What is Industrial Hygiene?
Industrial Hygiene is the science and art devoted to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, prevention, and control of those environmental factors or stresses arising in or from the workplace which may cause sickness, impaired health and well-being, or significant discomfort among workers or among citizens of the community.
Indoor Environmental Quality
Indoor environmental quality (IEQ) refers to the quality of a building’s environment in relation to the health and well-being of those who occupy space within it. Understanding the sources of indoor environmental contaminants and controlling them can often help prevent or resolve building-related worker symptoms. The myriad of commercial and industrial workplaces presents an environment with a multitude of safety and industrial hygiene hazards. EHSolutions provides comprehensive, cost-effective indoor environmental quality assessment services for the commercial and industrial workplace. Our services include:
Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) consultation
Air sampling and analysis
Development of site specific health and safety plan
On-site industrial hygiene support and safety oversight
Since 2005, EHSolutions has served as a full-service industrial hygiene consulting firm ensuring employees, visitors, and family members are not impacted negatively by environmental exposures to hazards, such as:
Fire VOC and Smoke Particulate
Indoor Air Quality Evaluations
Indoor environments are highly complex and building occupants may be exposed to a variety of contaminants (in the form of gases and particles) from office machines, cleaning products, construction activities, carpets and furnishings, perfumes, cigarette smoke, water-damaged building materials, microbial growth (fungal, mold, and bacterial), insects, and outdoor pollutants. EHSolutions works with families, contractors, building owners, facility managers, and restoration professionals to ensure that any indoor air quality deficiencies are dealt with in a safe, satisfactory manner. Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) assessments require an extensive knowledge of fungi, aerobiology, building construction, sampling strategies, and health effects. Many inspectors will unnecessarily collect air and/or surface samples because they do not understand the dynamics that are important when diagnosing a building. EHSolutions provides the most comprehensive, technologically advanced and detailed assessments in the industry. Our reports contain a scope of work for remediation so that you may hand this report to a licensed remediation professional who can then remediate the issue and deliver you back a healthy, livable space.
EHSolutions also performs post remediation project clearance inspections to determine if the demolition and cleaning are complete and effective, and to assure that there has not been accidental contamination of other building areas. Clearance inspection and testing should be performed after all demolition and cleaning, and before the containment system has been removed. Clearance inspections and sampling should be performed by a party who has no affiliation with the remediation contractor.
After 15 years in business, we have earned a reputation of quality and professionalism. Don’t risk your or your employees’ health by having your home or business evaluated by unqualified, inexperienced people. Our core business is industrial hygiene and air monitoring, and it shows. To maximize your facility’s indoor air quality and address any issues, EHSolutions:
Performs comprehensive site assessments
Designs survey methods and sampling techniques
Air and surface sampling and analysis
Indicator gas measurements
Evaluates HVAC systems’ efficacy and function
Inspects building configuration
Discusses issues with occupants
Delivers timely, cost-effective and site-specific recommendations to solve air quality problems
Hazardous Material Evaluations
EHSolutions offers a comprehensive set of offerings related to the detection and assessment of hazardous building materials. These services are designed to ensure that building owners/developers are in full compliance with State and Federal regulations and that projects can proceed on schedule and on budget. A thorough inspection is performed to ensure that building owners/developers do not face unforeseen problems. Our inspections locate the types of materials that are on and within your structure. Your report includes an inventory of these materials, along with recommended response actions and estimated abatement costs. We fully explain pertinent Federal and State Regulations related to hazardous materials and how they may impact your project.
EHSolutions inspects for hazardous materials, such as asbestos, metallic paint (chromium, cadmium, lead, etc.), mercury-containing components, and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). We analyze chemical storage and hygiene practices to ensure compliance with applicable federal and state regulations. Our final report presents the quantity and location of these components, offers information regarding proper removal, and includes estimates of anticipated costs.
Health & Safety Program Development
This is a required component of many OSHA regulation; which outlines the protocol that your company will follow to ensure that of your employee safety. The most frequently cited OSHA violations are related to underdeveloped or non-existent health and safety programs. To ensure that your organization implements and maintains a proper health and safety program, EHSolutions will provide the following services:
Review of your operations to determine which health and safety programs would be required. If programs already exist, we can review the content and determine if the plan is comprehensive enough.
Determination of whether requirements contained in the health and safety program are being implemented.
Development of site-specific compliance programs for confined space entry, lock-out/tag-out, respiratory protection, personal protective equipment, hazard communication, and corporate safety and health policy.
Writing of facility-specific employee health and safety training programs.
Having a written program is just the first step. Once a plan has been developed, implementation is paramount. If work is being performed and the procedures depicted in the plan are not being followed, the OSHA compliance officer will issue a citation. Additional costs may include hikes in insurance premiums and worker’s compensation rates if accidents or injuries occur.
Ventilation System Evaluations
Commercial building ventilation is required to ensure that occupants get enough fresh air to maintain comfort and dilute contaminants. Commercial office building ventilation dilutes odors, conditions the air, and filters allergens. Excessive or deficient ventilation rates can cause significant problems for a building and its occupants. Poorly designed or poorly operating ventilation systems cause occupant discomfort. Occupant discomfort reduces employee productivity which in turn reduces operational efficiency and profits. EHSolutions measures the efficacy of ventilation systems for evidence of proper function and coverage through the use of several gas and air flow measurements to ensure your employees work in a safe healthy workplace.
In industrial facilities, industrial or process ventilation is used to control contaminants generated during or as part of an industrial process. The ventilation can be provided at the source (local exhaust) to control the release of the contaminant or to dilute contaminants that may escape from the process. Proper containment of process contaminants serves to maintain a safe, healthy work environment for employees. EHSolutions measures the efficacy of exhaust ventilation systems on a regular basis to ensure proper design and function, and to ensure that your employees are protected.