Industrial Hygiene & Safety
Indoor Air Quality Evaluation
Indoor air quality (IAQ) has become a priority in schools, public and commercial buildings. Good IAQ contributes to worker health and comfort, and improves productivity. Some of the factors affecting IAQ and thermal comfort include inadequate ventilation, temperature and humidity extremes, volatile organic compounds and particulates (internal and/or external sources), microorganisms (fungi and bacteria), fungal mycotoxins, or bacterial endotoxins. EQM’s IAQ services are designed to help resolve these and other indoor air quality concerns.
Our industrial hygiene and occupational health personnel have been conducting IAQ evaluations for more than 20 years. The group’s experience includes evaluations to document occupant complaints and symptoms, performance evaluations of HVAC systems, identification of excessive moisture conditions using direct probe and radio frequency measurements, asbestos and lead-based paint assessments conducting chemical and/or microbial sampling for VOC’s, mold and other potential contaminants and solution design and remediation.
Our indoor air quality services include:
- IAQ evaluations
- Mold assessments
- Asbestos assessments
- Lead-based paint
- Moisture analysis
- Odor evaluations
- Contaminant & remediation design
RMP PSM Support
Companies that handle highly hazardous chemicals in excess of threshold quantities must comply with OSHA's Process Safety Management (PSM) standard, 29 CFR 1910.119 and EPA's Risk Management (RM) Program rule, 40 CFR Part 68. The intent of OSHA’s PSM or EPA’s Risk Management Plan (RMP) program is to prevent an unexpected release of highly hazardous chemicals with toxic, reactive, or flammable properties which could cause significant harm to employees, the public, or the environment. EQM has developed many PSM and RMP programs for clients in a variety of industries as well as for individual PSM elements such as Mechanical Integrity (MI), Management of Change (MOC), and Pre-Startup Safety Review (PSSR).
Trial tested staff provide litigation support in exposure assessment; exposure reconstruction and analysis, indoor environmental quality, building contamination assessments, and insurance claims support.
Noise & Vibration Evaluation
Designs and conducts occupational and community noise assessments.
Safety Data Sheet Preparation
Prepares Safety Data Sheets (SDS) that are compliant with OSHA’s Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200).
Combustible Dust Assessment
Dust can pose a significant fire and explosion hazard in the workplace, and many employers are unaware that this dangerous condition exists in their facility. Failure to analyze dust hazards and use the correct mitigation strategies puts companies at serious risk for fire and explosions.
Combustible dust can exist in many industries. Most natural and synthetic organic materials and some metals can form combustible dust. Industries susceptible to combustible dust include agriculture, chemical, metal processing, coal and other carbon products, paper products, food processing, pharmaceuticals, textile and furniture products, and wastewater treatment (bio-solids).
EQM can assist with the evaluation and control of combustible dust hazards. Key service areas include:
- Identify areas of the facility where combustible dust cloud atmospheres could exist under normal and/or abnormal conditions.
- Characterize the dust for combustibility.
- Identify potential ignition sources.
- NFPA 654 compliance audit.
- Employee training.
Legionella is a bacterium that can cause pneumonia (Legionnaires’ Disease) or a flu-like illness (Pontiac Fever). The name Legionella was derived from the original outbreak at the 1976 American Legion Convention that caused 34 deaths and illnesses of 200 more people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the cases of Legionnaires’ Disease are rising.
In 2013, 4,954 individual confirmed cases were reported in hospitals, hotels, office buildings, schools, industrial buildings, etc. There are 58 known species of Legionella and more than 70 serogroups, half of which have been associated with human disease. Legionella pneumophila has caused the majority of cases.
EQM can assist with the assessment and control of Legionella. Our key service areas include:
- Investigation of suspected or confirmed cases of Legionellosis.
- Legionella hazard assessment to identify risks presented by water systems and develop control measures to reduce risk of Legionella exposure.
- Routine and post-disinfection monitoring of water systems.
- Development of a Legionella Bacteria Control Management Plan consistent with ASHRAE Guidelines 12-2000, ASHRAE Standard 188P, and/or other Legionella guidelines.