Common Mistakes People Make When Hiring An Environmental Consulting Company
Before buying or building a property, you want to make sure that it complies with the rules and regulations of the province and city that you are in. You would want to ensure that the liability does not fall on you as the buyer, or at least you would want to know what you are getting into. Every property has its fair share of environmental issues, and as the problems worsen, more and more people around you will call for change.
Keeping up with these requirements can be overwhelming, and making a mistake can be costly. As someone who isn’t an expert in the laws and regulations of your province and city, you might end up not adhering to the code and facing many liabilities. Avoid these problems by hiring a professional consultant who understands the legal requirements and has the means to ensure you stay compliant.
In this dynamic environment of constantly changing rules and environmental targets, you need to make sure you hire a company that suits your needs best. To help you avoid making the mistakes that could prove to be costly, Safetech Environmental Ltd has put together a list of the most common mistakes people make hiring an environmental consulting company.
1. Not hiring a consultant
In order to protect consumers, every business must comply with a set of rules and regulations. Consultants are on your side to protect you from potential liability. Consultants will ensure the scope of work, preventative measures, and full documentation are in place. We are on your side throughout the entire process and support your daily activities. You want your customers to know that you care for the environment and hiring a professional is one way of becoming more eco-friendly.
2. Hiring a consultant too late
If you delay in hiring a professional consultant, property assessments and testing cannot be done in a timely manner and in compliance with the environmental policies of the area. This could cost you a significant amount of money. A professional will walk you through all the legal requirements needed to stick to code. They can identify a potential property or workplace hazard and develop a risk management plan that will keep everyone safe.
3. Hiring a contractor
A contractor will not take the liability for the scope of work as this duty doesn’t lie with them but with the owner of the project. An environmental consultant, on the other hand, is aware of the code and the environmental regulations of your province and city. They have the experience needed to advise you on how you can stay compliant.
4. Risk staying home
A professional consultant will review the condition of your property and provide a detailed analysis of the premises to you so that you can make the necessary changes. They check for hazardous building material, dry rot, asbestos, lead, and so on, to keep premises safe for use. In case the condition becomes too bad for you to live in, they will make sure that you are relocated by insurance until the necessary changes are made.
5. Dictate the scope of work
If you dictate the scope of work to a consultant, then you as the property owner are taking on the liability which you might not be ready to undertake. As professionals in the field, we endeavour to reallocate liability from our clients by assessing their sites and collecting samples. Our technicians then submit the samples to accredited third-party laboratories before creating comprehensive reports. We specialize in industrial hygiene, environmental engineering, and addressing hazards such as mould, asbestos, and lead.
6. Compromise on quality
Without a consultant and proper scope of work, contractors may remove more than is required. This could cause you to lose out with no way of getting compensation. We understand that when you encounter problems, they are a high priority, as such, we provide you with a sense of urgency with our quick response time. If it turns out you do not have a problem, you need some clear, easily understood evidence that will ease your relations with regulators and labour representatives.
To avoid these and other mistakes, reach out to the experts at Safetech Environmental Ltd. With our vision to change things up, break new ground and provide our clients with hands-on comprehensive, efficient and cost-effective solutions, our humble beginnings in a two-room rental unit has grown into a thriving and diverse full-service environmental consulting company.
Although the three founders are still hands-on and involved in daily activities, it is our diverse group of talented individuals that make Safetech what it is today. We are proud of our team and their skills, academic achievements, technical expertise, and commitment to getting the job done efficiently. We offer services such as asbestos assessment, hazardous building materials assessment, indoor air quality testing, mould, and water damage assessment/testing, environmental services, occupational hygiene assessment, etc. We serve clients across Ontario and the rest of Canada with our affiliates.