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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.

Total Safety Wins ‘Best in Category’ by Houston Business Roundtable

Total Safety Wins Best in Category from Houston Business RountableMay 23, 2012 – Total Safety, a leading global safety services company, was honored by the Houston Business Roundtable as the “Best in Category” safety award from a field that included 134 companies across the award categories. The Houston Business Roundtable, whose membership consists primarily of refining, chemical and energy companies, held their 25th Annual Safety Awards banquet on Friday, May 18th, to present Safety Excellence awards to contractors. Total Safety won the honor in the “Technical Support – Large” category and was nominated by several customers.

“We are proud of the collective effort of the teams that have been recognized for their demonstrated expertise, dedication, and quality, and we are grateful for the support of our customers. This award is reflective of Total Safety’s goal to be the best in the business and make every day a safe and productive one. We believe that taking care of our people and our customers’ team members is truly a noble endeavor,” said David Fanta, Total Safety’s Chief Executive Officer.

Dave Myslenski, Vice President of Operations, noted, “We take the safety of our people and our customers very seriously – it’s our focused mission. To be recognized by the Houston Business Roundtable and our customers is a testament to the safety values at the core of Total Safety.”

The Houston Business Roundtable award comes on the heels of Total Safety earning 16 national and regional safety awards in 2011.

About Total Safety
Total Safety, a Warburg Pincus portfolio company based in Houston, Texas, is the world’s premier outsourced provider of integrated safety and compliance solutions and the products necessary to support them. As the global safety solutions leader, Total Safety provides services and products to support: onsite safety, turnaround safety, gas detection, respiratory protection, rescue, safety training, fire protection, safety compliance and inspection, industrial hygiene, onsite emergency medical treatment/paramedics, communications systems, engineered systems design, and materials management. It operates from more than 134 locations in 18 countries to ensure the safe Wellbeing of Workers Worldwide (W3).

For additional information and inquiries, contact:
Stenning Schueppert
Vice President – Strategy, Marketing & Corporate Development, Total Safety
713-353-7182

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

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 ideologies aside, workers do need a safe and healthy workplace, not only for their own benefit, but for the benefit of the company.

Total Safety provides integrated safety services and solutions designed to keep workers, the environment, the community and assets safe and in compliance, fulfilling our mission — to ensure the safe Wellbeing of Workers Worldwide (W3). We strategically design our line of safety services by taking into account our clients’ needs and various market factors, allowing us to adapt to changing regulations and various requirements. With that said, no matter the regulations, no matter the market factors, there will always be a basic need for risk mitigation and worker and facility protection that assesses, sometimes evolving, needs.

So, how does Total Safety ensure the safety of workers and facilities around the world? Each customer and location is different, so there is not a “one-size-fits-all” solution. Our experts have created a health, safety, environment and security (HSES) life-cycle that:

  • Assesses the needs of the client for that particular location, which, at its core, is to maintain a safe and healthy work environment
  • Examines current processes, if any, and recommends opportunities for improvement
  • Implements improved safety and compliance processes, navigating sometimes complex and demanding regulatory requirements, as well as the requirements of the client
  • Monitors implementation and measures outcomes, and
  • Enhances the existing implemented program with continual re-assessment of client’s needs.

We approach our business with the aforementioned “life-cycle” because each can evolve both directly because of or independently of the other; therefore, all steps must be taken to ensure safety. Yet despite the increasing focus on safety and compliance services, these functions are still not viewed as core competencies by most businesses. There is the recognition that safety and compliance is an area that needs to be addressed, while minimizing human and economic costs. Recognizing the importance of safety and compliance is important is only the first step. The unyielding recognition that only a true safety culture, accepted by all, will make a difference. Developing a sustaining safety culture within your company is a life-style of sorts. It must be lived, day-in and day-out, by every member of your team, and that is where Total Safety comes in.

Total Safety has this unique ability to integrate safety services, equipment, training, technical expertise and so much more to provide a cohesive and comprehensive solution that is critical to addressing the safety and compliance needs of the client. With this customized solution, our clients, in fact, have improved workplace efficiencies, lower total costs and a reduction in workplace incidents.

Assess the Needs of the Client
This is an important step for both Total Safety team members and the client. By assessing the client’s needs, we can help the client anticipate, recognize, evaluate, control and prevent potential occupational hazard, illness and disease exposure, ensuring that all parties involved are informed and concur. By assessing the client’s potential exposure, we can then begin to provide a road map to prevention, protection and compliance through a process of evaluating and prioritizing the monitoring and control of hazards in the workplace.

It should be noted that, with Total Safety, this is a relationship. We do not intend to “swoop in” to our client’s location and begin listing areas in which we feel safety and compliance can be improved. We strongly feel that no one knows their company better than them, and that most personnel are aware of major areas of safety concern at their facility.

Examine Current Processes and Recommend Opportunities for Improvement
Certain countries and states require employers to implement and maintain an injury and illness protection program (I2P2). These countries include Canada; Australia; European Union member states; Norway; 15 U.S. states and more. If a program is currently in place, we examine current processes and protocols, determine and “holes” that might exist within the program and provide detailed, actionable recommendations for enhancing safety performance and outcomes.

This “front-end” consultative approach is a powerful tool for the client. It helps clients better understand where its strengths and weaknesses are, but most importantly, it exposes opportunities for improvement with actual recommendations and suggestions for improvement. It gives the client not only a goal, but steps on how to attain that goal, supported by an objective third-party opinion.

Total Safety performs efficient, in-depth audits of the client’s facility. Our auditors examine the programs that currently exist at a facility, evaluate its implementation and determine the level of compliance through interviews with a cross-section of facility staff, reviews of records and documentation, and field observation of work practices and equipment.

The typical audit report provided by Total Safety documents the strengths and weaknesses and provides auditor recommendations as necessary for achieving compliance and/or improving current programs. Our auditors supply objectivity, benchmarking capabilities, and the dedicated time necessary for completing the audit and issuing the report in a timely manner.

Implement Improved Safety and Compliance Processes
We structure our line of services to proactively address safety concerns, meeting or exceeding the requirements of applicable regulations and codes, as well as the requirements of the client. The brilliance of Total Safety’s integratable safety services and equipment is that as much or as little as needed can be utilized to achieve the safety and compliance needs of the client. We pull from a full gamut of service and equipment offerings to deliver a solution to, sometimes unique, needs.

By implementing this customized solution, we manage a comprehensive range of safety hazards facing the client’s personnel and facility and function as an extension of the client’s complete safety organization. In addition, we capture the demand for additional, complementary safety solutions based on our unique ability to integrate our full range of services and onsite delivery model, thereby, saving the client money, time and effort.

Monitor Implementation and Measure Outcomes
To ensure that the implemented safety and compliance processes are achieving the stated safety objectives, our team monitors the program, measures outcomes and captures extensive data, as well as proper documentation, to support analysis of the safety performance and compliance with regulatory and internal standards. Once the data is captured, we then compare to industry standards and peer performance to determine relative safety performance.

Compliance monitoring from Total Safety can also include regulatory compliance inspections. Our exclusive Smart Inspections program utilizes highly-sophisticated, handheld computing technology to efficiently manage ongoing regulatory compliance inspections. Once our Smart Inspection is complete, our trained service technician downloads the resulting information, providing all of the necessary regulatory paperwork and other reports on the spot. This process takes just a few seconds and can save hours in completing manual paperwork. The reports created will detail all inspection information, including each asset type inspected, a listing of the points of inspection and a pass/fail response that is clearly listed.

Enhance with Continual Re-assessment of the Client’s Needs
An imperative “step” in the overall life-cycle is the re-assessment of the client’s needs and the implemented safety and compliance program. This step allows for a true safety culture, as it fosters continuous internal reflection and company-improvement, as well as forces the company and its safety culture to avoid complacency and to only get better and better.

By re-assessing the safety and compliance program, we identify areas for improvement, determine the root cause of systematic safety deficits and develop specific recommendations for necessary updates to the safety program, leveraging safety data and documentation to drive improved safety outcomes. We again provide a road map of detailed and specific recommendations, reinforcing our value proposition, and re-engage in the assessment of the safety and compliance program. This further allows for the inherent evolution of safety regulations and processes. As regulations and requirements change, so do the client’s needs, and this life-cycle allows for the continual revitalization of the safety program, if needed.

Why Choose Total Safety for Your Safety and Compliance Needs
Hazardous environments are expensive. The high costs associated with failure, maintenance and equipment pose significant incremental capital outlay for companies. As a result, companies choose to outsource its safety and compliance needs to third-party companies to lower its overall costs and improve overall compliance, allowing for a more direct focus on its core business. Once the decision has been made to outsource, companies prefer to build a relationship with Total Safety because we are a single-source safety solutions provider.

Utilizing a single source for safety services and equipment eliminates the added cost and logistical challenges of managing multiple vendors, allowing for better accountability for the reliable and responsive delivery of safety solutions. Total Safety maintains an attractive leadership position as a global, comprehensive safety service source that provides the needed depth of technical expertise and resources to address the full spectrum of your safety needs.

Look to Total Safety to provide a customized solution with:

  • Respiratory protection
  • Gas detection and monitoring, including H2S
  • Fire protection, including engineering, design, installation, inspection, testing and maintenance
  • Communications, including design, installation, maintenance and repair
  • Environment, health and safety, including industrial hygiene, process safety management (PSM), professional safety and environmental safety
  • Specialized safety personnel, including safety technicians and attendants
  • Medical management, including onsite emergency medical technicians (EMTs)
  • Safety training, in-house or onsite
  • Rescue and emergency response
  • Materials management

On our watch, our goal is to provide high-quality safety and compliance solutions and equipment in a measurable, cost-effective manner, without compromise. We stand behind the promise we make to each of our clients — providing safety services that work, while helping our clients protect lives, property and the environment.

Safety is not optional as global compliance requirements evolve

By Stenning Schueppert, VP of Strategy & Corporate Development

Safety is becoming the nucleus within forward-thinking organizations and encouraging many reactive-based companies to evolve.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 and security of the company as a whole. The pace of the “safety evolution” has only accelerated in recent years as an increasing number of industrial incidents and the global visibility of their human and economic impact are driving more stringent regulations, highlighting the emphasis on enhanced risk mitigation and worker protection.

Gravitating to the core
As the world flattens, instant global communication becomes standard, and as the cost — both financial and reputational — of industrial accidents increases, the importance of safety compliance and global programs continues to rise. Global companies face global safety risks: a lesson first taught to Union Carbide after the 1984 disaster in Bhopal, India, and reiterated countless times since — most recently on a scale basis with the Macondo spill. For safety professionals, the value of the workers’ health and well-being has always been more than enough to make it their dedicated core mission; the interesting evolution in recent years has been the migration from HSE department to, in many cases, the leading agenda item in executive offices and board rooms of the largest multinational companies in the world.

Doug Oberhelman, Caterpillar chairman and CEO, has called safety “the most important order of business” at the company. Energy companies have long-since focused on safety but are making earnest attempts to improve their safety cultures. Chevron’s “Do it safely or not at all … There is always time to do it right” slogan or ExxonMobil’s “Nobody Gets Hurt” vision that, per ExxonMobil, “is internalized in the company’s culture, [and is] positively influencing behavior of each employee and contractor,” are just a few such examples.

Increasing attention and cost of compliance
Ever-more publicized and scrutinized industrial incidents including recent oil spills and pipeline explosions have placed a more public spotlight on safety and compliance across energy and industrial markets. These and the thousands of other small-scale incidents are driving greater public inquiry of safety cultures and creating increased demand for dedicated expert safety solutions. The combination of these large and small “recurring nonrecurring” incidents highlights the need for inspection, maintenance, repair and timely replacement of safety equipment and continuous improvement of safety programs.

Furthermore, the cost of noncompliance decreases productivity and can lead to significant reputational damage. How much can this cost? According to often-cited statistics from Liberty Mutual’s “Workplace Safety Index” for 2010, workplace incidents cost U.S.-based companies more than $1 billion a week in workers compensation claims alone. How much production is lost from a single shutdown to treat an injured worker? The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics noted 3.1 million nonfatal occupational injuries occurred during 2010 — an astounding incidence rate of three-and-one-half cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers. The total impact of these incidents would be difficult to compute, but one thing is clear — whether large or small, these incidents can and are catalyzing permanent regulatory changes and revised procedures requiring substantial levels of compliance activities across entire industries.

Regulations becoming increasingly stringent
Countless standard setting bodies domestically and abroad play a fundamental role that reinforces demand for safety solutions by issuing, and then enforcing, minimum safety standard regulations. From OSHA to the EPA, from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health or the International Code Council to the National Fire Protection Association, regulations and guidelines are likely to tighten in the future given the demanding operating requirements and increasing oversight for the reasons discussed herein. Compliance standards disseminated by regulatory bodies are continuously made more exacting, and in some cases enigmatic, fostering a growing demand for truly dedicated experts. Remaining versed in these intricate and changing regulations can be challenging, and penalties for noncompliance can be substantial in terms of fines or forced downtime.

Going global: No more excuses
The global community is waking up to the fact that to play and succeed in a worldwide market, bringing standards up to the best-in-class is a must. Local compliance and local standards are starting to fade as both multinational corporations and even governmental regulatory agencies are breaking down political borders when implementing or judging safety programs and requirements. The Fukushima Nuclear Plant Explosion last year in Japan is no exception. Just recently, Nuclear Safety Commission Chairman Haruki Madarame told an inquiry, “The root of the problem lies in the fact that, when other countries implement changes, Japan spends time making excuses as to why we don’t have to follow.” Hopefully, the tides of change won’t require another tsunami to drive the point home. Earlier examples, such as the Chilean Copíapo Mining Accident in August 2010 (that thankfully had a positive outcome), continue to highlight varying degrees of safety standards that must align — by bringing standards up to the leaders, not by mitigating to the mean.

Globalization is driving more consistent standards
As business becomes increasingly global, multinationals working across geographies and continents are focused on maintaining the same safety standards relevant to their home country in all geographies in which they operate — even if that exceeds the safety and compliance standards of the countries in which they operate. In addition to the needs of clients, competitive and dynamic market forces drive further demand for safety and compliance solutions, enforcing an effective “highest common denominator” concept. The developing countries that need the most help are also those countries consuming greater amounts of petroleum products, the same countries that are looking to these multinationals for help. That help is starting to come with a stipulation — improve your safety standards or we will.

Benefits to centralized globalization
As the multinational companies develop standard and/or centralized approaches to safety, experts emphasize taking a global approach isn’t simply about avoiding problems, yet also fosters a wealth of opportunity to improve company performance. Another advantage lies in the fact it is easier to manage a universal set of standards for all markets, as opposed to a separate standard for every regional location around the world. In addition, it is easier to use safety observations, track leading indicators and conduct training with a single global set of standards. Also, as reporter James Nash has reported, “Companies often transfer safety and operations managers from country to country; having a global system reduces training costs and the confusion that can result from having to learn a new way of doing things after each move.” Caterpillar’s environment, health and safety programs, while standardized, have still accommodated for the necessary flexibility that is required to participate in a global community. The programs are designed to allow each facility, no matter where it may be located worldwide, to implement programs and processes in a way that makes sense for the local culture, language and regulatory environment.

The end result
Safety has never been optional, but it is nonetheless becoming the nucleus within forward-thinking organizations and encouraging many reactive-based companies to evolve. Executive leadership teams must design and execute safety programs that ensure compliance with a wide range of complex, stringent and mandatory regulations to protect the lives of their employees and their infrastructure. The severe nonmarket and economic costs of noncompliance render demand for safety solutions inelastic — domestic companies, as well as those that are servicing U.S.-based multinationals are unable to elect their compliance regimes and global companies themselves are forced to participate in an ever-complex and ever-evolving set of global compliance requirements. As these requirements progress, it will take dedicated experts to respond to these needs and, hopefully, stay one step ahead to protect everyone’s greatest assets — their people.

Total Safety Acquires Z-Safety Services, Increasing Offerings and Footprint in Europe

Total Safety, an industrial safety services company, acquired Z-Safety Services, based in Belgium.December 21, 2011 – Total Safety, the leading global provider of integrated industrial safety services and compliance solutions, today announced that it has acquired Z-Safety Services, the European leader in mission-critical safety services and equipment to the downstream energy and petrochemical markets based in Dilsen, Belgium. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Both Total Safety and Z-Safety Services have deep roots in the industry and are well known for providing best-in-class air, gas, fire and safety management services to clients. With over a decade of commitment to customer service, Z-Safety Services has established itself as a leader in providing critical safety services to the chemical, petrochemical, industrial and power markets in the Benelux region through their qualified pool of technicians, equipment fleet and distribution partners.

With this combination, Total Safety dramatically expands its European footprint and its ability to serve the safety needs of its global client partners. It also enables Total Safety to extend its reach to Z-Safety Services’ world-class customer base and further enhance service offerings to these customers through the introduction of additional safety services, such as industrial hygiene, fire safety, emergency medical treatment/paramedics and communications services.

“We are excited to partner with the innovative and talented team at Z-Safety Services,” said David E. Fanta, chief executive officer of Total Safety. “The leadership team has a commitment to safety and excellence that mirrors our own, and their family of over 500 qualified personnel is a great complement to our international family. We are looking forward to extending our additional capabilities in industrial hygiene, communications and medical services to their current customers, many of which we serve elsewhere. We are proud to have an expanded global presence through this partnership with the premier safety services provider in continental Europe.”

“Our customers have asked us to increase our service offerings in Europe for sometime. The Z-Safety Services combination enables us to enhance our offerings in the market in a meaningful and expedited way. We believe the added mix of expertise and geographic reach will provide our customers even more value and satisfaction, and we believe looking forward to attracting new customer with our breadth of quality safety services and equipment,” noted Paul Tyree, chief operating officer of Total Safety.

Matty Zadnikar, president of Z-Safety Services, noted, “We are enthusiastic to bring our clients additional capabilities now that we are part of the Total Safety family. We know this transaction will be advantageous for our clients and our dedicated employees.” Mr. Zadnikar, who will invest and serve on the board of the merged European entity, will continue to manage the business with his team across Europe and maintain the high standards of customer service and innovation that has made Z-Safety Services the leader in their market today.

About Total Safety

Houston, Texas, based Total Safety, a Warburg Pincus portfolio company, is the world’s leading outsourced provider of integrated industrial safety services and compliance solutions and the products necessary to support them. As the world’s leading provider of industrial safety solutions, Total Safety provides services and products to support on-site safety, turnaround safety, gas detection, respiratory protection, rescue, safety training, fire protection, safety compliance and inspection, industrial hygiene, on-site emergency medical treatment/paramedics, communications, custom-engineered systems design and materials management. It operates from more than 133 location in 18 countries to ensure the safe Wellbeing of Workers Worldwide (W3). For more information about Total Safety, please visit Total Safety.com.

About Z-Safety Services

Z-Safety Services provides safety solutions, turnaround safety, gas detection, respiratory protection, materials management and on-site support to customers in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, France and the United Kingdom from 28 locations.

 

Contact:

Total Safety

713-353-7100

Dennis Turnipseed, Chief Financial Officer

Stenning Schueppert, Vice President – Strategy & Corporate Development

H2WR, A Total Safety Company, Has Relocated

H2WR offers two-way radio sales, rental and repair, as well as many other communications solutions and services.H2WR, A Total Safety Company (formerly Houston 2-Way Radio) is now at a new sales, rental and service office location:

4100 N. Sam Houston Parkway W., Suite 290 Houston, TX 77086

Business: 713.681.2525
Fax: 713.681.5940

H2WR offers two-way radio sales, rental and repair, as well as many other communications solutions and services. H2WR offers solutions for rugged computing, handheld scanning and data capture devices, area-wide private digital radio service, plant and municipal emergency notification systems, communications system design and consultation, and much more.

As always, look to our experts at H2WR for exceptional service, proven techniques and superior equipment that meet your needs.

Total Safety Acquires S&H Services

Total Safety acquires S&H Services, safety consultant providersTotal Safety recently acquired S&H Services, providers of safety cosultants to the oil and gas industries, with a concentration in pipelines.

This acquisition allows Total Safety to provide high-quality safety solutions and products in a measurable, cost-effective manner, without compromise. Total Safety has the people and processes to ensure that only the highest caliber of Specialized Safety personnel (SSP) is assigned to each of your projects. Whether you rely on our Safety Attendant or Safety Technician services, you can trust that our high standards increase safety and efficiency and reduce your costs.

For more information on our Specialized Safety Personnel, visit our website at TotalSafety.com.

Total Safety Acquires Industrial Hygiene Consulting Firm, Pacific Environmental

Total Safety Acquires Pacific Environmental Consulting“We are honored to have Pacific’s talented team join the Total Safety family,” said David E. Fanta, Chief Executive Officer of Total Safety. “Canada remains a very strategic market for Total Safety and we have many clients asking us to expand our service offering to include industrial hygiene and occupational safety. Working with Peter and the other professionals at Pacific, we will now be able to provide an even more comprehensive suite of safety solutions in this key market.”

Pacific Environmental, headquartered in Vancouver and founded in 1990, provides engineering and consulting services focused on worker health and safety. Those services incorporate Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (“CCOHS”)/Provincial Workers Compensation Board (“WCP”) regulatory requirements in the delivery of workplace environmental and industrial hygiene consulting services to a wide range of customers in Western Canada.

Its core industrial hygiene competencies include worker exposure monitoring, air quality assessments, laboratory analysis and chemical safety audits. Pacific also handles environmental consulting and assessments, hazardous material audits, worker training programs, health and safety audits, confined space audits, fall protection programs and workplace regulation reviews in consultation with regulatory authorities.

Peter Hansen, Pacific’s President and Co-Founder, stated, “This is a very exciting time for our employees and clients. The synergy between our two companies will accelerate market growth and career opportunities, a true winning combination. The Pacific team looks forward to partnering with such a dynamic team, offering our customers additional services, and complementing Total Safety’s current Canadian portfolio while continuing to add value for our clients.”

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

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Industrial Hygiene Planning for Successful Turnarounds

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, so the unit can be returned to operation as quickly as possible.  Tremendous effort typically goes into planning and coordinating the various aspects to ensure all necessary repairs and maintenance are conducted during the turnaround, so the unit doesn’t have to be shut down again until the next planned turnaround.  However, far too often industrial hygiene issues are not adequately addressed in the early phases of turnaround planning.  Playing catch-up in this area can have a negative impact on worker safety, project budget and schedule.

To help ensure turnaround success, the following industrial hygiene items should be considered during planning:

  • DETERMINE potential exposures to chemical agents well in advance and identify requirements for trained personnel and equipment.  Based on potential exposures, the project may require IH devices such as real time direct reading instruments to measure agents such as total hydrocarbons or H2S. Personal and area air samples for laboratory analysis may also be required to measure specific agents in welding fumes or catalyst. 
  • DEVELOP clear guidelines for PPE (personal protective equipment) use throughout the project, including respiratory protection, hearing protection, gloves, coveralls and safety shoes. Access control plans should be developed to ensure workers aren’t exposed to hazards unnecessarily. Special attention should be given to any jobs involving confined space entry. Defining and communicating PPE requirements in advance helps ensure that contractors will provide proper equipment and trained personnel.
  • DEFINE the types and numbers of worker and activities to be monitored. An IH sampling strategy should be developed which sets requirements for full shift TWA (time weighted average) sampling or activity specific STEL (short term exposure limit) sampling. Some operators monitor their own company employees, but require contractors to monitor their own workers. Coordinating these plans will help prioritize resources to better protect workers.
  • UNDERSTAND the full scope and length of the turnaround. Determine if IH monitoring will be required during the preparation phase, actual shutdown, line breaks, vessel entries or start up and commissioning. Ensure adequate and appropriate IH materials, supply and support are available throughout the project.
  • DECIDE which analytical laboratories will be used for IH samples.  Agree on the types of reports needed (e.g. full report with specific recommendations or rough data only). Consider who will need to see results in order to keep the project running smoothly and maximize worker protection. 
  • ANTICIPATE the unexpected. Don’t get caught off guard by unexpected exposures to NORM (naturally occurring radioactive material), asbestos or PCBs. If you don’t have a clear picture of potential exposures, bring in an IH expert to conduct a survey of the project area and a review of the turnover plan.

In summary, a comprehensive industrial hygiene strategy will help ensure your next turnaround project is completed safely, within budget and on schedule. Therefore during your next turnaround planning cycle be sure to thoroughly examine industrial hygiene issues in your decision making process.  It can save you bucks!

To learn more about Total Safety or our complete line of industrial hygiene services, contact us at 888.44.TOTAL (888.448.6825).

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Total Safety Acquires Scotsafe

Total Safety Acqires Scotsafe, Scotland based industrial safety equipment & services supplier.HOUSTON–“We are very pleased to announce this most recent acquisition and to welcome the Scotsafe team to Total Safety,” said David E. Fanta, Chief Executive Officer of Total Safety. “By adding this experienced team and strategic offering to our suite of services, we can provide a more comprehensive offering to the strategic North Sea and surrounding markets and respond to our clients more expediently.”

Scotsafe provides a variety of safety equipment and services including gas detection systems and equipment, breathing air, fit testing, and other critical safety systems and personnel; all a strong complement to Total Safety’s current UK services. Founded in 1991, Scotsafe provides service for both the land-based and offshore energy industry in the North Sea market out of its office in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Adrian Scott, Scotsafe’s founder, stated, “This is a very exciting time for our employees and clients. The synergy between our two companies will allow for market growth and employment opportunities, I’d like to thank all the customers, suppliers and staff who have contributed to our success so far and look forward to delivering the enhanced capabilities the new dynamic partnership will provide.”

Specific financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

For more information on Total Safety and how we can equip your company with industrial safety services and equipment, give us a call at 888.44.TOTAL.

Total Safety – The Best Minds in the Business!