We understand that these environmental issues demand expert attention in a timely fashion from “recognition through evaluation to control”. Since our inception, Criterion’s staff which includes eleven (11) Industrial Hygienists and two (2) Certified Industrial Hygienists, has been performing sampling and analyses using state-of-the-art monitoring and testing equipment and providing exemplary results in the most challenging and demanding environmental circumstances.
Environmental & Industrial Hygiene Field & Laboratory Services
- Asbestos, Lead and Mold Surveys and Monitoring
- Industrial Hygiene Surveys
- Indoor Air Quality Surveys
- Lead and Metals Testing and Assessment
- Noise Monitoring
- Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessment
- Legionella Testing and Remediation Plans
Environmental Hazard Training & Certifications
- Respiratory Protection
- Construction Safety
- Spill Response
- PCB Awareness
- Confined Space
- Hearing Conservation
Primary NAICS Classifications
- 541620 - Environmental Consulting Services
- 541380 - Testing Laboratories
- 562910 - Remediation Services
- 541690 - Other Scientific and Testing Consultation
- 611430 - Professional and Management Development Training
- 611513 - Apprenticeship Training
- 926150 - Regulation, Licensing and Inspection
- 213112 - Support for Oil and Gas Operations
Government Case Histories
In 2012, Criterion was contracted to conduct air quality Air Monitoring Services in several patient care areas to validate existence of various urine odors noted during recent VA Office of Inspector General visit. Criterion’s experienced Industrial Hygienist performed on-site monitoring of conditions during air quality sampling utilizing Summa Canisters and personal badges for collection of samples in various locations determined by the Medical Center during one eight-hour (8-hr) period. Analysis of samples was performed by EPA TO-15 and ammonia extraction method in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local regulations. Sample results indicated no negative impact to indoor air quality at the VA Medical Center related to urine odors detected previously.
In 2012, Criterion was awarded a 5-year contract by the United States Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA) to provide weekly collection and analyses for Clinical Laboratory Reagent Water (CLRW) testing at the Dover Air Force Base in Dover, DE. Results and recommended courses of action, when necessary, are compiled and forwarded following analyses for Bacteria Heterotrophic Plate Count, Total Organic Carbon and Metals. In 2013, the contract was expanded to include greater frequency and number of samples.
In 2013, Criterion was retained by Associated Specialty Contracting to conduct air sampling for asbestos following the removal of asbestos-containing transite panels from the SS Pollux at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard located on 519 S. 19th Street, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Criterion sampled per the EPA and City of Philadelphia–recommended re-occupancy standard.
In 2013, Criterion was retained by Turtle Associates, LLC to perform air testing and monitoring during the removal of asbestos-containing (caulking and glazing) and lead containing (paint and glazing) materials from Building 633 during a window replacement project.
In 2013, Criterion was retained by Turtle Associates, LLC to perform air testing and monitoring during the removal of interior asbestos-containing duct insulation from Building 520 and from the common wall of Buildings 520/633 (stack #2) for renovation purposes. A full containment was set up for the interior removal and glovebags were used for the exterior removal.
In 2013, Criterion was retained by Penn E&R to perform a Lead-Based Paint Inspection and an Asbestos Building Inspection of Building 57 at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.
Criterion’s PA-Licensed Lead Building Inspector/Risk Assessor used an X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) Spectrometer, providing a fast, non-destructive measurement of the lead content in paint and our final report listed recommendations per US Department of Housing and Development (HUD) and OSHA’s 29 CFR Part 1926.62 Lead Exposure in Construction, Interim Rule.
Criterion’s PA-Licensed Asbestos Building Inspector performed an asbestos survey following the EPA’s National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) regulations and OSHA’s Construction Standard for Asbestos (29 CFR 1926.1101) to identify and document asbestos-containing materials for remediation prior to a planned renovation/demolition. Bulk samples collected during the survey were analyzed in our NVLAP-approved laboratory, and our comprehensive report listed specific locations and quantities of all building materials sampled.
For over 12 years, Criterion conducted comprehensive hazardous materials assessments/ inspections and re-inspections of buildings and facilities for the US Department of HHS using FOH criteria and AHERA guidelines. These were performed at Social Security facilities in the states of Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia and West Virginia, New York as well as the territory of Puerto Rico and at the National Historical Park Services buildings in Valley Forge, PA, Harpers Ferry, WV and Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, PA.
Criterion’s services included review of architectural and “as built” plans, work change orders and other records for the specifications of any materials which may contain asbestos; inspecting for friable materials, and materials or products likely to contain asbestos; develop sampling plan for bulk sampling; collecting samples and analyze for asbestos; perform visual inspections and collect information on the condition and location of asbestos-containing material (ACM) and on other characteristics of the building which may affect the likelihood that ACM’s may be disturbed and fibers released and distributed; evaluate results, interpret data, and prepare written reports according to FOH guidelines.
Criterion also conducted a complete lead-based paint inspection of the exterior of various historical buildings in Valley Forge Historical Park. The purpose of the survey was to provide Valley Forge National Historical Park locations of lead-based paint on the exterior of these buildings for planned renovations and remodeling. Soil samples relating to the planned renovations and remodeling were also taken.
For those buildings where asbestos was found, Criterion also performed quality assurance air monitoring, documenting that projects were accomplished in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, guidelines, and the prepared site work plan; on-site evaluations of work in progress, maintained daily reports of progress, as well as a description of procedures employed by the contractor; provided pre-test, post-test, and quality assurance air monitoring during the asbestos removal/repair projects documenting that air levels met the criteria as required by FOH guidelines.
Criterion was awarded a contract to develop asbestos Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Programs for twenty-one (21) US Postal facilities in the Philadelphia, PA area. Initially, these buildings, as well as 29 others, were inspected by Criterion’s AHERA-certified asbestos building inspectors and bulk samples were taken to confirm the presence of asbestos-containing materials. A written plan was then created for each facility, detailing the location and condition of the asbestos-containing materials, as well as outlining proper work practices and emergency contract information. Criterion was also responsible for conducting an asbestos awareness training session for postal maintenance personnel at each facility. These sessions explained the health effects associated with asbestos and informed employees as to the location of ACM and proper work practices so as not to disturb these materials.
As a follow-up to these inspections, Criterion was also responsible for air monitoring and project oversight during the removal of damaged ACM at these postal facilities. Criterion ensured the ACM was removed in accordance with all local, state and federal regulations and that final air fiber concentrations met EPA standards for re-occupancy.
During an asbestos abatement at an adjacent facility, Criterion responded to an emergency call that USPS employees were going to walk off the job for fear of exposure to asbestos fibers. Criterion’s Certified Industrial Hygienist and Project Managers met with postal officials and union personnel and were able to allay their fears by presenting a plan for sampling of air and bulk fibers for asbestos. Criterion collected bulk samples throughout the facility and returned to our in-house NVLAP (NVLAP Lab Code 102046-0)/AIHA-accredited laboratory for immediate analyses. We also provided immediate, on-site sampling of airborne fibers. Criterion was able to assure all concerned parties that air results were below the EPA guidelines and bulk samples also showed no asbestos content, thereby averting a walk-out by postal employees.
Criterion performed project management, air monitoring, and contractor surveillance during the removal of asbestos-containing materials (ACM) at the Naval Square Project located at 2420 Grays Ferry Avenue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The purpose of the abatement project was to facilitate planned renovations at the site and to comply with EPA NESHAP (40 CFR 61, Subpart M) and City of Philadelphia Asbestos Control Regulations (ACR). Additionally, Criterion performed Indoor Air Quality services associated with the removal of excessive fungal growth from the original plaster walls in buildings left vacant for many years, causing moisture intrusion and subsequent fungal growth.
Criterion’s Industrial Hygienist/API monitored the cleanup and removal of ACM and fungal growth from the Governor’s Quarters, Surgeon’s Quarters and Biddle Hall.
Criterion created a bid specification design for the Work Practices and Procedures for the monitoring of asbestos-containing materials (ACM) at Castle Williams on Governor’s Island National Monument. From February through April of 2010, Criterion performed project management, air monitoring, and contractor surveillance during the removal of this hazardous material.
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