Workplace Occupational Health and Safety

 

We understand the significance of protecting the health and safety of individuals in the workplace environment from potential airborne exposures, hazard substances and noise.

With supervision from an experienced Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), we will measure and evaluate worker exposures, physical stressors and chemical and biological contaminants.

Related Services

We can conduct surveys for industrial hygiene and occupational health and safety, including employee exposure monitoring, airborne sampling, risk assessments, noise surveys, indoor air quality, ergonomic concerns, and safety audits.

Standards and Guidelines

It is critical that employers follow industry, federal, state and local regulations.

All our services are conducted in accordance with ACGIH, AIHA, ASHRAE, NIOSH and OSHA standards and guidelines.

Why PHASE Associates

Our thorough knowledge of regulations as well as non-regulatory industrial hygiene standards of care will give you the confidence you need to make sound decisions about employee health risks.

Industrial Hygiene | Services

Bloodborne Pathogens/Biosafety Program

A company must have a biosafety program in place in accordance with OSHA 29 9 CFR 1910.1030 if workers are expected to come into contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM ) as a result of doing their job duties.

PHASE Associates has the experience to provide the following:

  • Conduct an employee risk assessment to bloodborne pathogen agents
  • Perform biosafety audits
  • Develop a written program
  • Identify and make recommendations for workplace practices and engineering controls
  • Assist in hazard labeling
  • Conduct employee refresher training
  • Conduct infectious disease (Ebola virus) training

Compressed Gas and Breathing Air Testing

PHASE Associates conducts compressed gas and breathing air quality testing for their clients.

The purpose of this testing is to protect workers from contamination who use supplied air respirators for working environments that may but not limited to include manufacturing clean rooms, paint spraying and sand blasting. It also protects against environments that manufacture food, pharmaceutical and related products.

Contamination may occur because Carbon monoxide and/or hydrocarbons can be drawn into the compressor intake from nearby operations (e.g. forklifts, delivery trucks, process exhausts). In addition, repairs, maintenance and other activities can introduce contaminants (e.g. oil, solvents) into the respirator system.

Testing is required to demonstrate compliance with the OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.134(i). As specified in the regulation, compressed breathing air shall meet at least the requirements for Grade D breathing air described in ANSI/Compressed Gas Association Commodity Specification for Air, G-7.1-1989. Companies test to confirm that the compressed air is free of air contaminants such as carbon monoxide, oil and particulates and odors. PHASE Associates guarantees OSHA 1910.134 CGA G7.1 Grade D Commodity Specification for Air.

The laboratory that we work with for the test kits and laboratory results is TRI Air Testing, Inc. and they are AIHA Accredited Laboratory and ANSI/ISO/ASQ 9001-2008 & ISO 17025-2005 Compliant. This laboratory is well known for their third party analytical testing specializing in respirator supplied breathing air and compressed air used in mechanical equipment/processing.

Ergonomic Assessments

An effective ergonomics program will overall increase your company’s profitability. Improving workplace ergonomics can increase worker satisfaction and employee productivity while minimizing the risk of injury and disability. PHASE Associates provides assessments and evaluations to ensure the equipment and processes are properly engineered for maximum operator health, safety, comfort, and production.

We can identify hazardous ergonomic work practices or conditions at your work site. We will evaluate to develop practical solutions, and create simple and cost effective recommendations. We can assist in the establishment of an ergonomics program.

PHASE Associates can provide the following services:

  • Workplace injury assessment
  • Workstation risk evaluation
  • Job design and tool evaluation
  • Quantifying biomechanical contributing factors
  • Ergonomic training
  • Development of ergonomic program and team

Expert Witness Testimony

We have numerous subject experts and highly qualified staff in the industrial hygiene, safety, indoor air quality areas. These individuals have served as technical experts supporting the plaintiff or defense for case evaluation, testimony for deposition and trial, consultation and research.

Hazard Communication & Right-to-Know

The OSHA Hazard Communication Standard of 1983 (29 CFR 1910.1200) has been historically changed in 2012. The revised Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) are bringing the United States into alignment with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), further improving safety and health protections for America’s workers.

The HCS will be fully implemented in 2016 and benefit workers by reducing confusion about chemical hazards in the workplace, facilitating safety training and improving understanding of hazards, especially for low literacy workers. OSHA’s standard will classify chemicals according to their health and physical hazards, and establish consistent labels and safety data sheets for all chemicals made in the United States and imported from abroad.

The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) now gives workers the right to know and the right to understand.

Our qualified team of professionals will do the following:

  • Identify hazardous chemicals
  • Develop proper inventory control procedures (including Safety Data Sheets) and warning labeling.
  • Provide onsite employee training
  • Developing a comprehensive OSHA complaint Chemical Hygiene Plan.

Heat Stress (WBGT) Monitoring

Heat stress is the overall heat burden on the body. Heat stress should not be taken lightly. It is a serious condition that could lead to a high potential for inducing heat stress. Several risk factors could lead to heat stress: high air temperatures, radiant heat sources, strenuous physical activities and high humidity levels indoors or outdoors.

PHASE Associates can conduct heat stress surveys to identify heat stress conditions. Our industrial hygiene specialists would use a WBGT meter to monitor the potential heat stress risk factors.

Industrial Hygiene

  • Health Hazard evaluations
  • Exposure Monitoring
    Conduct measurements and airborne sampling to determine personnel exposures to airborne chemicals. Identify airborne exposure hazards and compare to the OSHA standards and other occupational safety and health guidelines.
    • Potent compound exposure monitoring
    • Containment testing for potent compounds
    • Occupational exposure banding (OEB)
  • Monitoring for flavor and fragrance compounds
    • Experts in Diacetyl
    • All other compounds
  • Industrial Hygiene Assessment
  • Exposure control strategies
  • Welding Fume Monitoring
    • Hexavalent Chromium
    • Other metals such as but not limited to cadmium, lead, nickel, zinc and aluminum

Laboratory Fume Hood Measurements

Perform face velocity ventilation measurements for laboratory and other types of exhaust hoods.This also include face velocity and visual smoke dispersion testing of the local exhaust hoods, recording this information and placing a completed inspection sticker on each tested hood. The purpose of each hood will be noted, along with factors that may affect the performance of the hood. Measurements will be by an anemometer or similar instrument using a 6 or 8 point traverse method.

Noise Exposure Evaluation, Surveys and Controls

Exposure to loud and sustain noise can have long term effects to hearing which can eventually lead to hearing loss. In response, OSHA and NIOSH have set legal limits on noise exposure in the workplace. These limits are based on a worker’s time weighted average over an 8-hour day.

PHASE Associates industrial hygiene professionals have many years of experience in providing noise exposure evaluations, surveys and controls for both industrial and community sources. Our services include but not limited to:

  • Determine employee exposure by conducting personal noise dosimetry and sound level survey, sampling and mapping.
  • Develop and Hearing Control Program if noise levels exceed OSHA exposure levels.
  • Evaluate and implement engineering and administrative controls.
  • Assist with the selection and design of hearing protection devices.
  • Set up a hearing protection training program.
  • Conduct community noise surveys and recommendations for corrective actions for following the local municipal noise codes.
  • Establishment of ear protection at risk noise areas.

Non-Ionizing Radiation Monitoring

We provide services for industrial hygiene assessment of non-ionizing radiation. This includes physical walk-through surveys and field monitoring surveys to evaluate ultraviolet radiation, radio frequency fields and electric and magnetic field (EMF).

OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP)

We assist firms with their OSHA VPP applications and prepare them for the required on-site audit. Our staff have firsthand experience with the OSHA VPP program as they have assisted their own employers prior to joining PHASE Associates in addition to assisting our clients.

Respirator Fit Testing; Respiratory Protection Program; Respirator Medical Clearance

OSHA based Supervisory, 8-hour, 24-hour, and 40-hour courses are available for attendees required to work at hazardous waste sites or as emergency responders to a chemical release.

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) Hazard Assessments

We can perform PPE hazard assessments for all protective equipment devices and prepare the written assessment. We perform respirator fit testing. We also evaluate types of personal protective equipment to purchase and use according to the hazards identified.

Professional EHS Outsourcing

OSHA based Supervisory, 8-hour, 24-hour, and 40-hour courses are available for attendees required to work at hazardous waste sites or as emergency responders to a chemical release.

Safety Data Sheets (SDS) Development and Review

The major revisions in 2012 to the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) 29 CFR 1910.1200(g) has had an immense effect on MSDS to the point that MSDS is now referred to Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and compliance is effective as of June 1, 2015.

The HCS will require new SDSs to be in an uniform format. The information contained in the SDS is largely the same as the MSDS, except now the SDSs are required to be uniform format, presented in a consistent user-friendly, 16-section format.

PHASE Associates has been actively engaged in keeping up-to-date with the change in the Hazard Communication Standard as well as the deadline dates for companies to be compliant. PHASE Associates can assist all or parts of the new development of SDS as well as your Hazard Communication program. We will take your raw material ingredients and develop health and safety precautions and other information to produce an accurate and comprehensible SDS. We can also provide Hazard Communications training.

Safety and Health Audits

We can conduct a review of your facility or construction/demolition site to ensure compliance to Federal, State or Municipal government regulations. An audit can also identify areas and provide you with a realistic and practical plan of action to fix any problem or resolve governmental compliance or facility related issues. We use a team of experts in safety and industrial hygiene with real term prudent and practical solutions. We can tailor the safety and health audit to focus on OSHA compliance following their library of A to Z regulations.

Ventilation System Measurement and Certification

Perform face velocity ventilation measurements for laboratory and other types of exhaust hoods. We also evaluate the need for the installation of local ventilation control systems, the type of exhaust hood types and recommend flow rates in comparison to various current professional ventilation references.

Small Business Consulting

  • Confined Space Entry
  • Confined Space Rescue
  • Construction Safety
  • Ergonomic Reviews
  • Forklift and Other Powered Industrial Vehicles Safety Training
  • Health and Safety Audits
  • Health and Safety Plans
  • OSHA Recordkeeping Management
  • OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP)
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Safety Committee
  • Biosafety Program
  • Hazard Communication and Right to Know
  • Industrial Hygiene Measurements
  • Laboratory Fume Hood Measurements
  • Noise Surveys
  • Respiratory Protection Program
  • Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
  • Asbestos Awareness
  • Biosafety
  • Compressed Gas Safety
  • Confined Space Entry
  • Confined Space Rescue and Retrieval
  • Ergonomics Awareness
  • Fall Protection
  • Hazard Communications
  • Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER)
  • Indoor Air Quality Building Management
  • Lockout/Tagout
  • Machine Guarding/Power Tools
  • Office Safety
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Powered Industrial Truck Safety
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Safety Management
  • Warehouse Safety
  • Accident Investigations
  • Compressed Gas Safety
  • Confined Space Entry
  • Crane and Hoist Safety
  • Customized Written Programs
  • Emergency Response
  • Fire Safety
  • Hearing Conservation
  • Injury and Accident Reporting
  • Lockout/tagout
  • Machine Guarding
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Powered Industrial Truck Safety
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Right to Know
  • Scaffolding
  • Welding and Hot Works Permit