EnviroMed Services, LLC

Environmental Audit Services for the Sunnyside Rail Yard Project

In preparation for a full investigation concerning the origin of contaminants in the Sunnyside Rail Yard, Queens, NY, EnviroMed prepared a Health and Safety Plan for soil sampling and a Quality Assurance Project Plan to manage the investigation.  All workers received AMTRAK training in rail yard safety; the HASP provided for the electrical and other physical hazards of the rail yard as well as chemical hazards.

As part of the QAPP, a soil-sampling plan was designed.  The soil-sampling plan specified sampling locations based on random numbers and was therefore statistically unbiased.  Statistical bias is a common fault of many investigations and can destroy the validity of the investigation’s conclusions.  Avoidance of statistical bias requires careful planning.

The QAPP also specified the statistical tests to be performed on the data in order to reach a conclusion regarding the origin of the contaminant (lead).  These tests included identification and confirmation of statistical outliers, tests for normality and log normality, analysis of censored data, and comparison of means and correlation analysis.  Seventeen individual statistical tests were selected to be applied to the data as part of the analysis.  Data validation included provision for contaminants typically introduced in analytical laboratories.  Data were checked for chains-of-custody, sample labeling, laboratory holding times, surrogate recoveries, analytical data for blanks and spikes, and instrument performance data.

EnviroMed also performed investigation, evaluation and remediation oversight of environmental contamination located within the Sunnyside Rail Yard under the Honeywell Avenue Bridge, which was slated for demolition and rehabilitation in 2001/2002.  EnviroMed was able to evaluate prior Phase I and II environmental assessments from other environmental consulting groups and ascertain if adequate data was collected for remedial action. Additional environmental sampling and monitoring was undertaken by EnviroMed to further isolate and demarcate contamination not previously notated.  Data was transmitted in a detail mapping to all concerned parties for corrective action.  Finally, EnviroMed was tasked by NYCDOT to oversee the remedial actions performed by the contractor to ensure the clean-up operations were being performed in accordance with federal, state and local environmental standards.  Data was also collected and issued to NYCDOT regarding ambient monitoring to ensure Amtrak that the contamination was not expanding beyond the project site.

Additionally, Sanborn Insurance Maps and historical aerial photographs of the Site were reviewed in detail.  Numerical models were performed to simulate the down-wind migration of lead-containing paint chips generated by sandblasting bridges.

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The Brookly Bridge

Inspection of the Arch area for potential asbestos containing materials, potential lead-based paint, and other hazardous materials was completed by EnviroMed. A sampling plan was proposed by EnviroMed to NYCDOT for the following concerns: sample ceiling plaster (two layers of plaster), sample pipe insulation, inspect and sample the office partitions and doors for asbestos, test the paint for lead, sample the dust via bulk samples and analyze for asbestos and lead, perform TCLP sampling and analysis for building debris prior to disposal, and characterize the liquid wastes in storage. Personal sampling during the work was recommended for lead in air, asbestos in air and total particulate.

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Covidien Surgical Devices

EnviroMed has provided numerous Industrial Hygiene Services for Covidien Surgical Devices (formerly US Surgical) in order to aid them in ensuring a safe work place for their employees, as well as compliance with OSHA regulations. EnviroMed has provided employee exposure monitoring for ethylene oxide, xylene, formaldehyde, respirable particulates, tetrachloroethylene, asbestos, and other analytes.

Working with Covidien to review the chemicals and processes they utilize for manufacturing and sterilization, EnviroMed is able to provide monitoring services that ensure employee safety, and regulatory compliance, for a safe work environment at their facilities.

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The Town of Wallingford

EnviroMed Services provides safety training based on OSHA regulations to the Wallingford Department of Public Works facilities and the Electric Division facilities. EnviroMed Services provides OSHA training programs for the Wallingford Electric Division for the past 10 years to meet their responsibility under OSHA regulations. EnviroMed Services personnel conducted an audit of town’s public utility maintenance and distribution system and work crew. EnviroMed Services personnel visited sites, which included observing daily activities that were conducted for the work crew, log our observations, have any dangerous work habits changed and abated. Once EnviroMed Services site visit and observation were completed our client asked us to write actual OSHA safety programs for the city to follow. The city at the time had no such programs and was in need of such programs. EnviroMed wrote the following OSHA Safety Programs that are being used by this client today:

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