Consulting & Design Services

BEPI provides consulting, design, and construction services in earth, environment, and energy and ensure all aspects of technology are factored into your design plans, both for current demands and future.

AIR QUALITY TESTING

BEPI provides indoor air quality testing services, indoor environmental assessments and indoor air testing for Asbestos, Mould, Radon, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and Semi Volatile Organic Compounds (SVOCs) for homes, offices and industrial buildings in the Southern Ontario area.

Indoor air quality testing is an important part of determining how healthy your surroundings are.  Since we spend over 90% of our life indoors, the health and quality of the air we breathe is of utmost importance.  The majority of indoor pollutants are invisible to the naked eye and do not necessarily produce a noticeable odour.

Employer Liability
Amendments to the Criminal Code set out in Bill C-45 (Health & Safety Negligence) came into effect March 31, 2004. These amendments mean dramatic new duties, new risks of investigation and prosecution and the possibility of workplace-based criminal liability for corporate organizations as well as individuals.

In short, any employer could be held criminally liable for not providing and employee a safe work environment.  Poor indoor air quality or environmental pollution which causes harm to an employee can result in civil as well as criminal prosecution under Bill C-45.

Not providing, ensuring and investigating the status of indoor air quality in a workplace can result in criminal charges against the directors of a corporation, organization as well as sole proprietors and individuals.

Not investigating air quality complaints by employees are now considered 'negligence' and will expose the employer to be liable.



Mould Testing

BEPI provides comprehensive Mould testing including toxic moulds such as Strachybotrys

  • Mould, bacteria and dust sampling, testing and analysis, including bulk, air and surface samples
  • Isolation, identification and culturing of moulds commonly detected in air, fluids and bulk samples
  • Identification, quantification and analysis to the species level for moulds of importance to air quality and of significance to health


Volatile ORGANIC COMPOUNDS (VOCs) and
Semi Volatile Organic COMPOUNDS (SVOC) TESTING

BEPI provides comprehensive testing for VOCS and SVOCS, some of the more common are identified below:

VOCs
“Volatile organic compound” or VOC is the name given to a substance that contains carbon and that evaporates (becomes a vapor) or “off-gases” at room temperature. VOCs include benzene, methylene chloride, hexane, toluene, trichloroethane, styrene, heptane, and perchloroethylene.

SVOCs
“Semi Volatile organic compounds” or SVOCs include diisobutylphthalate, flame retardants such as organophosphorus and polybrominated compounds, and different fungicides like lindane, DDT, pentachlorophenol and others.



RADON TESTING

BEPI provides Short term and Long Term Radon Testing and also provide Radon Mitigation.

Radon
Radon is a radioactive gas found naturally in the environment. It is produced by the decay of uranium found in soil, rock or water. Radon is invisible, odourless and tasteless and emits ionizing radiation. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer according to the Canadian Lung Association.

Short-Term Testing
Short-term tests over a 48 to 72 hour period are where we place a detector in an appropriate location in the house. The short-term test can offer a snapshot of levels. If radon concentration on a short-term test approaches or exceeds Health Canada's guidance level of 200 Bq/m3, then we recommend immediate follow-up with long-term testing. (Radon is commonly measured in units called "becquerels per cubic meter" (Bq/m³)).

Long-Term Testing Ensures Yearly Accurate Results
Long-term testing (more than 90 days) is the only method that will determine a truly accurate average radon level in a building. Options on some devices include tamper-proofing, real-time results, as well as simultaneous measurement of temperature and humidity levels.

Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) are a critical part of completing any commercial real estate transaction, corporate merger, acquisition, refinancing, or redevelopment of a property. ESAs offer a way for land owners to gain protection from future liability by showing they have taken the due diligence to maintain the environmental integrity of the property.

Our services include one or more of the following:

Phase I:
A Phase I ESA is a systematic qualitative process to assess the environmental condition of a Site based on its historical and current uses.

Phase II:
A Phase II ESA is an intrusive soil and groundwater investigation customized to investigate the areas of potential environmental concern at the Site identified in the Phase I activities.

Phase III:
The third stage of an Environmental Site Assessment involves applying for a Record of Site Condition (RSC). A RSC is a document issued by the Ministry of Environment (MOE) stating the Site meets all the applicable Site Condition Standards set out by Ontario Regulation 153/04. This document is a property owner’s defense against any future liability for a Site, as it states that they have ensured the Site is free of any potentially harmful contaminants. Our consultants can streamline the process of applying for an RSC using the reports generated by us during our Phase I and II investigations.

All facilities located in Ontario that release emissions to the atmosphere, discharge contaminants to ground and surface water, provide potable water supplies or store, transport, process or dispose of waste are required to obtain an Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment ("MOE"). The ECA permits various activities to proceed in compliance with the applicable legislation and also provides enforceable requirements that ensure protection of human health and the natural environment. Approvals should be obtained prior to the commencement of construction of any such facility. Changes to the approved facility may also require amendments to the existing ECA's.

BEPI Environmental Consultants has experience in preparing ECA’s for the following sectors:

  • Metal Product Manufacturing (including plasma, laser, and flame cutting)
  • Machine Shops
  • Chemical & Petrochemical Product Manufacturing
  • Welding Operations
  • Laboratory Fume Hoods
  • Paint Spray Booths and Paint Dip Stations
  • Pollution Control Devices (including thermal processors and dust collectors)
  • Fuel Fired Comfort Combustion Equipment (including rooftop heating and cooling equipment)

Under the Occupational Health & Safety Act the Act, it is the responsibility of the project "Owner" or "Manager" to arrange for a site assessment in order to evaluate if any designated substances are present at the subject project site prior to commencing a project. The main purpose of this assessment is to protect workers and the public from health and safety hazards on the job.

The most common Designated Substances found in Ontario are:

  • Asbestos - building and pipe insulation, fabricated materials such as gaskets and floor tiles, wall panels, and joint compounds
  • Lead - found in piping and paints
  • Silica - building materials such as bricks, blocks and mortar
  • Mercury - lighting ballast, switches and thermostats

BEPI Environmental Consultants can provide a comprehensive range of services for the assessment and remediation or designated substances including:

  • Preliminary site inspection to evaluate the possible presence of designated substances
  • Obtain representative samples for third party laboratory analysis in order to identify the designated substances present, their locations and concentrations
  • Quantify the designated substances present on the site
  • Provide recommendations to address the presence of the designated substances during building construction, renovations or demolition
  • Quantify the designated substances present on the site
  • Preparation of contractual procedures and specifications in order to perform the removal and disposal of the designated substances
  • Provide project management for the remediation work

BEPI designs wastewater system using their SFB, Symbiotic Facultative Bioreactor technology. This Bioreactor provides the highest efficacy in breaking down waste water from the following Waste Water Processes:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Abattoir
  • Red & Grey Water

The SFB, Symbiotic Facultative Bioreactor Wastewater is a Fixed Film Media Bioreactor, with no sludge, the Bio Mass being plated out on the Fixed Film Media thus eliminating the low efficacy and problems associated with Activated Sludge systems, such as bulking, foaming, poor floc formation, dispersed growth and odour etc.

The SFB design maintains an extremely high population of facultative microbes and thus maintains a biological community that is not affected by the normal toxins, chemicals, undissolved solids, fats, oils or greases, which knocks out most waste water treatment systems.

Benefits such as demineralization, elimination of hydrogen sulfide and volatile fatty acid odours, increased reproduction of facultative anaerobes, carbon oxidation, nitrification, denitrification, dissolved oxygen, reducing BOD, COD, TSS, TKN, TP, TPH may all be found with the BEPI SFB.

Our environmental consultants have designed, built and installed treatment systems for groundwater pump and treat as well as in-situ and ex-situ soil bioremediation. Depending on your situation we can lease, rent or sell you a complete turnkey system to meet the needs of almost any application.

Bioremediation is a technology that uses naturally occurring microorganisms to degrade hazardous organic substances into less toxic or non-toxic compounds such as carbon dioxide and water. The use of biological processes for the treatment and/or remediation of wastes are established methods for reducing the impact of both industrial and municipal pollutants on the environment. In any biological process, from septic systems to large-scale treatment plants, the fundamental component is bacteria. As such, effective management of the existing biological population is essential to the proper operation of these systems.

Bioremediation can be divided into two categories: intrinsic and augmented. Intrinsic remediation relies on bacteria that are already present in the soil to consume contaminants. This technique involves stimulating bacteria to consume the target contaminants with an electron acceptor – either oxygen, sulphate or nitrate – and a mix of nutrients to support bacterial metabolism.

Augmented bioremediation or bioaugmentation utilizes a consortium of bacteria that are selected for their ability to degrade specific contaminants. The bacteria are introduced into the contaminated area and their metabolism is supported with added nutrients and electron acceptors.

Bioremediation has been demonstrated and is being used as an effective means of mitigating:

  • Total Petroleum hydrocarbons F1-F4g
  • Halogenated organic solvents
  • Halogenated organic compounds
  • Nitrogen compounds