Connecting your business to the environmental resources you need…

Criterion was founded in 1986 by Jim Weltz as a response to the sudden demand for expertise in asbestos services.  To this day, Criterion has a robust position in all things asbestos.

From facility inspection services, abatement design, monitoring and abatement compliance responsibility, Criterion provides everything except remediation.  Criterion will subcontract an abatement contractor, should the client desire.

Criterion and our professional staff maintain a large number of licenses, certifications, accreditations – too many to list here.  When we work for you, chances are we already have all the correct approvals.  If not, we can get it quickly.  Most of our licenses, certifications and accreditations are listed under a specific service.

Over that time, Criterion has developed many other services in the Environmental and Occupational Health market.  From proactive indoor air quality surveys, industrial hygiene site assessments, mold, Legionella prevention, waster anesthetic gases, industrial and community noise standards, monitoring, Criterion has accomplished this strong growth in the scope of our services by hiring and developing skilled, quality personnel.

Our Management Team

  • Jim A. Weltz

    CIH, President

    Jim founded Criterion in 1986 and still gets excited when talking with clients about solutions to their occupational health and environmental issues.  He has over 40 years of expertise in industrial hygiene and environmental regulations.  Jim has been ABIH certified (CIH) in the Comprehensive Practice of Industrial Hygiene since 1983.  Jim is the President of Criterion, which provides Consulting, Analytical Lab Services and Training to a wide range of clients.

    Contact Jim A. Weltz
  • Karen Jones

    Director, Business Administration

    Karen wears many hats at Criterion, with one of them being Criterion’s Contract Manager.  She serves as the point of contact between our Project Managers and clients on contractual matters in the drafting, evaluating, negotiating and execution of non-disclosure agreements, sales  / purchasing and sub-agreements – ensuring adherence to broader finance and risk requirements.  Karen has been with Criterion since 1996.

    Contact Karen Jones
  • Michael Panepresso

    Vice President of Operations

    Mike serves a crucial role at Criterion as our Director of Field Operations. He offers support and guidance to the team with the aim of achieving operational excellence. He is our foremost expert in asbestos and knows almost as much about lead and industrial hygiene, supervising and managing asbestos, lead and indoor air quality projects, drafting proposals, providing cost estimates, developing plans and specifications, construction management and project quality control.  Mike has been in the environmental consulting field since 1988 and with Criterion since 1995.

    Contact Michael Panepresso

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