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 Air 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. IEQ is a measure of multiple aspects of an indoor environment on human health and performance, including indoor air quality, lighting, visual quality, acoustics, and thermal comfort. 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. After 17 years in business, we have earned a reputation of quality and professionalism. Don’t risk your, your familes', 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 environmental quality and address any issues, EHSolutions:
Performs comprehensive site assessments
Designs survey methods and sampling techniques
Performs hazard mapping
Designs remedial action and methods to determine the efficacy of the restoration effort
Delivers timely, cost-effective and site-specific recommendations to solve air quality problems
Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a subset of IEQ and is a measure of the building’s interior air in terms of the occupant’s potential health and comfort. 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 indoor air quality deficiencies are dealt with in a safe, satisfactory manner. Indoor air quality (IAQ) assessments require an extensive knowledge of hazards, building construction, sampling strategies, and health effects. EHSolutions provides the most comprehensive, technologically advanced and detailed assessments in the industry. EHSolutions provides comprehensive, cost-effective indoor environmental quality assessment services for:
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
Fire and Smoke Particulate
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. 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 Programs
Written health and safety programs, a required component of many OSHA laws, outline the protocol that your company will follow to ensure your employee’s safety. The most frequently sighted 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 like 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.
Building ventilation is required to ensure that occupants get enough fresh air to maintain comfort and dilute contaminants. Excessive or deficient ventilation rates can cause significant problems for a building and its occupants.