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

Site Assessment


"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

Gathering Information

Titles, public records, photographs, aerials, and appraisals

Physical Site Assessment

Exterior visual site inspection

Interior visual site inspection

Inspection Forms

Due Diligence

Submitting a Final Report

Phase II Testing

Phase III Remediation


EPA Brownfields




 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

·         Videos

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)

·         Records

Containing Dust during the Work (required hands-on)

·         Overview of containment

·         Postings and caution signs

·         Interior containment / Exterior containment

·         Precautions


Working Processes

·         Prohibited practices

·         Specialized tools

·         Personal Protective Equipment (hands-on)

Cleaning Activities (hands-on)

·         Requirements

·         Inspection procedures

·         Disposal

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

·         Checklists

Training Employees

·         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

    HVAC Hygiene


    Guidelines for inspecting an HVAC system

Understanding Biological Contaminants and Allergens

    Background of biological contaminants and allergens

    Health effects

    Protein based allergens

    Inspection and sampling methods (ELISA results) for allergens

Cleaning and reduction recommendations for allergens

Overview of Mold as an Allergen

    Health concerns

    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

    Understanding MRSA

    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

    Testing procedures

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

Topic Duration

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


- Liabilities

- Public Relations and Notifications

Break 10:00-10:15

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

Topic Duration

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

  1. - Hazard Ranking
  1. - Hazard Assessment and Disturbance Potential
  1. - 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.





Radon Fundamentals

Introduction to Radon and Radioactivity


    Radioactive Decay

    Uranium Decay Chain

    Types of Radiation

    Natural Radiation and Other Sources

Sources of Radon

    Measurement Units

    Equilibrium Ratio

    The Fate of Indoor Radon

Health Risk


    Mechanism of Lung Cancer

    Risk Estimates

    Miner Studies

    Residential Studies

    Animal Studies

    Comparison of Risks

    EPA Guides

    National Radon Programs

    Worker Exposure

Basic Radon Entry Facts

    Main Sources of Entry

Mechanics of Radon Entry

    Radon in Water

    Radium in Soils and Rock

    Transport Mechanisms

    Pathways for Pressure Driven Transport

Indoor Radon Concentrations

    Daily and Seasonal Variations

    Ventilation Rates


Measurement Protocols

    Sampling Methods

    Measurement Lengths

    Closed Building Conditions

    Measurement Strategies

    Device Locations

General Measurement Conditions

    Units of Measurement

    Measuring Radon vs. Decay Products

    Measurement Factors

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

    QC Measurements

    Measurement Errors

Non-Interference Controls

Radon Tables

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.




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