Workplace Safety & Health Co. Volunteers in Mural Art Project
Volunteers from Workplace Safety & Health Co., Inc. joined others in the community to help paint a mural installed at the I-65 underpass at Central Avenue and 12th Street as part of the Vibrant Corridors mural art project. Artist Tom Torluemke developed the artwork, and the Arts Council of Indianapolis and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful along with several local businesses including Workplace Safety & Health Co. provided volunteers on July 16 and 17 to help paint the mural that depicts people holding up the underpass just as members of a community symbolically support their communities and create enjoyable places to live.
Vibrant Corridors is a civic-led, neighborhood mural initiative launched in fall 2014 that beautifies many of the city’s key gateways and thoroughfares. Funded partly by The Glick Fund/Central Indiana Community Foundation, it links artists with mural locations throughout the city—including bridge underpasses and building walls—to create vibrant public works of art that encompass the character of neighborhoods and enhance the connection between neighborhoods.
An annual Indianapolis volunteering event called Indy Do Day provided an opportunity recently for Workplace Safety & Health Co. consultants to get out in the community and help make a difference at one local well-deserving nonprofit organization. The Workplace Safety & Health Co. team spent Friday afternoon October 3rd at the Indy Reads bookstore on Massachusetts Avenue near the downtown area.
The basic skill of reading can easily be taken for granted. However, Indy Reads believes everyone should have the opportunity to be able to read. Their mission is to promote and improve the literacy of adults and families in Central Indiana through one-on-one tutoring, small group sessions, English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction, and neighborhood Literacy Labs.
The scope of the project included stamping used books and reorganizing books on the sales floor and in the overstock area in the basement. Flashlights were used where needed, and dust and dim lighting did not hinder the work that afternoon as hundreds of books were sorted and reshelved. Those participating were consultants Emily Montgomery, Matt Cook, Tom Okuszki, Megan Staats, and Dick Griffith, WSH president.
We have worked with WSH fairly consistently for almost seven years on industrial hygiene projects. I have found their knowledge, competence, integrity, and reliability to be excellent, well beyond other similar consultants. Early on, WSH conducted a complicated and rarely used Negative Exposure Assessment field test for a difficult customer of ours, and all involved were impressed by their field protocol and test results. I would recommend, and have recommended, WSH to both industrial clients and other environmental consultants in need of competent industrial hygiene consulting services.
Tim Hippensteel, President
JH Environmental, LLC
A Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Business
St. Louis, MO
I am the Chief Engineer for a 36-story office building. Workplace Safety and Health has done our Semi-Annual air quality testing for over a decade. WS&H also performs annual legionella and lead testing for the building. We find that these testing programs help in assuring our tenants are provided with a healthy work environment. I have always found WS&H to be very accommodating and proficient in accomplishing these tasks.
WS&H has also provided some required OSHA training for our employees. This training has been tailored to suit our needs, which is very much appreciated. I would certainly recommend WS&H to any company requiring their services.
Gregory L. Fain, Chief Engineer
McKnight Property Management
My first experience with the company was in 2001, shortly before Workplace Safety & Health Co. purchased the assets of Exemplar International’s industrial hygiene division. Our own company (previously General Electric) had just gone through a buyout and had purchased American Silicones. We originally hired Exemplar to conduct IH air sampling in our facility, but the relationship transferred to Workplace Safety with the same consultants doing the field work. We have continued a very good relationship throughout the last thirteen years with Workplace Safety. Projects have consisted of Air Sampling, Noise Monitoring, and Job Exposure Assessments. The quick response and help that we receive from their trained professionals are reasons we continue to use their services.
Stanley J. Schmidt, EHS Leader
Momentive - SQD Division
Tompkins County or Ithaca, New York, has worked with WSH for two years. They worked on a very complicated Lockout Tagout Procedures for over 100 systems. They have done a magnificent job and were also extremely effective in delivery training to our 10 man staff. The finished LOTO procedures are excellent and look very professional. I would not hesitate to recommend them for any contract, and it has been a pleasure to work with such a professional organization and caring individuals.
They get the job done ahead of schedule.
Health & Safety
I have worked with Dick Griffith since 1992. Personally, he has been a mentor and a good friend. As for our professional relationship, I have only had positive outcomes with each project. I hire his company to conduct services which I do not provide and have had each project completed on-time and within the budgeted amounts. The staff of consultants he has hired are professional and can “work” with the clients. I could not be more pleased. As a small company owner, I appreciate having WHS as a partner I can recommend when needed.
Jim B. Euler,President
Knauf Insulation has done business with Workplace Safety and Health Company for over fifteen years. Workplace Safety has performed virtually 100% of Knauf’s industrial hygiene assessments during that period at our three plants in Indiana, Alabama and California. We have utilized them for our routine periodic IH assessments (noise, silica, ammonia, formaldehyde, confined spaces, etc.). They have also brought valuable expertise to the table when needed to assess potential exposures and impacts of new raw materials in the workplace. Their work has always been professional, timely, and reasonably priced, and we would not hesitate in recommending Workplace Health and Safety to any company.
Stephen R. Aldridge
Regional HSE & Systems Manager
Having worked with Workplace Health and Safety on a number of projects over the last 15 years involving a number of IH and safety needs, we have always found them to provide very professional service with competent technical people to support our own efforts.
John A. Mundell, P.E., L.P.G.
President/Senior Environmental Consultant
Mundell & Associates, Inc.
Honda Transmission Manufacturing has worked with Workplace Safety and Health Company for over 12 years. The two primary projects are plant wide:
As new projects come in and/or equipment is installed, Workplace Safety and Health safety support specialists provide on-site services to conduct equipment specific evaluation, LOTO draft development for validation, and final copy print out for official line side posting. In addition to the procedure development, any related training support is also provided. This service continues to build a strong working relationship between Honda Transmission Mfg. (HTM) and Workplace Safety and Health Company.
Honda Transmission Mfg. is pleased with our professional working relationship and look forward to continued project activities in the future.
Jerry Cline, CSHM
Plant Safety Staff Engineer
Honda Transmission Mfg.
Russells Point, OH
The appealing blend of science and business is one of the reasons Dick Griffith entered the industrial hygiene and safety consulting business. “In addition to the scientific and technical challenges of industrial hygiene and safety, I enjoy sales and like the competitive, business side of my work. I also like the diversity of my schedule. One day I may be in the office, and the next day I may be out in a factory,” Dick said.
In 2000, Richard Griffith opened Workplace Safety & Health Company Inc. in Indianapolis, and the company has experienced steady, sustained growth since that time. “Providing services, products, and training that protect people’s lives while also protecting business capital is one of the most rewarding parts of his work,” Dick said. After graduating from Purdue University with a B.S. in Environmental Health, Dick began working in the industrial hygiene field and advanced into ever increasing roles of responsibility in his field. A Certified Industrial Hygienist, Dick eventually became vice president and part owner of two companies before starting his own company. He sees his career as a series of steps toward owning an industrial hygiene and safety consulting business; the process began in 1993. “I enjoy working in a business that gainfully employs professional people who are providing health, safety, and risk management solutions to employers and their employees nationwide,” Dick said. “Experts have found that the return on investment from good risk management practices is easily quantifiable. Our best customers know this, and that is why we really enjoy working with them to achieve their risk management goals.” Dick is a member of American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH), American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), and American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).
“We get to see how products are made and how businesses are run while using scientific principles and sales and marketing techniques to pursue our goals. In my mind, getting paid to do what you enjoy while helping others is the best possible career for me,” Dick said.
We're excited to have highly qualified industrial hygiene and safety consulting professionals to work with who are able to handle a wide range of assignments in the field. This includes CIH consultants, industrial hygienists, asbestos building inspectors, and lead inspectors/assessors. We have built a team of solid and experienced professionals with a focus on building strong relationships with our clients.
Our work frequently takes us to manufacturing and industrial facilities around the country, working in a different environment almost every day. We are continually learning new technologies and new advancements in the field of Industrial Hygiene in order to better serve our clients. Our objective is to become one of the premier industrial hygiene and safety consulting companies in the United States.
Richard A. Griffith, CIH
Janice A. Griffith
Casey A. Carr
Emily M. Montgomery, EI
Megan D. Staats
William J. Moore
Workplace Safety & Health Company, Inc. has provided occupational health and safety services to a variety of clients nationwide and in a select number of foreign countries since 2000. The company was founded by Richard A. Griffith, CIH, with the purpose of providing quality industrial hygiene, safety and training services to manufacturing, food, beverage, pharmaceutical and an assortment of other companies. Air sampling, noise monitoring and mapping, confined space surveys and data management, lockout/tagout surveys, asbestos and lead-based paint surveys, and ergonomic studies are key services. Emphasis is placed on controlled, quality growth. This is accomplished by building a team of solid and experienced professionals with a focus on building strong relationships with our clients. We have also established strategic partnerships with other industrial hygiene and safety consulting firms around the United States to allow cost-effective response to clients in distant areas.
Over the years, our client base has grown to include large manufacturers in the Pharmaceutical, Food and Beverage, Automotive, Steel, Building Products, Electronics, and similar industries. Besides industrial and manufacturing, we work in health care, retail, educational, nonprofit, processing facilities, and similar environments.
We integrate many disciplines involving occupational safety and health within one company. This provides a coordinated, cost-effective approach to a wide range of occupational health and safety services, which include:
Protecting human capital also protects business capital since the cost of employee injuries or damage to business property has multiple indirect costs associated with the obvious direct costs. Experience has shown that the return on investment from good risk management practices yields measurable dividends.