Absolute Resource Associates Capability Statement & Certifications

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Absolute Resource Associates (ARA) is a full service environmental firm, providing a full range of indoor air quality services, certified environmental laboratory services, and environmental project management. The coordination of field activities with our laboratory capabilities allows ARA to manage project schedules and budgets in an efficient and cost effective manner. Utilizing industry recognized standards, methods and guidelines, ARA is capable of providing quality and timely services for environmental projects related to water, soil and indoor air contamination.


Laboratory Capabilities

ARA’s certified on-site laboratory utilizes industry recognized standards, methods, and guidelines for Waste Characterization, VOCs, SVOCs, Metals, TOC, PFAS, PCBs, Pesticides, Bacteria / Microbiology, Wet Chemistry, Low Level SIM / 1,4 Dioxane, Mold, Lead, Allergens and more.


Indoor Air Capabilities

Occupant Consultations, Mold Inspections, Indoor Air Quality Investigations, Air & Surface Sample Collection & Analysis, Water Damage & Water Intrusion Identification, Remediation Planning, Follow Up & Clearance Testing, Building Envelope/Siding Failure Inspections, Moisture Surveys, Lead Inspections, Lead XRF Surveys, Asbestos Investigations, Legionella Investigations, Vapor Intrusion Services, Hazardous Materials Investigations, Air Monitoring, HVAC & Insulation Checks, Infrared Imaging, Field GC/MS Investigations, Services to the Healthcare Industry, Facility Evaluations for Health & Safety.


Applicable Matrices

Drinking Water, Waste Water, Storm Water, Soils, Sediments, Sludge, Cement, Construction Debris, Hazardous Waste, Tissue, Filters, Wipes, Building Materials, Paint, Air, Bulk Material, Dust, Particles, etc.



Business Certifications

  • US Small Business Administration (SBA) Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB)
  • SBA Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned Small Business (EDWOSB)
  • SBA 8(a) Business Development Program Graduate (11/08-11/17)
  • Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) WBE
  • Department of Transportation (US DOT) Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE): NH, MA ME, RI, VT
  • Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) Womens Business Enterprise, WBE and WOSB Certified

Laboratory Certifications

  • Department of Defense Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (DoD/ELAP)
  • International Organization for Standardization- ISO/IEC 17025
  • MA Department of Environmental Protection Laboratory Certification Program M-NH902
  • ME Laboratory Accreditation Program NH00902
  • NH Environmental Lab Accreditation Program (NH ELAP): NELAC/NELAP/TNI, Cert #1732
  • RI Department of Health Certification 173213
  • VT Department of Health Certificate # VT173204
  • Army Corps of Engineers New England, Laboratory Quality Assurance Plan Approved (RIM)

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Certifications & Licenses

  • Board Certified American Council for Accredited Certifications (ACAC): Certified Microbial Consultant (CMC), Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant (CIEC), Certified Environmental Thermography Consultant (CETC), Certified Indoor Environmentalist (CIE), Certified Microbial Investigator (CMI)
  • X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) Licensed
  • Asbestos Licenses: Asbestos Inspector, Asbestos Consultant, Asbestos Monitor, Asbestos Project Designer
  • Field Asbestos in Air PCM NIOSH 7400 A Rules
  • Certified Lead Inspector

Project Management Certifications & Training

  • OSHA 30 & 40 Hour Hazardous Waste Operations
  • & Emergency Response (HAZWOPER)
  • HAZWOPER Supervisor
  • OSHA Fall Protection Certified
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certified
  • Aerial and Scissor Lift Operator Certified
  • Antiterrorism Awareness Training
  • Hazardous Waste (HazWaste) Management
  • Shipping HazWaste by Ground, Ops Level (DOT)
  • Storing HazWaste, Large Quantity Generator (RCRA)
  • 40-hr EM-385.1.1
  • USACE Construction Quality Management for Contractors
  • Microsoft Office Projects & FUDSChem Database Proficient

Project experience

Mold Remediation and Office Renovation

Naval Facilities (NAVFAC) awarded ARA a project under their IDIQ to remediate mold growth as a result of a steam pipe break in an office area. ARA provided site supervision, and site safety/quality control supervision. The work involved the management of a remediation subcontractor, third party industrial hygiene firm, carpentry subcontractor and an electrical subcontractor. The work involved remediating microbial growth, scraping of loose lead paint chips, demolition, and the installation of new wall board, doors with security badge access, carpet, cove base, ceiling tiles and level 5 finish of all surfaces.


PFAS Analysis- State of NH
ARA was awarded a three year, $2M contract with the State of NH, providing Laboratory Analytical Services to identify and quantify Per–and Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in environmental samples for NH State Agencies, water suppliers and other eligible participants throughout the state.


Analytical Testing for the Army and the Navy

ARA has performed monthly drinking water sampling and analysis for 5 sites for the US Navy, to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and safe drinking water for the facilities.  ARA’s DoD ELAP accredited laboratory has also performed analysis for the Army ERDC Vicksburg, MS location. Samples are sent from locations across the US to ARA;s lab for nutrient, solids and chlorophyll testing. The laboratory also is under contract with the Army Corps of Engineers for long term monitoring and reporting for two Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS) in Maine. Work includes SEDD and FUDSCHEM reporting, data validation and groundwater reports for the sites. The preparation and approval of sampling and safety plans is also included in this work. 


Asbestos, Lead and Mold at Army Facility

ARA provided all personnel and management necessary to test bulk samples and collect and/or test air samples for asbestos, lead-based paint and mold at various locations at a high profile United States Military facility in NY.


Asbestos Abatement and Pipe Re-insulation

Naval Facilities (NAVFAC) awarded ARA a project under their IDIQ to abate and reinsulate over 4,000 linear feet of piping in a power plant.  The work involved the management of over 15 asbestos workers, painting subcontractor and an insulating subcontractor.  The work involved 4 stages of containment set up and removal and clearance as the power plant needed to keep at least three of the four engines in operation during the work process. ARA provided site supervision, and site safety/quality supervision for the 8 week project in northern Maine.


Analytical Testing & Quick Turn Around for Construction Site

ARA worked with a Consulting Firm as they were tasked with expediting site work for a new large retail department store. ARA obtained approval from EPA Region 1 for using an alternative (and much more efficient) extraction procedure for TSCA PCB samples. Making the effort to get EPA approval allowed ARA to save the customer considerable money by reducing costs and TAT on this project. ARA’s proactive approach ensured deadlines were met and the store opening could happen on time and significantly under budget.


Hazardous Material Assessments

ARA has performed several hazardous material assessments and reporting as subcontractor for AE contracts and as Prime for USCG. Typical hazardous material assessments include evaluation of building materials for asbestos, PCBs, and lead. ARA’s licensure for portable XRF analyzer allows us to promptly determine the presence of lead. 


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