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Category Archives: Occupational Health and Safety

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

A Focus on Elevated Ladders, Platforms and Cages

May 17, 2011

By Mandy Sunderland – Total Safety, Industrial Hygienist When there is an article missing around the house that an initial cursory search doesn’t turn up, my husband, kids and I always challenge each other with the question, “Did you take the adult look?” As often, the person looking has walked right past the missing item

Total Safety’s Valero Houston Refinery Location Achieves VPP Star Status

May 10, 2011

Not only does Total Safety promote a culture of safety to their clients, we strive for safety excellence within our own company. As a result, Total Safety is proud to announce that our Valero Houston Refinery location has received OSHA’s Vomuntary Protection Program (VPP) Star status. Total Safety would not have been able to achieve this level of

Industrial Hygiene Planning for Successful Turnarounds

January 3, 2011

By Mandy Sunderland, Senior Industrial Hygienist , Total Safety  Turnarounds can be expensive in terms of lost production while the process unit is offline, and in direct costs for labor, tools, heavy equipment and materials used to execute the project. A well planned and executed turnaround helps ensure the project is conducted safely and efficiently,

Spill Response: Can Industry Supply the Goods?

August 3, 2010

By Mandy Sunderland, Industrial Hygiene Specialist, Total Safety The Oil Pollution Act (OPA) was signed into law in August 1990, largely in response to rising public concern following the Exxon Valdez spill, now the second largest oil spill in U.S. waters. The intent of the law is to improve the nation’s ability to prevent and respond

The HazCom World is Changing

By John Baker, CIH, Industrial Hygiene Support Services Manager, Total Safety Back in 1983, the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard, 29CFR1910.1200, was born. This important worker right-to-know standard was well founded on a three legged stool: (1) labels on containers, (2) accurate and complete Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and (3) training of employees. In that