INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE SERVICES

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Industrial Hygiene Risk Assessments

It all starts with a solid foundation and that consists of a thorough Job Hazard Analysis and Industrial Hygiene Risk Assessment. These help evaluate all the hazards in your workplace before work begins and is required under OH&S legislation.

Through close examination of all your work processes, MSDS as well as your environmental work conditions, our Hygienists can determine areas of risk, and help you mitigate potential losses and incidents.

INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE RISK ASSESSMENTS are performed and evaluated by our Field Hygienist, our Environmental Coordinator and Industrial Hygiene Consultant. All practices are in compliance with ACGIH and AIHA methodology and recognized by OH&S.

Industrial Hygiene Exposure Assessments

Industrial Hygiene Risk Assessments

AIR QUALITY ASSESSMENTS are conducted by our Industrial Hygienists in the workplace to monitor many types of air borne dust and contaminants that pose a health risk to workers in these environments. Using scientifically proven testing methods, samples can be obtained and measured to see how they compare to government occupational exposure limits(OELs). Based on these findings, controls and recommendations may be made to ensure the safety of the workers and that air quality meets regulatory standards.

For more information relating to air quality assessments, quantitative mask fit testing, as well as pulmonary function testing, please contact us at
(587) 597-8378.

Reference: Alberta OH&S Code Part 4, Section (21)(22)

Indoor Air Quality OHS Information: https://open.alberta.ca/dataset/7a7b4f4a-9cf5-401c-ba8c-a71bdee98651/resource/24e0ae78-e954-4def-80be-041c46084c57/download/ohs-bulletin-gh014.pdf

Indoor Air Quality Toolkit: https://open.alberta.ca/dataset/bd33d138-ff5d-4ce9-bfe0-1d5d1afb98e7/resource/6979eb8e-2e4c-4873-b7aa-22561a3ebe21/download/whs-pub-gh015.pdf

Industrial Hygiene Risk Assessments

NOISE EXPOSURE ASSESSMENTS are conducted by our Industrial Hygienist onsite at your facility throughout the full duration of the work shift. Noise dosimetry samples are taken along with sound level meter readings to determine personal noise exposure levels as well as ambient background and peak sound levels. This data is then analyzed, reported and signed off by our field hygienist, our environmental coordinator as well as our senior hygiene consultant. All results are audits for strict OH&S compliance.

Under the Alberta OH&S Code Part 16, employers are required to perform a noise assessment if noise levels exceed an average of 85 decibels over an 8-hour shift.

Reference: https://open.alberta.ca/dataset/543371ee-013b-4a94-9a34-52fae25774be/resource/3f38702a-7730-4161-8b59-1f94c6a15779/download/whs-pub-hs003.pdf

For more information regarding noise exposure assessments or other services pertaining to hearing conservation, please call (587) 597-8378.

Lead Testing (Lead Wipes, Air Sampling, Blood Analysis)

Heavy Metal Blood Analysis

Heat & Cold Exposure Testing

Industrial Hygiene Risk Assessments

HAND AND ARM VIBRATION TESTING is conducted by an Industrial Hygienist onsite throughout the full duration of the work shift.

Work activities are carefully documents, and vibration levels are measured using a vibration meter worn by the worker.

Additional testing may also evaluate grip strength, the worker's ability to perform fine hand movements and test the worker's response to cold in the fingers.

Based on the findings, recommendations can be made to prevent further damage and treatment options discussed if needed.

For more information regarding hand and arm vibration testing, please call (587) 597-8378.

Industrial Hygiene Risk Assessments

RADIATION & NORM TESTING is conducted by an Industrial Hygienist using a Geiger-Mueller Counter or radiation detector. Background radiation is sampled along with radiation from the isotope source.

Work processes are examined along with the duration of work to determine the radiation dose of workers and safe exposure limits.

Industrial at greatest risk of radiation exposure include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Oil and Gas Production
  • Phosphate Fertilizer Production
  • Forestry
  • Thermal Energy Production
  • Mineral Extraction and Processing
  • Tunneling and Underground Workings
  • Metal Recycling
  • Waste Management
  • Water Treatment
  • Non Destructive Testing
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Law Enforcement
  • Nuclear Power Production

For more information regarding NORM or radiation surveys and testing, please call  (587) 597-8378. We are available 24/7 to assist you!

References:

Occupational Health and Safety Code 2009 https://open.alberta.ca/dataset/757fed78-8793-40bb-a920-6f000853172b/resource/739da922-8abd-43ec-9e62-2cfeafe3944e/download/4403880-part-20-radiation-exposure.pdf

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission https://nuclearsafety.gc.ca/eng/resources/fact-sheets/naturally-occurring-radioactive-material.cfm

Industrial Hygiene Risk Assessments

ILLUMINATION SURVEYS are conducted by an Industrial Hygienist in order to assess if the lighting is adequate and meets government standards. Using a light meter, a specific area is mapped out in a grid and light measurements are taken and recorded in Lux.

Depending on the area, acceptable ranges can be determined. As a general standard, lighting measured between 500-1000 lux when measured at 30 inches above the floor is considered adequate.

For more information regarding Illumination Surveys or other services pertaining to vision health, please call  (587) 597-8378.

Ergonomic Assessments

Industrial Hygiene Risk Assessments

OH&S COMPLIANCE ORDER RESOLUTION AND CONSULTING is performed by an Industrial Hygienist or Safety Consultant depending on the nature of the compliance order.

Since time is of the essence, we work with you and OH&S closely to resolve issues quickly so that you can resume work processes.

Examples of OH&S Compliance Orders may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • An OH&S Order requiring a noise exposure assessment within 15 days following a WCB claim involving hearing loss of one or more employees
  • An OH&S Order requiring an air quality assessment within 15 days following a call from a disgruntled employee claiming that the building they work in is making them sick-An OH&S Order requiring audio-metric testing within 30 days following a routine visit from an OH&S Officer at a manufacturing facility
  • An OH&S Order requiring a full industrial hygiene risk assessment within 60 days prior to the opening of a new facility

For more information regarding OH&S Compliance Order Resolution or other services, please call (587) 597-8378. We are available 24/7 to assist you!

Hazardous Material Surveys



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