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.
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There are different management standards for hazardous waste, used oil and universal waste. The USEPA requires waste generators to make adequate determinations as to whether their wastes are hazardous. Which rules apply?
In her article, Cheryl Moran of SCS Engineers covers which facility wastes need to undergo a Waste Determination and what standards the USEPA allows. For example, she describes the precautions you should take if using generator knowledge and when testing for hazardous wastes.
Whichever method you use to analyze your waste, you must first understand the rules and how they apply to your waste streams. Cheryl explains the exemptions and provides tips for oil, hazardous, and universal wastes.
Start by determining if your waste is excluded, if it can be managed as used oil, or as a universal waste. If none of these apply, the next step is assessing whether it is a hazardous waste. Cheryle explains how the various sections of the Safety Data Sheets (SDS) contain either additional guidance or valuable information to use.
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Cheryl’s article is available to read, share, and download on the SCS website. You may contact any of our professionals nationwide at email@example.com or by calling 1- 800-767-4727.
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.
We are all trying to wrap our heads around how to implement and document Recognized and Generally Accepted Good Engineering Practices (RAGAGEP). There are so many elements to review when codes and standards are released it is difficult to know where to start.
One place to start is with the industry improvements associated with life safety. International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR) ANSI Standard 2, Safe Design of Closed-Circuit Ammonia Refrigeration Systems, includes specifications for new construction and can be a tool to ensure your engine room is keeping up with industry standards especially when it concerns life safety.
One change from previous versions of the IIAR Standard 2 is the number and location of eyewash/safety showers. IIAR 2 (2014) is now more in line with OSHA expectations. Keep reading…more from Lee Pyle.
Drones might be the best solution for topography surveying and other supporting activities in landfills operations and design. With quick turn around this technology is cost effective for generating topography maps and volume determination.
Drone versatility, accuracy, and easily use are key factors to make an efficient investment decision as the operators of the Nortes III Landfill determined when implementing their program two years ago. For example, at Nortes a total station takes 2-days/Ha to carry out a survey and 3D modeling, whereas a drone takes 2 hours for the similar end products.
Learn more about the advanced uses of proven technology to reduce operating costs, improve design, increase safety and efficiency. Technology companies come and go, but SCS Engineers remains at the forefront by applying new processes and technologies to improve and adapt business operations to environmental, social, economic, and regulatory change.
Continuous improvement, our in-the-field experience, and our deep involvement in the industries we serve help us deliver smart and simple solutions that work.