Our clients have come to rely on us for our vast environmental knowledge, leading-edge innovation and passion for the environment. We offer a wide range of integrated, process-based, cost-effective services for businesses locally, nationally and internationally.

To help ensure that your staff are protected, your workplace is safe, and your organization is in compliance with COVID-19 health guidelines as you prepare to reopen, Altech professional engineers and scientists are offering expert facility auditing, sampling of surfaces and airflow, as well as the delivery of workspace programming and communications. These services are supported through specialized risk seminars and management procedures tailored to your workplace environment. Audit/Sampling Of Sanitized Surfaces And Airflow

Covid-19 Sanitization Oversight and Sampling

  • Oversee scheduled sanitation.
  • Complete a management-approved sampling program for the presence/absence of coronavirus particles, and have samples tested at a certified biolaboratory.

Building Ventilation Systems Audit

  • Complete a professional engineering assessment of your existing ventilation systems, ventilation equipment scheduled maintenance program for compliance with guidelines published by ASHRAE and the WHO.
  • Make practical recommendations as needed.

Workspace Programming And Communication

Design and Deliver a Workspace Program

  • Review facility entry and workplace traffic flow and procedures to minimize exposure pathways.
  • Review staff return-to-work procedures (e.g. alternating scheduling, distancing) and make modifications/recommendations as required.
  • Determine high-risk contact points in your workplace, and recommend an ongoing sampling and testing plan.

Develop Communications-Ready Materials

  • Deliver a summary of the Audited Plan and Protocols to help communicate with stakeholders (staff, vendors, clients and tenants).

Specialized Risk Seminars and Management Procedures

Risk Briefing Seminars for Management/EH&S Team

  • Provide fully-referenced e-training and information on responsibilities and liabilities, details about the SARS-CoV-2 virus itself, how it spreads, and how to control and mitigate staff exposure.

Risk Management Procedures

  • Review your firm’s COVID-19 risk mitigation procedures for adherence to WHO and Health Canada Guidelines.
  • Audit existing procedures and/or develop new procedures.
  • Provide a detailed written report on the results, findings and recommendations.

Read more: Altech COVID-19 Services

As an environmental expert, we can help businesses comply with federal, provincial, and state legislation, as well as municipal bylaws. We have regulatory experience across Canada and the United States, including key regional partners.

Our compliance services include:

  • Knowledge of the legislation and regulations for your operation.
  • Development of Permits and Approvals for Air, Noise, Water, and Waste.
  • Experienced government negotiations on regulatory issues.
  • Quarterly legislative updates tailored to your operation.
  • Environmental/OHS Compliance Audits and surveillance assessments.
  • Training Seminars in legislation and Industry Standards for Corporate Management, Plant Management and Staff.

Industry Standards

We have the tools and experience to help companies follow industry standards related to environment, energy, and health & safety including:

  • Environmental Management Systems – ISO 14001.
  • OHS Management – OHSAS 18001.
  • Environmental Auditing – ISO 14011.
  • Energy Management – ISO 50001.
  • Environmental Performance – ISO 14031.
  • GHG Emissions Accounting – ISO 14065:2007.
  • Corporate Social and Environmental Sustainability – ISO 26000.

We can help you assess your needs and can provide a complete, comprehensive program or work with you as part of your team to lead and direct the implementation of the management system in the most cost-effective manner possible.

Our services include:

  • Policy, program, and tools development to help individuals understand and execute their roles effectively.
  • Program and management system development that organizes the implementation including the detailed program elements, monitoring, and compliance points.
  • Development of Manuals, including Work Procedures, that connects the Management System.
  • Comprehensive training including EHS-MS program, Regulatory Compliance, technical task training, etc.
  • Technical verification services and development of self-analysis programs.
  • Environmental, Energy, and Health & Safety Auditing.

Our auditing and verification services include:

  • Environmental Management System Audits (to ISO 14001 Standards.)
  • Environmental Compliance Audits (for ISO 14001 Certification Audits.)
  • Environmental Site Assessments (to CSA Z768-01, CSA Z769-00, O. Reg. 511/09, ASTM E-1527.)
  • Occupational Health and Safety Audits (to OHSAS 18001 standards.)
  • Pre-Start Health and Safety Reviews (compliant with O. Reg 528/00 and 851.)
  • Energy Efficiency Audits (to ISO 50000 and to identify cost savings.)
  • Greenhouse Gas Audits and verification (for regulatory reporting.)
  • Solid and Zero Waste Audits (for compliance to O. Reg. 102/103.)
  • Environmental Service Supplier Audits (Haz waste suppliers, WEEE Services, RoHs & REACH.)
  • Water Efficiency and Conservation Audits (to identify cost savings.)
  • Pollution Prevention Audits (Reporting to Toxics Reduction Act and cost savings.)
  • Eco-Efficiency Innovation Audits (to identify cost savings.)
  • Carbon and Environmental Footprint Assessments (to respond to customer and public interest.)

We also conduct energy audits to identify opportunities to optimize plant processes and achieve energy, water and wastewater treatment efficiencies.

Our projects can:

  • Save you money.
  • Help reposition or rebrand your products and services.
  • Reduce your environmental or carbon footprint.
  • Help demonstrate continuous improvement.
  • Integrate with Environmental Sustainability Metrics.

Environmental Sustainability Supplier Assessments

With increasing questions from your customers and the public on your environmental or carbon footprint – and the pressure to reduce it – we can help develop a corporate response in a way that is comprehensive and professional, but practical and cost-effective to your operation. 

We can review and assess environmental sustainability programs, such as environmental management, water conservation, and energy efficiency with a format that can result in a template and “scorecard” assessment rating.

Read more: Altech Remote Environmental Compliance Audit Services

Our engineering specialists provide engineering solutions that are innovative, cost-effective, and tailored to our clients’ needs. Detailed engineering studies investigating air, odour, water, waste, or energy issues are often a result of compliance issues, complaints, or the opportunity to save money.

Our services include:

  • Emission Characterization and Systems Design.
  • Performance Optimization.
  • Wastewater Studies and Treatment Design.
  • Energy Audit and Detailed Feasibility Studies and M&T.
  • Waste Management Services.
  • Air Emissions Control.

We work hard to meet the day-to-day operating needs of operations management with creative, cost-effective solutions. Our approach begins with a thorough assessment of equipment and procedures to ensure you are getting the most out of existing facilities.

Industrial Wastewater

  • Water and wastewater predictive modeling tools, including treatment system operating performance optimization models.
  • Negotiations with municipalities for compliance and/or sewer surcharges.
  • Evaluation and/or Optimization of existing wastewater treatment systems.
  • Minimization of water use and waste generation.
  • Evaluation of wastewater composition, flow, and variability.
  • Evaluation of treatment alternatives and development of conceptual designs.
  • Production of detailed designs and specifications.
  • Provision of Construction and Project Management.
  • Design, construction, and operation of flow through pilot testing facilities.
  • Design and installation of remote monitoring technologies.
  • System Start up and Operator Training.
  • Completion of Permits for Direct Discharge.

Process Water

  • Assessment of current and future process water needs.
  • Identification and evaluation of recycling and water minimization opportunities.
  • Assessment of current and future heat load and flow needs for cooling water.
  • Design and/or troubleshooting of problems with capacity and efficiency for both cooling towers and chillers.
  • Production of conceptual and/or detailed designs and specifications.

Water Treatment and Drinking Water Protection

  • Assessment of compliance with regulatory Drinking Water Standards.
  • Assessment of water treatment procedures and physical facilities for compliance.
  • Troubleshooting and optimization of chlorination systems.
  • Evaluation of process water sufficiency requirements.
  • Hydrogeological evaluation of ground water supply and quality.
  • Turnkey treatment system for potable water design and installation.
  • Preparation of equipment specifications and bid packages.
  • Turnkey construction and installation of systems.

Read more: CharTech Solutions – Water and Wastewater Engineering Services

We can perform a broad range of cost-effective site and subsurface investigations. As geo-technical and professional engineers, we conduct comprehensive contaminant identification, delineation and migration studies, as well as decommissioning projects.

Our site investigation services include:

  • Phase I Environmental Site Assessments.
  • Phase II Environmental Site Assessments.
  • Complete Remediation.
  • Risk Assessments.
  • Records of Site Condition.
  • Sampling and Testing of Soils, Groundwater, and Air.
  • Title Searches.
  • Underground Tank Locating, Testing, and Removal.
  • Assignable Reliance Letters for Lending.
  • Mould Assessments.
  • Asbestos Assessment, Sampling, and Management Plans.

In cases where contamination is identified, we have the expertise to develop sophisticated remedial programs to complete a cleanup.  Experience includes:

  • Determination of groundwater depth, velocity, direction, and contaminant movement.
  • Characterization of contamination including migration and 3D modeling for both soil and groundwater.
  • Well design and construction for long term monitoring and for pumping and/or treatment of contamination.
  • Underground storage tank management including inspection, leak testing, removal, disposal, site remediation and restoration with the proper certification and licensing.
  • Contaminant delineation for soil and groundwater including: hydrocarbons, chlorinated hydrocarbons, metals, acids and caustics, PCB’s, PAH’s, PCP, and creosote.
  • Drilling and contaminant migration in bedrock.
  • Design, construction, and operation of remediation technology.

Read more: Altech Site Investigation & Remediation Services

We offer Property Condition Assessments with our partner, Carson Dunlop Weldon & Associates (CDW Engineering), who provide building inspection products for commercial, residential, office, retail, and industrial buildings. Services include:

  • Property Condition Assessments – assessing all aspects of the building condition.
  • Financing Assessments – to ASTM Standard E 2018 as a minimum.
  • Problem Investigations – to pinpoint the “root” cause of a building’s problem.
  • Litigation Support – expert reports and testimony for settlement of disputes.
  • Capital Replacement Costs – for Owners, Asset, & Property Manager’s Capital Planning.

Carson Dunlop Weldon & Associates Ltd. is a consulting engineering firm that specializes in building inspections. The CDW Engineering team has performed over 50,000 inspections since 1978, and inspects all types of buildings, from industrial and retail to sports complexes and airports.

CDW Engineering specializes in the inspection of buildings and the preparation of comprehensive and informative reports. Their assessments include:

  • Property Acquisition.
  • Due Diligence.
  • Deferred Maintenance.
  • Reserve Fund Study.
  • Performance Audit.
  • Conflict Resolution.
  • Long-Term Planning.
  • Property Leasing.
  • Capital Renewal Study.
  • Pre-Construction Surveys.
  • Re-financing Assessments.
  • Litigation Support.
  • Sustainability and Energy Solutions.

For more information, call Brian Bobbie of Altech at 416-467-5555 or toll-free 1-800-323-4937 or Mr. Richard Weldon, President CDW, at 416-964-3246 or toll-free at 1-866-964-3246 and reference Altech, or visit the CDW website at www.CDWengineering.com

We understand the relationship between the production process and energy efficiency, and we specialize in providing innovative, cost-effective solutions. Energy conservation must be integrated with the business and operations of the company on a practical basis if solutions are to be successful.

Corporate Energy Management Strategies

We provide corporate energy strategy support including business analysis, technical feasibility studies, and climate change actions. Our programs include:

Demand Side Management

  • Energy Audits to determine baseline energy use and savings opportunities.
  • Energy efficiency implementation, either as capital upgrade projects or low-cost procedural changes.
  • Energy management programs consistent with ISO 50000.
  • Integration of Government incentives.

GHG and Carbon Footprint

  • Assessment and measurement of GHG emissions.
  • Assessment and measurement of Carbon Footprint.
  • GHG Emission and Carbon Footprint reduction strategies.
  • Application of carbon and other environmental credits to offset costs.

Alternate and Renewable Energy

  • Sizing and implementation of alternative energy options for industry.
  • Experience with co-generation, geothermal, biogas, and energy from waste.
  • Integration of Government incentives.

We have the ability to complete facility-wide energy assessments, as well as targeted feasibility studies. In every project, we look for both energy savings and production efficiencies which translate into lower energy per unit cost.

With every assessment, we offer our proprietary software program, E2 Action, to help you continue to track energy consumption.  E2 Action is an easy-to-use tool that tracks energy consumption with production to determine a valuable calculation on energy efficiency.

In-Plant Assessments

We offer complete energy audits and evaluations of energy use and efficiency opportunities for both electrical and fuel-based savings (natural gas, fuel oils and alternative fuels) including:

  • Boiler, steam and hot water system evaluations.
  • Refrigeration and cooling system improvements.
  • Air compressor balancing and optimization.
  • Power factor and load factor improvements.
  • Plant Air Balancing and HVAC efficiencies.
  • Electrical and gas metering studies.
  • Design and installation of monitoring equipment and software.

Design/Build Energy Upgrades

Scoping and assessment of implementation requirements for energy upgrades including conceptual design and capital requirements.

  • Detailed engineering for installation/integration of capital projects.
  • Detailed design and commissioning of co-generation projects including turbines, waste heat recovery, biogas collection, etc.
  • Construction management, start-up and commissioning.

Monitoring and Targeting (M&T)

We realize it’s often difficult to visualize energy consumption unless it’s metered. For that reason, we offer the turnkey ability to design an M&T program that helps you actually see energy consumption. Then we install the equipment, commission the system, and provide software to manage the data to help you to make changes to save money.

Examples of M&T programs include:

  • Base line monitoring of energy into the facility and sub metering to measure energy used by production departments. This allows for charge backs to the department for full cost accounting for the activities of the department. This can encourage energy conservation by department.
  • In high energy, but seasonal operations (e.g. vegetable processing), sub-metering to monitor sub components of production and to make immediate changes to energy consumption that exceeds pre-determined targets.
  • Sub-metering of automated lines used for multiple products to determine which line is more efficient for specific products.
  • Metering to monitor zones of large production equipment (e.g. commercial ovens) to optimize zonal consumption (e.g. temperature), while still maintaining quality.
  • Metering commercial refrigeration systems to drive them to meet temperature requirements during periods of lower electrical cost, avoiding peak demand rates.

Read more: Altech Energy Efficiency & Design Build Services

We understand occupational health & safety is extremely important for both businesses and their employees.  Our services include:

  • OHS Audits and Assessments

Occupational Health and Safety audits conducted to assess compliance with regulatory requirements, standards and codes of practice.

  • Air Monitoring and Exposure Assessments

Employee exposure assessments conducted in accordance with regulations (designated substances) and with recognized standards including NIOSH and OSHA.

  • Noise Assessments

Noise exposure monitoring and community noise impact studies conducted in accordance with legislation.

  • Training Programs

Industrial hygiene training programs offered on a variety of topics including Hazard Communication (WHMIS), Job Hazard Evaluations and Exposure Monitoring.

  • Control Programs

Development of control programs to reduce employee exposure to toxic chemicals through all aspects of exposure control, including ventilation equipment, use of protective equipment and respirators, work practices, and employee training.

Altech has the expertise to provide our Clients with timely, cost efficient, and tehcnically sound solutions for geo-technical engineering, assessment and design, soils and concrete inspection and laboratory testing, and building design. Working concurrently with our environmental site assessment team, Altech can leverage the drilling actions of the project to collect soil samples and site information for geo-technical purposes (e.g. soil type, soil strength and bearing capacity, moisture content, and groundwater profiling). Altech also provides engineering inspection services for various elements including: foundations and other concrete structures, soil and rock anchors, underpinning, and soil compaction testing.