Veteran Owned Small Business
Audit and Assessment Programs

HAZCLEAN provides facility and real property audits and assessments as required for business transactions. The Building or Facility Audit and Assessment Program involve the mechanical and physical plant such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, structural integrity and building infrastructure. The Environmental Assessment Program is conducted in accordance with the ASTM Standard for a Phase I Environmental Assessment. The Phase I Environmental Assessment Program reviews all aspects of potential environmental exposure on-site and within one (1) mile of the site. Both the facility/building audit and environmental assessment reports are provided in a standard user-friendly format which have been approved by major financial institutions.

Phase I, II & III Site Investigations for Acquisition of Property

HAZCLEAN conducts an extended version of the ASTM Standard Environmental Assessment (ASTM Standard E 1527-13) for property acquisition. The site investigation for acquisition of property involves a detailed intrusive review of the property that includes a surface/subsurface review for raw land and an interior investigation for facilities or buildings. This program offered by HAZCLEAN is tailored especially for a business transaction considering acquisition of potentially contaminated property.

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Program for Commercial, Industrial and Residential Properties

HAZCLEAN ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANTS, INC. (HAZCLEAN) has developed an indoor air quality investigation program with specific emphasis on diagnosis of the indoor air quality problem.

The goal of the diagnostic approach to the building investigation is to identify and solve the indoor air quality complaint, to prevent it from recurring, and to eliminate other problems.

The HAZCLEAN diagnostic building investigation program objective is identifying indoor air quality problems and solving these problems through a specific engineering control strategy. This IAQ diagnostic investigation involves a five (5) phased approach which is presented in a schematic fashion in Figure 1 and itemized in a phased approach as follows:

  • Phase I: Conduct an initial building walk-through and develop an indoor air quality profile
  • Phase II: Develop a comprehensive building-wide data collection program
  • Phase III: Develop a problem-specific air quality monitoring program
  • Phase IV: Develop a problem-specific corrective action program
  • Phase V: Prepare a final engineering and industrial hygiene air quality report

Phase I: Conduct an Initial Building Walk-Through and Develop an Indoor Air Quality Profile

The initial IAQ investigation begins with one or more reasons for concern involving occupant exposure. The diagnostic building investigation flow chart presented in Figure 1 indicates that the IAQ investigation is a cycle of information-collecting, hypothesis formation and hypothesis testing. The goal of the investigation is to understand the IAQ problem well enough to solve it. Notably, many IAQ problems have more than one (1) cause and may respond to or require several engineering corrective action designs.

HAZCLEAN will conduct an initial walk-through of the problem area to collect information about all four (4) of the basic factors that influence indoor air quality such as occupants, HVAC system, contaminant/pollutant pathways, and contaminant/ pollutant sources. The objective of the initial walk-through is to collect fundamental information about the facility to develop a building or facility profile. If the initial walk-through does not provide enough information to resolve the problem then HAZCLEAN will proceed to Phase II which will develop a comprehensive database to form an IAQ hypothesis.

Phase II: Develop a Comprehensive Building-Wide Data Collection Program

HAZCLEAN will conduct a comprehensive data collection program in the second phase of the IAQ investigation which will involve specific data about the occupant complaints, the HVAC system, contaminant/pollutant pathways, and contaminant/ pollutant sources. The purpose of the comprehensive database development program is to establish one (1) or more hypothesis which could possibly explain the IAQ problem. HAZCLEAN will utilize a number of standard forms during the comprehensive portion of the investigation which are used to track the course of an investigation from receipt of the initial complaint until the present time. The comprehensive database development program consists of the following elements:

Collection of Occupant Information

  • Review existing records of complaints
  • Interview occupants
  • Develop occupant diary
  • Develop a log of activities and system operation

    HVAC System Information

    • Review existing documentation on HVAC design, installation, and operation
    • Interview maintenance/facilities staff
    • Inspect HVAC system layout, condition, and operation
    • Use HVAC/IAQ instrumentation for measurements
    • Compare the original design to the current HVAC system
    • Use HVAC data to evaluate mitigation measures
    • Compare the original uses of space to current uses
    • Consider the condition of the HVAC system

    Collection of Information About Contaminant/Pollutant Pathways and Driving Forces

    • Identify pollutant pathways
    • Observe direction of air movement and contaminant distribution
    • Confirm or revise boundaries of the IAQ complaint area
    • Collect information of contamination/pollutant sources
    • Utilize contaminant/pollutant source data to form hypothesis

    Phase III: Develop a Problem-Specific Air Quality Monitoring Program

    HAZCLEAN will advance to Phase III of the building diagnostic investigation if the problem has not been solved through Phases I and II. The Phase III program will test the hypothesis developed in Phase II through actual site specific IAQ monitoring. The Phase III IAQ site specific monitoring will be based on a sampling strategy which understands how the building operates, the nature of the complaints, and a plan for interpreting the results. The actual sampling plan will consist of biological aerosols, chemical contaminants, physical contaminants, and ventilation measurements. HAZCLEAN utilizes EPA, NIOSH, and ASTM references for specific sampling and analytical techniques. The following is a list of parameters utilized as part of the site specific monitoring program:

    • Ventilation: Temperature, Humidity, Air Flow, and Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Measurements
    • Chemical Parameters: Formaldehyde, Volatile Organic Compounds, Total Organic Carbon Compounds, Total Nuisance Dust, Metals and Inorganic Compounds
    • Biological Aerosols: Viable/Total Fungal Spores, Aspergillus, Penicillium and Stachybotrys

    Phase IV: Develop a Problem-Specific Corrective Action Program

    HAZCLEAN will review the hypothesis developed in Phases I, II and III and compare with confirming results. The actual corrective action design evaluated will be implemented through a detailed engineering design program. In those cases where simple modification of ventilation, flow rates, or distribution patterns can be accomplished, then no further design will be implemented. In those more complicated cases, HAZCLEAN will develop a design for corrective action. Additionally, HAZCLEAN will develop construction and bid documents for implementing the corrective action design. HAZCLEAN will assist the client with selection of a contractor and manage the project until substantial completion.

    Phase V: Prepare a Final Engineering and Industrial Hygiene Air Quality Report

    HAZCLEAN will prepare a final engineering report indicating the results of the investigation, the findings, all supporting documentation and data, and a statement of corrective action indicating the existing indoor air quality.

    HAZCLEAN is committed to identifying the source(s) of indoor air quality contamination and developing a program to remove the source(s) and restore the facility to a condition for re occupancy. A Monitoring and Analytical Program has been developed which allows for the identification of chemical and biological agents creating the indoor air quality contamination. The Cleanup and Restoration Program is conducted with plans and specifications developed by HAZCLEAN and monitored by HAZCLEAN. HAZCLEAN has pre qualified, selected contractors qualified to provide the cleanup and restoration services which allows HAZCLEAN to provide a Statement of Clean Closure.

    Asbestos/Lead and Toxic and/or Universal Materials Abatement Design and Specifications

    HAZCLEAN has developed a Residual Asbestos Management (RAM) Program that is a multi-step program for the determination of asbestos/lead in building materials. The program quantifies the existence of asbestos/lead-related materials and provides for the ultimate removal. The Comprehensive Management Program utilized by HAZCLEAN was developed to assess asbestos-containing materials (ACM), lead-based paint (LBP), Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB)-containing materials and other suspected universal materials. The program consists of the following phases:

    Phase I: Site Assessment

    Step 1: Conduct preliminary walk-through building examination to locate suspect materials.
    Step 2: Develop and implement a statistically valid sampling program. Sampling will be conducted by a State Certified Asbestos Inspector.
    Step 3: Perform quality-assured analysis of samples.
    Step 4: Prepare and submit a report which includes laboratory analysis of samples collected and preliminary data on estimated abatement costs. No drawings or photographs will be supplied.

    Phase II: Development Of Site-Specific Management Plan

    Step 1: Analyze building usage and define exposure potential.
    Step 2: Prepare detailed engineering estimates on abatement costs and alternatives.
    Step 3: Perform engineering assessment of cost vs. value under present building usage.
    Step 4: Review cost recovery potential.
    Step 5: Review medical risk potential.
    Step 6: Develop an abatement implementation timetable and operations and maintenance plan.
    Step 7: Develop and implement employee training (if applicable).

    Phase III: Development Of Specifications For Corrective Action

    Step 1: Prepare plans and specifications. Design will be prepared by a State Certified Asbestos Project Designer.
    Step 2: Prescreen potential removal contractors.
    Step 3: Participate in pre-bid conference.
    Step 4: Oversee bidding/contract process.

    Phase IV: Asbestos And Lead-Based Paint Abatement Program

    Step 1: Conduct pre-construction baseline monitoring.
    Step 2: Supervise owner's remedial clean-up, furniture and fixture removal, and decontamination.
    Step 3: Supervise total construction process.
    Step 4: Conduct air monitoring.
    Step 5: Certify project completion.

    Coastal Zone Management

    HAZCLEAN has developed a program to assist clients with development in the coastal zone of Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. This program involves site evaluation and optimization considering all aspects of regulatory restriction.

    Wetlands Determination

    HAZCLEAN has developed a Wetlands Assessment Program that is divided into two (2) phases. Phase I of the Wetlands Assessment Program involves the initial wetlands determination that is a basic characterization of the site and its potential for wetlands classification. This program is offered as part of the Phase I Environmental Assessment conducted for property transactional analyses. Additionally, the program is an initial step in conducting environmental impact studies.

    Phase II of the Wetlands Program involves delineation of wetlands sites with a comprehensive survey indicating the defined acreage and undefined acreage. A final report is provided indicating total acreage classified and defined as wetlands and recommendations for development and, as necessary, mitigation.

    Environmental Impact Studies (NEPA)

    HAZCLEAN conducts the Comprehensive Environmental Impact Study as required under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), 1969. The studies provided by HAZCLEAN include the following:

    Significant Impacts

    The following environmental impacts of the proposed construction will be considered:

    Air Quality
    Surface Hydrology
    100-Year Flood Levels
    Land Use
    Adjacent Property Land Values
    Prime Farm Land
    Endangered and Threatened Species
    Lighting and Noise (as stipulated in 49 CFR 772.17)
    Energy Consumption
    Hazardous Materials
    Cultural/Historical Resources
    Social Economics
    Traffic Studies
    Environmental Justice
    Public Health and Safety

    If no significant adverse environmental impacts are discovered during the preparation of this environmental assessment report, HAZCLEAN will prepare a Finding of No Significant Impacts (FONSI) Statement. The environmental assessment will include brief discussions of:

    • Purpose and need for the proposed construction
    • Description of the proposed construction
    • Alternatives considered including the No Action Alternative
    • The affected environment (as it currently exists)
    • The environmental consequences of the proposed construction and the alternatives
    • Listing of agencies and persons consulted
    • Conclusions and/or findings indicating whether or not the proposed construction is a significant or non-significant environmental impact.

    The following state and federal agencies will be consulted during the preparation of this environmental assessment report:

    The Natural Heritage Program as administered by the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers District
    The United States Environmental Protection Agency
    The State Historic Preservation Office of the Department of Archives and History
    The State Clearinghouse for Federal Programs

    HAZCLEAN will prepare a Findings of No Significant Impact (FONSI) Statement if HAZCLEAN has found in its Environmental Assessment that no significant environmental impacts are anticipated.

    Facility/Industrial Compliance/Operational Audits

    HAZCLEAN provides a facility/industrial audit as part of the Facility Acquisition Program. In many cases, clients are concerned about the acquisition of an ongoing industrial facility and/or closed industrial facility and must determine the potential environmental exposure. HAZCLEAN conducts a Limited Compliance/Operational Audit to determine historical violations or operational problems with respect to air emissions, wastewater discharges, hazardous disposal practices and waste management practices. HAZCLEAN provides a final report with the summary of findings and recommendations concerning environmental exposures.



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