Summit Technical Consulting and Field Services for
COVID 19 Public Health Protection and
Sound Business Back to Work Building Cleanliness Clearance
Both essential and non- essential businesses are soon going to be reopening to increased customer and general public traffic with new-world CoVid 19 business risk. The Phased reopening of the USA is designed to carefully return business to a near normal status without jeopardizing employee and public health. If safety procedures are not followed and there is a new wave of CoVid 19 cases, the government will again order a shutdown of specific businesses and non-essential travel. In these uncertain times, we all want reduced business liability and defensible operating plans with third-party verification. We need to cost effectively error on the side of caution.
In review, based on what is currently known about the virus and about similar coronaviruses that cause SARS and MERS, spread from person-to-person happens most frequently among close contacts (within about 6 feet). This type of transmission occurs via respiratory droplets, but disease transmission via infectious aerosols is currently uncertain.
Summit and its field experts are leaders in science and technology. Leading new COVID 19 business compliance requirements, conducting field cleaning scenarios, and microbial residue testing. Summit is ready to assist businesses and building owners to safely get back to work. Employee training and illness screening are required, as is proper business cleaning. Businesses also need a rapid response action to any suspect or known positive CoVid 19 staff or customers who have been in their building, restaurant, food service area, medical office, day care, or nursing home. Summit’s professional and experienced staff can provide technical consulting and building cleanliness testing as needed.
Summit’s General Scope of Work for Business Cleanliness Clearance Assessment
(every building and occupancy are different; CoVid 19 Plans need to be specific to the facility)
Review Site Response Actions and Cleaning / Disinfecting Procedures and Comment
Confirm with Client that Cleaning / Disinfection Services are Complete
Mobilize to Site and Verify the Completion of Cleaning / Disinfecting Work
Use visual evaluation and wipe tests to evaluate adequate surface cleaning; if the preliminary visual and wipe tests are determined adequate, Summit will conduct microbial residue sampling on representative high touch areas and food touch areas (4 to 6 areas depending on site size along with 2 QA/QC samples; these will be adenosine triphosphate (ATP) hygiene monitoring).
Provide Field Testing Conclusions to Owners and Managers on-site.
If requested, provide feedback and recommendations to cleaning contractors
Provide Short Written Summary Report Including Results within 24 hours
Summit Professionals Have 30 Years’ Experience Doing “How Clean is Clean” Projects
Microbial Remediation Work Plans
Microbial Clearance Testing
Meth Lab Clearance Testing
Crime Scene Clearance Testing
Restoration Company Oversite
Indoor Air Quality Testing
Sewage Cleanup Clearance
Hazardous Material Remediation and Site Closure Verification
OSHA Safety Training
Blood Borne Pathogen Training
Hazardous Materials 40 Hour HAZWOPER Trained
HAZWOPER Supervisor Trained
Radon Assessor and Mitigator
Summit Professional Staff Experience
Bradley D. Harr, M.S. CMC, RPIH, HHS
President and Senior Environmental Scientist
Mr. Harr is President and Sr. Environmental Scientist at Summit Environmental Inc. He has over 39 years of environmental science experience, including 31 years in site environmental assessment; soil, water and air contaminant characterization; damp building assessment, and contaminated site remediation and closure. Mr. Harr has technical expertise in environmental regulatory compliance, risk assessment, environmental characterization of Sites for property transfer; environmental permitting; building science and microbial evaluations; and clandestine drug lab evaluation and remediation. Mr. Harr has B.A. degrees in Biology and Botany and a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Science from the University of Montana. He is a member of the Boise State Environmental Health Advisory Committee and is an active member of four international environmental standard writing committees at ASTM and IICRC. He is a Registered Professional Industrial Hygienist, a Certified Microbial Consultant and a certified Healthy Homes Specialist through the National Environmental Health Association and the HUD National Center for Healthy Housing. In 2014, Brad became a Board of Director for the Indoor Environmental Standards Organization and served in that role for two years.
MICHAEL A. LARANGO, CMI, CRI
Vice President and Manager of Field Operations
Mr. Larango is Vice President and Manager of Field Operations for Summit Environmental, Inc and Royal Inspection. He has over 29 years of experience in the environmental and building science field. His job responsibilities include: building inspections, fungal assessments, health and safety management, contractor oversight, multi-media sampling, groundwater monitoring; Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessment records review, research, and report preparations; Health and Safety Plan preparations and oversight; microbial evaluations; and documentation of all field activities. Other expertise includes data research, data collection, soil and waste sampling, hazardous waste management, heavy equipment operations, UST decommissioning, professional witness assistance, and air monitoring and sampling. He is emergency response trained and is a Certified Real Estate Inspector (CRI) and Certified Microbial Investigator (CMI).
Summit Environmental performs radon testing and mitigation.
Radon is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown of uranium found in most rocks and soil. Radon mixes with fresh air in the outdoors and is usually diluted to low levels, but inside an enclosed building, such as a home or school, radon can build up to high levels. According to the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare’s Bureau of Environmental Health and Safety, dangerous radon levels have been found in every county in Idaho and in both new and old homes. In addition, the Surgeon General has determined radon to be the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer in the general population in the United States.
Testing is the only way to know how much radon may be in your home or building. Two types of tests are available to measure radon: short term which takes from 2 to 90 days, or long term which takes more than 90 days. Because no level of radon is considered absolutely safe, radon levels should be reduced as much as possible. The amount of radon that is within the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) accepted level is 4 picoCuries per liter of air (pCi/L).
The EPA recommends fixing your home if the result of the one long-term or the average of two short-term tests exceeds the accepted level of 4 pCi/L.
Building Condition Inspections, Fungal Assessments Idaho and Oregon
Summit Environmental has performed inspections on hundreds of residential and commercial properties. Inspections include complete evaluations of most all building components including foundations, HVAC Systems, crawlspace, attic, framing, electrical, roofing, and plumbing. He completes a report for the inspection and works with realtors, potential buyers, and property owners to assist in real estate transactions and for more efficient and safe building operation. They have Certified Microbial Consultants and Certified Microbial Investigators and performs fungal assessments along with air and surface sampling and provides reports with findings and recommendations.
Phase 1 and 2 Environmental Site Assessments
Involved in Hundreds of Phase 1, 2, and 3 Environmental Site Assessments, Remediations, and Closures. Phase 1 assessment tasks include performing site visits to assess indications of past and present hazardous material handling, condition of the site, and to determine the presence of PCBs, asbestos, underground storage tanks, dry wells, hazardous air emissions, and other environmental liabilities. Conducts interviews and record searches. Phase 2 tasks include sampling soils, waste materials, ground water, wastewater, indoor and ambient air, transformers, building materials, and other site materials that may present an environmental risk. Assessments have been performed on small sites to sites of several acres and in remote areas. Prepares project reports to document the findings and identify recommendations.
Microbial Assessments (Mold/Fungal/Bacterial)
Summit Environmental has performed hundreds of microbial property evaluations and has certified individuals by the American Indoor Air Quality Council. Evaluations are consistent with the Standards of Practice for the Assessment of Indoor Environmental Quality and the IICRC S520 Standard for Professional Mold Remediation
Groundwater Studies and Remediation
Groundwater Remediation System Operation and Maintenance, Boise and Nampa, Idaho. Serices include measurement of groundwater levels, sampling of groundwater from the monitoring and pumping wells, and evaluation and maintenance of an air stripper system, a state of the art pump and treat resin/carbon treatment system. Summit performs monitoring well and pumping well operation and maintenance, and performs oversight during drilling operations. When well production rates fall below acceptable levels, Summit Environmental personnel provides technical oversight during well redevelopment, which consists of surge block and chemical treatment.