KemWest

SCHOOL

As a local firm committed to our community, KEMWest has provided technical assistance for Colorado's public and private schools subject to the 1987 Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) since its inception in 1996. These schools are required to have their facilities inspected for asbestos-containing building materials and to develop management plans to recommend and implement strategies to reduce the hazard from any asbestos that may be present.

 

We hold the health and safety of our school's students, teachers and staff in the utmost importance and KEMWest has a proven track record of working with school districts to protect these precious resources. Undamaged asbestos that is properly managed in place poses little health risk to students or teachers, but it is important to regularly inspect asbestos containing materials to ensure they remain intact because asbestos can pose a hazard to students, teachers, and school employees when it is disturbed and becomes airborne. In agreement with the EPA, KEMWest understands that undamaged non-friable asbestos is often best left undisturbed and managed in place.

 

In addition to asbestos consulting services, some of our core school related services include:

 

  • Mold and Moisture Assessment
  • Indoor Air Quality Assessment
  • Asbestos, Lead, and Radon Inspection Services
  • Abatement Design and Project Management
  • 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.

 

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 and paint a more complete picture of air quality, which can lead to a better understanding of potentially harmful conditions and how to proceed with abatement or remediation.

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Asbestos Inspection Services

KEMWest provides complete Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) management services to building owners and operators. KEMWest offers a comprehensive approach for the 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. KEMWest is able to perform the following range of asbestos related consulting services:

 

  • Building Inspections
  • Hazard Assessments
  • Project Designs
  • Project Oversight and Air 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 if necessary.

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Abatement Design and Project Management

In addition to sampling, identification, and evaluation, KEMWest offers abatement consulting, oversight, and project management services on a variety of remediation jobs. Examples of 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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OSHA Personnel Exposure Monitoring and Compliance Audits

With years of experience in the testing required of industry for regulatory compliance and capabilities to sample for a variety of potential environmental issues, KEMWest can provide 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 professional staff at KEMWest also provides compliance audits and records review services to help take the pressure off of 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 in industrial hygiene, chemistry, toxicology, hazardous waste management and environmental risk assessment to provide an audit tailored to satisfy each school'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.

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