Industrial Hygiene (IH) is the science and art engaged in the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of workplace health hazards. In our last blog about healthcare health hazards, we discussed ethylene oxide, formaldehyde, and glutaraldehyde. These are the most significant and most common IH hazards in a healthcare setting, but many more remain. In this blog we highlight mercury and waste anesthetic gases.
Topics: Health & Safety
Hospitals are wonderful concentrations of scientific disciplines that work together to diagnose, treat, heal, and cure a myriad of injuries and illnesses. Unfortunately, this environment can expose the personnel providing these services to some health hazards of their own. We have all heard about the infectious diseases (tuberculosis, etc.) and blood-borne pathogens (HIV, HBV, etc); but there are many more that are not patient-related.
Topics: Health & Safety
Several states have recently adopted, proposed or updated drinking water advisory limits or enforceable standards for several Perfluorinated Chemicals (PFCs) - primarily perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), as well as perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA).
PFCs are synthetic compounds that have been used in a variety of applications to make everyday products that are resistant to stains, grease and water including, but not limited to: non-stick cookware, stain-resistant carpets and sofas, waterproof clothing, cable and wire insulation, food packaging and firefighting foam.
ATC Group Services, LLC (ATC) recently partnered with a large developer to redevelop several sizable adjacent tracts of extremely high value real estate. The project involved environmental due diligence, building demolition, and redevelopment to best applicable mixed use. The project is considered the largest project in financial terms ever conducted within the North Carolina Brownfields Program and included assessment, environmental decommissioning and abatement, demolition, and targeted remediation during redevelopment.
A well-planned and managed health and safety training program is shown to have bottom line and organizational benefits. Costs of doing business continue to increase and human resources are usually a large part of any business’ expense. More than ever before, worker training has to “make sense” to the business and be delivered cost-effectively.
Topics: Health & Safety
For a property developer, commercial property owner, business owner, or nonprofit looking to clean up a contaminated site or restore property in an economically distressed area (EDA), there are attractive financial incentives to help get the job done. Thanks to Brownfields tax credits offered by states like Massachusetts as well as the federal government (via the EPA), you can launch or participate in a Brownfields project and recognize significant return on your investment.
“Following the Great Molasses Flood in Boston’s North End on January 15, 1919, Massachusetts began regulating aboveground storage tanks (AST’s) greater than 10,000 gallons storing any fluid other than water. The molasses flood killed 21 people and injured 150 more. Many claim you can still smell the molasses in the North End on hot summer days.” – MA Department of Fire Services Website (http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/dfs/osfm/fire-prev/aboveground-storage-tanks.html)
It is amazing how time flies when it comes to complying with the 2015 Federal Underground Storage Tank (UST) rule promulgated by 40 CFR Part 280. We outlined key provisions for you in this 2015 blog post. If you recall, the EPA established a three-year compliance window for many of the provisions that apply to your underground tank operation, such as containment testing, release detection monitoring, and overfill prevention.
Many buildings with asbestos-containing materials have experienced water damage as a result of recent hurricanes. As you prepare to repair a facility with water damage, you must be aware of your responsibilities regarding asbestos detection and reporting. In fact, the U.S. government deemed asbestos so hazardous that it was one of the first air pollutants to be regulated under The Clean Air Act.
ATC is committed to doing all we can to help our friends and neighbors return to work and their homes in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. From minor damage to demolition and rebuilding, our team of local professionals is ready to support all of your storm-related needs.
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