Many times regulation does not specifically require an issue be considered or it may be out of scope for a routine Phase I ESA. Or, in other cases addressing a particular issue does not neatly fit under a broad based program such as the Clean Water or Air Acts.
There are a variety of facility assessments, supported by sampling or field observation that allow you to remain in compliance. Four of the most common areas of interest today are mold, lead-based paint, asbestos and compliance with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) audits.
Mold is one of the most talked about environmental issues today. There are terrible stories of homes that have been all but razed because the occupants could not tolerate the conditions. Mold has also been at the center of much litigation and many insurance claims. Sierra is capable of sampling, assessing and then managing the removal of mold at your facility or providing cost to remedy for sites you propose to purchase.
Lead-based paint can be found in industrial settings or older residential housing. Today, testing is fairly easy and quick.
Asbestos can be found in many areas of our environment. Although not commonly used in the US any longer, asbestos was once used very common in building materials for homes, schools, and industrial facilities . Some common materials which have some amount of asbestos containing materials (ACM) include roofing materials, floor and ceiling tiles, tile mastic, building beam insulation, siding, and pipe and boiler insulation. Removal (abatement) may not always be the best method of containment, however, making sure that ACM objects are undamaged and covered to prevent breaks (friability) is crucial.
Americans with Disabilities Act
Many companies with consumer facilities may require upgrading for the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) requirements. It may be as simple as providing hand rails and entry way ramps. Sierra is capable of performing the inspections and making sure that not only are you aware of the compliance requirements but that upgrades, if necessary, are done as cost effectively as possible.