Institutional EHS

  • Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Materials Management
  • Industrial, Construction, and Laboratory Safety
  • Infection Control Risk Assessments (ICRA)
  • Interim Life Safety Assessment
  • Environmental, Health, & Safety Program Development & Audits
  • Emergency Response Planning
  • Fire Prevention and Planning
  • Mold, Lead, and Asbestos Inspections and Management Plans
  • Industrial Hygiene / Chemical Exposure Assessments
  • Environmental Compliance and Permitting
  • OSHA Compliance
  • Vapor Intrusion Investigations
  • Sustainability / Green Building Operational Practices
  • Water Quality Sampling

Environmental, Health, and Safety for Institutions

Institutions, such as healthcare and education facilities, are often characterized as self-contained mini-cities. Such institutions like hospitals, schools, colleges, and universities are a mix of workplaces, public and residential areas, and commercial operations. The sites can include:

  • utility operations
  • a wide range of maintenance activities
  • laboratory operations
  • staff work activities that serve the mission of the institution.

To make the EHS challenges greater, many of these institutions have evolved over many decades with a mix of buildings and infrastructure that are dated and fall short of meeting the environmental, health, and safety standards found in buildings built today. The Emilcott team has significant experience performing audits, developing programs, providing training, and working with government regulators.

Emilcott’s institutional EHS services are offered in

  • Northeast United States: New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Massachusetts
  • Southeast United States: North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida

We will also consider additional service areas in the continental United States and Canada if requested.

Healthcare and Hospital Facilities

Hospitals and other healthcare facilities have unique needs regarding (EHS) requirements. Implementing effective EHS programs in a healthcare setting requires an understanding of the complexity of the issues facing these facilities. This requires a multi-disciplinary team approach, as any change to existing operations can impact technology and equipment, systems and processes, staff and patient safety, and ultimately the quality of patient care. A multi-disciplinary team can involve Administration, Clinical Staff, Construction Managers, EHS Managers, Emergency Management, Engineering, Environmental Services, Infection Control, and Maintenance Contractors. Every person on that team will work together to maintain environmental compliance, occupational health and safety (OSHA) compliance, and Joint Commission accreditation.

Educational Institutions

Academic campuses are like small cities, complete with a wide variety of regulatory compliance issues. Power plants, vehicle maintenance garages, machine shops, paint shops, and facilities for wastewater treatment, solid waste storage, and disposal can all be found on most college campuses. Many also have research laboratories and medical facilities housed in a condensed area with a mixed population of residents, employees, and visitors. It is not unusual to find large construction projects underway, which bring contractors and heavy equipment into the picture. Proactive management of these issues can present significant EH&S challenges. The Emilcott team has been very effective in developing and implementing successful EHS programs at these academic institutions.

EPA and OSHA have increased their enforcement of regulatory compliance for academic institutions, holding universities and colleges to the same standards as regulated industries. Our experience has shown that the EPA will focus on compliance with regulations covering solid and hazardous waste storage and disposal, chemical storage, stormwater pollution, wastewater treatment, and air pollution. OSHA will focus on employee and contractor safety from hazardous materials, construction activities, machine and chemical usage, energy sources, chemical releases, excessive noise, entry into confined spaces, and laboratory chemicals. Both agencies will require proper documentation, record keeping, and employee training.

12,080 injuries and illnesses involving days away from work occurred at educational facilities in 2019. Most of these cases occurred in elementary and secondary schools.

-Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employer-Reported Workplace Injuries and Illnesses–2019