An Overview of Industrial Hygiene

Industrial hygiene also referred to as occupational hygiene, is defined as anticipating, recognizing, evaluating, and controlling health hazards in the workplace. The OSHA Act of 1970 set mandatory occupational safety and health requirements to protect employees from workplace hazards. What steps should an employer take to comply with OSHA? Every [...]

By |2022-08-18T08:37:18-04:00August 17, 2022|Due Diligence, News|0 Comments

Bringing the Heat: OSHA’s National Emphasis Program on Outdoor and Indoor Heat Related Hazards

OSHA is making heat illness and hazards a top priority with its Heat Hazard National Emphasis Program (NEP), which went into effect on April 8. The agency will conduct proactive inspections for heat-related hazards in “high-risk” industries, including a category that covers many facilities and construction sites. Assessing the Workplace [...]

By |2022-08-17T14:07:13-04:00August 17, 2022|News|0 Comments

Flammable Liquids: An Introduction

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) developed the flammable liquids standard to provide guidance on identifying, storing, and managing these materials. In 2012, OSHA revised the flammable liquids standard to incorporate the Globally Harmonized System (GHS). This revision changed the standard from “Flammable and Combustible Liquids” to “Flammable Liquids” [...]

By |2022-08-19T10:33:35-04:00August 17, 2022|Compliance, News|0 Comments

Flammables and Compressed Gases Best Management Practices

Flammables and compressed gases are two hazardous materials commonly found in nearly any facility.  From heavy industry, light industry and warehouses and nearly any facility resembling one of the three described.  Over the course of 30 years of experience best practices have changed as technology advanced. For example, a gasoline [...]

By |2021-10-18T09:53:57-04:00October 18, 2021|Compliance, News|0 Comments

Industrial Hygiene Sampling: Why, When, How, What If?

Dust, fumes, and other airborne hazards are ubiquitous among some industries. Following regulations that control airborne hazards can seem daunting especially in industries where dust and airborne chemicals are a virtually unavoidable result of their processes. Fortunately, industrial hygiene (IH) sampling (sometimes referred to as occupational hygiene sampling) is an [...]

By |2021-10-18T09:13:47-04:00October 18, 2021|Compliance, News|0 Comments

Where to Start: Management of Hazardous Materials

Proper management of hazardous chemicals is often overlooked by team members while management assumes proper information on the hazards was communicated.  Facilities must pay attention to managing hazardous chemicals and management must afford the necessary resources.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has specific requirements for handling Hazardous Materials [...]

By |2021-02-11T12:28:07-05:00February 11, 2021|News|0 Comments

Do I Really Need An Asbestos Survey, Even If The Property Was Constructed After 1980?

As a seasoned asbestos inspector, this must be the number one misconception that most of my clients have about whether or not they need an asbestos survey. For some reason the conversation always ends up going a little something like this: Client: “Yeah business is really good and we are [...]

By |2021-02-12T08:25:47-05:00December 11, 2020|Due Diligence, News|0 Comments

Practical Facility Management of Hazardous Chemicals

Proper management of hazardous chemicals is often overlooked by team members using a chemical, with management assuming proper information of hazards was communicated.  Agency requirements for handling storing and reporting are an additional complication because it is not always known which agency requirements apply.  Environmental requirements depend on the regulating [...]

By |2020-11-20T11:37:20-05:00October 21, 2020|News|0 Comments

Flammable Liquids 101: Understanding OSHA Facility Requirements

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) developed the flammable liquids standard to provide guidance on identifying, storing, and managing these materials. In 2012, OSHA revised the flammable liquids standard to incorporate the Globally Harmonized System (GHS). This revision changed the standard from “Flammable and Combustible Liquids” to “Flammable Liquids” [...]

By |2022-08-17T13:48:10-04:00July 27, 2020|Compliance, News|0 Comments

Asbestos and Understanding Your Responsibilities as a Building Owner

In my eighteen (18) years as consultant, I’ve seen a lot of oversight of environmental regulations (regs) by a number of clients. Typically, these oversights are not due to negligence. Rather, I find, it’s purely a lack of awareness of the environmental regs that apply to their specific industry. If [...]

By |2020-08-11T14:10:49-04:00July 27, 2020|Building Sciences, News|0 Comments
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