Workplace Safety & Health Co. Inc. industrial hygienists cover a wide breadth of workplace environmental concerns, from noise to air quality, from chemical exposure to asbestos and lead paint identification. We can identify and evaluate hazards, and develop corrective action plans to economically solve your industrial hygiene problems.
Title 29 Code of Federal Regulations 1926.62, OSHA’s Lead Standard for the construction industry, addresses lead in a variety of forms, including metallic lead, all inorganic lead compounds, and organic lead soaps. According OSHA, lead is a cumulative and persistent toxic substance that poses a serious health risk.
There are currently two methods recognized by EPA for testing paint: using an X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) analyzer and taking paint chip samples that are then analyzed by an accredited laboratory. We also use AutoCAD drawings to indicate the location of each sample. Photographs are taken of every sampling location to document the appearance of each surface coating we analyze.
Routes of Exposure
Certain types of lead exposure can damage the kidneys and the cardiovascular, central nervous or other body systems. It also can be harmful in children’s development. Most commonly, lead is inhaled as a dust or fume or accidentally ingested. Once it has entered the bloodstream, lead circulates through the body and is stored in certain organs and body tissues.
Often remodeling or renovation projects such as sanding, cutting with saws or torches, and demolition can create hazardous lead chips and dust by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be an unhealthy environment for adults and children. Workplace Safety & Health Co. Inc. can provide industry-standard testing for lead-based paint according to OSHA standards.
Ergonomics is the study of the relationship between people, their work, and their physical work environment. The major purpose of ergonomics is to fit the job to the individual and promote healthy and safe work practices. Workplace Safety & Health Company can assist you with your ergonomic risk identification, assessment, and solution needs.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) website, musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) involve tendons, muscles, and nerves. Musculoskeletal disorders that develop at work (including those of the neck, upper extremities, and low back) are one of the leading causes of lost workday injury and illness, according to OSHA. In a number of industries, a worker’s likelihood of injury is increased by workplace exposure to risk factors, such as “lifting heavy items, bending, reaching overhead, pushing and pulling heavy loads, working in awkward body postures and performing the same or similar tasks repetitively.” However, applying the principles of ergonomics to the work environment can help prevent work-related injuries. Whatever the body size, shape, and personal limitations, the goal of ergonomics is to evaluate the total human being, both mental and physical, and then apply sound principles to each individual's needs. Whether someone is working with heavy machinery or sitting at a desk, the practice of good ergonomics will provide health benefits now and in the long run help workers feel more invigorated, comfortable, and productive.
Workplace Safety & Health Company specializes in evaluating employee workstations, assessing potential for injury, prioritizing stations based on risk, and making appropriate recommendations in order to reduce or eliminate worker ergo-related risk as a whole.
Controlling hazardous energy is a must for all industrial maintenance activities where the sudden release of energy can cause injury or death. The “Control of Hazardous Energy” standard, 29 CFR 1910.147, requires that all sources of energy related to a machine or piece of equipment must be identified and controlled with “lockout/tagout” procedures so as to prevent the unexpected energization, start-up or release of stored or residual energy.
An effective “lockout/tagout” procedure should include documented machine-specific energy isolation procedures, which are carefully developed to follow manufacturer suggested shutdown procedures and isolate and dissipate all energy sources.
Effective energy control programs include initial and annual training to authorized and affected employees and periodic inspections observing the use of procedures to ensure the program’s continued effectiveness. The “Lockout/tagout” regulation is one of the top five cited OSHA standards. Many employers have found that generic procedures addressing an entire department or common type of machine were simply not detailed enough to prevent employee injuries or OSHA scrutiny. Here is where Workplace Safety & Health Co., Inc. can accommodate your needs.
The careful machine evaluations, quality graphics, powerful database software and detailed labeling provided by Workplace Safety & Health Co., Inc. will elevate a marginal lockout/tagout program to an effective risk management tool.
Workplace Safety & Health Co., Inc. is dedicated to helping its customers maintain and improve the health and well-being of their employees by providing a full range of quality industrial hygiene and occupational safety training services.
Safety Training Services
Workplace Safety & Health Co., Inc.’s specialized safety training services are based upon the specific needs of our clients. Popular safety training program topics include: OSHA 10 and 30 hour Compliance, OSHA Recordkeeping, Lockout/Tagout, HAZMAT / HAZWOPER, Confined Space Entry and Rescue, First Aid /CPR (to include AED and Bloodborne Pathogens), Asbestos Operations and Maintenance, Incident Command, Excavation Safety, Fall Protection and a wide variety of other customized training topics.
COMPLYING WITH OSHA – 30 HR / 10 HR COURSES
Workplace Safety & Health Co. offers a 10-hour or 30-hour course that covers a basic introduction to OSHA standards or provides a more intense scrutiny. These courses explain current regulations and promote compliance with those regulations. The courses include both OSHA requirements and OSHA policies and procedures. Upon completion of either course, you will receive an official course completion card from federal OSHA.
HAZWOPER 24 / 40-HOUR COURSES
This course is designed for site workers to meet the 40-hour or 24-hour classroom-based training requirement of OSHA’s HAZWOPER regulation (29 CFR 1910.120). The first three days of the 40-hour program are designed to meet the requirements of the 24-hour course. A series of demonstrations, team activities, and practical exercises are an integral part of the curriculum. The course culminates with a hazardous waste site simulation in full protective gear.
This course fulfills the annual refresher training requirements (29 CFR 1910.120 Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard) for hazardous waste site personnel who have completed either the 40-hour or 24-hour course. The curriculum provides a condensed overview of information presented in the comprehensive courses and includes updated information on new regulations and procedures relevant to waste site activities. The course may include hands-on activities and problem solving exercises.
SAFE ENTRY INTO CONFINED SPACES
This course provides the necessary training required for Entrants, Attendants, and Entry Supervisors as specified in OSHA 29 CFR 1910.146. The curriculum is designed around a series of practical exercises, which test the student’s proficiency in isolation techniques, air monitoring, the use of retrieval equipment and more.
This course provides the necessary training required for Authorized and Effected personnel to comply with the Control of Hazardous Energy standard as specified in OSHA 29 CFR 1910.147. The curriculum is designed around the requirements of the standard and how they are applied to specific equipment located at your plant site. Machine-specific energy control steps will be reviewed and followed to practice proper lockout/tagout procedures.
OSHA regulates hundreds of chemicals in “Subpart Z-Toxic and Hazardous Substances,” 29 CFR 1910.1000 through 1910.1450. Understanding which if any of these chemicals may be a cause for concern at your workplace is the job for a CIH. A certified industrial hygienist can help you identify potential chemical or physical exposures, evaluate their severity and assist in controlling or eliminating the hazard.
Industrial Hygiene Experience
Workplace Safety & Health Co., Inc. has conducted industrial hygiene consulting at a wide variety of sites including automotive manufacturing and supply facilities, aerospace companies, high-rise commercial buildings, hospitals, surface and subsurface mines, gray iron and non-ferrous foundries, fiberglass manufacturers, rare earth metal alloy manufacturers, food and beverage processing facilities, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, ship-building operations and steel mills.
Areas of industrial hygiene evaluation at these facilities include sampling and analysis for:
Innovation and experience set Workplace Safety & Health Co., Inc. apart from the competition. Specialized use of database programs to store and manipulate critical exposure data has been well received by many clients who want to not only receive a report but use the data to their advantage.