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Category Archives: Occupational Health and Safety

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

Hazard Recognition for Turnarounds

August 16, 2012

By John Baker, Total Safety Certified Industrial Hygienist These are the “Top Ten” most frequently cited OSHA standards for the past year: Scaffolding Fall Protection Hazard Communication Respiratory Protection Lock Out/Tag Out Electrical, wiring Powered Industrial Trucks Ladders Electrical, general Machine Guarding Let’s take this list of OSHA standards and translate it into the actual

Total Safety’s Valero-Texas City Location Awarded OSHA’s VPP Star Certification for Safety Excellence

July 17, 2012

Total Safety, a leading global safety services company, announced that its Valero-Texas City location has been awarded the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (“OSHA”) prestigious Voluntary Protection Program (“VPP”) Star Certification for safety excellence in the workplace. This is the fifth such award for Total Safety. OSHA’s VPP recognizes employers and workers in the private

Ensuring Safety On Our Watch: How We Provide Customized Compliance Solutions to Every Client

March 30, 2012

In a government-regulation free world, do you think that your company would provide a safe and healthy workplace for its employees? If the opposite were true and every possible rule and regulation imaginable were imposed, do you think that there would never be a workplace accident again? Either side could be easily argued, but political

Safety is not optional as global compliance requirements evolve

By Stenning Schueppert, VP of Strategy & Corporate Development Safety is an imperative, recurring requirement for every company in the world but none more so than those participating in energy and industrial markets, which are dominated by mission-critical, hazardous environments in which they operate. Risk mitigation involves workers, infrastructure, the company’s assets, and, ultimately, the safety

Reduce Safety Risks and Remain Compliant with an I2P2

March 14, 2012

By Mandy Sunderland, Sr. Industrial Hygienist, Total Safety For years, OSHA has been developing a rule to require employers to establish and maintain an Injury and Illness Prevention Program (I2P2). While the actual rule is still in the works,  OSHA released a white paper in January 2012 concerning I2P2 and a potential new rule that

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