Hazardous Materials and Contaminants

BSI provides clients a full range of Environmental and Safety Services ranging from simple site inspections, to detailed hazard analyses, personnel monitoring, managing remedial activities and documenting final cleanup.

Our services related to hazardous materials and contaminants include:

P.A.L.M.S. (PCBs, Asbestos, Lead, Mold/Metals, Silica) Environmental Compliance Solutions

BSI handles all aspects of P.A.L.M.S. (PCBs, Asbestos, Lead, Mold/Metals, Silica) Environmental Compliance Solutions.

Inspections/Survey/Audit Reports

BSI is equipped with the technical knowledge and analytical services to conduct thorough, accurate and comprehensive Inspections, Surveys and Audit Reports for Asbestos, Lead, PCB, Mold and other hazardous materials throughout any facility.

This inspection is utilized to identify and quantify materials that may be required to be remediated immediately due to health hazards or prior to proposed renovation/demolition activities.  In addition, this inspection is applied as an informational tool for Building Occupants, Property Managers and Building Owners, informing them of the type, location, quantity and condition of the Hazardous Material.

BSI’ Asbestos, Lead, PCB, Mold, or other hazards inspection Includes:

  • Review of all available building records and blueprints for evidence of 
    hazardous material.
  • Identification, Quantification, Sampling and Photographing suspect material.
  • Sampling Methodologies might include: XRF Testing, Paint Chip/Bulk,
    Waste (TCLP), Dust Wipe and Air Sampling.
  • Documenting material type, location, quantity and condition.
  • Providing a Computer Aided Design (CAD) drawing of the facility identifying
    suspect material Sample Locations and Identified Locations.
  • Cost estimate/budget for the removal and disposal of material identified

Design and Engineering Specifications

Upon the identification of the hazardous material within a facility, BSI presents the means and methods by which the material should be addressed by designing a system that protects the client’s interests with the least impact on budget. Our designers work fluidly and maintain consistent correspondence with the client to understand the client’s needs and policies as well as assist in the design of each methodology.

Certified Air and Material Testing

BSI is equipped with modern, automated instrumentation for Certified Air and HAZMAT Testing. The testing is conducted to determine the extent of Hazardous Material affected by specific projects and corrective actions necessary to ensure the health and safety of construction workers and occupants during and after the renovations.

Remediation Project Management

To minimize potential liabilities and the possibility of creating hazardous health conditions, BSI provides project monitors and third-party air sampling services for abatement projects.

BSI acts on behalf of the client to see the project through completion and to ensure, that it is performed in accordance with the design/engineering specifications and all applicable federal, state and local regulations.


We have extensive experience in assessing the liabilities and regulatory compliance associated with Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) used in building construction, utilities and manufacturing processes. Our Professionals include Licensed Investigators/Inspectors, Project Designers, Project Management Planners, Project Monitors, Air Sampling Technicians, and Project Managers.

Definitions of Terms:

  • A-TRU—Asbestos Technical Review Unit
  • WPSP—Work Place Safety Plan
  • ACP—Asbestos Activity Forms
  • ACP5—Asbestos Assessment Report
  • ACP7—Asbestos Project Notification
  • ACP8—Asbestos Project Amendment Form for ACP7
  • ACP9—Asbestos Variance Application
  • ACP15—Project Monitor’s Report
  • ACP20—Asbestos Project Conditional Completion

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and Mold

Health concerns resulting from exposure in work and non-work environments are defined as Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) and Building Related Illness (BRI). The ability to identify the symptoms and conditions related Indoor Air Quality and Mold hazards allows for rapid, efficient, safe and cost-effective remedies to be implemented. BSI licensed professionals locate sources of existing air quality problems, mitigate these problems and establish an effective program to ensure a safe indoor environment.

In the process of conducting indoor air quality investigations within facilities of all types, BSI identifies typical problem areas for evaluation:

  • Documentation and history of the occupants’ symptoms and complaints
  • Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems
  • Spatial distribution of building occupants and compartmentalization within the affected space
  • Inventory of the sources of potential irritants located both inside and outside the building.

BSI performs comprehensive ventilation system evaluations of existing air systems to determine its performance. Inadequate maintenance, mechanical or design problems, and renovations performed without thought to air distribution and circulation are often the culprits in HVAC system malfunctions. Recommendations tailored to existing systems or specifications for new systems are provided as needed. All heating and ventilation system evaluations are carried out in accordance with American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienist (ACGIH) guidelines as outlined in the latest edition of Industrial Ventilation Manual of Recommended Practice ASHRAE or other applicable standards.

The professionals at BSI are helping to solve our client’s indoor air quality problems to ensure a safe and healthy work place or residence.