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Category Archives: Environment Health and Safety (EHS) Services

EHS Best Practices with Management Systems and Training Programs

August 16, 2021

An EHS management system can provide many benefits to an organization. Worker safety, meeting regulatory requirements, minimizing operational risks, and meeting the demands of your customer are just a few advantages of an efficient EHS system. For the success and safety of your business or operation, it’s important to have a smooth implementation of an
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Keeping Workers Safe in High Heat

June 12, 2013

Although no specific Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards cover heat stress, the General Duty Clause protects employees against heat-related illnesses due to the hazard’s serious nature. While most will readily acknowledge it’s important to keep body temperature stable to prevent heat illness or even death, but many don’t recognize the basic factors involved
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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
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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
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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
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Total Safety Leads Hydrogen Sulfide Safety Discussion with China’s Sinopec Group

April 12, 2012

Total Safety recently hosted executives from Sinopec Group, one of the largest Chinese state-owned petroleum and petrochemical enterprise group, at its La Porte, Texas, facility to lead a discussion on hydrogen sulfide (H2S) safety. The meeting was part of an initiative of the Houston Mayor’s Office of International Trade & Development. Sinopec executives were visiting
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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
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