Boston Environmental helps our clients meet and maintain compliance with environmental health and safety regulations, using science and technology to develop effective solutions for health and safety hazards, allowing us to protect people at work, in their homes, and within their communities.
By assisting in the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, prevention, and control of IH/OEHS hazards, our occupational health and safety science professionals can develop solutions that are customized for each client.
By recommending control strategies for occupational hazards based on industry best practices and recognized occupational exposure limits, we can help our clients reduce their risk and liability, contributing to fewer injuries, fewer illnesses, and higher productivity for their business operations.
Furthermore, Boston Environmental does not sell any remediation services, as that would be a substantial conflict of interest and would not be ethical.
Industrial Hygiene (IH) / Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS) Services
Boston Environmental services include independent, third-party review and evaluation provided by leading industry experts in Industrial Hygiene (IH) / Occupational Hygiene (OH), Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS) / Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS), and Public Health.
Ensuring regulatory compliance with federal agencies such as the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and Department of Transportation (DOT), as well as local regulatory agencies, and guidelines from professional associations (such as the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)) can be time-consuming and costly.
It may also be very difficult to document compliance, especially if no historical data has been routinely collected as part of due diligence (e.g., bi-annually).
By understanding and applying foundational concepts from the fields of chemistry, biology, physiology, physics, occupational health and safety, and statistics, Boston Environmental can conduct comprehensive risk assessment and risk management analyses when developing solutions for work and living environments as well as provide risk communication strategies.
Our knowledgeable and experienced scientists can help by using comprehensive risk exposure evaluations to identify and avoid violations and unsafe conditions in the workplace.
Below are some of the fundamental environmental health and safety concepts and principles, as well as some of the methods Boston Environmental uses to evaluate conditions and recommend control strategies:
Sampling: Using approved methods and certified laboratories, and corresponding assessments by way of interpretation of laboratory analyses and direct-reading instruments.
Biological Agents / Biohazards: Measuring and developing control strategies for viruses, bacteria, fungi, allergens, toxins, bloodborne pathogens, infectious diseases, etc.
Chemical Hazard Controls: Applying scientific and technical knowledge to minimize the potential for human exposure to hazardous releases of chemical agents.
Community Exposure: Describing general and technical topics related to ambient air quality, air cleaning technology, emission source sampling, ambient air monitoring, etc.
Emerging Issues: Nanotechnology, additive manufacturing, robotics, biological engineering, synthetic biology, etc.
Ergonomics: Identifying, evaluating, and recommending controls to mitigate ergonomically stressful jobs using principles from anthropometry, human factors engineering, biomechanics, work physiology, human anatomy, occupational medicine, and facilities engineering to prevent injuries and illnesses and improve the efficiency and comfort of workers.
Health Regulations: Understanding the laws and regulations that impact worker health in the jurisdiction of their work.
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ): Knowledgeable regarding the factors that affect IAQ, sampling capabilities, common indoor pollutants, and how to mitigate them.
Management: Describing the methods to acquire, allocate, and control resources.
Noise / Hearing Loss Prevention: Conducting monitoring assessments to evaluate worker exposure, identifying situations with the potential to cause noise-induced hearing loss or vibration-related injury, and recommending methods to eliminate or control excessive exposure.
Ionizing / Non-Ionizing Radiation: Evaluating worker exposure and identifying mitigation strategies.
Thermal Stressors: Measuring heat and cold strain pathophysiology and hypo- and hyper-thermic enviromarkers and biomarkers.
Toxicology & Human Disease: Evaluating possible health hazards in the context of exposure measurements and regulatory/recommended exposure limits.
Heavy Manufacturing Buildings
Light Assembly Buildings
Refrigeration/Cold Storage Buildings
Telecom/Data Hosting Centers
Research & Development (R&D) Buildings
Industrial facilities subject to occupational and environmental regulations need assistance from subject matter experts with advanced experience and corresponding degrees, licenses, and accreditations, such as certified industrial hygienists (CIHs), professional engineers (PEs), and PhDs, to add credibility to all analyses, findings, and recommendations.
Unlike other consulting firms, Boston Environmental conducts all assessment and analytical services by or under the direction of accomplished members of the scientific community with extensive experience working in a variety of work environments, allowing them to provide individualized assistance that has proven effective in reducing or eliminating specific hazards in specific industries.
The following are a few examples of hazardous processes/operations/compounds commonly encountered in the evaluation of health effects in industrial facilities:
Heavy Metals (e.g., arsenic (As), barium (Ba), cadmium (Cd), chromium (Cr), lead (Pb), mercury (Hg), selenium (Se), silver (Ag), etc.)
Volatile Organic Chemicals (e.g., benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, styrene, chlorinated solvents, etc.)
Biohazards (e.g., pathological, microbiological, animal, sharps, etc.)
Pharmaceuticals (e.g., cytotoxic drugs, etc.)
Assessing pre-production permitting requirements, personal protective equipment (PPE) recommendations, and essential training requirements.
Conducting pre-production monitoring to ensure that a new piece of equipment with new materials does not release products that may cause discomfort and/or harmful health effects.
Establishing baseline parameters for comparison to those encountered during fully operational status.
Performing pre-production planning to ensure that raw materials and workplace operations do not present downstream safety hazards.
Methods for Reducing Exposure:
Identifying if new equipment requires hearing protection, or if administrative practices or engineering controls, e.g., equipment enclosures, noise dampening devices, can be installed to minimize worker exposure and eliminate the need for PPE and a Hearing Conservation Program.
Determining if a compound used in a process could be substituted for a less harmful, yet equally effective compound, reducing/eliminating the need for engineering control/PPE/hazardous waste disposal.
Evaluating whether the appropriate type(s) of PPE is/are being used.
Providing training required for use of PPE.
Worker Exposure to Hazardous Agents During Specific Operations:
Particulate Matter (e.g., welding fumes; grinding, sanding, and machining metal and plastic parts; granite and concrete jackhammering and sanding; lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium during paint removal, grinding, machining, dipping, coating, and plating; etc.)
Solvents (e.g., toluene, ethanol, chlorinated solvents, ethylbenzene, formalin, etc.)
Operational and Control Inadequacies:
Leaks and releases of hazardous chemicals.
Lack/Inadequacy of worker training.
Lack/inadequacy of ventilation to reduce concentrations of airborne particles, gases, and vapors.
Lack/Inadequacy of other engineering controls to minimize worker exposure to chemical and physical hazards.
Commercial & Institutional
Office Buildings (e.g., corporate, business centers, managed, shared, etc.)
Retail Buildings (e.g., shopping centers, restaurants, banks, etc.)
Educational Facilities (e.g., child development centers, elementary schools, universities, training centers, etc.)
Healthcare Facilities (e.g., clinics, medical offices, hospitals, etc.)
Entertainment Facilities (e.g., amusement parks, casinos, museums, recreational properties, performance venues, etc.)
Public Properties (e.g., military defense facilities, municipal buildings, etc.)
Special-Use (e.g., conference centers, railroad properties, religious facilities, etc.)
Boston Environmental can help your organization by establishing and enhancing health and safety management plans and maintenance programs for your personnel and properties to ensure compliance with municipal, state, and national laws and regulations.
The following are a few examples of hazardous processes/operations/principles commonly encountered in the evaluation of health effects in commercial and institutional facilities:
OSHA requirements for reducing or eliminating employee exposure to hazardous chemical, biological, and physical agents (e.g., ethylene oxide, bloodborne pathogens) in clinical laboratories, cytotoxic agents in pharmacies and cancer-treatment departments, floors, and facilities.
Cleaning agents used by housekeeping.
Hazardous paints, lubricating, and degreasing chemicals used by engineering and facility personnel.
Ergonomic hazards of lifting and moving patients.
Local health department food inspections of kitchen facilities, below-grade storage/preparation areas, etc.
OSHA and other governmental and non-governmental standards and requirements for lighting, indoor air quality, noise, comfort parameters, ergonomics, etc.
Indoor Air Quality Standards (e.g., American Society of Heating, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (USGBC LEED), etc.)
OSHA and other governmental and non-governmental standards and requirements for lighting, indoor air quality, noise, temperature, ergonomics requirements for forklifts, trash compactors, loading docks and other walking surfaces, heating units, generators, etc.
Boston Environmental can also provide the following additional assistance to legal firms:
Expert witnesses and testimony.
Expert reports using scientific data and principles, historical background information, and pertinent regulations to support legal analysis and trial preparation.
Corroborating evidence (e.g., testing data, interpretation of existing technical reports, etc.).
Multifamily Real Estate (e.g., apartments, condos, co-ops, townhomes, etc.)
Hospitality Establishments (e.g., hotels, hostels, resorts, etc.)
Senior Housing Facilities (e.g., nursing homes, assisted living residences, etc.)
Property managers, building owners, landlords, and other residential occupancy administrators are obligated to protect their occupants from pollutants and toxic materials.
Individuals exposed to such hazards for an extended period of time in their homes or long-term residencies are often those most susceptible to their effects, including the young, the elderly, and the chronically ill (especially those suffering from respiratory or cardiovascular disease).
The following are a few examples of agents/parameters/contaminants that require on-going assessment when evaluating environmental exposures and risks in residential facilities:
Indoor Air Quality:
Biologic Pollutants (e.g., fungi (“mold” and “mildew”), mycotoxins, bacteria, viruses, animal dander, cat saliva, dust mites, cockroaches, pollen, etc.)
Chemical Pollutants (e.g., carbon monoxide; carbon dioxide; radon; ozone; volatile organic compounds (VOCs) including formaldehyde from pressed-wood, adhesives, fabrics, insulation materials, fuel-burning appliances; odors from bioaerosols, chemical solvents and cleaners, spray foam, and outdoor pollutants; etc.)
Particle Pollutants (e.g., secondhand-smoke, particulate matter from combustion sources, etc.)
Microorganisms (i.e., bacteria such as Legionella, protozoa, viruses, fungi, and worms.)
Inorganic Chemicals (i.e., metals, nitrates, and nitrites.)
Organic Contaminants (e.g., solvents, perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), etc.)
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Last Revised: January 20th, 2021.
Our Use of Your Information - Our primary purpose in collecting information, both Personal Information and other, is to provide you with a safe, smooth, efficient, and customized experience. You agree that we may use your information to: Provide the services and customer support you request. Troubleshoot problems and prevent potentially prohibited or illegal activities. Customize, measure, and improve our Services, content, and advertising. Tell you about our Services, targeted marketing, service updates, and promotional offers based on your communication preferences. Monitor and enforce our Terms of Service. Communicate with Users about products and/or services they may be interested in. Verify your eligibility to use the Site.
Our Disclosure of Your Information - Boston Environmental is committed to maintaining your trust and we want you to understand when and with whom we may share information collected about you. We may disclose Personal Information to respond to legal requirements, enforce our policies, respond to claims that a listing or other content violates the rights of others, or protect anyone's rights, property, or safety. Such information will be disclosed in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. We may also share your Personal Information with: Service providers under contract who help with our business operations (we employ other companies and people to perform tasks on our behalf and need to share your information with them to provide products and services to you). Certain participants of Boston Environmental's programs under confidentiality agreement, as we in our sole discretion believe necessary or appropriate in connection with an investigation of fraud, intellectual property infringement, piracy, or other unlawful activity. Other business entities, should we plan to merge with or be acquired by that business entity.
Marketing - We may combine your information with information we collect from other companies and use it to improve and personalize our services, content, and advertising. If you do not wish to receive marketing communications from us or participate in our ad-customization programs, simply indicate your preference by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
No Spam or Spyware - We do not tolerate spam. Spamming is explicitly prohibited it by our Terms of Service. If you would like to report an incident of spamming or other unauthorized communications form other Users, please contact us at [email@example.com](mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org). We maintain the right to investigate such incidents and take suitable action.
Account Protection - The Personal Information we collect is stored on a secure, password-protected server and only authorized personnel have access to your information. We use industry-standard encryption technologies with respect to the receipt and transfer of Personal Information you submit. Nevertheless, despite our best efforts, no transmission over the Internet and no data storage method can be guaranteed to be safe 100% of the time. Boston Environmental cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to Boston Environmental or guarantee that your end-user data stored on the Services may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed by breach of any of our industry-standard physical, technical, or managerial safeguards. If you enter sensitive information we will encrypt such information using secure socket layer technology (SSL). The Site is hosted on servers in the United States. Accordingly, if you are located outside of the United States, the Personal Information you provide to us will be transferred to the United States. By submitting your Personal Information, you consent to its transfer and storage in the United States and its use in accordance with the purposes for which it was originally collected.
E-Mail Communications - We may use your e-mail to deliver Boston Environmental's newsletters, as well as for other promotional (e.g., new product offerings, special offers by us, etc.) purposes. E-mail messages we send you may contain code that enables our database to track your usage of the e-mails we send you, such usage includes whether the e-mail was opened and what links (if any) were clicked. If you send an e-mail to us, we will collect your e-mail address and the full content of your e-mail, including attached files, and other information you provide. Additionally, you may be directed to third-party sites related to the topics discussed within the e-mail message. You may indicate your preference to opt-out of receiving promotional communications by following the unsubscribe instructions provided in the promotional e-mail you receive or by contacting us directly at email@example.com. You acknowledge that it may take up to 10 days for us to process an opt-out request. Please note, however, that you cannot opt-out of receiving transactional e-mails related to your account with us.
Third Parties - Except as otherwise expressly included in this Policy, this document addresses only the use and disclosure of information we collect from you. If you disclose your information to other Users on our Site or on other sites throughout the internet, different rules may apply to their use or disclosure of the information you disclose to them. We do not control the privacy policies of third parties, and you are subject to the privacy policies of those third parties where applicable. We are not responsible for any information we do not collect. We encourage you to ask questions before you disclose your Personal Information to others.
Children - Protecting the privacy of young children is especially important to us. For that reason, Boston Environmental does not knowingly collect or solicit Personal Information from anyone under the age of 13.
California Residents - California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits residents of the State of California to request certain information regarding our disclosure of Personal Information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or write us at: Boston Environmental & Engineering Associates, Inc.; Attn: Legal – California Privacy Compliance; 321 Walnut Street #230; Newton, Massachusetts 02460.
Changes to this Policy - We reserve the right, at any time, to add to, change, update, or modify this Policy. Any such changes to this Policy will be posted here on our Site so we urge you to please visit this page frequently. In all cases, use of information we collect is subject to the Policy in effect at the time such information is collected.