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Emergency Response Industrial Hygiene Monitoring

Because of the unique challenges surrounding emergency response IH monitoring, choose a provider that is able to develop written protocols/procedures, to deploy teams and equipment quickly, to provide experienced/knowledgeable personnel, quality support staff, and can adapt to ever changing conditions.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 deploy teams and equipment  quickly, to provide experienced/knowledgeable personnel, quality support staff, and can adapt to ever changing conditions. Some of the more challenging issues arising specific to IH monitoring include but are not limited to mobility, flexibility, proper equipment, documentation, reporting, and site specific training.

Developing written protocols/procedures has to occur first. The protocols set the applicable exposure levels, alarm levels and actions including deployment of respiratory protection, establishment of safe zones, evacuation, shelter-in-place or other personal protective measures.  Reporting mechanisms, format and timing of data reports should also be included in the protocol.  It is important to remember that reports are often shared not only with the client but others as well including federal, state and local authorities. Therefore, a data management support team must be available 24/7 to provide quality assurance and create a database from which a variety of reports can be prepared quickly.  Certified industrial hygienists should be utilized to write the IH sampling protocol and be available to lead project management.  Summary reports that pull all of the information together at the end of the event should be prepared and retained just as any other industrial hygiene medical record.

Next comes deployment which includes both necessary equipment and a team of personnel to operate the equipment. Your provider has to have the equipment in inventory or else have connections already in place to get it. Equipment ranges from simple personal monitoring pumps to the more technologically advanced real time wireless monitoring systems with built in GPS and data management software. All of which must be rugged, portable, intrinsically safe and able to collect large quantities of data for the specific contaminant(s) of concern.

One thing often overlooked is the need for an IH Mobile Command Center. It must communicate with both the site’s incident command center and also the outside world. A high speed Internet connection is needed for monitoring data management software. A standalone IH Mobile Command Center will not interfere with the incident command center  communication requirements but seamlessly integrate on site.

Training is a valuable component. Your provider should have the ability to train their own responding team and also be available to train other site workers. Monitoring personnel should have completed HAZWOPER, Incident Command, NIMS, respiratory protection and other standard courses. However, prior to deployment, training should occur on the incident IH monitoring protocol, site specific hazards, client’s procedures, reporting requirements, and equipment use.

Support away from the response is required. The provider needs to have a strong support staff  provide additional resources to handle issues that may arise during the sampling. Plan now and choose your emergency response IH monitoring provider with these criteria in mind to ensure that your facility is fully prepared for any emergency response.

DLJ Merchant Banking Partners completes acquisition of Total Safety U.S., Inc.

December 8, 2006

DLJ Merchant Banking Partners, a private equity investment affiliate of Credit Suisse, announced today that it has completed its acquisition of Total Safety U.S., Inc. (“Total Safety” or the “Company”) from H.I.G. Capital LLC.  Total Safety is the leading outsourced provider of mission-critical industrial safety services and equipment to the refining, petrochemical, upstream and general industrial markets.  Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Total Safety serves a diverse global customer base either on-site or through one of its 27 regional centers.  The Company combines a comprehensive suite of safety products for sale or rent with a range of value added services to offer facilities a single outsourced solution for their safety needs.  The Company’s primary products include respiratory protection equipment, gas detection and monitoring devices, fire suppression equipment and general training services.  Within each of the product lines, the Company provides a variety of services including repair, inspection and preventative maintenance that improve safety compliance levels.  The Company, with approximately $110 million in annual sales, has recently accelerated its growth profile through geographic expansion and strategic acquisitions.  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Total Safety U.S., Inc. was formed in December of 1994 to serve the safety needs of the oil and gas industry worldwide.  Over several years, the Company transformed itself through internal growth and acquisitions to become the industry leader in a comprehensive array of safety services in a variety of end markets.  Shortly after the Company acquired Well Safe, Inc. in April 2004, a new management team was put in place to execute a growth strategy.  Under the management team’s leadership, the Company has expanded the breadth of its product and service offerings and its geographic reach with the goal of transforming Total Safety into the premier global provider of integrated safety strategies and solutions for hazardous environments.

“We are excited about the opportunity to partner with the current management team of Total Safety to continue to expand the Company’s footprint.” said Susan Schnabel, a partner at DLJ Merchant Banking Partners.  “As the leading provider of outsourced safety services, Total Safety is uniquely positioned in the marketplace with significant growth opportunities going forward.”

“DLJ Merchant Banking is an ideal partner for Total Safety as we continue to grow our Company both organically and through acquisitions.  The entire Total Safety team looks forward to continuing our recent momentum and stands committed to ensuring the safe wellbeing of workers worldwide” said David Fanta, CEO of Total Safety.

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

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