The Heat Is On – So Be Cool and Stay Safe

We are few weeks into summer and it’s time to remind your workers about the hazards of heat stress and how to protect themselves from it.  Heat-related injuries can be avoided if workers and supervisors are properly trained and know the symptoms and actions to take. There are many factors that can cause or contribute to heat-related illness.  Here are just a few: High temperature and humidity, Low fluid consumption, Direct sun exposure or extreme heat, Limited air movement, Increased or excessive physical exertion, Bulky protective clothing or equipment, Health problems, Some medications, Pregnancy Failure to acclimate to hot workplaces, and Previous heat-related illness. There are four primary health issues that are caused by heat exposure.  Here are the most dangerous with a brief explanation of the signs or symptoms and actions to take should the symptoms manifest themselves. Heat Rash is the most common heat-related illness in hot work environments. 
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Lockout/Tagout Program Misconceptions

As an EHS Consultant, I enjoy assisting companies with implementing lockout/tagout and confined space programs. Our clients understand the importance of a strong safety culture and the safety of their employees. They implement safety programs and training, and seek employee buy-in, to achieve the goal of a strong safety culture. They consider the risks employees may be exposed to and identify ways of mitigating those risks and develop their programs accordingly. I often perform audits and gap assessments of our clients’ current company programs and often find that I am addressing many of the same issues across multiple employers. Some of these issues are attributed to confusion on the applicability of the standard. Some common misconceptions are: I don’t need a program because we use contractors to complete maintenance activities and our employees do not perform lockout/tagout. In many cases, you may choose to eliminate lockout/tagout associated risks to your
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It’s Crucial! Safety First…No Matter What!

As an Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) consultant,  I am often asked to provide site level safety support overseeing multiple subcontractors.  I’ve found that the safety culture of our subcontractors varies greatly.  For example, the smaller subcontractors may not have the resources to implement a strong or well developed safety program. My job is to bridge the gap between the client and the subcontractors.  I’ve learned that regardless of the project type, a successful project is one in which safety is considered during the planning phase.  If you have a good understanding of your client’s safety culture and expectations from the start, you can pre-qualify your subcontractors for safety.  A contractor health and safety plan can be developed to include training requirements, injury reporting requirements and program requirements, and be provided to the contractors before they bid on the project.  Project communication and training can be tailored to fill the “gaps” that may
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Understanding OSHA’s New NEP on PSM and EPA’s RMP Final Rule

  • April 27, 2017
    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Join Conan Reed, Lori Siegelman, and Cindy Bishop for a lunchtime webinar as they discuss OSHA’s new NEP (National Emphasis Program) on PSM (Process Safety Management) and EPA’s RMP (Risk Management Program) Final Rule.  Grab your lunch and listen to our experts explain how the changes may impact your company.   (more…)

Industrial Hygiene

Industrial hygiene is the science of protecting and enhancing the health and safety of people at work and in their communities.  Health and safety hazards cover a wide range of chemical, physical, biological and ergonomic stressors.  An Industrial hygiene assessment may include monitoring of one or more of these stressors.  Such as air sampling of airborne chemicals or measuring the level of noise that employees are exposed to.  Before monitoring or evaluation of stressors occurs, the stressors must be recognized.  Once the stressor (condition that could lead to adverse health effects to workers) is recognized, or anticipated, then it can be evaluated, measured and eventually controlled or eliminated to reduce the impact of the hazard.