Silica dust exposes over two million construction workers per year and is an area of high concern for OSHA. Workers create the dust when cutting, sawing, grinding, drilling, and crushing stone, rock, concrete, brick, block, and mortar.
Although crystalline silica is a common mineral found in the earth’s crust, common construction operations and cutting or crushing stone could result in unsafe conditions for workers. Industrial grade sand used in certain foundry work and hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is also a source of exposure.
OSHA’s standard (29 CFR 1926.1153) requires employers to protect workers from overexposure to respirable crystalline silica during construction, demolition, blasting, and tunneling activities. SCS Engineers Health and Safety (H&S) practice offers services and training to protect your workers and the public from exposure, therefore reducing your business risk.
SCS helps businesses fully implement control methods as the OSHA standard dictates, and we can measure and assess workers’ exposure to silica to determine which controls work best.
The value of using an SCS Engineers team is that we are not only qualified H&S practitioners; we are in the construction business too. We understand what is necessary to protect workers and your business under many different construction operations and conditions whether they are on petrochemical, utility, transportation, or brownfield project sites.
SCS can also create a written exposure control plan to identify all relevant tasks involving potential exposure and the methods to protect workers.
Our services are comprehensive and include accredited laboratory analysis and any necessary regulatory reporting. We also offer various types of training for workers to implement your company’s exposure control plan.
We’re here to help.
View the SCS Engineers Health & Safety 2019 Course List, including the registration form, schedule, and pricing here. Courses offered in the first six months of 2019 include the following:
AHERA Asbestos Awareness Training [2 Hours] This two-hour training is designed for school custodians, building owners, property managers, or interested personnel in facilities containing asbestos. Discussion covers: what asbestos is; what it looks like; where it can be found; health hazards involved; legal liabilities, and precautions to take once asbestos is discovered.
AHERA Asbestos Worker: Initial Training [32 Hours] This four-day training, approved by the Environmental Protection Agency, is mandatory for any workers removing asbestos in schools and all personnel involved in asbestos-related activities in public and commercial buildings. Course curriculum includes a history of asbestos; health effects; medical surveillance; federal/state/local regulatory compliance; respiratory and personal protection; state-of-the-art work practices and procedures, and “hands-on” training.
AHERA Asbestos Building Inspector: Initial Training [24 Hours] Approved by the EPA, this three-day instruction is designed for persons who perform asbestos building inspections; take samples of suspect materials, and determine material conditions; surveillance; respiratory and personal protection; regulatory compliance; asbestos identification; assessment of suspect material condition; sampling techniques and procedures for report generation.
AHERA Asbestos Management Planner: Initial Training [16 Hours] Course syllabus covers interpretation /evaluation of asbestos inspection results; hazard assessment determination; selection of response actions; cost estimation and financing operations; public relations and development of operations & maintenance (O&M) programs.
AHERA Asbestos Contractor Supervisor: Initial Training [40 Hours] This EPA-approved five-day class is intended for supervisory personnel who direct asbestos abatement projects. The curriculum meets EPA/AHERA requirements as well as the National Emissions Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPS) and OSHA 29 CFR 1926.1101/1910.1001. Contractor/Supervisor trainees receive all subject matter offered in the worker course in addition to instruction on supervisory techniques; monitoring procedures; contract specifications; legal considerations; insurance types; coverage limitations and bonding.
AHERA Asbestos Project Designer: Initial Training [24 Hours] This 3-day course, approved by the EPA, provides an asbestos abatement project overview from the standpoint of: design concepts; preparation of contract and project specifications; cost estimation considerations and compliance with Federal and Regional regulations.
Asbestos Operations and Maintenance [16 Hours] Under federal regulations, this training is mandatory for all engineering, custodial and janitorial personnel involved with disturbing asbestos-containing building materials. The two-day class includes an Asbestos Awareness presentation as well as work practices, health considerations, and personal protection. The course meets all OSHA requirements.
AHERA Asbestos Worker: Refresher [8 Hours] AHERA-accredited personnel are required to attend an annual recertification class. Workers attend a yearly 8-hour update.
AHERA Asbestos Building Inspector: Refresher [4 Hours] AHERA-accredited personnel are required to attend an annual recertification class. Building Inspectors attend a half-day (4-hour) course. Workers not trained by SCS must bring proof of previous year’s refresher certification.
AHERA Asbestos Management Planner: Refresher [4 Hours] AHERA-accredited personnel are required to attend an annual recertification class. Management Planners attend half-day (4-hour) refresher training.
AHERA Asbestos Contractor Supervisor: Refresher [8 Hours] AHERA-accredited personnel are required to attend an annual recertification class. Contractor/Supervisors attend a yearly 8-hour update.
AHERA Asbestos Project Designer: Refresher [8 Hours] AHERA-accredited personnel are required to attend an annual re-certification class. Project Designers attend a yearly 8-hour update.
Asbestos Operations and Maintenance: Refresher [8 Hours] Refresher training is mandatory for all engineering, custodial and janitorial personnel involved with disturbing asbestos-containing building materials every 12 months.
Bloodborne Pathogens [2 Hours] This four-hour seminar complies with OSHA training regulations for “all employees with occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials.” The curriculum includes definitions; exposure control through engineering and work practices; protective equipment; regulated waste; Hazard Communication; recordkeeping and control plans.
Fungal Contamination in Buildings: remediation practices [8 Hours] The course will cover specifications, abatement techniques, decontamination & cleanup methods, disinfection procedures, microbial treatments, personal protective equipment, medical surveillance & project management.
Hazardous Materials Worker: HAZWOPER Initial Training [40 Hours] Intended for site workers; operators; handlers; personnel at treatment/storage/disposal facilities; and others needing to comply with OSHA initial 40-hour training requirements. Course syllabus covers hazardous materials recognition; toxicology; medical surveillance; chemical hazards; respiratory and personal protection; monitoring equipment and procedures; confined space entry; operational zone determination; spill control engineering and decontamination.
Hazardous Materials Worker: HAZWOPER Annual Refresher [8 Hours] Offered in compliance with OSHA Annual Refresher training requirements. The instructional focus of this one-day update is a regulatory review; standards for generators; hazard communications; site safety considerations; emergency response actions; waste-handling techniques, and operations and planning.
OSHA 30 Hour Training for the Construction Industry [5-Days] This training session provides safety and health topics to entry-level or advanced participants. The curriculum, ranging from health and safety provisions of OSHA’s General Duty Clause to Hazard Communication instruction, complies with OSHA- designated training topics for the Construction Industry (29 CFR 1926).Certificate of attendance given at the end of the session. OSHA 30 hour card received in 4-6 weeks.
Permit Entry Confined Space Training [16 Hours] This 16-hour course offers students topics such as identifying permit-required confined spaces and their hazards; the proper utilization of gas monitoring equipment; methods to safely ventilate a confined space. It includes the duties of supervisors, entrants, and attendants; requirements for rescue services & personnel and the steps necessary to temporarily reclassify a permit-required confined space to a non-permit space. Students must attend both days.
A few years ago, an engineer working for a“friend’s plant” chose to replace their evaporative condenser with an adiabatic condenser. On the surface, the choice seemed like a good idea since adiabatic condensers often provide higher heat rejection with lower water and electricity usage. The condenser was purchased and installed, but all was not well. When not carefully considered, replacing equipment or control programs can have unforeseen consequences such as negative impacts on operational safety.
In this real life example the author examines what information would have made a big difference and significant savings had the right questions been asked.
Click to read this article and others written for those in industries using ammonia refrigeration.
SCS Engineers welcomes Eric Brown to the firm’s internal Health and Safety (H&S) practice. Dr. Brown will oversee SCS’s nationwide program from their corporate headquarters in Long Beach, California.
Brown brings his expertise and experience from a variety of industries to SCS. His successful design and implementation of health and safety programs have proven effective in highly-regulated high-risk industries. By providing a greater understanding of the science, his programs help others make behavioral changes which ensure their team members’ work remains productive and focused.
In addition to holding a Doctorate of Public Health in Industrial Hygiene from UCLA, Brown is a Certified Safety Professional and Certified Industrial Hygienist. Brown is the past director and treasurer of the California Industrial Hygiene Council; a diplomat for the American Industrial Hygiene Association; and sits as the industrial hygiene expert on the prestigious Cal/OSHA Health Effects Advisory Committee, which evaluates and recommends updates to the California OSHA Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs).
“Our collective goal is the same, to go home safely at the end of the day,” stated Eric.
SCS sustains and improves our organization’sHealth & Safety Program by having a designated Corporate Health & Safety Director. We know H&S is important to you, and to SWANA who recently announced that it will begin collecting safety data from municipalities about collection injuries and accidents.
An organization with a limited budget is nevertheless responsible for the overall technical direction, management, and implementation of a company’s Health & Safety Program. Providing a safe and healthful environment for employees and communities is the core mission of our work. In keeping with the goals of OSHA and the USEPA, SCS makes safety and health expertise affordable to any organization, regardless of size or budget. We have resources available to help you achieve OSHA and USEPA compliance while increasing your productivity, morale, and safety awareness.