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ENVIROCHECK is an accredited and certified laboratory, maintaining proper state and federal licenses, permits and certifications. Our employees receive thorough training in project management, supervision, inspection and asbestos abatement training. Continuing education is maintained through programs designated to renew certification and to work with special supervisory and management needs.

Corporate accreditation and credentials are earned by proven proficiency through a number of independent audits and investigation. Since their inception, ENVIROCHECK has consistently been awarded all credentials and accreditations sought. The following is a list of currently held accreditations, with a brief description of each.

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Asbestos

The National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) accredits the asbestos laboratories; NVLAP Lab Code 200548-0 (Orange, CA), NVLAP Lab Code 200973-0 (San Diego, CA), NVLAP Lab Code 201030-0 (Union City, CA). This program accredits testing and calibration laboratories for bulk asbestos analysis. NVLAP exercises ISO/IEC 17025:2005 as the foundation for the accreditation of testing and calibration laboratories. Care was taken during the drafting of ISO/IEC 17025:2005 to incorporate all those requirements of ISO 9001 and ISO 9002 that are relevant to the scope of testing and calibration services that are covered by a laboratory’s quality system. Testing and calibration laboratories that fulfill the requirements of this handbook will also operate in accordance with ISO 9001 or ISO 9002. NVLAP has entered into shared recognition arrangements with equivalent accreditation bodies that comply with ISO/IEC Guide 58 and applicable regional documents. The use of this handbook will encourage cooperation between laboratories and other bodies, and assist in the exchange of information and experience and in the harmonization of standards and procedures.
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Microbiology

The laboratory is currently accredited by the AIHA-LAP (151772) for the analysis of fungi by culture and direct examination and bacteria by culture. The American Industrial Hygiene Association Laboratory Accreditation Programs, LLC establishes and maintains the highest possible standards of performance for laboratories analyzing samples to support the evaluation of occupational and environmental exposure to hazardous agents. Laboratories that comply with the requirements of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) policy ISO/IEC 17025:2005 incorporates those requirements of ISO 9001 and ISO 9002 that are relevant to the scope of testing services addressed by the laboratory. This encourages the laboratory seeking accreditation to operate a laboratory in which well-qualified personnel using appropriate equipment and methods perform sampling and testing procedures with adequate controls. High standards of practice shall be encouraged and maintained through conformance with established accreditation criteria, education, and proficiency testing and on-site assessments.
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On-site Lead Paint Detection

Lead based paint is commonly found in homes built before 1978. Under Section 302 of the Lead-Based Paint Poisoning Prevention Act, as amended, Public Housing Authorities (PHA’s) are required to inspect randomly all their housing projects for lead-based paint. The preferred method for measuring the quantity of lead in a painted surface is the portable X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) “Spectrum Analyzer”, which is accurate, relatively inexpensive, gives rapid results and is non-destructive. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has considered the XRF to be the best available technology of this type and it was used in the Housing and Urban Developments (HUD) national survey of lead paint in public and Indian housing. ENVIROCHECK is fully equipped with multiple XRF Spectrum Analyzers for on-site lead paint sampling.

Laboratory Analysis for Lead in Paint, Air, Dust, and Soil

The laboratory is currently accredited by the AIHA-LAP (151772) for the analysis of Lead in paint chips, air cassette filters, dust wipes, and soil samples by Flame Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy. The American Industrial Hygiene Association Laboratory Accreditation Programs, LLC establishes and maintains the highest possible standards of performance for laboratories analyzing samples to support the evaluation of occupational and environmental exposure to hazardous agents. Laboratories that comply with the requirements of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) policy ISO/IEC 17025:2005 incorporates those requirements of ISO 9001 and ISO 9002 that are relevant to the scope of testing services addressed by the laboratory. This encourages the laboratory seeking accreditation to operate a laboratory in which well-qualified personnel using appropriate equipment and methods perform sampling and testing procedures with adequate controls. High standards of practice shall be encouraged and maintained through conformance with established accreditation criteria, education, and proficiency testing and on-site assessments.
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California Certifications

  • State of California Environmental Protection Agency Registered Environmental Assessor
  • State of California Department of Occupational Safety and Health Certified Asbestos Consultant
  • State of California Department of Occupational Safety and Health CSST
  • State of California Department of Health Services Building Inspector/Assessor
  • State of California Department of Health Services Project Manager
  • Environmental Protection Agency AHERA Supervisor
  • Environmental Protection Agency AHERA Building Inspector
  • Environmental Protection Agency AHERA Project Designer
  • Member of the American Indoor Air Quality Council
  • Certified Water Damage Restoration Technician, I.I.C.R.C.
  • State of California Department of Health Services Lead-Related Construction Inspection / Risk Assessment
  • Niton XRF Training Certification
  • Certified Microbial Consultant, C.M.C. (American Indoor Air Quality Council)
  • Certified Indoor Air Quality Consultant, C.I.A.Q.C. (American Indoor Air Quality Council)
  • Certified Industrial Hygienist
  • AIHA-LAP accredited (Environmental Microbiology, Lead, and Industrial Hygiene) Lab Code: 151772

Connecticut Certifications

  • State of CT DPH – Licensed Asbestos Consultant-Inspector
  • State of CT DPH – Licensed Asbestos Consultant-Project Designer
  • State of CT DPH – Licensed Asbestos Consultant-Monitor
  • State of CT DPH – Licensed Lead Consultant Contractor
  • State of CT DPH – Licensed Lead Inspector – Risk Assessor
  • State of CT DPH – Licensed Lead – Project Designer
  • State of CT DCP – Registered Home Improvement Contractor
  • State of CT DEP – Certificate Radioactive Material and Industrial X-Ray Device

New York

  • State of NY U.S. EPA Certified Lead Inspector / Risk Assessor
  • State of NY U.S. EPA Certified Lead Based Paint Activities
  • State of NY DOL – Licensed Asbestos Consultant-Inspector
  • State of NY DOL – Licensed Asbestos Consultant-Monitor
  • State of NY – NYC DEP – Licensed Asbestos Building Investigator
  • State of NY DOL – Asbestos Handling License
  • State of NY DPH – Radioactive Materials License

Acronyms

  • DPH – Department of Public Health
  • DCP – Department of Consumer Protection
  • DEP – Department of Environmental Protection
  • EPA – Environmental Protection Agency
  • DOL – Department of Labor
  • ACAC – American Council for Accredited Certification
  • IICRC – Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification

About the Independent Testing Organizations

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP)

Accuracy of bulk sample asbestos analysis by Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM) is evaluated and maintained by participation in NIST’s NVLAP program; NVLAP Lab Code 200548-0 (Orange, CA), NVLAP Lab Code 200973-0 (San Diego, CA), NVLAP Lab Code 201030-0 (Union City, CA).

NIST, formerly National Bureau of Standards (NBS), primarily focuses on development and establishment of quality control standards for laboratories. NIST ensures that standards are met through a thorough accreditation process. Accreditation for laboratories performing analysis of bulk materials for the presence of asbestos is awarded after the laboratory successfully passes an onsite inspection during which the facility, technicians, processes and record-keeping are carefully evaluated. Additionally, each quarter the laboratory must successfully analyze audit bulk material samples for the presence, type and percentage of asbestos.

American Industrial Hygiene Association Laboratory Accreditation Programs (AIHA-LAP)

Laboratory Accreditation for Environmental Microbiology (Fungi by Culture and Direct Examination , Bacteria by Culture)
EMLAP Lab #151772

The EMLAP program “Environmental Microbiology Laboratory Accreditation Program” is for laboratories identifying microorganisms. Accredited laboratories must meet defined standards, pass a rigorous on-site inspection and maintain a passing score when analyzing unknown test samples sent out by the AIHA-LAP several times a year via their Environmental Microbiology Proficiency Analytical Testing (EMPAT) Program.

The American Industrial Hygiene Association Laboratory Accreditation Programs (AIHA-LAP) establishes and maintains the highest possible standards of performance for laboratories analyzing samples to support the evaluation of occupational and environmental exposure to hazardous agents. Laboratories that comply with the requirements of the International Organization for Standardization.