- LITIGATION SUPPORT
- Hexavalent Chromium
- Mold Contamination Evaluations
- Construction Defects Case/Moisture Damage Assessment and Remediation Management, LEED Building
- LITIGATION SUPPORT/INSURANCE
- Construction Defects Case/Mold and Moisture Damage Assessment
- Post-flood Mold and Moisture Assessment/Determination of Cause
- Post-flood Mold Remediation Assessment and Verification
- Sprinkler System Release and Mold Remediation Project
- Ruptured Water Main Moisture Assessment and Remediation Project
- Mold Remediation Design, Four Story Office Building
- Mold Prevention and Moisture Remediation Plan, Kahala Mall, Honolulu, HI
- Smoke Damage Assessments, Remediation Design and Management
- Super Storm Sandy Flood Response
- Hurricane Isaac Emergency Response
- High Rise Hotel Mold and Moisture Assessment
- ASBESTOS SURVEY, DESIGN AND ABATEMENT MANAGEMENT
- ASBESTOS MANAGEMENT – SCHOOLS
- ASBESTOS ABATEMENT MANAGEMENT – HOSPITALS AND HEALTH CARE FACILITIES
- HAZARDOUS MATERIALS MANAGEMENT
- HAZARDOUS MATERIALS MANAGEMENT
- HAZARDOUS MATERIALS MANAGEMENT
- LEAD CONTAMINATION SURVEY, DESIGN AND ABATEMENT MANAGEMENT
- PCBs PCB Assessment, Design and Remediation Management
- IAQ EVALUATIONS
- MOLD REMEDIATION DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT
- MOLD REMEDIATION ASSESSMENT, DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT
- MOLD REMEDIATION ASSESSMENT, DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT
- DISASTER RESPONSE ON THE OHIO, MISSOURI AND MISSISSIPPI RIVERS
- HEALTH AND SAFETY PLANS
- CONTRACTOR WORK PLAN REVIEWS
- LABORATORY CHEMICAL HYGIENCE PLANS
- CHEMICAL HANDLING AND STORAGE ROOM ASSESSMENTS
- CONSTRUCTION SAFETY MANAGEMENT
- Leviathan Mine Superfund Remediation Site, Alpine County, California
- Acid Tar Remediation Site, Zambia (2014)
- Temporary Housing Construction, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands (2014/2015)
- CONSTRUCTION SAFETY MANAGEMENT AND INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE SERVICES
- INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE SERVICES AND TESTING
- ENVIRONMENTAL SITE ASSESSMENTS
- NATURAL RESOURCES
Greg Baker is a certified industrial hygienist (CIH) with over 30 years of industry experience, all in environmental health and safety (EHS) management and consulting. Please feel free to review the projects that he’s worked on below.
LITIGATION SUPPORT *
Mr. Baker provided expert witness support to a law firm representing a developer in an asbestos-related civil case brought forth by the owners of North Ridge Estates in Klamath Falls Oregon. The subject property was an old military facility with abandoned asbestos-containing building materials and structures on site. Mr. Baker reviewed case documents, produced an expert report, reviewed the plaintiff’s expert report, and provided a rebuttal report.
Mr. Baker provided expert witness support to a law firm representing a developer in an asbestos-related criminal case brought forth by the EPA. Services provided included: a thorough review of the deposition documents; a review and interpretation of the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPs) regulations in effect at the time of the complaint; opinions on the due diligence efforts and documentation that failed to discover minor amounts of cement asbestos “Transite” board impacted during renovation work; and courtroom testimony before a federal judge and grand jury. The defendant was acquitted on all counts against him and eventually recovered $400,000 in litigation expenses from the economic development commission, where he was employed as CEO at the time of the complaint.
Hexavalent Chromium *
Mr. Baker provided technical expertise for the environmental assessment, remediation design, and management of a former aircraft repainting facility. The subject property had a history of hexavalent chromium use and a legacy of uncontrolled dust and debris deposited inside the building and inside drainage systems, process exhaust systems, air-handling equipment, on equipment, on exterior building surfaces, and on the adjacent landscape. Mr. Baker prepared a facility operations review, a chromium hazard assessment report, several feasibility pilot studies, and technical remediation specifications for competitive bidding on a tight schedule. Approximately $1.5 million of remediation work took place over a two month period and the property was brought back into repair for reuse by others. Mr. Baker worked with the Oregon Department of Justice in 2007 to prepare the case which was never tried.
Mold Contamination Evaluations *
Mr. Baker has provided litigation support to law firms representing property management companies in defense of tenant claims of mold-related personal injury cases. He has inspected plaintiffs’ quarters, conducted bioaerosol sampling, and provided professional opinions to address the validity of the plaintiffs’ lawsuits. Mr. Baker has also participated in mold-related mediation and arbitration.
Construction Defects Case/Moisture Damage Assessment and Remediation Management, LEED Building *
Mr. Baker conducted a mold and moisture assessment of a large high tech office building, certified as a LEED Gold Building. Shortly after a new wing of the building was occupied, latent sub-slab moisture from construction caused offending odors, mold growth and extensive damage to floor finishes. Mr. Baker worked closely with the owner’s engineers and legal counsel on the building’s remediation design and management. He provided expert witness services. The moisture remediation program was successful and the building was brought back in to good repair.
LITIGATION SUPPORT/INSURANCE *
Construction Defects Case/Mold and Moisture Damage Assessment *
Mr. Baker provided litigation support to a law firm representing an architectural company’s error and omission insurance carrier in a mold-related construction defect cost recovery lawsuit. The building owner sought recovery for damages in a multi-million dollar lawsuit for mold remediation, repair of structural decay, replacement of interior finishes, and restoration of building systems and finishes, including tear-off and replacement of the exterior insulation finish system (EIFS). Services included: failure analysis to determine the nature, extent, and causes of moisture intrusion, mold contamination and dry rot; remediation project observations; and settlement-phase presentations to defendants’ counsels and experts regarding the findings and opinions of the plaintiff’s expert witnesses.
Post-flood Mold and Moisture Assessment/Determination of Cause *
Mr. Baker was retained by an insurance company to evaluate alleged mold growth following heavy rains that caused widespread flooding in Salt Lake City, Utah. He conducted a moisture assessment of an old wood-framed residential structure, including the building components of the dirt floor crawlspace that had been submerged during the floods. Mr. Baker determined that mold growth was absent on the exposed structural members. He determined that the mold growth in the upstairs portion of the home, that lead to the residents’ abandonment of the property, was due to an ongoing chronic water heater leak that went undetected by the plaintiffs, and that this mold issue was unrelated to the flooding.
Post-flood Mold Remediation Assessment and Verification *
Mr. Baker was retained by an insurance company to evaluate a church in Kalama, Washington that was damaged by a ruptured water main. He evaluated the site after the building had been remediated by a professional restoration contractor on an emergency response basis. Mr. Baker conducted air sampling for mold, real-time particle counting, moisture meter readings and visual assessments of the site. Mr. Baker concluded that the restoration work conducted by others was appropriate and met the industry standard of care.
Sprinkler System Release and Mold Remediation Project *
Mr. Baker was retained by an insurance company following a sprinkler release that occurred on an upper floor of the condominium units at the Grove Condominiums and Hotel in Boise, Idaho. A small candle fire triggered a sprinkler system release of water that penetrated the condominium floor and the hotel floor below. The release went undetected for 45 minutes before it was stopped. Prior to his involvement on the project, the incomplete dry out response on the condominium floor resulted in mold growth which was covered by insurance because the loss was fire related. Mr. Baker developed a Construction Indoor Air Quality Plan for the building’s restoration program, conducted air monitoring and moisture assessments, prepared and oversaw mold remediation work plans and provided expert services.
Ruptured Water Main Moisture Assessment and Remediation Project *
Mr. Baker was retained by an insurance company following a 2” water main rupture and release which flooded portions of the Century Link Arena in Boise, Idaho. He conducted moisture assessments and specified finishes for removal and replacement. The remediation was scheduled in phases which allowed the arena and vendor services to remain in operation during the work. The entire project was completed in under one calendar week.
Mold Remediation Design, Four Story Office Building *
Mr. Baker provided mold remediation specifications for a new, unoccupied, metal-framed, EIFS-clad commercial office building. Before the structure was available to show prospective tenants, a ruptured plumbing fixture on the fourth floor caused flooding and pooling throughout the building that went undetected for a period of up to five weeks. The EIFS and DensGlass sheathing were not affected by mold growth. However, all interior paper-backed gypsum wallboard applications were damaged by moisture and impacted by heavy mold growth. Mr. Baker developed the scope of work and the mold remediation specifications for the project, which took place over the duration of five months at a cost of approximately one-million dollars.
Mold Prevention and Moisture Remediation Plan, Kahala Mall, Honolulu, HI *
Thirty-eight consecutive days of rain at the Kahala Mall caused the storm sewer system to back up. Ironically, hundreds of moviegoers were inside the theater watching “Ice Age” when a partition wall of gypsum wallboard collapsed, releasing flood waters directly into the theater. The entire mall was shut down for a few days while the remediation assessment team convinced the mall owner to dry out the entire building holistically, rather than implement a store-by-store dry down approach (with individual store responsibilities) as initially conceived by the mall owner. Implementation of the holistic plan drying was successful. Mold and offensive odors were prevented, and the mall reopened within a week of the flood.
Smoke Damage Assessments, Remediation Design and Management *
Mr. Baker has conducted post-loss smoke damage assessments in residential and commercial structures for protein and non-protein type losses. He uses a multi-step protocol that can include chloride ion test strips and de-ionized (DI) water, pH strips and DI, black cloth test, white cloth test, tactile test, and pilot-cleaning. Mr. Baker develops specifications for odor elimination and residual smoke-impacted dust removal.
Super Storm Sandy Flood Response *
Mr. Baker was retained by Nike to assess, develop and manage mold, moisture, and Category 3 Black Water remediation in two Nike sporting goods stores flooded by salt water from Super Storm Sandy in early November 2012. The projects included a typical small Nike outlet store in Westport, Connecticut and a large factory outlet store in Oceanside, New York. Mr. Baker mobilized immediately after the storm, before power was restored to either site. He worked around the clock with Nike facility managers and the remediation contractor to complete both projects on an expedited basis. As a result, both stores were completely remediated and refurbished within approximately six weeks of the loss, and re-opened one week before Christmas 2012 in time for the peak holiday shopping season.
Hurricane Isaac Emergency Response *
Mr. Baker mobilized to the Biloxi Grand Hotel in Biloxi Mississippi following Hurricane Isaac in September 2012. He conducted moisture assessments and reviewed the air monitoring results generated by the project. Mr. Baker prepared moisture and mold remediation plans for pre-existing mold discovered by the emergency remediation contractor and oversaw the technical aspects of the interim emergency response remediation program.
High Rise Hotel Mold and Moisture Assessment *
Mr. Baker inspected a 30-year old high rise hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey for mold and moisture damage. Extensive mold growth had developed behind the vinyl wall covering applications on most window walls. Lack of routine maintenance of the window system sealants was determined to be the proximate cause of the moisture damage which lead to the mold growth. The local health department was involved and the building received considerable media attention. Mr. Baker conducted air monitoring for mold prior to remediation and reviewed the design for the whole building remediation project that followed.
ASBESTOS SURVEY, DESIGN AND ABATEMENT MANAGEMENT *
Renovation and Demolition Projects *
Mr. Baker has conducted hundreds of design-level asbestos surveys, prepared technical specifications for competitive bidding for commercial, residential, industrial, and municipal clients. He often administers abatement contracts on behalf of owners, assuming the role of owner’s representative. These projects often include abatement of other hazardous substances such as lead paint, PCB ballasts, mercury vapor tubes, stored chemicals and pigeon guano. His projects include Portland International Airport, Multnomah County Oregon, City of Portland, Oregon, the US Postal Service, and the State of Oregon.
ASBESTOS MANAGEMENT – SCHOOLS *
Public and Private Schools Mr. Baker has designed and managed numerous asbestos abatement projects in public and private schools since 1985. He has taught all categories of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) AHERA Model Accreditation Plan (MAP) training on a continual basis since 1988, teaching original and refresher courses in asbestos inspection, management planning and project design, as well as smallscale asbestos worker, full-scale asbestos worker, and asbestos abatement supervisor. He also has trained various school district asbestos coordinators (LEA Designates) and has authored, reviewed, or audited hundreds of school district asbestos management plans for compliance with the EPA’s AHERA regulations.
Public Agencies and High Tech Industry *
Mr. Baker has developed and written corporate-level policy and procedures manuals for the control of asbestos building materials for Multnomah County, Oregon (1987), Portland International Airport (1988), Port of Portland (1995), and Tektronix, Inc. (1998). He supervised the asbestos inspection process in each facility and oversaw the development of detailed asbestos surveys. Procedures manuals included: protocols for conducting asbestos abatement under a variety of scenarios; due diligence responsibilities for new property acquisitions; periodic surveillance and re-inspection programs; notification requirements; and operations and maintenance plans. Since program implementations, Mr. Baker has managed nearly 100 asbestos abatement projects in these facilities, and none of these clients have ever been cited by the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), EPA, or been brought into any tort lawsuits or other third party personal injury claims arising from asbestos management issues to the best of Mr. Baker’s knowledge.
ASBESTOS ABATEMENT MANAGEMENT – HOSPITALS AND HEALTH CARE FACILITIES *
Public Hospitals and VA Medical Centers *
Mr. Baker conducted design-level asbestos surveys, developed plans and technical specifications, and managed complex asbestos abatement projects in occupied and unoccupied hospital buildings. Projects in occupied hospitals included several public hospitals and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Centers in: Portland, Oregon; White City, Oregon; and Vancouver, Washington. He also surveyed, designed, and managed the complete abatement of an unoccupied 100,000-square-foot hospital facility, prior to its conversion into an office complex. The latter project involved the destructive abatement of a gymnasium building and a boiler building, and the removal of underground storage tanks.
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS MANAGEMENT *
Portland Harbor – Port of Portland Marine Terminal *
In the mid-1990s Mr. Baker designed and managed regulated building materials abatement in Piers 1 and 2 Buildings. The former Piers 1 and 2 were located at the Port of Portland’s Marine Terminal 4 along the Willamette River in North Portland. Both pier buildings were constructed prior to 1920 and were installed directly over the river. Regulated building materials and hazardous substances that had to be remediated, controlled and managed before and during demolition included: eight acres of friable asbestos-containing built-up roofing membranes; asbestos pipe insulation; lead-based paints; mercury vapor fluorescent light tubes; PCB-containing light ballasts; and over four tons of pigeon guano. Pilings were treated with pentachlorophenol (PCP), and painted building components had high concentrations of lead. Mr. Baker conducted hazardous waste determinations for a variety of toxic metals and solvents, and assisted the Port with defining waste minimization and recycling requirements in the project specifications. He worked closely with Port Engineering to design the projects, competitively bid the projects, and provide contract administration and third party oversight during dismantling of the piers. Both projects were conducted on schedule, within budget, without lost time accidents, and without regulatory violations.
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS MANAGEMENT *
Industrial High Tech Building Conversion into Commercial Offices *
Mr. Baker participated on an environmental due diligence team during a property transaction on behalf of an Oregon high tech company. He led a team of industrial hygienists that assessed regulated building materials and hazardous substances at a large former circuit board manufacturing plant located near Hillsboro, Oregon. The plant had a history of using lead wave solder pots and residual lead contamination was detected and documented throughout the site buildings and inside air handling equipment. Representative building materials were sampled and analyzed for asbestos. The team also tested surfaces for residual acids and PCB contamination. Mercury vapor fluorescent light tubes were identified and quantified. Mr. Baker compiled an assessment report which the client used to leverage remediation costs. After the property transaction was complete, he designed technical specifications to remove lead dust, asbestos flooring materials, and mercury vapor fluorescent tubes in coordination with gutting of the interior plant areas of the building. He assisted the client with compiling a set of contract documents used for competitive building, and participated on the proposal evaluation and contractor selection team. Mr. Baker was retained to act as owner’s representative during the remediation work and provided contractor oversight. During the contract administration phase, Mr. Baker led a team of industrial hygienists who observed the contractor’s work while in progress to verify compliance with the project’s technical specifications. Approximately 300,000 SF of floor space with a 35-foot high ceiling was gutted by the remediation contractor under controlled conditions. Mr. Baker collected air samples and dust wipes samples for lead, and collected lead TCLP samples to characterize a variety of waste streams generated during remediation. Following asbestos abatement activities, air testing was conducted for asbestos clearance. Mr. Baker prepared a detailed project closeout report. The work was accomplished on schedule and within budget to the satisfaction of the client.
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS MANAGEMENT *
Industrial High Tech Fab Building Pre-Demolition Assessment *
Mr. Baker participated on a pre-demolition assessment team of an old (mid-70’s) high tech fabrication plant, on behalf on an Oregon high tech company. He led a team of industrial hygienists that assessed regulated building materials and hazardous substances at a moth-balled fabrication plant located near Hillsboro, Oregon. The plant had a history of using process hydrofluoric acid (HF), arsenic, arsine gas and lead. Residual arsenic contamination was detected and documented inside the building on surfaces, inside process air handling equipment, and inside drainage and treatment systems. Mr. Baker TCLPtested residual process wastes for lead, arsenic, VOCs and sVOCs. He assessed tanks and conveyance systems for acids (including HF) and bases, and solvents. Representative building materials were sampled and analyzed for asbestos. The team assessed light fixtures for PCBs and mercury vapor fluorescent light tubes. Mercury-containing switches and light tubes were identified and quantified. Mr. Baker compiled a comprehensive assessment report that included a Power Point Presentation which he presented to the project stakeholders. Upon completion of the report, the demolition project was placed on hold; consequently, follow up work has not been commissioned. The assessment project report was delivered and presented on schedule, under tight time constraints, and within budget to the satisfaction of the client.
LEAD CONTAMINATION SURVEY, DESIGN AND ABATEMENT MANAGEMENT *
Renovation Projects *
Mr. Baker has conducted design-level lead dust surveys, prepared bid documents for competitive bidding, and has managed lead abatement projects in industrial buildings, where lead contamination resulted from past industrial processes. He also has conducted design-level lead paint and leadcontaminated soil surveys and has managed lead abatement projects for multi-family residential properties. Value engineering was achieved on each of these projects through waste stream management and segregation, Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP) sampling and analysis, and minimization of hazardous wastes.
Mercury Release Remediation Design and Management *
Mr. Baker was retained by Beaverton School District to respond to a mercury release following a kitchen oven fire in one of the district’s middle schools. He worked around the clock with risk management and facilities to assess the extent of mercury contamination, develop a mercury remediation work plan, and oversee the remediation of the affected kitchen and adjacent areas. As a result of this work, the kitchen was able to open within four business days following the verification of the release. All wipe samples, air samples and waste profiling laboratory reports were compiled into a project closeout report, and the report was submitted precisely two weeks after the mercury release was verified.
PCBs PCB Assessment, Design and Remediation Management *
Mr. Baker was retained by an industrial processor of old PCB-containing transformers to assess an abandoned transformer refurbishing facility. The site was an upland industrial source in Portland, Oregon. Mr. Baker participated in a team that assessed the extent of PCB contamination and asbestos. He prepared technical specifications and contract documents for the coordinated remediation and demolition of the building.
IAQ EVALUATIONS *
Schools and Commercial Buildings *
Mr. Baker has conducted bio-aerosol sampling, data-logged monitoring for carbon dioxide (CO2), carbon monoxide (CO), temperature and relative humidity; detector tube sampling for toxic vapors; and photoionization detector (PID) monitoring for volatile organic compounds (VOCs). His recommendations have resulted in improved indoor air quality (IAQ) in formerly “sick” buildings through implementation of better custodial and maintenance practices, and through modification of heating, ventilation and airconditioning (HVAC) equipment.
MOLD REMEDIATION DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT *
Office Buildings Projects *
Mr. Baker has served as project manager for office building mold remediation/building restoration projects, where Sick Building Illness (SBI) complaints have been registered by tenants. Services included: investigation and resolution recommendations for moisture intrusion problems; project scoping; development of remediation and restoration plans and technical specifications for competitive bidding; project inspection and oversight; post-remedial validation sampling and analysis; and interpretation of laboratory results.
MOLD REMEDIATION ASSESSMENT, DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT *
Condominium Remediation Project *
Mr. Baker designed and managed the remediation of moisture-damaged conditions associated with a 100,000 square foot, wood-framed residential structure. The original developer of the site went bankrupt in 1998 and was forced to abandon the unfinished structure. This left the building unheated and uninsulated, with a leaky and incomplete envelope. Over time, condensation and fungal growth developed on the inside sheathing surfaces of the perimeter wall systems throughout the building. In February of 2002 a new developer took over the project and retained Mr. Baker to design a remediation plan, to prepare technical specifications for competitive bidding, and to administer the remediation contract. The final remediation plan called for: removal and replacement of the entire moisturedamaged sheathing under fully isolated conditions; complete removal of all dust throughout the building; rigorous third party inspections; and post-remediation testing to verify that remediation efforts were successful. The project specifications also required the use of environmentally friendly “green” products and methods that resulted in project savings valued at approximately $50,000. The specifications also expressly prohibited the use of toxic biocides and anti-microbial agents, i.e., products that could leave toxic residues or impair future indoor air quality. Mr. Baker bid the remediation phase of the project to a select group of restoration contractors. The competitive bid process saved the owner an estimated $70,000. The selected remediation contractor performed the remediation and restoration efforts on schedule, over a phased, four month period. The restoration aspects of this project cost approximately $600,000 and resulted in a clean and “green” building.
MOLD REMEDIATION ASSESSMENT, DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT *
Hospital Mold Assessment Following an Aspergilliosis Outbreak *
Mr. Baker reviewed prior fungal assessment reports and conducted a facility walk of a hospital burn center. One patient room, maintained under negative pressure, had a high incidence of deaths related to infections arising from Aspergillus fumigatus. He discovered the building pressurization dynamics and the suspected source of moisture intrusion that allowed this fungus to grow undetected, within the concealed wall cavities of the room’s perimeter wall system.
DISASTER RESPONSE ON THE OHIO, MISSOURI AND MISSISSIPPI RIVERS *
2011 Category 3 Black Water and Mold Remediation Design and Management *
Mr. Baker served as technical officer on the black water and mold remediation emergency responses for four large facilities inundated by Midwest flood waters in the spring of 2011. He wrote work plan protocols for mold, black water and odor remediation, which included cleanup of sewage back flows in occupied commercial buildings. He oversaw much of the work in the field, with a project management and technical staff of ten employees.
HEALTH AND SAFETY AUDIT
Facility Environmental, Health and Safety Audit
Mr. Baker conducted environmental, health and safety inspections and audits of the FEMA Region 10 Headquarters in Bothell, Washington. He reviewed federal program directives and existing management plans, interviewed FEMA staff, and inspected the facility for compliance with federal directives and executive orders. Several corrective actions were recommended and implemented, including training programs for hazard communication, asbestos awareness, lead compliance program requirements, and OSHA general safety. Mr. Baker wrote and compiled a training manual that covered these topics and provided the training to the FEMA staff over the course of one week.
HEALTH AND SAFETY PLANS *
Health and Safety Plan *
Mr. Baker provided certified industrial hygienist review of a site-specific health and safety plan (HASP) for an extensive Phase II Environmental Due Diligence exploration at an NCR industrial site in Kanagawa Prefecture, in eastern Japan. He guided others in the development of a site-specific approach to health and safety for this project. The project included sampling of surface and subsurface soils, groundwater, and sediments.
Health and Safety Plan
Mr. Baker provided certified industrial hygienist review of a site-specific health and safety plan (HASP) for an extensive long-term DDT and dioxin remediation site. The site was an upland source adjacent to the Portland Harbor Superfund sites. He conducted employee exposure assessments at the site. Mr. Baker performed an extensive regulated materials remediation and demolition design of two buildings contaminated with residual DDT, and prepared contract document and technical specifications for competitive bidding.
CONTRACTOR WORK PLAN REVIEWS *
Review Remediation Contractor Work Plans *
Mr. Baker provided certified industrial hygienist reviews of several remediation contractor work plans for asbestos and lead abatement contracting companies working for the US Army Corp of Engineers at various Columbia River Dams. The work was conducted for projects at the Bonneville Dam, The John Day Dam, and The Dalles Dam over a period of several years for Lincoln Christi and Performance Abatement Services, both from Portland, Oregon. He read and interpreted each project’s technical specification and provided editorial recommendations to ensure that each work plan submittal was written in compliance with the USACE specifications, prior to submittal to the USACE’s local environmental compliance officers.
LABORATORY CHEMICAL HYGIENCE PLANS *
University of California, UC Davis Campus *
Mr. Baker reviewed the UC Davis Campus research laboratories Chemical Hygiene Plan and worked closely with campus EHS staff on multiple standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the handling of hazardous laboratory chemicals. The work was conducted in response to the University of California’s (UC) settlement agreement with the Los Angeles County District Attorney which arose as a result of the accidental death of a graduate student at a UC campus laboratory.
CHEMICAL HANDLING AND STORAGE ROOM ASSESSMENTS *
Beaverton School District, Beaverton, Oregon Mr. Baker has conducted multiple chemical storage room assessments of the Beaverton School District’s high and middle school chemistry and biology science teaching facilities. He assesses storage and prep rooms and produces annual reports with recommended corrective actions.
CONSTRUCTION SAFETY MANAGEMENT *
Leviathan Mine Superfund Remediation Site, Alpine County, California *
Mr. Baker was retained by an international oil company to provide onsite construction safety management at a remote Superfund cleanup site involving acid leachate and toxic metals from an abandoned mine sulfur mine. He oversaw the daily Jobsite Hazard Analysis (JHA) program and performed routine daily inspections of multiple remediation and construction trade crews. He attended daily tailgate safety meetings and provided contractor orientation training.
Acid Tar Remediation Site, Zambia (2014) *
Mr. Baker was retained by an international environmental engineering firm to provide construction safety management oversight on an acid tar remediation site in the Copperbelt District of Zambia. The project involved excavating and stockpiling wastes, and then constructing a lined landfill and burying the wastes within a state-of-the art cell. He oversaw the daily Task Risk Assessments (TRA) program, issued daily work permits, inspected heavy equipment, performed daily air and HSI monitoring, and conducted training. The project occurred over a 4-month period without any accidents, injuries, or environmental releases. See www.bigdecadebirder.com for trip photographs.
Temporary Housing Construction, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands (2014/2015) *
Mr. Baker was retained by an international environmental engineering firm to provide construction safety management oversight on a routine construction site involving ground disturbance at a military base on Kwajalein Atoll. He conducted safety site walks, inspected equipment, and interacted with multiple contractors and their safety representatives. See www.bigdecadebirder.com for trip photographs.
CONSTRUCTION SAFETY MANAGEMENT AND INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE SERVICES *
Building Abatement and Demolition, Los Alamos National Laboratories *
Mr. Baker provided onsite construction safety management and industrial hygiene monitoring during the abatement and demolition of the original Administration Building at Los Alamos National Laboratories in New Mexico. He oversaw the daily Jobsite Hazard Analysis (JHA) program and performed routine daily inspections of the abatement and demolition crews. He attended daily tailgate safety meetings and provided site orientation training for the contractors’ new employees.
INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE SERVICES AND TESTING *
Miscellaneous Monitoring and Testing *
Mr. Baker has conducted hundreds of employee exposure assessments for a wide variety of particles, gasses and compounds, including but not limited to: asbestos, lead, hexavalent chromium, cadmium, mercury, cobalt, silica, mold, bacteria, dioxins, and volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds. He has conducted confined space monitoring and training. Mr. Baker has performed bulk wipe sampling and hazardous waste profile testing for a variety of toxic substances including but not limited to: arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury, silver and selenium.
ENVIRONMENTAL SITE ASSESSMENTS *
Public and Commercial Developments *
Mr. Baker has conducted Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) for public and commercial developers in Oregon and Alaska.
NATURAL RESOURCES *
Environmental Impact Assessments and Related Work *
Mr. Baker has managed the natural resource portions of a corridor-level environmental impact statement (CEIS) study for Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) / Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). The project included the development of project alternatives to minimize the potential impacts on threatened and endangered (T&E) species, and a detailed analysis of wetland resources along a 13-mile stretch of State Highway 26 located on federal land within the Mt. Hood National Forest. He also has conducted numerous wetland determinations and delineations in Oregon and Washington. Mr. Baker has conducted bird population surveys, and he regularly teaches bird identification courses. He has designed and managed pest bird elimination projects and bird guano removal projects for commercial and industrial buildings.