Environmental & Remediation

First Elements consists of experienced consultants and engineers that work to identify potential sources of environmental risk and liability for property owners, prospective property buyers or lending institutions. The team at First Elements assess, manage, mitigate or remediate any risks to ensure clients are in compliance with local, provincial and federal regulations.

    Environmental Assessment

  • Phase I, II & III Environmental Site Assessments
  • Hydrogeology & Groundwater Management
  • Water Quality Sampling & Testing
  • Environmental Compliance Audits
  • Environmental Data Management
  • (Construct IT Environmental)
  • Pollution Prevention & Environmental Management Systems
  • Certificate of Approval Permitting

    Transactional Due Diligence

  • Environmental Site Assessments
  • Building/Property Condition
  • Assessments & Reserve Fund Studies
  • Peer Review
  • Risk/Liability Assessment & Management
  • National or Local Portfolio Assessments
  • Multi-Site Portfolio Capability

    Remediation & Decommissioning

  • Remediation System Evaluation & Feasibility Studies
  • Remedial Solutions (in-situ/ex-situ treatment...)
  • Laboratory & Field Pilot Testing
  • Remediation System Evaluation & Design
  • Decommissioning Services
  • Construction Oversight & Contractor
  • Management
  • Performance Based Contracting
  • Environmental Risk Assessment
  • Underground Storage Tank
  • Management

    Risk Assessment

  • Human Health and Ecological Risk
  • Assessment in support of a Record of Site Condition under Ontario Regulation 153/04
  • Due Diligence Risk Assessments
  • Problem Formulation & Conceptual Site Models
  • Exposure Assessment Modeling
  • Toxicological/Chemical Hazard Assessment
  • Risk Characterization
  • Risk Communication
  • Peer Reviews
  • Soil Vapour Intrusion & Indoor Air Quality Assessments

    Other Services

  • Investigations
  • Project & Contract Management
  • Inspection & Air Monitoring
  • Online Hazardous Materials Inventory
  • System – HMIS
  • Project Management of Remediation
  • Indoor Air Quality Investigations & Consulting
  • Microbiological (Mould) & Bacteria Investigations
  • Asbestos & Microbial Analysis of Bulk, Air & Surface Samples
  • Building Science
  • Training

Emissions Reduction & Compliance

Responsible discharge of industrial air emissions is compulsory through various Environmental Acts and Regulations. Achieving compliance may be as simple as submission of an application or report, or as complex as negotiating approvals or implementing pollution controls. First Elements can assess the issues and provide effective solutions.

    Toxics Reduction Planning

  • Phase I, II & III Environmental Site Assessments
  • Hydrogeology & Groundwater Management
  • Water Quality Sampling & Testing
  • Environmental Compliance Audits
  • Environmental Data Management
  • (Construct IT Environmental)
  • Pollution Prevention & Environmental Management Systems
  • Certificate of Approval Permitting

    Air Permits, Reg. 419 & Contaminant Reporting

  • Ministry of the Environment (MOE) Certificate of Approval Permits
  • NPRI Reporting
  • Compliance Assessment
  • Self-Contamination Assessment
  • Emission Summary & Dispersion Modelling Reporting
  • Emission Inventory Preparation

    Industrial Ventilation

  • Ventilation Assessment
  • General Exhaust Systems
  • Supply Air Systems
  • Custom Engineered Hoods & Enclosures
  • Hazardous Location Ventilation (explosive vapour, dust...)
  • Project Management & Turn-key Supply

    Occupational Health & Safety

  • OH&S Policy & Program Development
  • Workplace Training
  • Air Monitoring Surveys
  • Noise Monitoring Surveys
  • Designated Substance Assessments
  • Exposure Control Strategies

    Pollution Abatement

  • Turn-key Supply or Project Management
  • Abatement Strategy Development
  • Control Technology Assessment
  • Performance Testing

    Odour Sampling & Analysis

  • Dilution & Neat Sampling
  • Olfactometry (Odour Evaluation)
  • Detection & Recognition Analysis
  • Odour Characterization
  • Neighbourhood Impact Assessment

    Noise & Vibration

  • Environmental Noise Compliance Assessment & Audit
  • Industrial Noise & Vibration Monitoring
  • Noise/Vibration Abatement & Control Strategies

Hazardous Materials

Our team of experts conduct assessments to identify hazardous materials for regulatory compliance prior to the transfer of property, renovation, or demolition of residential and commercial buildings.

    Hazardous Material Identification Process

  • Assessments for regulatory compliance or property transfers
  • Complete Hazardous building materials management and abatement programs, from inspection, design, tendering and project management services
  • Indoor air quality and microbial contamination investigations, management and remediation plans
  • Comprehensive environmental laboratory services including asbestos, bacteria (E.Coli, Legionella), mould and lead
  • Training and education, from awareness seminars to comprehensive multi day training for managers, workers and contractors
  • Expert witness services

    Identification, Handling, And Removal Management

  • Radon
  • Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM)
  • Mould
  • PCB’s
  • Mercury
  • Lead
  • Microbial Contamination

    Hazardous Building Materials Abatement

  • Assessment prior to renovation or demolition
  • Project design and specification services
  • Contract and Project Management
  • Demolition Consulting
  • Inspection services and air monitoring
  • Environmental Laboratory Services

  • Accredited testing for asbestos
  • Lead analysis
  • Testing for air, surface and water analysis of mould
  • Mould in bulk, air, swab, and water samples
  • Analysis of bacteria, E.Coli and Legionella

    Indoor Air Quality & Microbial Contamination

    First Elements provides residential indoor air quality monitoring for individuals who have concerns about or have the desire to improve indoor air quality at home.

  • Investigations & Testing
  • Remediation Plans & Project Management
  • Development of Control & Prevention Plans
  • Training Services for Managers and Contractors
  • Expert Witness Services

Occupational Health & Safety

First Elements offers a multi-disciplinary approach made up of Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIH), Registered Occupational Hygienists (ROH), Professional Engineers, Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (CRSP) and other qualified technologists and laboratory staff to help you meet and manage your OH&S goals. Whether it’s working with you on a single project or an ongoing program; we will help you make sense of the complex regulatory climate and take the worry out of OH&S.

    OH&S Management

  • OH&S Policy & Program Development
  • OH&S Auditing
  • OH&S Management System Assessments
  • Training Needs Assessments Compliance Plans
  • Advisory Services to Management & Safety Committees

    Occupational Hygiene & Safety

  • Air Monitoring Surveys
  • Noise Monitoring Surveys
  • Designated Substance Assessments
  • Workwell Consulting
  • Confined Space Consulting Programs
  • Hazard Assessment
  • Plans/Permits/Procedures
  • Illness Investigations
  • Lighting Surveys
  • MSDS & WHMIS Label Preparation
  • Exposure Control Strategies
  • Spill Response Plans
  • OH&S Reviews of New Products
  • Job Hazard Analyses
  • Ventilation Assessments
  • Analytical Services

    Training Programs

  • Supervisor Competency
  • Effective Management for Due Diligence
  • Confined Space Entry
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Lab Safety
  • Heat Stress
  • Job Hazard Analysis
  • Effective Joint Health & Safety Committees
  • Designated Substances (e.g. lead; silica)
  • Spill Response
  • Chemical Awareness (modular course)

    Environmental Air & Noise

  • Air Pollution Abatement
  • Odour Analysis
  • Product Off-Gassing (VOCs & Odour)
  • Certificate of Approval (Air & Noise) Permitting
  • Compliance Management Programs
  • O. Reg. 419 Compliance
  • Industrial Ventilation
  • Noise & Vibration Assessment
  • Noise Abatement
  • Regulatory Reporting
  • Stack Testing
  • Atmospheric Dispersion Modelling
  • Cooling Tower (Legionella) Self – Contamination Modelling