KemWest

COMMERCIAL

Do you have concerns about the potential presence of asbestos, lead, mold, radon, petroleum products, or other contaminants on your project site? Have you considered the regulatory ramifications of such a discovery or the financial implications this may have?

 

The KEMWest team has extensive and proven knowledge of federal and state environmental regulations, and we are certified to provide environmental consulting services to help you navigate through the often complicated environmental regulatory territory. Our reputation for responsible project management, professionalism, and integrity combined with a genuine concern for our client's interests are the keys to our success.

 

KEMWest understands the tight time frames and limited budgets of commercial construction projects and we will work with you as our partner not only to preplan for often unforeseen environmental contingencies but also to resolve your environmental emergencies in a timely and cost effective manner. The late discovery of asbestos, mold, lead and many other regulated building materials and potential contaminants has been known to significantly impact project schedules and budgets and KEMWest has been working with the commercial construction industry to limit that impact since 1996.

 

We also understand that the health of safety of your employees is of the highest importance to you and KEMWest is your reliable source for OSHA Air monitoring and training.

 

Our core commercial services include (but are not limited to):

 

Asbestos and Lead Inspection and Monitoring Services

Abatement Design and Project Management

Permitting and Regulatory Compliance Assistance

Mold and Moisture Assessments and Remediation Monitoring

Indoor Air Quality Assessments

Environmental Site Assessments

OSHA Personnel Exposure Monitoring and Compliance Audits

Health and Safety Programs

Water and NPDES Sampling

Waste Characterization

Contact us to discuss your environmental concerns.

 

Asbestos and Lead Inspection Services

KEMWest provides complete Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) as well as Lead Inspection and management services to building owners, operators, and occupants. We offer a comprehensive approach to testing, assessment, management and abatement of ACM in all types of facilities. KEMWest's staff includes Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment certified Building Inspectors, Management Planners, Project Designers, and Air Monitoring Specialists. We provide the following range of asbestos and lead related consulting services:

 

  • Building Inspections
  • Hazard Assessments
  • Project Designs
  • Project Oversight and Air Monitoring
  • Renovation and Repair Monitoring
  • Site Clearances
  • AHERA Management Plans and Re-inspections
  • Operation and Maintenance (O&M) plans
  • Laboratory Analysis
  • Training Services

 

KEMWest operates an accredited Phase Contrast Microscopy (PCM) laboratory, which allows us to more efficiently analyze many of the air samples we collect, even on the job site.

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Abatement Oversight and Project Management

In addition to sampling, identification, and evaluation, KEMWest offers abatement consulting, oversight, and project management services for a range of remediation jobs. These services include:

 

  • Project Design
  • Oversight and Project Management on various types of jobs, including:
    • Asbestos Abatement
    • Lead Based Paint Removal
    • Fungal Growth Abatement
    • Methamphetamine Remediation
    • Construction Projects Near Hazardous Materials
  • Regulatory Consulting
  • Methods of Procedure (MOPs)
  • Negative Exposure Assessments (NEAs)
  • Daily OSHA Personal Air Monitoring
  • Renovation and Repair Monitoring
  • Ambient Air Monitoring
  • Laboratory Analysis
  • Training Services

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Permitting and Regulatory Compliance Assistance

KEMWest understands the increasingly complex issues in maintaining regulatory compliance and can assist Colorado's businesses in understanding which federal and state environmental regulations apply to their operations and how compliance can be achieved.

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Mold and Moisture Assessments

KEMWest provides comprehensive mold and moisture inspection services, including assessing the extent of water damage as a result of flooding and leaks caused by natural events or compromised plumbing systems. Our mold services include:

 

  • Measurements to determine the extent of moisture spread and damage
  • Bulk sampling and identification of fungal growth on affected areas
  • Recommendations for mold remediation and cleanup
  • Project management
  • Clearance air sampling and analysis of fungal spores present following remediation
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Indoor Air Quality Assessments

Poor air quality may cause a variety of health issues, and the EPA and OSHA have established standards for various airborne contaminants. KEMWest provides air sampling services designed to assess indoor air quality pertaining to the presence and concentration of many airborne substances, including:

 

  • Microbial contaminants
  • Bioaerosols
  • Radon
  • Asbestos
  • Heavy Metals
  • Silica and Other Dusts
  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

 

KEMWest integrates an understanding of a structure's history, building materials, and sample results to identify the source of contaminants. This helps us to comprehensively evaluate the situation and air quality which leads to a better understanding of potentially harmful conditions and a better course of action for abatement or remediation.

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Environmental Site Assessments

A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) is a planning tool which enables buyers, sellers and lenders to assess potential financial liability associated with environmental issues at a particular property. Many lending institutions require an environmental site assessment prior to approving financing or refinancing. With remediation costs often ranging from thousands to millions of dollars, this initial step has become an essential element of the property transfer process.

KEMWest offers full service site assessments, including:

 

  • Review of accessible EPA and applicable state environmental databases for potential sources of environmental impact
  • Examination of historical land use information, including aerial photographs
  • Review of prior ownership records, i.e. deed and title search
  • Onsite inspection of the subject property and surrounding sites for items of potential environmental impact. These items include:
    • Underground and above ground storage tanks and associated piping systems
    • Evidence of spills or release of hazardous materials or hazardous waste
    • Areas of accumulated refuse or abandoned landfills
    • Asbestos containing materials
    • PCBs in electrical equipment
    • Presence of radon and lead based paint

 

All KEMWest Phase I ESA's exceed the standards set forth in ASTM Practice E 1527-13 and the EPA rule Standards and Practices for All Appropriate Inquiry. We also make recommendations for conducting Phase II Environmental Assessments based on the findings and results of the initial Phase I assessment.


Phase II site assessments are carefully and prudently tailored, using state-of-the-art engineering techniques and procedures to address the specific problems of the individual project. These solutions range from traditional removal and disposal methodologies to more complex treatment systems such as venting, bioremediation or other in-place treatment techniques. The scope of the remediation plan is determined based on individual client needs, available on-site resources and specific site conditions.

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OSHA Personnel Exposure Monitoring and Compliance Audits

With over 20 years of experience in the testing required of industry for regulatory compliance and the expertise to sample for a variety of potential environmental issues, KEMWest can provide the industrial hygiene services needed for such compliance and for worker protection.

 

OSHA Personnel Exposure Monitoring includes:

 

· Dust/Particulates,

· Asbestos,

· Metals,

· Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs),

· Silica,

· Hexavalent chromium (CrVI),

· Noise Surveys, and more

 

Our skilled and professional staff at KEMWest also provides compliance audits and records review services to assist you with your compliance demands at industrial facilities and construction sites.

 

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Health and Safety Programs

KEMWest provides comprehensive operational audits to ensure overall compliance to the OSHA regulation 29 CFR 1910.119, Process Safety Management. This type of audit includes identification of potential liabilities associated with past waste management practices; detection of current compliance problems; increased site safety awareness; and evaluation of corporate risk assessment and environmental management programs. KEMWest's audit teams combine experience and expertise in industrial hygiene, chemistry, toxicology, hazardous waste management and environmental risk assessment to provide a comprehensive audit tailored to satisfy each company's individual needs.

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Water and NPDES Sampling

KEMWest provides water quality sampling and assessment for a wide range of potential contaminants in tap water, storm water, ground water, and surface water and will work with the EPA and CDPHE on sampling design, monitoring, and reporting services required for Construction Dewatering projects or other NDPES permits.

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Waste Characterization

KEMWest has partnered with clients since 1996 to help manage their hazardous waste and hazardous materials compliance programs. Universal Wastes and Regulated Building Materials (RBMs) such as asbestos, lead and other heavy metals, PCB-containing light ballasts and equipment, mercury containing thermostats and light tubes, refrigerants, oils, and others all require special disposal consideration under RCRA and KEMWest will help you identify and characterize these materials for proper disposal.