When people think about environmental clean up companies and what they do, they often picture catastrophic events like the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010. Considered the worst spill of all time, 4.9 million barrels spilled into the Gulf of Mexico.
Even though the spill was over a decade ago, the cleanup still continues and will for some time. While environmental clean up companies help with this effort, most of these services focus on helping businesses and organizations in their community.
While these efforts aren’t as grand in scale, they are just as important when it comes to protecting the environment and helping businesses meet local and national regulations. Read on to learn more about what a remediation company is and what cleanup services can do for you.
What Do Environmental Clean Up Companies Do?
If you think that the obvious answer to this question is ‘they clean up the environment’, you’re correct, but the answer is a little more complicated than that.
Companies like ours do more than help keep the environment safe and clean. We’re also business partners in the local community. We help keep businesses in compliance with local, state, and national regulations and stay informed on any changes so we can pass that information on to our clients.
We also help your business maintain the public trust. If you have an unresolved environmental issue, it could open you up to criticism and a loss of trust from your clients. We deliver quick and reliable service, handling the problem as soon as possible.
Because of our ability to deliver quick and professional service, along with our knowledge and experience, we save businesses money. In many cases, we can take care of any issue you may have without forcing your business to close. If your business has to shut down, we’ll work hard to get you up and running in no time.
Our knowledge will help you avoid having to pay fines for environmental compliance. Our team knows that the best way to avoid any issue is to take a proactive approach. We’ll help you stay ahead of any issues and avoid problems before they start.
We also work to protect the general interest. When there’s a problem, we know that it affects more than the business and their employees. In many cases, it could put others in harm’s way as well. We do whatever it takes to clean up environmental problems and keep everyone safe.
Wondering what services we perform? Want to know more about how we can protect you and your customers? Let’s look at the services we offer and what they mean for your company.
The pandemic dominated most of 2020, with businesses and government agencies nationwide facing unprecedented pressure because of the coronavirus. Southern California and the Los Angeles area have been one of the hardest hit areas.
Because of the local and statewide response, companies have had to reevaluate the way they do business. Between shutdowns, employees getting sick and having to quarantine for 14 days, and new safety regulations, it’s important to have a partner who can help keep your business safe.
We offer COVID-19 solid surface testing kits, quick response times, and deep cleaning and sanitization services. If your business has no cases, we will clean frequently used areas and surfaces to help stop the potential spread.
If you suspect that someone in your business has had recent exposure to someone who’s sick, we’ll use our state-of-the-art cleaning methods to perform a 10 foot down disinfection.
If you have a confirmed case of coronavirus, we’ll work fast to deliver a customized response that gets the virus out of your building and stops it from spreading to others. The sooner this process starts, the better.
We follow CDC and state protocols to keep your business compliant and safe. We’ll help you keep your employees safe and give your customer’s the confidence they need in your company.
If you need environmental services, it’s best to work with a company that can help you with every step. The last thing you want is to have to deal with multiple partners, each with their own timeline, ways of doing things, and levels of experience.
As a full service remediation company, HCI offers a single source solution to your environmental needs. We’re able to decontaminate entire facilities, both on the ground and soil level. We offer site preparation, demolition, soil remediation, and more.
Our company makes sure that our employees have up-to-date training and the equipment they need to handle any project, regardless of the size and scope. Since we’re able to handle every stage of the clean-up process, we’re able to ensure a level of quality that few companies in the nation can.
Emergency Chemical Spills
Chemical spills are almost always an emergency. Not only can they cause your business to run foul of the government, but they can also lower consumer trust and put the health of your employees and customers at risk.
When this happens, you want immediate action. You need a company that can respond right away and that has the experience and knowledge needed to take care of the problem the right way.
Professional environmental clean up companies will evaluate the situation, determine the level of risk, figure out what’s needed to get rid of the risk, and jump into action immediately.
The first thing you should do is evacuate the area. In many cases, breathing in the chemicals can cause health problems, so you should get everyone away from the spill as soon as possible.
Afterwards, call for help right away. The faster you get someone out, the sooner you can fix the situation and get back to work.
We’re able to handle any sized job, from a drum rupture to the failure of entire tanks. We can clean confined spaces and entire facilities, depending on your needs. We can respond right away to emergencies and fix the situation right away.
Asbestos, Lead, and Mold Remediation
Exposing employees and customers to asbestos, lead, and mold can have serious consequences. Asbestos exposure can lead to several types of cancer, including mesothelioma. Every type of asbestos causes cancer.
Mold exposure can cause severe allergies, and in those with weakened immune systems, it can cause fungal infections. While some believe that it can cause mycotoxicosis, there isn’t established proof of that claim.
Short-term exposure can cause exhaustion, loss of appetite, headaches, and more. Long-term exposure, especially for children, can cause developmental issues.
Asbestos removal can be difficult because it’s often found in hard to reach places. Remediation companies must also handle it with care, as disrupting it causes fibers to get into the air and puts those around it at risk. The same applies to mold, which can start anywhere in your building and spread rapidly, and lead, which requires specialized knowledge to safely get rid of..
When removing these toxins, we follow The United States Environmental Protection Agency guidelines and Green Star ratings. Our crews follow the most stringent guidelines and safety protocols when working with your business to get rid of the issue in a safe way.
If you notice any of these issues and need mold, lead, or asbestos removal, call HCI right away. We can develop a plan, work with your business to determine the best way to handle the issue, and make your business safe for both your employees and customers.
Getting rid of waste oil, antifreeze, and drained used oil and gasoline can be an expensive part of doing business. Regulations require the safe disposal of these chemicals, and customers want to know that businesses take their role in keeping the environment clean seriously.
Our mission is to save our customers both time and money. We make sure that your business meets all regulations when disposing of waste. We can pick up waste oil and antifreeze in containers, or we can pump them into a bulk tanker. We can also mix and store used oil and gasoline in the same container.
This allows us to transport and recycle these liquids as non-hazardous waste, lowering the reportable hazardous waste generated by the businesses we work with. We recycle waste oil, antifreeze, and oil. These steps save our partners money and helps them worry less about complying with local regulations.
Electronic waste is something that has become a serious problem around the world. In Ghana and other West African countries, thousands of people, many of which are children, become poisoned because of the electronic waste from other countries.
It’s important to properly dispose of this waste. It can cause health problems both directly through contact and indirectly through water and soil contamination via heavy metals, mercury, and more. We can transport and recycle electronics to ensure their safe disposal.
One reason that many businesses worry about electronic disposal is that they worry about identity and information theft. We have methods that guarantee that your information will remain safe. We either wipe your data storage devices beyond government standards, shred them, or recycle them. We can also provide proof of destruction if need be.
We accept almost every electronic you can think of at our facility in Corona, California. The proper disposal of electronics with us helps protect both local residents and those that live abroad.
Meth Lab and Trauma Scene Clean Up
The production of methamphetamine requires several dangerous chemicals that can both cause damage if inhaled and create the risk of explosions. The problem is that producers set up labs everywhere, from RVs to apartment complexes. Police have even found them in commercial storage units, shipping containers, and backpacks.
Of course, once the lab gets cleared out, the property owner is the one that must clean up the mess. Cleaning up a meth lab requires specialized knowledge and training to ensure that those around the site are safe.
After identifying a site, regulations require an inspection from someone with the proper professional designation. Then the professional must complete a work plan and have it approved. Only then can the clean up begin. Afterwards, an analysis and inspection must take place to confirm that the scent meets requirements.
Because of these steps, you need a company that knows how to get things done right the first time. HCI has extensive experience and knowledge with cleaning up these sites, and can do so in a quick and efficient manner.
Trauma scenes also require a significant amount of care and attention to detail. There are several things to consider when dealing with these scenes, including the emotional toll that the events that led to the situation.
We take these scenes seriously and do everything in our power to handle them with the respect and professionalism they deserve.
Trauma scenes require environmental clean up companies to have specialized training to handle bodily fluids. We work to understand the situation and handle it in a cost-effective and respectful way.
We’ll do whatever it takes to get your property back to where it was before the traumatic event took place. We follow all regulations put forward by the Department of Health and OSHA, and we can give you documentation to prove the proper disposal of all materials.
OSHA training protects your employees and customers. It can help prevent serious injury and death from occurring by providing essential information to those in high-risk situations.
This training helps employees understand, correct, and avoid hazards inside of the workplace. It’s a great way for companies to remain OSHA compliant and helps to build a culture of safety and accountability.
Our experts are industry experts that provide this training in a group setting. We’re able to tailor this training to meet the needs of individual businesses and industries. We understand that every workplace is different; that’s why we’ll work with you to determine your needs.
This training has several benefits. The most obvious benefit is that it can lower the number of workplace accidents. This will keep your employees safe and productive while also lowering your financial costs.
Another economic benefit is that many insurance companies will lower your rates if you show up-to-date OSHA training. We can provide you with documentation to provide your insurance provider if needed.
The training also increases your standards and creates a culture of safety. Group training can also build a sense of teamwork in your organization. The courses also teach everyone on your team how to handle workplace hazards. They’ll know how to respond to an emergency, limiting any injuries that occur.
Transportation and Disposal
No matter what service you use us and other environmental clean up companies for, you’ll need a partner that can handle your transportation and disposal needs. Cleaning up an environmental problem is only one step of a long process.
Local and federal regulations require the proper transportation and disposal of all environmental dangers. These rules keep the community safe and allow the government to properly track where dangerous materials are.
Our company can transport any hazardous or non-hazardous waste. We have both the equipment and training necessary to safely move these items throughout the United States. We have 24’ - 48’ box vans, 1,500 - 5,500 gallon vacuum trucks, 3 - 40 cubic yard roll-off bins, and 6,000 gallon stainless bulk tankers to move waste throughout the United States to our licensed and insured disposal facility.
Our hazardous waste disposal facility will take care of everything for you. We package, transport, and dispose of waste for you to make it uncomplicated and secure. Our facility uses the latest technology to handle your waste. Our industry leading standards guarantee you peace of mind.
We have a built in audit program that ensures that our standards are met at all times. We can dispose of waste by recycling, treating the waste, blending fuels, landfill usage, and incineration.
HCI strongly believes that every child should go to school in safe environments. That’s why we provide several services to schools at no cost.
We have an “Introduction to Hazardous Materials” training class that we offer so that administrators, teachers, and environmental specialists have a better understanding of how to keep schools safe. This course will teach attendees how to spot and report potential issues before they become dangerous.
School districts also have full access to our Regulatory Compliance Department so you can get the answers you need about managing environmental needs. We also offer a 24/7 emergency line so that schools can report any emergencies.
We place schools at the top of our priorities list and do whatever we can to ensure that children have a safe place to learn. We work hard to provide quality services that fit within your school's budget.
World-Class Customer Service
We take great pride in providing the best customer service in the industry. We’ve designed every service we provide around our customer’s needs. Whether you’re a first-time customer or a global account holder, we work hard to earn your trust every day.
We give each customer a username and password so they can access their own personal portal on our website. Each customer can access all documents for each service we’ve provided for you. This helps you get the information you need 24/7 without having to wait.
If you want to talk to a live operator, we’re available between 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. The live operator can answer any questions you may have or direct you to the person who can. If you have an emergency after-hours, we have people available for you to talk to as well.
We have one of the best service times in the industry, with the ability to provide you a quote within 24 hours and handle emergencies immediately. Since we have one of the largest insurance policies in the industry, you can rest easy knowing that you have both speed of service and protection.
One question that potential clients often ask is about regulatory compliance and how their business can avoid fines from the government. Considering the number of agencies that handle these rules, it can be difficult to both run your business and stay up-to-date on regulatory changes.
We make this easy by providing fact sheets that have information for companies that handle waste. If you can’t find the information that you’re looking for, contact us and we’ll help you figure it out.
We also believe that the best way to prevent emergencies is to take a proactive approach to waste management, which is why we provide our clients with an annual site visit for free. During this visit, we can assess areas that need improvement and make suggestions based on your individual needs.
We’ve worked with large and small businesses, government agencies, school districts, and more, each with their own needs. Our team understands the regulatory demands for each of these organizations and will work to keep you compliant.
Contact Us Today For Help With Your Environmental Service Needs
Whether you need hazardous or non-hazardous waste disposal, it’s important to work with environmental clean up companies that understand your business and industry. Here at HCI, we’ve worked with hundreds of organizations in the Los Angeles area and understand that each situation is different.
We’ll evaluate your situation and develop a plan based on what you need. We’ll work with you to make the process as easy on your business as possible.
Whether you have a minor chemical spill or need your entire facility decontaminated, we’re here for you. Contact us today to learn how we can meet your environmental needs.