Environmental Training Programs
We offer Specialty Environmental Courses, EPA Lead RRP Rule Courses, Indoor Air Quality Courses, Asbestos & Radon Courses
Phase I Environmental Site Assessment
Are you aware the #1 environmental inspection for a commercial real estate transaction is a Phase I Environmental Site Assessments or a Transaction Screen Assessment (TSA)? Did you know there are no samples taken or major testing equipment used in a Phase 1 ESA?
This comprehensive course will give you an understanding of performing a Phase 1 ESA following the federal requirements under the ASTM-E1527-05 ruling, the All Appropriate Inquiry (AAI) rule, and the difference with the Transaction Screen Assessment ASTM -E1528-06 rule. We will also teach you how easy it is to obtain records, photos, environmental liens, and fill out information that is required for your report.
Overview of Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment
Laws - CAA, CWA, TSCA, RCRA, CERCLA, SARA, FIFRA
"All Appropriate Inquiry"
What is a Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessments and Transaction Screen Assessments
Environmental Site Assessments (ESA) ASTM 1527-05
Transaction Screen Assessments (TSA) ASTM 1528-06
Identifying Potential Hazards
Titles, public records, photographs, aerials, and appraisals
Physical Site Assessment
Exterior visual site inspection
Interior visual site inspection
Submitting a Final Report
Phase II Testing
Phase III Remediation
EPA Certified Lead Renovator Training Course
Do you work in homes, child-care facilities, or schools built before 1978? Even if it is not all of the time but even once, you must certify in EPA Lead Safe Practices or it will COST YOU!
Do you know that the work you are performing may be regulated by the EPA since April 22nd, 2010? Do you know that a violation of this new law can be up to $37,500 and imprisonment if you have not taken a class by Dec. 31st, 2010? You may not be aware that Federal law requires that any contractor disturbing a total of six square feet of painted surfaces in a room for interior projects or more than twenty square feet of painted surfaces for exterior projects or window replacement or demolition in housing (residence, apartments, and condominium), child care facilities and schools built before 1978 must take and successfully complete an approved eight hour EPA Certified Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) course. Also you may not be aware that if these types of properties receive federal funding (i.e.Section 8) or are Housing and Urban Development (HUD) properties, the laws are even more restrictive, disturbing less than two square foot painted surface in a room. There are excessive fines, civil penalties, and felony convictions associated with this new regulation. Civil penalties of $37,500 per each violation will be issued and a potential five year felony conviction may be imposed for non-compliance of this law of which the contractor cannot go bankrupt from. This follows the EPA Consolidated Enforcement Response and Penalty Policy.
We are proud to announce that we are approved by the EPA to offer the eight hour certification course on Lead Safety for Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP Rule) that is required for pre-1978 work. By taking this EPA certified course you will have a full understanding of lead safe practices that are required in pre-1978 buildings. At the successful completion of the course you will receive your EPA recognized lead RRP certification that is good
for 5 years!
Check-in 7:45 am – 8:00 am
Class starts 8:00 am and ends at 5:00 pm (or later)
Concerns about the Renovation
· What is lead-based paint
· Health Risks and symptoms
· Dust and Debris during renovations
Regulations of the Rules
· EPA and HUD rules
· Where it applies
· Responsibilities (EPA and HUD) and Enforcement (civil penalties/felony convictions)
· HUD – LSHR
· Federally funded properties (i.e.. Section 8, weatherization projects)
Before Starting the Work
· Does work apply to the rules
· Inspection, sampling (required hands-on)
Containing Dust during the Work (required hands-on)
· Overview of containment
· Postings and caution signs
· Interior containment / Exterior containment
· Prohibited practices
· Specialized tools
· Personal Protective Equipment (hands-on)
Cleaning Activities (hands-on)
· Inspection procedures
Clearing the Work (required hands-on)
· Cleaning Verification (CV card)
· Dust Clearance (HUD and requested jobs)
· Required on-the-job records
· Company and employee recordkeeping
· What they can/cannot perform
EPA Recognized Certification Exam
Note: Training exceeds the required 2 hour hands-on
The course cost is a minimal fee compared to the excessive civil penalties of $37,500 per job and 5 year felony convictions that are associated with the law.
Indoor Air Quality and Sampling Training Course
Did you know the EPA states 90% of our lives is spent in an indoor environment? Did you also know that it is estimated that the levels of indoor air pollutants can be more than 1,000 greater than the outside air?
This course has been designed to help you identify potential concerns in your clients' residence or business.
This is not only a profitable business but a rewarding one as well. The National average for an IAQ consultation starts at $250.00 and if samples are needed the charge is adjusted from there. The standard air sampling equipment for identification of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC's) usually comes from the lab at no cost. Allergen sampling can be performed with the use of a standard vacuum, and bacteria samples can be taken with a $.50 swab.
This course will teach you how to perform assessments, sampling and who your target market is.
Understanding an HVAC System
Heating ,Ventilation, and Cooling
HVAC components - AHU, Duct Work, Coils, Filters
Guidelines for inspecting an HVAC system
Understanding Biological Contaminants and Allergens
Background of biological contaminants and allergens
Protein based allergens
Inspection and sampling methods (ELISA results) for allergens
Cleaning and reduction recommendations for allergens
Overview of Mold as an Allergen
Review of testing procedures
EPA's ERMI testing procedure for mold
When to use the ERMI method
Bacteria Inspection and Testing Procedures
Background of common bacteria - Legionella, Salmonella, Coli forms
Heath effects and concerns
Equipment needed, inspection and sampling methods for each bacteria
Testing and inspection methods for MRSA in schools and other buildings
Sewage clearance inspection and sampling methods for sewage clean-up
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC's)
Background of VOC
Regulatory standards for VOC's
Origin and sources of VOC
Identification for "Sick Building Syndrome" and "Building Related Illness"
Investigation procedures, proper questionnaires, how to fill out forms
Overview of of IAQ Concerns
Radon - entry points, testing procedures
Lead - sources of lead, health effects
Asbestos - sources, health effects
CEU's for this are available for the following professional and State organizations;
AmIAQC - 16 RC's
ASHI - 2 CE's
NADA - 4 CEC's
NAHI - 16 CEU's
IICRC - 2 CEC's
InterNACHI - 16 CEU's
Louisiana State Board of Home Inspection - 2 CEU's
Mississippi Home Inspection Licensing Board - 16 CEU's
Oregon Construction Contractors Board - 16 CEU's
In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for many people, the risks to health may be greater due to exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.
In addition, people who may be exposed to indoor air pollutants for the longest periods of time are often those most susceptible to the effects of indoor air pollution. Such groups include the young, the elderly, and the chronically ill, especially those suffering from respiratory or cardiovascular disease.
While pollutant levels from individual sources may not pose a significant health risk by themselves, most homes have more than one source that contributes to indoor air pollution. There can be a serious risk from the cumulative effects of these sources.
What Causes Indoor Air Problems?
Indoor pollution sources that release gases or particles into the air are the primary cause of indoor air quality problems in homes. Inadequate ventilation can increase indoor pollutant levels by not bringing in enough outdoor air to dilute emissions from indoor sources and by not carrying indoor air pollutants out of the home. Room temperature and humidity levels can also increase concentrations of some pollutants such as mold, mildew, bacteria and dust mites.
High Humidity Levels
Excessive humidity levels can cause significant damage to a house.
Condensation, for example, on cold surfaces (windows and outside walls) causes deterioration of paint, wallpaper, rotting of wood, and potential mold growth.
Areas of the house that can have continuous water and humidity damage include crawl spaces, attics, basements, kitchens, and bathrooms.
Besides being a major contributor to mold growth, high humidity also increases problems with bacteria, viruses, mites, VOCs and ozone.
Building Inspector Asbestos and Asbestos Management Training
EMSL Analytic, Inc. has recently been accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry to provide several asbestos training classes for building inspector and management planners. These training courses are in compliance with the EPA TSCA Title II and the Pennsylvania Act #194 (Asbestos Occupations Accreditation and Certification Act). With the addition of these courses to our NIOSH 582 Equivalency Course reviewed and listed by the AIHA Registry Programs, our growing environmental training program includes the asbestos education necessary to provide the comprehensive services required in today's business environment.
Course Outline- Building Inspector Refresher
Introduction 8:00 - 8:15
Asbestos Basics 8:15 – 8:45
Health Effects & Respiratory System 8:45 – 9:15
(includes WorkSafeBC video)
Respirators and Protective Clothing 9:15 – 9:30
Functions/Roles of Inspector and Management Planner 9:30 – 9:45
Legal Considerations/Liabilities 9:45 - 10:00
- Public Relations and Notifications
Federal, State, and local laws 10:15 – 11:00
(includes Asbestos Re-Inspection PowerPoint)
Planning, Inspection, and Reporting 11:00- 11:30
-Understanding Building Systems
- Bulk Sampling
- Inspecting for Friable and NonFriable ACM
- Assessing the Condition of ACMs
State of the Art Procedures and current events 11:30-11:45
Review and Evaluation 11:45- 12:00
Course Outline- Management Planner Refresher
Responsibilities of the Management Planner 1:00 – 1:15
- Roles of Other Professionals
Evaluating the Inspection Report 1:15 – 1:30
Hazard Assessment and Evaluation of Response Actions 1:30- 2:00
- - Hazard Ranking
- - Hazard Assessment and Disturbance Potential
- - Evaluating Options and Selection of Response Actions
Operations and Maintenance Plans 2:00 – 2:15
Record Keeping for the Management Planner 2:15 – 2:30
Assembling and Submitting the Management Plan 2:30- 3:00
- Required Components of the Plan
- Financing Abatement Actions/Abatement Costs
Break 3:00 – 3:15
PowerPoint Presentations miscellaneous topics 3:15-3:45
Current Events 3:45 – 4:30
Review and Evaluation 4:30– 5:00
Radon Measurement Training
Are you ready to add the #1 environmental service in a real estate transaction? Did you know that Radon is the #1 leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers (EPA)? Would you like to take a course and receive up to $750 in earning potential from the supplies you receive?
ESA is proud to bring to you the 16 hour Radon Measurement Course. We will not only teach you the methods that are used in radon testing, you will be able to see the devices that are used in radon sampling today. However, most importantly you will be able to learn how and where to market your new professional service and explain to your client the next step.
We are also able to administer the state recognized exam (NRPP) directly following the class! There is an extra cost of $125 for the state recognized exam.
Introduction to Radon and Radioactivity
Uranium Decay Chain
Types of Radiation
Natural Radiation and Other Sources
Sources of Radon
The Fate of Indoor Radon
Mechanism of Lung Cancer
Comparison of Risks
National Radon Programs
Basic Radon Entry Facts
Main Sources of Entry
Mechanics of Radon Entry
Radon in Water
Radium in Soils and Rock
Pathways for Pressure Driven Transport
Indoor Radon Concentrations
Daily and Seasonal Variations
Closed Building Conditions
General Measurement Conditions
Units of Measurement
Measuring Radon vs. Decay Products
Radon Gas Monitors
Time Integrating Devices (charcoal, e-perm)
Radon Grab Samples (scintillation cells)
Continuous Radon Monitors
Radon Decay Product Monitors
Working Level Monitors
Quality Assurance/Quality Control
Causes of Measurement Uncertainty
List of Radon Figures
With this style of learning initial licensing is available for the following professional and State organizations;
National Environmental Health Association (NEHA recognized states)
National Radon Safety Board (NRSB recognized states)
State of IL #RNTC2007-10
State of NJ
State of IA
State of NE
State of PA
State of OH #TR-5
State of FL
CEU's are available for the following professional and State organizations;
AmIAQC - 14 RC's
InterNACHI - 16 CEU's
NAHI - 16 CEU's
NEHA - 16 CEU's
Mississippi Home Inspection Licensure Board - 16 CEU's
Oregon Construction Contractors Board - 16 CEU's
Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - 16 CEU's
General Questions and Answers
· How much can I charge for a radon test? The national average for a test is $125 - $150.
· I heard it is expensive to get into performing radon testing? If you are using charcoal testing devices, typically the hard cost for the device with lab fees range from $17 - $25. If you use a device that prints out a report immediately, these devices range from $1,000 - $3,500 or can be rented for about $100 per month.
· How long does it take to perform a radon test? Most tests are short term and will only be 48 hrs. (takes longer to drive to the job than to actually set the device)
· Is there really a need for radon testing in real estate? Within the discloser statements for the buyer there is a page where the buyer must sign he/she would like or waves the right for a radon test (plus other environmental issues on that page)
This is a business you can afford to add to your list of services.