Shop Local – Shipping samples to a laboratory in another state may cost you valuable time. Look for a consultant with a lab nearby for faster service and quicker response times.
Avoid conflicts of interest – Bias may affect the assessment of hazardous materials or conditions if the consultant benefits from its removal.
NVLAP Lab Accreditation – Participation in the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) offers clients an independent assessment of a lab’s capabilities and performance.
AHERA Certification – The Asbestos Hazardous Emergency Response Act (AHERA) Building Inspector Certification program mandates specific training and “accreditation” for all individuals doing inspection, project design, project supervision and project work involving asbestos in schools and public and commercial buildings.
Lead Accreditation –Washington State Department of Commerce requires that applicants complete accredited training provided by Commerce-accredited training providers, meet eligibility requirements (experience and/or education) and are required to pass the WA Certification Examination.
Stability – Companies come and go in our industry just like any other. Those that have been around for awhile offer you both the benefit of their experience as well as continuity for your future needs.
Insurance – Properly insured consultants can help minimize your liability.