It is more important than ever to know how to find the best environmental service company in your area if you’re the person in charge of safety and sustainability. There are more types of chemicals, fuel, and other hazardous waste being used across the country. Therefore, it makes sense that there will be more need for spill response.
More spills and more dangerous chemicals mean you need the best and most reliable clean up service company possible. There are a lot of things to consider when looking for the best environmental service company in your area.
Environmental service needs of today
The businesses of today must deal with more federal, state, and local environmental regulations and agencies than ever. It is important to have the right environmental service provider, so your projects get done in a safe, quick, cost-effective, and legal manner. Therefore, it is more important than ever to do your homework when you’re hiring an environmental remediation service company. Cost is always a factor when choosing a service provider because it must be. However, it is also important to take some of the things listed below into consideration when choosing your vendor.
Find the best environmental service company using these tips:
The normal service area of your provider matters because you may want to get quick service should you have an emergency. You also tend to pay less for transportation costs when using a local environmental services company for your spill cleanup or hazardous waste removal. Having in-person meetings are vital to the success of a lot of projects so local
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Experience and education
It’s always important to work with the best technicians possible when it comes to environmental services. The risk is too great to trust your projects to environmental service companies that lack experience or education. Any firm that you consider should have teams that include (at a minimum) geologists, hydrologists, disposal coordinators, OSHA-certified technicians, and supervisors. There is a lot to learn when it comes to environmental remediation, so you want the most experience possible. A few years of experience just is not enough to ensure the necessary skill-level is met.
OSHA penalties that will be assessed to you and other liabilities make it important that you hire a firm with plenty of experience and training. It is so important to make sure that the environmental services you choose are certified in the specific services that you need. Town and municipalities also tend to require vendor proof of insurance before they grant work permits.
Responsiveness and Reputation
It takes time to build a reputation for quality and responsiveness in the environmental services industry. Any environmental service company that has been around can provide some good references. However, your environmental services company can mean the difference between your project’s success and total failure. Therefore, it’s important to dig deeper to investigate any previous issues your environmental services company may have had. The last firm you should hire is one with a history of OSHA and/or the TCEQ violations and penalties.
Their mistakes will cost you the fines and headaches. The representation of being cheaper should not be the deciding factor.
You can search the Texas Commission On Environmental Quality and Occupational Safety and Health Administration(OSHA) for any past issues. A company’s track record of violations will tell you a lot about what type of service you can expect and what type of company you are dealing with. You owe it to everyone on your project to limit your liability and expense.
There are important questions to answer before deciding on which environmental remediation company to hire. Do they assign you a personal account rep? Can they answer all your questions and respond quickly? Are they able to provide reliable 24-7 emergency services? What type of relationships with vendors and other institutions do they have that might benefit you?
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There are main phases of any site remediation process including the preliminary assessment, site investigation, remedial investigation, and remedial action. It is so important that any firm you choose as your vendor can implement the regulatory, scientific, and technical portions of each phase in the process. You should feel confident the firm you choose can succeed in every step of the process.
Standard services in environmental remediation include:
- 24-7 emergency services 365 days a year.
- Hazardous Waste Disposal & Management
- Soil & Water Remediation
- Tank Removal
- Mold Remediation
- Industrial Cleaning
- Spill Cleanup
- Confined Space Operations
It is common for environmental remediation projects to last longer and cost more than expected. There are many scenarios where projects can run the risk of losing thousands of dollars. Liability is all around you when it comes to environmental remediation projects. Therefore, it is important that your provider has plenty of proper insurance coverage. Your environmental services company should have millions of dollars in coverage for:
- Automobile liability
- Contractors pollution
- Errors and omissions
- General liability
- Workers compensation
- Umbrella/excess liability (the largest of all)
You need to make sure that the company you hire is going to be reliable, so you need to consider their stability. When there are thousands of dollars of profit and liability on the line, you want to make sure the company you hire will be able to deliver. Bad things happen when you start an environmental cleanup project that you cannot finish. The financial stability of the firm you hire is important, especially if it is a long-term or costly project. Make sure to request financial reports and a recent balance sheet to ensure cash flow will not be an issue.
We touched on longevity earlier when addressing reputation and experience, but fly-by-night companies are a real issue in the environmental services industry. Start-up companies can be a great choice in most industries, but you do not want to open yourself up to untold thousands in liability to give someone experience while being stuck to pay for their mistakes. It is best to play it safe when it comes to all things OSHA and environmental services related. Any firm you hire should have at least 15 years of proven success and hundreds of successful projects without a history of violations or mistakes,
There are a ton of things to consider when picking an environmental remediation company. The decision that you make here can be the difference between success and a lot of issues. Increase your chances of success by putting the time into selecting the best possible provider.
Protect Environmental Services, Inc. (PESI) is your best-in-class “clutch” performer when you need a First Responder. PESI tackle & remediate the most dangerous chemical spills & removal of hazardous waste. In fact, our pursuit of safety & rapid response for environmental sustainability surpasses ALL other environmental service companies. PESI has been rapidly responding to emergency environmental calls in North Central Texas since 1996.
Richard is also a published author of the “Ebola Response Procedures.” Additionally, he is considered an expert witness to many litigation and mediation cases. He works with multiple law enforcement agencies in forensics to hunt down illegal dumping perpetrators.