When it comes to managing PCBs at your facility, hiring the right PCB remediation consultant is not a decision to be taken lightly. PCB contamination is a matter of worker safety and government compliance; and, choosing the wrong PCB remediation consultant could result in human health complications and hefty fines.
Unfortunately, not all environmental consulting companies are created equal. Each company has its own areas of expertise, capabilities, available services and pricing. So, it can be difficult to determine which one is right for you. Many consultants offer PCB services. But, in reality, not all of them have the experience or knowledge to safely, efficiently and cost-effectively work on your specific site. Although price is often the deciding factor when hiring a PCB remediation consultant, it is more important that you are comfortable with your decision and confident that the work will be done properly.
The best way to make the right decision is to ask the right questions. To help you find the right consultant for your PCB project, we have listed a few important questions that you should ask potential consultants below. Although not every question may apply to your unique situation, this list will help you to get a good idea of their commitment to your project, experience and pricing. Keep in mind that the company you hire will be working for you. So, don’t be afraid to ask the questions that will give you the answers you need.
- How many PCB projects have you worked on?
- How many PCB projects have you closed?
- Of the PCB projects that were closed, how long did the process take?
- Do you cater to a specific industry?
- How much experience do you have as a PCB remediation consultant in my industry?
- What PCB services can you provide? What PCB services will be subcontracted?
- How much do you anticipate this project to cost from start to finish?
- For the total costs, how did you arrive at this number?
- Why are these costs different from your competitors?
- What will be my out-of-pocket costs for this project?
- Over what period of time will these costs be incurred?
- Are there alternative sources of funding other than just my company?
- How much time should this project take to finish?
- What will be your level of involvement with state and/or federal agency communication and negotiation?
- Are you willing to back up your assessment and offer lump sum pricing?
- Are you willing to work out a pricing plan that I can reasonably afford?
- Are you willing to work around my schedule to minimize business interruptions?