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Total Safety Releases New Edition of Services and Products Catalog

Total Safety releases a new edition of its Services and Products Catalog.Total Safety, the leading global provider of integrated safety solutions and services, announces the release of its new services and products catalog. Current with industry trends, the catalog presents the latest industrial safety services and equipment and keeps customers outfitted with the best the market has to offer.

State-of-the-Art Safety Equipment and Services

Featuring a range of safety equipment — from the tried-and-true to the latest-and-greatest — Total Safety’s catalog is designed to give the reader a glimpse at equipment and services that are geared towards keeping their workers, community and environment safe.

The catalog features eight sections of safety equipment for rent and/or purchase, including:

Respiratory Protection
Gas Detection
Fire Protection
Communications
Fall Protection
Safety
Marine Specialties
Specialty

“Customers can shop a wide range of equipment for rent or purchase and be assured that they are serviced by a company who will stand behind it, ” emphasizes Mark Barker, Total Safety vice president of global sales. “In addition, we offer in-house certified technicians, materials management services and more to support that equipment and keep workers safe.”

Readers will find a section dedicated to Total Safety’s comprehensive services. “We wanted this catalog to not only be a quick highlight of the equipment we offer, but we wanted to showcase what makes us the best in the industry — our people. Our people are trained experts in their field and provide top-notch safety services that keep people and the environment safe globally,” said Charles Ripoll, Total Safety executive vice president of marketing and business development.

Total Safety collaborated with Marion Interactive to manage the new catalog’s concept, development, electronic production and printing. Marion Interactive has been a long term partner of Total Safety, and also designed and manages the Total Safety website. In addition, Marion Interactive developed and programmed the technology for the online catalog. “It takes writers, designers, programmers and a creative design team to build a product like this, and all must work closely with Total Safety sales, procurement, and marketing staff,” said Marion Interactive CEO Aaron Ellisor. “Great communication between client and supplier is key to success.”

Catalogs can be ordered by calling 888-448-6825 or online at totalsafety.com.

Online Catalog

Total Safety is updating the online version of its catalog to give clients easier access to the rental or purchase of safety equipment.

Industrial Hygiene Elements of a Successful Turnaround

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 for a successful turnaround because the specialized equipment and materials needed to test or detect certain materials and physical hazards may not be available on a moment’s notice.  This is especially true for a chemical plant turnaround that may require testing for aldehydes, amines, cyanides or other chemicals not typically tested for in refinery turnarounds. Filter or sorbent media that are pre-treated with specific reagents are necessary to monitor for aldehydes, ketones  and amines. Pesticide manufacturing plants typically require specialized testing and lab procedures to properly measure the materials of interest. Some materials, such as certain isocyanates, require the samples to be refrigerated and analyzed in the laboratory as soon as possible for accurate results. Polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbon air samples should be wrapped in foil and shipped refrigerated by overnight delivery to prevent degradation by sunlight and elevated temperatures. Testing for hexavalent chromium fumes while welding, cutting or arc gouging on stainless steel or high temperature alloys requires different filters and lab testing than for welding fumes on common steel. Chemicals that have high ionization energies, such as methanol or sulfur dioxide, may not be detected by a typical hand held or area photoionization detector, so a modified or different type of instrument would need to be used in that case.

Another point to be clarified well before the turnaround begins is the scope of work regarding confined space entry permits and hot work permits. Just because an IH technician is walking through a unit on the way to an assignment does not mean that he or she is under contract or allowed to “sniff” a space and “sign off” on a confined space or hot work permit. Generally, a supervisory employee of the owner or operator of the refinery or chemical plant is the person with the knowledge of the process and the equipment, and therefore, the associated hazards, who should be responsible for the final sign off on such permits. If this is not clarified at the planning stage, it could cause undue delays and confusion during the turnaround itself. The ventilation of confined spaces is another aspect of turnarounds that benefits from detailed prior planning. The location of the intake of the air supply must be in a clean, uncontaminated area, and the exhaust should likewise be directed away from workers, trailers or areas used for plant traffic. Be careful where “vac” trucks are discharging their exhaust as well.

Thought should also be given to which pre-turnaround activities need as much or more IH scrutiny than the maintenance, repair or replacement work itself. Some of the greatest potential for exposure occurs while units are being brought down and drained and purged. The potential for oxygen deficient atmospheres when nitrogen purging, or reactions of residues when using high temperature steam, should be considered and appropriate monitoring and PPE provided.

Thinking ahead and communicating in detail with the turnaround’s project engineering team about what, when, who and how of each work task will ensure that the IH resources committed to the turnaround are available when and where they are needed.

For additional information about pre-planning for your turnaround, contact us at 888.44.TOTAL.

Finding Safety Solutions that Work for the Midstream Industry

Total Safety provides a suite of safety services and equipment that can be mixed and matched to provide a customized solution for midstream projects that will improve worker safety, decrease project time and lower costs.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 to relying on those used for upstream, will streamline projects and reduce costs overall.

Specialized Safety Personnel

Having a team of personnel experienced in midstream operations aids greatly in creating an environment of safety because the team is aware of what safety precautions should and need to be taken, and they will know how to respond in case of an injury or emergency.

Total Safety assigns safety consultants, field safety crews, medics and specialized safety staff to midstream projects, long- or short-term, with the goal of maintaining high standards of safety. With Total Safety’s Specialized Safety Personnel (SPP), the billing rates are more competitive than “craftsman” billing rates, and the number of multiple contractor employees is reduced by having a centralized pool of trained safety personnel that can be dispatched and assigned to all areas of the project, reducing the total man-hour costs of the project.

Fire Protection Engineering, Design and Installation

Fire monitoring and suppression systems are an integral part of any safety program, specifically in midstream operations, as the infrastructure is typically in a remote location, a good distance from any type of outside aide. Therefore, these systems are imperative to the safety of life, assets and the environment.

Total Safety specializes in fire protection services that include providing audits and design/engineering of water spray and foam systems, fire pumps, fire detection and alarm design packages for process units, and design and installation of fire protection systems, as well as the inspection testing and maintenance of those systems.

Industrial Hygiene

Potential occupational hazards may include exposures to acetone and alkylates, to benzene, butadiene, hydrogen sulfide and kerosene, depending on your operations. Exposures may be encountered during pipeline activities and by tanker, rail car, ship and barge operations.

A Work Place Exposure Assessment (WEA) is at the heart of any successful industrial hygiene program.  Total Safety’s comprehensive WEAs take a fresh look at tasks, materials, exposure potential and controls through a systematic approach and associated process. It results in a clearly prioritized list of actions that help ensure the well being of workers. Along with reducing incidents, benefits include reduced liability, increased productivity and safety awareness, and conformance with regulations and industry standards.

Communications

Pipeline operators constantly monitor pipelines for up-to-date measurements and leak detection and stay in touch with maintenance personnel spread over wide-areas. Operators monitoring storage tanks situated at the end of a pipeline, as well as in refineries and chemical plants, must be able to communicate around-the-clock with key personnel.

Total Safety’s communications solutions are designed to increase safety by providing immediate communication in emergency situations and maximizing productivity by allowing workers to communicate quickly.

Our top-of-the-line communications equipment, available for rent or purchase, is ideal for remote locations. Our fleet includes everything from two-way radios to mobile Internet hotspots and is backed by in-house certified technicians who maintain and upgrade the equipment.

Safety Equipment, For Rent or Purchase

Essential to any industrial operation, safety equipment is designed to protect workers and the environment; however, from personal protective equipment (PPE) to high-tech gas monitors, safety equipment only works when it is being used properly, in compliance with the manufacturer and other regulating bodies’ guidelines.

Total Safety offers a complete line of industrial safety equipment for rent or purchase. In fact, they house the world’s largest rental fleet of equipment manufactured by leaders in the industry. In addition, Total Safety employs in-house certified technicians to repair and maintain Total Safety or customer-owned equipment.

Emergency Response

What if the unthinkable were to happen, and a leak were to occur in the pipeline? A proactive plan should be in place that addresses the necessary steps and procurement channels that should be in place to streamline recovery and get the systems back online.

With quick response time, seasoned personnel and an integrated menu of support services, Total Safety aids companies when disaster strikes. Their start-to-finish solutions are designed to deliver on the high number of customer requests and respond to the customer’s needs by providing two-way radios, fall protection, fire extinguishers, gas detection instruments, as well as the calibration and bump testing of the monitors, respiratory equipment, fit-testing, PPE resale and management, and, most importantly, safety training.

There are many aspects of a midstream project that need to work together to make the project not only successful, but safe. To overcome undesirable project outcomes, ensure that key materials, labor and contractor capabilities are planned for and that the right processes and internal control support are delivered.

Interpreting Direct Reading Instrumentation

By Hans Umhoefer, Sr. Industrial Hygiene Specialist, Total Safety

How many times has your GPS given questionable directions? Do you continue to follow it when the “road” has deteriorated into boulders and fallen trees? Like a GPS, a direct reading instrument provides information that must be interpreted.

Direct reading instrumentation has earned itself a place in any safety professional’s bag of tricks. They are robust, fairly precise, and they give a result quickly. The real time, single number display makes them extremely useful, but it can be misleading. We can’t simply accept the numbers on the display. We must ask, “What do those numbers really mean?”

When a CO sensor is calibrated, you can be reasonably assured that, in the presence of 50 ppm of CO, the instrument will read approximately 50 ppm. But what if CO doesn’t make any sense? All of these sensors have cross-sensitivities. Acetylene and hydrogen will produce a response on a CO sensor at relatively low concentrations (RAE Systems TN-121). A leaking acetylene cylinder or battery charging operations could be producing CO reading.

Combustible gas (LEL) sensors and photo-ionization detectors (PID) are designed to respond to a wide range of compounds. However, the sensors do not respond the same to each of these compounds. When these instruments are calibrated with a certain gas, they read in units of that gas. The best way to correct for this is to calibrate with the chemical you will be measuring. However, maintaining this stock of calibration gases would be a nightmare. Fortunately, manufacturers publish correction factors for their instrumentation that allow us to calibrate with standard gasses and then calculate the concentration of the analyte.

When an LEL sensor, calibrated with methane, is used to measure the concentration of o-xylene, the reading must be multiplied by a correction factor of 3.0 (RAE Systems TN-156). In this situation, a reading of 40% LEL methane corresponds to a concentration of 120% LEL o-xylene!

Correction factors greater than one mean the instrument will underestimate the actual concentration, while those less than one result in an overestimation. Most correction factors for a combustible gas sensor are greater than one. Thus, it is possible to exceed the LEL while the instrument reads less than 100%. This is part of the reason for setting the low alarm at 10% LEL. The process for a PID is similar.

Additionally, direct reading does not mean instantaneous reading. Sensor response time can vary from 10 seconds for a PID to 200 seconds for a HCN sensor. These times are magnified if the instrument must pull the sample through a length of tubing. It is important to wait until the reading stabilizes before moving to a new position and collecting another sample. Alarm settings must be low enough to provide sufficient warning of an increasing gas concentration.

It is important to understand how the instrument reports data. Check the datalogging interval and measurement type in the datalog setup to be sure they are appropriate for your purposes. Direct reading instruments typically record average or peak concentrations for each datalogging interval. An average measurement is necessary when calculating STEL or TWA concentrations but may not show high peaks if the concentration fluctuates rapidly. A shorter datalogging period will increase the resolution but also take up more memory.

I’ve referenced RAE equipment for this discussion, but it is applicable to other manufacturers’ equipment as well. Consult the documentation for your instrument so you can interpret what it is telling you.

For additional gas monitoring and detection tips, call us at 888.44.TOTAL.

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Hydrogen Sulfide: What’s the Stink?

By Mandy Sunderland, Industrial Hygiene Specialist, Total Safety

For the best in H2S Protection Services & Equipment, go Total Safety.In response to concerns over new toxicological data on the effects of chronic exposure to hydrogen sulfide (H2S), the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) has voted to substantially reduce their recommended exposure limits for H2S. They have dropped their 8 hour time weighted average Threshold Limit Value (TLV-TWA8) for H2S from 10 ppm to 1 ppm, and their Short Term Exposure Limit (TLV-STEL) from 15 ppm to 5 ppm. Unfortunately, most H2S measurement and monitoring equipment currently available for use in the workplace isn’t accurate in the 1 ppm range.  Confirming compliance with the new standards will be a challenge for health and safety practitioners.

ACGIH TLV’s reflects industry consensus on the level of exposure a typical worker can experience without unreasonable risk of disease or injury. Unlike Permissible Exposure Limits (PEL’s) set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), TLV’s are voluntary standards and not enforceable by law. However, most employers adopt them in order to help ensure maximum protection of employees in the workplace. 

So what’s the stink about H2S?

Hydrogen sulfide is an extremely toxic and irritating gas. It has a strong odor of rotten eggs at low concentrations, but deadens the sense of smell at higher concentrations, which can mask its presence. Inhalation of 500-1000 ppm will cause rapid unconsciousness and death through respiratory paralysis and asphyxiation. Inhalation of low concentrations may cause headache, dizziness and upset stomach. Even at concentrations under 5 ppm, metabolic changes and increased anxiety have been reported in people who are exercising.

Three primary types of instruments are used to detect and monitor H2S exposures: fixed area detectors, portable area detectors, and personal detectors. Fixed area detectors alert operators to leaks and releases in the workplace and have typically been set to alarm at concentrations of 10 to 15 ppm. Portable area detectors are used to test confined spaces and general work areas to confirm elevated levels of H2S are not present. Personal detectors are worn by employees and will sound an audible alarm at levels of 10 to 15 ppm.  A wide variety of reliable and well regarded H2S detectors which measure and alarm in the 10 ppm range are available to industry.  However, there is limited availability of detectors which operate accurately in the 1 ppm range.

In November 2009, in anticipation of the new ACGIH reduced exposure limits for H2S, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) completed an extensive report entitled a Feasibility Study on Responding to a Lower Hydrogen Sulfide Exposure Limit for Workers.  This study identified some limited options for commercially available equipment that measure H2S to 1 ppm.  While this measurement technology exists, not all of it is feasible for use in the workplace, or considered to be consistently sensitive enough to measure concentrations at 1 ppm.   Validated methods listed in the study include a Colorimetric Detector Tube system to measure TLV-TWA8 and Electrochemical Sensor Meters for use as personal detectors.  Of the six portable detectors listed, only two are feasible for use in the workplace. Gold Film detectors appeared promising, but are not suitable for use in hazardous locations.

So where does that leave the safety and health practitioner?  Most of us will have to continue to rely on current detector technology which may not provide reliable and accurate measurements at the new TLV’s while we wait for innovations from manufacturers and suppliers.  On the practical side, if there are known concentrations of H2S in the workplace, we can take extra precautions to minimize worker exposures by installing engineering controls and taking prompt action in response to leaks and alarms.  Common sense and good judgment, combined with smart use of existing technology, will enable us to continue to provide adequate protection to the workforce until the next generation of H2S detection and monitoring equipment arrives.

For more information on Total Safety and how we can equip your company with the best in H2S protection and safety services, give us a call at 888.44.TOTAL.

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Total Safety Enters Industrial Hygiene Services Business

Houston – August 25, 2009

Total Safety, the global leader of integrated industrial safety services and equipment, is expanding into Industrial Hygiene Services and will provide comprehensive solutions for exposure monitoring, hazard and risk assessments, respiratory protection programs, ergonomic assessments, indoor air quality, asbestos, and lead and mold monitoring. In addition, Richard Matherne, CIH, has joined Total Safety as Manager of Industrial Hygiene Services. Richard has over 30 years experience as a Certified Industrial Hygienist in the petrochemical industry.

“We are excited to enter this new line of business, and Richard’s experience and knowledge will ensure we will continue to meet the needs of our customers,” said Paul Tyree, Vice President of US Operations.

Total Safety also offers customized safety services built around each customer’s specific requirements, including:

Learn more about Total Safety’s entire line of industrial safety services & equipment by calling us at 888.44.TOTAL.

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Total Safety Releases All New 2009 – 2010 Products & Services Catalog

Houston – July 27, 2009

Total Safety, the global leader of integrated industrial safety services and equipment, announces the release of its new products and services catalog. This nearly 200-page, full-color catalog showcases thousands of safety products, equipment and safety services gathered from around the globe.

State-of-the-Art Safety Equipment

“The goal of this publication was not only to feature top brand products and services, but to provide a comprehensive guide for all the latest in cutting-edge safety services and equipment. Total Safety’s catalog represents the world’s best safety products all in one centralized place to make our customers’ jobs easier and to keep them safer,” said Charles Ripoll, Total Safety Executive Vice President of Marketing and Business Development.

Each of the seven main sections features products and services that are for rent and/or direct purchase. The seven sections include:

“While the catalog is very in-depth with an extensive listing of products and services, the catalog is easy to read which makes ordering very simple. As an added feature, we included industry resource guides to help customers make educated decisions about the appropriate safety equipment they’ll need for their particular requirements,” said Paul Tyree, Total Safety Vice President U.S. Operations.

Catalogs can be ordered by calling 888-448-6825 or online at www.totalsafety.com.

Online Catalog

Scheduled to debut in September, Total Safety is launching an e-commerce version of the catalog where products and services will also be available online for purchase or rent.

“We understand that different customers want different options when it comes to ordering their safety products and services. Our e-commerce catalog will feature all the services our customers expect in a way that’s perhaps more convenient for them,” said Ripoll.

Find out more about how Total Safety can provide your company with a complete line of industrial safety services & equipment by calling us at 888.44.TOTAL.

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Total Safety Reaches International Offshore Milestone

Houston – January 26, 2009

Total Safety, the global leader of integrated industrial safety services and equipment, completed one of its largest refurbishing projects to date for Hercules Offshore, a leading provider of offshore contract drilling, liftboat and inland barge services.

Project Spanned from Houston to Dubai

Safety solution design and procurement of this international project started in Houston, Texas at Total Safety’s corporate headquarters, and the project was managed from Total Safety’s on-site office in Dubai, UAE. Refurbishing and updating the safety systems of two Hercules Offshore rigs (261 & 262) was completed on-site in Lamprell Shipyard in Sharjah, UAE.

“There is a reason why Total Safety is a leader in the safety industry. Their team was able to meet moving deadlines, eliminate any delivery problems, and they constantly adjusted the scope of work to meet our requirements,” said Terry Simpson, Hercules Offshore HSE Manager, Saudi Arabia.

Exclusive Safety Provider

Total Safety was the only safety company on location and completed the project incident free and 3 weeks ahead of schedule. The safety service provider was responsible for numerous initiatives in assisting Hercules Offshore to meet industry compliance mandates.

New systems included: fire protection and detection, gas detection, fire suppression, breathing air, helideck foam systems and other life safety equipment.

“This was an amazing project that demonstrated a great partnership between Total Safety and Hercules Offshore. Their team demonstrated the highest quality of skills and expertise,” said Emilio Flores, Total Safety’s International Project Manager, who was specifically chosen by Hercules Offshore to lead the project.

Find out why Total Safety in the leading provider of industrial safety services & equipment by calling us at 888.44.TOTAL.

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Total Safety Expands to Enhance Workers Safety

Houston – December 16, 2008

To meet the growing demand of safety service solutions, Total Safety opens 4 new service centers- Benicia, CA, Signal Hill, CA, Shreveport, LA, Tulsa, OK – and expands to new offices in Denver, CO and Sulphur, LA.

All Total Safety locations are equipped with expert service capabilities serving the industrial sector including the rental, sales and service of:

Total Safety also offers customized safety services built around each customer’s specific requirements.

“We’re expanding to meet the needs of our customers. That’s always our first priority- to keep workers
safe and companies in compliance,” said Paul Tyree, Total Safety Vice President, U.S. Operations.

New Locations:

Benicia, CA
518 Stone Road
Benicia, CA 94510
707.747.5879

Signal Hill, CA
2701 Junipero Avenue
Signal Hill, CA 90755
562.490.6800

Denver, CO
5590 Havana Street, Unit A
Denver, CO 80239
303.766.1501

Shreveport, LA (January 2009)
500 Flournoy Lucas Road, Building 5
Shreveport, LA 71106
318.671.8965

New Offices:

Sulphur, LA
3205 Metric Drive
Sulphur, LA 70665
337.708.2100

Tulsa, OK
1327 North 105th East Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74116
918.835.8242

Find out more information about Total Safety and any of our industrial safety services & equipment by calling 888.44.TOTAL.

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Total Safety: Keep your workers safe and grow your bottom line

By Marty Tesselaar, UK District Manager, Total Safety

November 2008 Energy International

Leading industrial companies around the world know a good thing when they use it. They hire BEH/Total Safety because of its impeccable reputation for providing customized safety and compliance solutions. They trust the company to optimize workflows, accelerate project lifecycles, improve efficiency and alleviate administrative burdens all without compromising their own core competencies.

They do this all by adhering to one rule and one rule only. It is their promise and pledge that they keep to their clients, to their staff and to their families every single day. BEH/Total Safety’s mission is to ensure the safe Wellbeing of Workers Worldwide (W3).

Their team of over 1400 experts now operates in 37 locations, in 11 countries spanning 5 continents. Two of these facilities proudly reside in the United Kingdom-Knottingley, West Yorkshire and Aberdeen, Scotland. The company is here locally and 100% committed to serve their customers with two of their strongest business lines.

One of the world’s largest fleet of wireless gas detection systems

Only BEH/Total Safety has the people, programs and processes to deliver one of the industry’s best and largest gas detection instrumentation to local operations. Working with this team allows businesses to hire premium equipment at competitive prices, therefore optimizing their investments in safety devices. Customers can also expect unsurpassed quality of service and repair because BEH/Total Safety only utilizes the highest standard of testing and calibration. Don’t allow bottlenecks during turnarounds to stop production. From refining and petrochemical facilities to offshore drilling platforms, this company provides the top quality gas detection solutions that companies need to keep their people safe and their operations profitable.

This is just a small example of the types of instruments BEH/Total Safety carries.

Exclusive turnkey H2S custom respiratory protection solutions

This safety company is also the expert at delivering custom respiratory solutions packaged for strict operating demands, such as their H2S service for oil and gas drilling environments. By recruiting and training only the best technicians, BEH/Total Safety is trusted industry-wide to develop site-specific contingency plans and provide turnaround safety services and consultation to keep companies up and running.

Plus, they are a highly respected source for respiratory (SCBA) equipment hires and sales and respiratory pulmonary function tests with fit testing. With the best minds in the business handling respiratory needs, companies have a single-source partner for all Grade D breathing air demands. Below is a small sample of what BEH/Total Safety offers in respiratory services.

Equipment service, compliance and engineering

This team of safety experts meticulously services all of the equipment that they sell and hire which means everything is maintained for optimum performance and regulatory compliance standards.

Industry leaders rely on BEH/Total Safety’s on-site or in-shop services where trained and certified technicians are on call around the clock, seven days a week. Because services are custom built to a customer’s specifications, this service infrastructure eliminates equipment-related bottlenecks to keep projects on time and within budget.

On-site service

BEH/Total Safety’s expertise makes gas detection services and respiratory protection solutions fast and easy. Their In-Plant Service Centers (IPSCs) make equipment sales, service, maintenance, upgrade, documentation and management more economical by stationing their assets where companies need them most.

To learn more about Total Safety or any of our industrial safety services & equipment, give us a call at 888.44.TOTAL.

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