Simply put, conducting an Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) or Environmental Base Study (EBS) is performing due diligence. Prior to developing or acquiring a new site, you need to be aware of any potential environmental liabilities and ensure that the proposed project complies with local legal and regulatory requirements.
We conduct Environmental Site Assessments in three phases:
Phase 1 :
This involves a site audit and document review. Our assessor will look for any signs of chemical release, unusual odors, and emissions. Observations regarding effluent discharge, drainage, storage of toxic or hazardous chemicals, the state of housekeeping, stressed vegetation, operational layout, storage of goods, and solid waste handling systems will be noted. Other issues pertaining to noise and fugitive emissions of dust and vapor will be reviewed as well during the audit.
Phase 2 :
During the site assessment, we will identify chemical-of-concerns and develop sampling strategies to address these COCs. Results obtained will be compared with internationally recognized standards (Dutch, ESEPA, New Zealand, etc). Site Specific Values may be developed for certain scenarios, such as to understand dermal, ingestion, and inhalation risk of workers at the construction site.
Phase 3 :
Depending on the Phase 2 results, site remediation may be necessary, with the aim of reducing risks to environmental and human receptors to acceptable levels.