The environmental health and safety professionals at EHS Risk Management specialize in the development and implementation of corporate and facility programs. The projects that members of our team have completed range from senior-level corporate management consulting to detailed, site-specific program implementation.
Environmental health and safety compliance isn’t just for big businesses and massive projects, however. That’s why EHS Risk Management supports organizations ranging in size from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. So no matter what you need, EHS Risk Management delivers the right solution.
The following projects demonstrate the capabilities of EHS Risk Management personnel.
EHS Risk Management personnel participated in a major decommissioning project at DOE’s Separation Process Research Unit (SPRU), formerly located at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory in Niskayuna, New York. This multi-site project involved both private industry and government.
Personnel provided RCRA, asbestos management, industrial hygiene, and site safety services. Specific activities included:
EHS Risk Management personnel managed the environmental health and safety response at a government building in New York City after the September 11, 2001 attacks. The collapse of the World Trade Center produced dust and debris that contaminated the Federal Office Building at 90 Church Street, an historic structure with 1.3 million sq. ft. Personnel were tasked with overseeing the abatement of asbestos, PCBs, dioxins, lead, mold, and other contaminants. This effort involved managing abatement contractors, working with laboratories, and supporting data management efforts for documentation and reporting.
After the 9/11 attacks, EHS Risk Management personnel worked near Ground Zero for a client whose properties were contaminated by dust and debris from the collapsed buildings at the World Trade Center. To achieve re-occupancy, environmental contamination assessments and building remediation were required. This large and extensive construction safety and building re-occupancy project required activities such as:
EHS Risk Management personnel provided expert technical assistance, full-time project management, and technician-level sampling. Notably, this effort required collaboration that resulted in the development of clean-up standards, methodologies, and protocols for the effective and safe re-occupancy of buildings. As part of this process, personnel worked with building management, legal counsel, and insurance companies.
EHS Risk Management personnel proved construction safety services for a major semiconductor manufacturing facility. This project involved the development of a comprehensive site safety plan and continuous implementation of that plan for over two years. EHS Risk Management personnel also provided construction safety services for a manufactured gas plant, along with environmental remediation that involved site safety, industrial hygiene, and air quality monitoring. These are just some of the many construction safety projects that EHS Risk Management personnel have completed.
EHS Risk Management personnel developed a functional operating management system that followed a policy and procedure format. James H. Testo, CIH, CISP, the founder and owner of EHS Risk Management, led a team of senior professionals for this project at a Fortune 10 company. The plan was introduced in the 1990s and remains in effect today.
EHS Risk Management personnel developed a Web-based platform for office safety training that’s used by a major pharmaceutical firm at hundreds of offices worldwide. This distributed platform was specific to the needs of the Fortune 50 company and required close collaboration with corporate health and safety staff. EHS Risk Management personnel added value through both information technology (IT) services and subject matter expertise. The training tool provides basic office safety information to employees and includes a special section for office safety managers.
When a large, multi-national corporation experienced a workplace fatality, senior management wanted to know what happened and why. EHS Risk Management personnel were retained to help the company take corrective action. Since then, several lockout/tagout projects have been completed for businesses within this global corporation.
Two examples demonstrate our personnel’s expertise:
In addition to developing a Web application, EHS Risk Management personnel completed a comprehensive lockout/tagout assessment of 29 U.S. locations in just three months. Approximately 10 environmental health and safety professionals were trained to determine lockout/tagout status.
EHS Risk Management personnel helped the client, a Fortune Ten company, to comply with a key requirement in the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) from the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA). To promote greater safety awareness among employees, our experts worked with corporate health and safety staff to develop materials for hazard recognition training. Topics include chemical safety, ergonomics, machine guarding, and electrical safety.
Health and safety coordinators at the company’s worldwide locations use this information to train employees about routine safety. Several hundred copies of a PowerPoint presentation were distributed electronically and via hard copy. The training materials also included over 350 facility-specific photographs that depicted the 12 health and safety topics.
EHS Risk Management personnel conducted air monitoring for a contaminant that’s specific to an industry. This substance isn’t regulated by government agencies, but committee recommendations and the company’s own internal standards prescribe air monitoring activities. Certified industrial hygienists (CIH) and other industrial hygiene professionals conducted comprehensive air sampling according to protocols established by external committees, the corporate health and safety group, and the company laboratory. EHS Risk Management personnel have performed specialty air monitoring in U.S. and Latin American facilities.
EHS Risk Management personnel used a two-tier approach to evaluate potential chemical and physical exposures at a client’s industrial facilities and service locations. For this industrial hygiene project, the first tier was qualitative and the second was quantitative. The goal was to achieve corrective action to control the expense.
The first tier evaluated all job tasks for potential chemical exposures. This enabled the client to determine which exposures required a quantitative assessment (exposure monitoring) and professional documentation for job tasks where exposure was deemed unnecessary.
During the second tier, quantitative exposure monitoring was conducted by experienced industrial hygienists under the direction of a certified industrial hygienist (CIH). A sampling strategy was devised and used. Formal reports of findings and recommendations for each location, including documentation of all qualitative and quantitative assessment, thus creating a sampling plan for the future.
With the collapse of the World Trade Center on 9/11, companies worked to ensure that employees have a life safety means of egress in the event of an emergency. When a pharmaceutical manufacturer planned to occupy a multi-story main office building overseas, EHS Risk Management personnel conducted an NFPA/Life Safety Code audit.
This audit evaluated the building against NFPA 101 requirements from the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) and provided recommendations to meet literal compliance. EHS Risk Management personnel also conducted a Fire Safety Evaluation System (FSES) analysis to determine equivalency options for meeting NFPA 101A (Alternative Approaches to Life Safety).
Let our experienced team help you with developing and implementing services such as corporate programs, enviromental remediation, regulatory litegation support, construction services, and process safety management.