Do you offer risk management consulting nationwide?
-Yes! We have many clients that have multiple locations across the nation. We service facilities throughout the 48 contiguous states, as well as Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and Canada. We have also provided service in Germany, France, Mexico, and Honduras.
My budget is low and I can’t afford to collect air samples for everything at once. How can you help me prioritize my most potentially hazardous issues?
-We get this one a lot! In this economy budgets are cut-back and personnel are also cut-back but that doesn’t change the fact that we all still have to handle the same Industrial Hygiene and Safety issues. The answer is a Qualitative Exposure Assessment or QEA. Our risk management consultants will review the MSDS (now called SDS!) of the various agents you use as well as visit your facility to observe the processes and methods that these agents are handled in the manufacturing process. By incorporating the way the agents are used in the process as well as the general hazard information from the SDS we are able to assign a Risk Ranking to each of the agents. This Risk Ranking enables us to prioritize and determine which of the agents should be sampled more often than others or determine if they need to be sampled at all. We have a custom designed software application that will formulate an annual sampling plan based on these findings. Instant prioritization!
I need to upgrade my Confined Space compliance program. How do you go about pricing a program to help my company?
-We find that many customers greatly underestimate the number of confined spaces they have on their premises. Even if your maintenance, engineering or production personnel never enter certain spaces, they should still be considered in your program since hazards still exist in those confined spaces. Workplace Safety & Health Co., Inc. will perform a confined space audit that will provide a comprehensive list of confined spaces on your site. From the information gained during this relatively inexpensive audit, we have the information necessary to provide a firm cost proposal to assess the hazards of each space and upgrade your confined space program in the process.
How often should I update chemical exposure or noise exposure assessments for my employees?
-OSHA explains that employee exposure to various hazards should be assessed at the beginning of a new process to provide a baseline exposure calculation. Periodic monitoring is also recommended when a chemical or process change has occurred and/or when engineering controls have been installed and implemented. OSHA has also published several chemical-specific standards for toxic materials including lead, cadmium, vinyl chloride and asbestos that specifically require exposure monitoring at certain intervals after baseline sampling has been conducted and the air sampling results are known.
Do you offer any multi-site discount programs?
-Yes. We have many multi-facility clients that we have negotiated discounted programs with. This offers more benefit to the client than just saving money, such as consistency in service, consistency in documentation, facility familiarity, client safety philosophy familiarity, and a reduced consultant learning curve.
I’m an HR person that is being shouldered with the IH and Safety role. I’m not formally trained in this role. Do you have a comprehensive Industrial Hygiene & Safety services program?
-Yes, we do offer a comprehensive program. We work within a collective group of strategic partners that can tackle all aspects of your safety program. This is similar to the way many health-care facilities are structured by offering specialists for specific needs so you are sure to get top quality service for each aspect of the program.
What is the OSHA-defined limit for hearing loss due to noise?
Sound is measured in units called decibels (dB). OSHA has stated that hearing damage can occur if noise levels are above 90 dB. In evaluating noise, the measurement dBA indicates damage to hearing. The permissible noise exposure based on OSHA’s Noise Standard is a sound level up to 90 dBA for 8 hours per day.
What do I need to know about the hazards of lead paint?
Old paint that is disturbed or removed from interior or exterior surfaces by sanding, scraping, or other means may produce debris, dust, or fumes that contain lead. Exposure to lead dust, debris or fumes may cause negative health effects in both children and adults. Buildings constructed before 1978 should be tested an appropriate inspector before disturbing or removing old paint.
Why is the indoor air quality a greater concern today than it once was?
Because people today are spending up to 80 percent or more of their time indoors, the evaluation of indoor air is necessary to ensure a safe working environment. This includes testing for carbon dioxide and detectable trace contaminants.