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Category Archives: Industrial Hygiene

Total Safety Celebrates Leading Safety Milestone With Two Million Hours Without OHSA Recordable

November 5, 2013

Houston, TX—Total Safety’s Fire Services group has reached an industry leading safety milestone – two million hours without an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordable. Celebrating two million non-recordable hours is a significant accomplishment. This milestone was achieved, in part, due to Total Safety’s commitment to continuous improvement in its safety culture. Safety is Total’s

Silica Dust Exposure During Fracking

September 17, 2012

By John Baker, Total Safety Certified Industrial Hygienist The public debate about hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” has weighed the potential for environmental pollution versus the economic and energy independence benefits which fracking has unlocked. But recently, worker exposure to silica dust during fracking has been highlighted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Industrial Hygiene Elements of a Successful Turnaround

May 16, 2012

By John Baker, Total Safety Industrial Hygienist Previously, Total Safety has emphasized the importance of including the need for IH resources during the planning of the turnaround to ensure that the exposure of employees (and possibly contractors) to airborne chemicals, silica, asbestos, noise, heat, radiation and other health hazards is monitored and controlled. Pre-planning is essential

Handling Petroleum Coke in a Safe and Healthful Manner

April 16, 2012

By John Baker, Total Safety Certified Industrial Hygienist Petroleum coking is an environmentally responsible recycling process used in some oil refineries to make the most use of hydrocarbon residuals that otherwise would go to waste. As safety and health professionals, we are sure to control the high temperature and pressure used in the coke domes

Plant Outage Safety: Make a List and Check it Twice!

December 16, 2011

By Mandy Sunderland, Senior Industrial Hygienist It is recognized that well-planned and executed outages are far less expensive and much safer than taking a reactive approach and responding to unplanned failures as they occur. Tremendous effort typically goes into planning and coordinating the various aspects of a major outage to maximize repairs and preventive maintenance

Emergency Response Industrial Hygiene Monitoring

November 11, 2011

By Lisa Browning, Training Coordinator The time is now! Plan for how your facility will conduct emergency response industrial hygiene (IH) monitoring. What should you be looking for in a provider of this service? Because of the unique challenges surrounding emergency response IH monitoring, choose a provider that is able to develop written protocols/procedures, to

ICU, a Total Safety Company, Has Relocated

August 22, 2011

ICU, A Total Safety Company will now offer environmental, health and safety services from a new location: 4100 N. Sam Houston Parkway W., Suite 290 Houston, TX 77086 Business: 281.363.9939 Fax: 281.363.4744 ICU’s professional experience and expertise provides customers with the resources necessary to complete  EHS projects successfully, within budget and on time, while reducing risk and liability. Continue to

Finding Safety Solutions that Work for the Midstream Industry

August 1, 2011

With the growing energy demand, midstream infrastructure is under great pressure to be delivered on time and within budget. Such pressure allows for the temptation of shortcuts to be taken or inadequate processes to be implemented in order to meet that demand. Having processes and controls in place specifically tailored for midstream operations, as opposed

Industrial Hygiene is a Must in Pipeline Operations

June 20, 2011

By Mandy Sunderland, Senior Industrial Hygienist Pipeline accidents and fatalities have been on the rise, jumping from nine in 2008 to 22 in 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.  There is a growing recognition that America’s aging oil and gas infrastructure may be playing a part in this increase. Major overhauls may be

Hygiene Hazards in the Coker Unit

April 14, 2011

By Mandy Sunderland, Senior Industrial Hygienist, Total Safety Crude oils today tend to have more “heavy ends” than lighter crudes of the past. Heavy ends have always been extracted and sold as a relatively low value industrial fuel or used as a feedstock for asphalt-based products, such as roofing tile.  But in modern refineries, heavy