INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE SERVICES
ENVIROCON's services and guidance follows the American Industrial Hygiene Association definition of industrial hygiene as the science and art devoted to the recognition, evaluation, and control of those environmental factors and stresses, arising in and from the workplace which may cause sickness, impaired health and well being, or significant discomfort and inefficiently among workers among with citizens of the community.
All of our Industrial Hygiene consulting services are provided by professionals that can:
- Recognized, investigate and examine potential hazards in the workplace
- Measure the work environment to determine the extent of the hazard present
- Subsequent evaluation of the measurements obtained to determine if a hazard exists
- Identify and recommend controls that be implemented to remove or reduce a hazard
- Anticipate potential hazards so these problems can be avoided in the planning stage, if possible.
ENVIROCON's uses instruments designed to measure and determine possible air contamination in order to evaluate, identify the problem and their causes and recommend corrective actions following EPA, OSHA and ACGIH guidelines and procedures in many industrial facilities and environments. The industrial hygiene services we offer help meet the demands of a broad range of work environments including the following:
Evaluating Health Hazards
ENVIROCON will study your building, plant or facility for potential health hazard exposures, identify those exposures that exist, and make recommendations concerning controls that can be implemented in order to remove these health hazard exposures. ENVIROCON will not go through a building or facility looking here and there in hopes of identifying a health hazard. We will organize our approach in such a manner that the results obtained will be the best possible therefore providing the client with a maximum return for his dollar invested. To determine the types of exposures that may exist, for example, airborne contaminants, physical hazards, surface-contacting materials, etc, ENVIROCON will help the client in developing sampling or monitoring strategies.
Measuring Health Hazards
As part of determining potential health hazards, ENVIROCON performs personnel and area air monitoring to determine personnel exposure to air contaminants and to evaluate engineering controls. ENVIROCON conducts all sampling/monitoring using NIOSH, OSHA or other recognized and validated methods and uses laboratories that are accredited by the American Industrial Hygiene Association for analysis. To determine the degree of hazard present, ENVIROCON compares the results with OSHA permissible exposure limits and/or ACGIH recommended threshold limit values.
Healthcare Facility Surveys/JCAHO
The Joint Commission has been accrediting hospitals for more than 50 years. Joint Commission accreditation is a nationwide seal of approval that indicates organizations meet high performance standards. ENVIROCON personnel have worked with safety and health officials in helping hospitals improve their performance, raise the level of patient care, and demonstrate accountability in the rapidly changing health care marketplace.
ENVIROCON performs hospital surveys in accordance with Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) standards. These surveys involve, but not limited to, the collection of air samples for Formaldehyde, Ethylene Oxide, Asbestos, Waste Anesthetic Gases, Nitrous Oxide and for particulates to address the impact of demolition, renovation, or new construction activities on air quality.
ENVIROCON professionals conduct sound level surveys and noise exposure monitoring in varying occupational and community environments. Such surveys are performed using noise monitoring equipment that includes audio dosimeters and/or sound level meters. The dosimeters allow us to record employee 8-hour time-weighted average exposures to noise in connection with specific operations for comparison to applicable exposure guidelines, and sound level meters provide useful information such as peak sound level values associated with specific operations.
Indoor Air Quality
As stated earlier, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is a term used to describe the characteristics of the indoor climate of a building or home, with special concern for the impact on health and comfort. Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) expands the definition of IAQ to include occupant stressors not related to the air such as lighting, noise, ergonomic stressors, overcrowding and psychosocial stressors. Indoor air quality is not necessarily a concept that is easy to understand or define. It is constantly changing interaction of a complex set of factors. Each of these factors must be considered when looking for an indoor air quality problem. The certified professionals at ENVIROCON have a comprehensive understanding of these factors and without considering each of the following, simple solutions to the problems at hand could be easily missed.
ENVIROCON deals with the wide variety of indoor variety of indoor air quality issues including sick building syndrome (SBS), building related illness (BRI) and multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS).
For all your indoor air quality needs, ENVIROCON provides solutions based on our commitment to protect the health and safety of people in the workplace and community through extensive knowledge and experience.