage. Our certified staff will perform moisture testing and collect swab and air samples to determine if mold present an environmental health hazard to building occupants. Our final report will present detail on the extent of mold hazards and offer recommendation to address the identified presence of mold hazards.
NYSE will assess properties for the presence and concentration of mold per NYS Mold Program requirements for initil investigation and post mold remediation. An initial assessment is conducted to determine specifics for remediation, including locations and quantities of materials for treatment, and may establish a background concentrations of airborne spores. UNYSE staff prepare an assessment report that includes a Mold Remediation Plan that a mold remediation contractor must use for abatement or remediation. A post mitigation assessment is conducted to determine the quality of remediation and may include collection of laboratory samples for comparison against background samples.
Indoor air quality testing required with home sale purchases. For additional information on air sampling, refer to the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists’ document, “Bioaerosols: Assessment and Control.” In addition, sampling and analysis should follow any other methods recommended by either OSHA, NIOSH, EPA, the American Industrial Hygiene Association, or other recognized professional guidelines. Types of samples can include: air samples, surface samples, bulk samples, among others.
Testing is usually done to compare the levels and types of mold spores found inside the building with those found outside of the building or for comparison with another location in the building. In addition, air sampling may provide tangible evidence supporting a hypothesis that investigators have formulated. For example, air sampling may show a higher concentration of the same species of mold when the HVAC is operating than when it has been turned off. This finding may convince the investigators that the mold is growing within, and being disseminated by, the HVAC system. Conversely, negative results may persuade investigators to abandon this hypothesis and to consider other sources of mold growth or dissemination.
UNYSE has experienced environmental health and safety professionals trained and prepared to provide Hazardous Materials Services including inspections, reports, control implementation, materials handling, and compliance with regards to State and Federal regulations. Our services will be performed in accordance with Right-To-Know Act, OSHA Hazard Communication Rules, EPA SARA Title III, and any other applicable state and federal regulations.
is a procedure where-There are exposure limits established for chemical substances and physical agents that may be potential hazards to your employees. One of the keys to a successful safety program, and an element that is required by federal and state OSHA regulations, is to compare employee exposure levels to these established limits. Such comparisons are accomplished by qualitative and quantitative monitoring for chemical substances and physical agents.
is a technique where-monitoring is one of the key components the Agency uses to protect human health and the environment by ensuring that the regulated community obeys environmental laws/regulations through on-site visits by qualified inspectors, and a review of the information EPA or a state/tribe requires to be submitted. assist the regulated community in developing self-audit programs at individual facilities for evaluating their compliance with the environmental requirements under the federal Laws & Regulations. The protocols are intended solely as guidance in this effort. The regulated community’s legal obligations are determined by the terms of applicable environmental facility-specific permits and underlying statutes, as well as the applicable state and local laws.
is a process where-may provide assistance and information by phone and in writing, or may visit the workplace to assess exposure and employee health. Based on their findings, UNYSE will recommend ways to reduce hazards and prevent work-related illness. The evaluation is done at no cost to the employees, employee representatives, or employers.
Health & Safety Plans (HASP)
are prepared to meet requirements of OSHA’s Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Standard, 29 CFR 1910.120 or 29 CFR 1926.65, paragraph (b)(4). OSHA requires a site-specific safety and health plan for clean-up operations conducted under HAZWOPER.
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Regulatory Compliance Program Development
is something that UNYSE develops which-Compliance requires that a company and its employees act or proceed to act in accordance with established guidelines, specifications and regulations. Duff & Phelps realizes that building a comprehensive compliance program involves an understanding of different environments, behavior patterns and risks, and making appropriate behavior part of the fabric of the organization. Its team of legal professionals has extensive experience creating and implementing enterprise-wide compliance programs. This team also specializes in the requirements of electronic readiness, a critical necessity for all corporations.