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As we continue to navigate the unprecedented events surrounding COVID-19, we have focused our attention on the health and wellbeing of our employees and their families, while continuing to deliver on the commitments that we have made to our clients. We have implemented proactive steps to mitigate the risk of exposure for our workforce and the communities we serve and to meet recommendations made by federal, state, and local jurisdictions. As a result, many of our employees are now working remotely, and we have made investments in our systems to continue delivering service and technical capabilities with minimal interruption.
Our hearts are with all the people, communities, and organizations affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Protecting your employees and visitors to your business from illness is important. NV5 understands your concerns and can help your organization mitigate the risk of exposure to this potentially dangerous pathogen. Development and implementation of cleaning protocols and appropriate Health and Safety Plans can help to defend against the transmission of not just COVID-19, but also a host of other viral and bacterial pathogens. NV5’s team of industrial hygienists have decades of experience to minimize the risk of exposure and interruption to business operations through cleaning protocols specific for your business.
Our industrial hygiene experts can help your business and community with:
All NV5 plans and protocols relating to COVID-19 are developed in accordance with protocols from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA).
Should you need assistance, please contact us at Steve.Lipson@NV5.com, Cecile.Felsher@altaenviron.com or Lisa.Kay@NV5.com.
Steve Lipson, CIH, by phone at 813.867.7125
Cecile Felsher, CIH, by phone at 562.489.9731
Lisa Kay, Chief Operating Officer, NV5 Environmental Health Services, by phone at 760.497.6287
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NV5 | Alta Environmental (an NV5 Company) won a Project Merit award for their Smart Watershed network system (ALTA MS4-FSTM). This innovative technology was designed to help clients meet MS4 NPDES permit compliance requirements. The deployment of this technology increases efficiency by bridging the gap from the field to connect clients with real-time data. To read more information on this cutting-edge technology, our website has more details for your reading pleasure.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) plans to update its asbestos regulation (Rule 1403), although it is delayed indefinitely. While the much-needed revisions are stalled, recent developments have potentially far-reaching impacts to those falling within the SCAQMD jurisdiction.
The most significant development is related to the presence of asbestos in asphalt. More specifically, it is described as “asphalt street materials.” Within the SCAQMD jurisdiction, it is now a requirement to sample asphaltic street materials before disturbance. This will likely have a substantial impact on the utility sector who often service lines beneath the asphalt. The other sector which will be squarely impacted is the construction sector, especially those conducting street repairs and infrastructure upgrades.
The echoes of people singing “rain, rain, go away, come again another day” during our Thanksgiving and the winter holidays has long faded. Following the wet start to our “rainy season,” 2020 has started out exceptionally dry. Southern California tends to get a significant amount of our winter rain totals during the months of January and February. Without any major storm events expected for the remainder of February, many locations throughout Southern California will be nearing the driest combined January and February on record. As shown in the map below, the percent of average precipitation for the last 30 days shows California and the Southwest are well below average. And the following table prepared by the Los Angeles office of the National Weather Service shows the meager 2020 rainfall totals for stations throughout Southern California.
Business Licenses and Renewals and SB 205. New SIC Code Requirements Causing Headaches for CA Businesses
By your Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors at Alta Environmental|NV5 David Renfrew, Vice President, Water Resources Director 01/24/2020
California businesses and municipalities need to be aware of Senate Bill 205 (Hertzberg). The bill was signed into law on October 2, 2019. The bill requires businesses applying for or renewing their businesses licenses to provide their Standard Industrial Classification Code (SIC), and if required, show proof of enrollment in California’s Industrial General Stormwater Permit (IGP)¹. The purpose of the bill is to capture many of the non-filer businesses who are currently operating without IGP coverage, which is a violation of the Clean Water Act, and is also an unfair business practice.
On Saturday January 25th, Chris Waller of Alta|NV5 will be participating in a panel discussion on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS, at the Southwestern Chapter of American Associate of Airport Executives’ Airport Attorney Workshop in Monterey, CA. Mr. Waller will be joined on the panel by Sarah Johnson of California Strategies, LLC and Lori Ballance of Gatzke, Dillon & Balance, LLP. The discussion will provide background on PFAS, how PFAS are released into the environment, recent regulatory developments regarding PFAS, and special considerations for airports and other facilities that may be required to investigate for the existence of PFAS. Although the presentation is geared towards airports, PFAS is an emerging chemical of concern for a large range of industries, municipalities, and drinking water providers.
The Alta Elves were hard at work making holiday care packages to help bring joy this holiday season. The Water Resources team in our Oceanside office packed 75 stockings filled with goodies for members of our U.S. military. We coordinated with the non-profit group Soldiers’ Angels to distribute these care packages to members of the military on domestic bases as well as some that are currently deployed abroad. The stockings had games, candies, snacks, socks, beanies, gloves, and much more! As we packed the stockings, it was a great opportunity to reflect upon the dedication of our service men and women and the hard-earned freedom that we enjoy each day. Alta would like to say a heartfelt thank-you this holiday season to all members of our military and to the families of these service men and women. Thank you for your sacrifices.
Current Cal/OSHA regulations, CCR T8 §342(a), require that “every employer shall report immediately by telephone or telegraph to the nearest District Office of the Division of Occupational Safety & Health any serious injury or illness, or death of an employee occurring in a place of employment or in connection with any employment. Immediate means as soon as practically possible but not longer than 8 hours after the employer knows or with diligent inquiry would have known of the serious injury or illness. If the employer can demonstrate that exigent circumstances exist, the time frame for the report may be made no longer than 24 hours after the incident.”