Simply stated, a Phase I ESA is looking for indications that current or historic uses of the property may have resulted in contamination. The Phase I also considers neighboring properties where contaminants may have migrated onto the property through groundwater, etc. Because the scope of the Phase 1 environmental site assessment is focused on contamination issues, some organizations will decide to augment the assessment to address other related issues, such as:

  • Asbestos
  • Lead-based paint
  • Indoor air quality and industrial hygiene
  • Compliance with environmental permits and environmental laws
  • Compliance with OSHA rules and other health and safety issues
  • Past company disposal practices in landfills, etc.

These other types of issues are not addressed in a Phase I ESA under the ASTM standard; if you wish to have these issues addressed, you need to discuss adding them with the environmental professional.

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