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SRP Environmental Announces Expansion in Louisiana

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SRP Environmental Announces Expansion in Louisiana With Opening Of New Office In New Orleans & Baton Rouge

March 19, 2018

SRP Environmental Announces Expansion in Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS – SRP Environmental is pleased to announce the opening of their new office located in New Orleans, Louisiana, with a satellite office in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  This office will offer full-service environmental and industrial hygiene services to include environmental reporting, site assessments, soil and groundwater testing, asbestos and mold surveys, employee exposure monitoring, noise monitoring, and indoor air quality.  Additional services include site safety audits, safety training and consulting.  In conjunction with their Houston office, SRP will be able to mobilize and rapidly respond to disasters along the Gulf Coast.

“The decision to expand our presence in to South Louisiana is a logical move in SRP’s growth strategy. We have the opportunity to increase our ability to service current and future clients,” says Keith Sampson, President/CEO. “We are excited to bring our knowledge of environmental, industrial hygiene and safety solutions to South Louisiana and support companies in the oil and gas, manufacturing and construction industries.”

The addition of locations reflect SRP’s innovative company goals that focus on quality client service, and cost-saving solutions.  With over 20 years of experience and 11 locations, 5100 clients have experienced the SRP Difference.  As a result, SRP has seen an 88% financial growth over the last three years.  SRP plans to continue to hire qualified and highly trained consultants, while adding services to complement their core business offerings.

For more information, call SRP Environmental at (866) 222-4972 or visit online at www.srpenvironmental.com.

NEW ORLEANS & BATON ROUGE PRIMARY CONTACT

Michael Torregrossa

Project Manager

Email: Torregrossa@srpenvironmental.net

Mobile: (318) 355-3928

 

ABOUT SRP ENVIRONMENTAL

SRP Environmental is a full-service environmental, industrial hygiene and safety consulting firm headquartered in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Since 1996, SRP has leveraged its diverse knowledge base to ensure that clients are in compliance with applicable environmental, industrial hygiene and safety regulations.  SRP supports companies nationwide in the oil and gas, agricultural, manufacturing, construction and healthcare industries.

Increase in EPA Fines Means Noncompliance Is a Dangerous Game to Play

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Increase in EPA Fines Means Noncompliance Is a Dangerous Game to Play

Stormwater SamplingSince 2015, the EPA annually increased their fine amounts.  The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Improvements Act allows agencies the chance to increase fine amounts every year due to inflation.   This means the EPA can implement higher fines for clean air, water, waste and chemical violations.

Smaller businesses better make sure they are in compliance because just two violations easily adds up to over $100K.   Also, smaller companies are at risk if the EPA already issued a notice of violation or are being watched by citizen watchdog groups.

Here is brief overview of the fine amounts by act.

  • Clean Air Act – Maximum fine now $97,229.
  • Clean Water Act – Fine now $53,484.
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) – Fines now between $58,562 and $72,718.
  • CERCLA and Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act – Fines up to $55,907
  • Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodetnticide Act (FIFRA) – Fine now $19,446, up from $5,000
  • Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) – $38,892
  • Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act – Fine now $17,395, up from $10,000.

Keep in mind that the EPA takes into account the seriousness of the violation and the violator’s attempt to comply  before determining a fine amount.

How Does the EPA Decide On the Amended Fine Amounts?

The EPA multiplies the previous penalty amount by a multiplier as determined by the Consumer Price Index.  The statutory cost-of-living adjustment multiplier is the percentage by which the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers (CPI-U) for the month of October 2017 exceeds the CPI-U for the month and year the penalty amount was last changed.

Source: Environmental Compliance Alert, February 14, 2018, Vol. 25 No.575

Source: Amendments to the EPA’s Civil Penalty Policies to Account for Inflation

Have Questions About Environmental Compliance? Call an SRP Environmental Consultant Today! Call Us at (866) 222-4972 or Email Us Below.

We Look Forward to Hearing From you!

SRP Joins Industry Leaders To Present At AIHA Conference & Expo

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Industrial Hygiene & Safety on Oil and Gas Sites

HOUSTON, TEXAS – SRP Environmental joins NIOSH and other industry leaders to  present at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference & Expo (AIHce) in May.  SRP Environmental’s Director of Gulf South Operations, Chad Hyman, MS, CIH, CSP will speak about Upstream Oil and Gas Exposures as part of the Professional Development Course series at the conference.

Industrial Hygiene & Safety on Oil and Gas Sites

EHS specialists, safety professionals and risk management professionals in the oil and gas industry will learn successful strategies to align operational strategy with the need for reduction of identified risks and deployment of successful control strategies as taught by industrial hygiene practitioners.

Course Topics Include:

  • Description of Various Health Hazards
  • Specific Areas and Tasks Where Hazards Occur
  • Toxicology and Disease Risk Evaluation
  • Challenges To the Communication of Hazards to Workers
  • Control Methods and Procedures to Reduce Risk

The Professional Development Course 703 titled “Upstream Oil & Gas Exposure – A Complex Problem” will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. The course is two-days, May 19 and 20 from 8 AM to 5 PM.   Visit the AIHAce Website for Rate and Registration Information.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify physical and chemical health hazards found in upstream operations.
  • Distinguish between exposure risks associated with normal and abnormal (i.e. emergencies) operations.
  • Identify task-based and full shift sampling techniques for identified exposure scenarios.
  • Identify screening techniques using real-time detection equipment.
  • Apply strategies used by IH practitioners in the communication of exposure risks to stakeholders.
  • Cite various exposure control systems and tactics deployed in the upstream industry.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Chad Hyman began his career as an industrial hygienist and safety specialist with SRP Environmental. Hyman pursued an industrial hygiene management position in the oil and gas industry where he oversaw the implementation of a comprehensive industrial hygiene program and provided annual cost savings by minimizing the necessity of employees’ time and resources spent performing on-site sampling.

In November of 2017, Chad Hyman became the Director of Gulf South Operations of SRP Environmental in Houston, Texas.  With his experience outside of SRP, Hyman brings a real world perspective to industrial hygiene and safety solutions in the workplace.  He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and Certified Safety Professional.

ABOUT SRP ENVIRONMENTAL

SRP Environmental is a full-service environmental, industrial hygiene and safety consulting firm headquartered in Shreveport, Louisiana.  SRP assists companies in oil and gas, healthcare, manufacturing, chemical, and construction industries to ensure environmental and safety compliance.  Since 1996, SRP has expanded to eleven locations in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Florida, Louisiana, Texas, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania to efficiently respond to their clients’ needs.

4 Good Reasons to Conduct Exposure Monitoring

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You probably hear about work place safety all the time, especially in manufacturing, construction, and oil and gas industries. Visit a manufacturing plant or major construction site and you will see a “196 Days Accident Free” sign or something to that affect.

How does a  company go about business being accident free?  Managers and supervisors use job hazard analyses to identify dangers associated with specific tasks to reduce the risk of injuries or accidents. In addition to job hazard assessments, managers and supervisors use exposure monitoring to help job sites stay accident-free.

How Can Exposure Monitoring Help You Stay Accident-Free?

One contractor is facing $329K fine for mercury exposure hazards on the job. Two willful and six serious violations include failure to evaluate the effectiveness of respirators and employee exposure.  Not to mention, failure to conduct workplace evaluations.  These fines could have easily been prevented if this company conducted exposure monitoring on a continual basis, and kept documentation of exposure abatement plans. (Source: OSHA.gov)

Here Are Four Reasons to Conduct Exposure Monitoring on a Regular Basis

  1. Manufacturing Worker Exposed to NoiseDetermine What PPE To Require. Hazard assessments and personal exposure monitoring
    aid in the selection of types of PPE.  Depending on the type of exposure, certain types of hearing protection or respiratory protection may be required.  Or maybe safety goggles instead of safety glasses are required to eliminate injuries to the eye from chemicals or dust.
  2. Determine What Safety Programs To Implement.  Exposure monitoring shapes the company health and safety program.  Do employees need to be aware of chemical exposures?  Noise exposure?
  3. Determine Proper Engineering Controls. Exposure monitoring will help you evaluate engineering and administrative controls in certain work areas or for certain operations.  For example, if the amount of exposure to chemicals, dust, fumes, vapors, etc exceed the Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL), consider installing a ventilation system to help control the air contaminants.
  4. Determine the Health & Safety of Workers. Ultimately, exposure monitoring helps you maintain a safe work environment.  It is your responsibility as an employer to provide a safe work area, and provide employees with the tools needed to be safe.

Need Exposure Monitoring? SRP Industrial Hygienists conduct job hazard assessments and exposure monitoring.  Exposures include but are not limited to asbestos, indoor air quality, organic vapors, chemicals, fumes, particulates, silica dust, respirable dust, noise, and carbon monoxide. Call SRP to Schedule a Survey!  Call Us at (866) 222-4972 or email us below.

Workplace Needs Account for 43% of Distracted Drivers

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Distracted Driving, Texting and Driving

Work Phone Calls Account for 43% of Distracted Drivers

What is so important that it cannot wait? Most people will say work. Travelers Insurance conducted a new survey and found that 43% of distracted driving is caused by work related issues.Distracted Driving, Texting and Driving

According to the CDC, there are three types of distractions which include

  • Visual: Taking your eyes off of the road
  • Manual: Taking your hands off the wheel
  • Cognitive: Taking your mind off driving

In the past, courts have placed responsibility on the driver. However, as distracted driving becomes more common, the courts may start issuing blame on the employer.  Many states have opted for no texting or talking while driving. Most all school zones have banned cell phone.

But this still does not discourage employees from answering calls from the boss or their team.  Employees may feel that they do not want to miss anything important and feel the need to be available 24/7, especially if the boss calls. More than 25% of drivers surveyed admitted that their boss knew they were driving and texting or talking.

What Can You Do?

  • Remind employees that their safety comes first.
  • Remind employees to pull over to a safe area if they need to talk a call.
  • Create a written policy that clearly prohibits cell phone use while driving.
  • Train Employees on Defensive Driving and Driving Safety

Check Out SRP’s Defensive Driving Simulator

SRP Safety Consultants provide safety training and safety consulting including defensive driving. Have questions? Call SRP at (866) 222-4972 to learn more about our VirtualHD Defensive Driving Simulator.

Source: Safety Compliance Alert Newsletter

Free Louisiana TIER II Compliance Lunch & Learn

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Tier II Lunch and Learn

Avoid Costly State and Federal Fines. FILE A TIER II BY MARCH 1.

Do you have a 55 gallon drum of chemicals, product or hazardous substance?  Most companies do and yet those companies are not in compliance with the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act.

Tier II reporting affects almost all facilities that use, manufacture, or store hazardous chemicals and materials.

SRP Environmental Consultant, Doug Grant, EI, will explain the changes to the Right to Know Act and simplify TIER II reporting requirements for Louisiana and Texas. Plus, SRP is paying for lunch!

Thursday, February 15 2018
11:30 AM    |    Superior’s Steakhouse

Key Takeaways:

  • How Do I Know If I Need a TIER II?
  • How Do I Submit a TIER II in Compliance with the Louisiana State Police?
  • How Do Regulation Changes Affect Me?
  • What Else Can I Do to Maintain Environmental Compliance?

REGISTER NOW

Recent Roof Damage? Call For an Asbestos Inspection

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Damaged Roof With Asbestos

Damaged Roof With AsbestosIn addition to floor tiles, joint compound, mastic and insulation, asbestos can be found in roofing materials.   And the roof is the one place most property owners forget about.

It is important for roofing contractors, general contractors, insurance adjusters and property managers to know about asbestos.   Severe storms, rain, hail and wind can cause roof damage, which means the asbestos fibers in the roof could potentially become airborne and cause exposure to workers and building occupants.

Common Roofing Materials Containing Asbestos:

  • Roof Shingles
  • Roof Tiles
  • Patching Compounds & Sealants

Here Are a Four Things to Do When It Comes to Your Asbestos Roof

  1. Find Out the Age of the Roof.  As good rule, any structure built prior to the 1970s may have asbestos containing materials, especially roof shingles and pipe coverings.
  2. Call a State Certified Asbestos Inspector.  Avoid tearing or cutting into asbestos-containing materials. Make sure you know which materials contain asbestos.  Most commercial properties and schools will have an asbestos management plan on file. If not, call an asbestos inspector to prevent employee and occupant exposure.
  3. Call a State Licensed Abatement Contractor. To protect yourself or your client, always have a separate company perform abatement.   It is a conflict of interest if the inspector is part of the same company who removes the asbestos materials. Make sure air monitoring Is being Done During Abatement Activities by a third-party.
  4. Consider Short Term Options.  Ask the professionals if there are short-term alternatives to prevent asbestos exposure.

When in doubt, get the roofing materials tested for asbestos prior to renovation or demolition.  SRP Environmental has a network of asbestos inspectors in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Florida, Louisiana, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas. Call SRP at (866) 222-4972 or by email.

4 Ways to Mess Up Stormwater Sampling

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Storm Water Drain

Storm Water DrainYour facility may require stormwater sampling as part of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES).    If so, make sure your stormwater specialist knows what not to do.

One huge problem inspectors see is that stormwater samples don’t reflect what is actually running off-site.  This could be due to poor timing or inconsistent sampling location.   Either way, you don’t want to face fines for not being in compliance.

Here are 4 ways to mess up stormwater sampling

  1. Sampling At The Wrong Time. Stormwater sampling should take place when there is a discharge during a rain storm or snowmelt.  Sampling must be taken within 30 minutes of a measurable storm event.  Remember, storm events need to be at least 72 hours apart.
  2. Wearing Latex Gloves. Nitrile gloves are always recommended.   Some latex gloves can contain zinc particles, which will contaminate the samples.
  3. Using Non-Glass Bottles to Store Samples.  Glass bottles are easier to clean and remove traces of chemicals or residue.   So skip the plastic containers and opt for glass, or even silicone.  Don’t let residue ruin your samples.
  4. Keeping the sampling location “dirty”. Inspect the sampling area on a routine basis to make sure there is no trash or debris.  Don’t risk capturing more pollutants.

Take the Guesswork Out of Stormwater Sampling. Call an SRP Environmental Consultant at (866) 222-4972 or email us below. 

Source: Environmental Compliance Alert, November 15, 2017, Vol 25 No 570

Injury Reporting: “Do I Have to Report This?”

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Injury Reporting: “Do I Have to Report This?”

Many employers often wonder if they have to report certain injuries or incidents.  Is it a recordable or is it not?  What if they didn’t go to the doctor?  What if they received treatment?

Injury Illness on the Job After a Fall

If healthcare professionals diagnose employees with an injury or illness and the company determines that it is work-related, then OSHA says you must record the case and report the case on your OSHA Logs.

Regardless, SRP Safety Consultants recommend that you always record the injury or illness within your company’s internal reporting system.   It is good practice to keep track of all near misses on the job and take pro-active measures to ensure that the incident does not happen again.  For example, if an employee trips on an extension cord, but does not injure themselves and does not receive treatment from a doctor, then this would be considered a near miss.  The employer could discuss slips, trips and falls during a toolbox meeting following the near miss.

Recordable and Reported Injuries Breakdown

  • An injury becomes a recordable if the individual was hurt on the job, goes to the doctor and receives medical attention beyond first aid.   It is not a recordable if the doctor simply sends the employee home without x-rays, prescriptions, etc.
    • Example: Employee cuts finger with a tool and goes to the doctor. The doctor determines that stitches are needed.  This would be considered a recordable.
  • The injury that was recorded must be reported on your OSHA 300 Logs, but not directly to OSHA.
    • Example: The same incident where the employee cuts their finger and receives stitches is to be reported on your OSHA Logs.  Be sure to include days lost from work and days of restricted duty.  You do not need to report this incident directly to OSHA.
  • An injury that results in a loss of an eye, amputation or a stay in the hospital overnight must be reported to OSHA within 24 hours.
  • A fatality must be reported to OSHA within 8 hours.

Still Have Questions? Email SRP below or call us at (866) 222-4972.

SRP Safety Consultants provide site safety officer, site safety audit, and health and safety training services to companies in oil and gas, construction, manufacturing, chemical, and healthcare industries. 

Source: Safety Compliance Alert, December 11, 2017, Vol 24 No 539

A Winter Storm Damages Your Property, Do You Know What to Do?

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In case you haven’t been paying attention to the weather news lately, several parts of the US have been experiencing colder than normal temperatures–thanks to all the winter storms.

According to the Insurance Information Institute, freezing weather and winter storms are the third-largest cause for catastrophic losses. Frozen pipes and pipe bursts can cause significant water damage. The weight of ice and snow on the roof can compromise the integrity of the roof, which leads to water damage and structural damage. Ice and snow melt can back up the sewer system which can cause bacteria filled floodwaters to enter the home or office. Do you know what to do in these situations?

First, call your insurance company. Second, call a roofer if there was heavy snow or rain fall, ice, hail or heavy winds. But most importantly, call a Disaster Response Team.

Here’s why:

  • Experience: It is important to have an experienced Disaster Response Team to assess water damage and to determine what materials need to be removed. They will be able to provide a scope of work to the remediation contractor and monitor the removal of all water-damaged materials. TIP: Ask if they follow ANSI/ IICRC S500 and S520 best practices and standards.
  • Hidden Water Damage:  Water will always take the path of least resistance. That means water will travel inside wall cavities, down the outside of pipes and electrical conduits. Disaster Response professionals will have the experience and thermal imaging equipment available to detect potential moisture behind walls and under flooring. It is important to find and remove all affected materials to prevent future mold growth.
  • Bacteria & Mold Growth:  Harmful traces of bacteria can be found in areas that were affected by water intrusion; whether it be from sewage backup, storm water, or busted pipes. Believe it or not, mold can still grow in the winter time. While colder temperatures may slow down the growth of mold, it does not stop it completely. A Disaster Response Team will be able to test surfaces and the air for bacteria and mold. The results will determine additional materials to remove and sanitize
  • Asbestos & Lead Dangers:  If you own a building or home that was built in or prior to 1978, make sure to call an accredited asbestos and lead inspector. Disturbing common asbestos or lead containing materials, like flooring, walls, ceilings or windows, can cause asbestos fibers and lead dust to become airborne. Asbestos is known to cause lung disease and cancer. Lead is known to cause damage to the nervous system and the brain.

SRP provides full-service disaster response services including initial water damage assessments, fungal and bacterial testing, water damage protocol development, asbestos inspections, and lead surveys. SRP has a network of roofers, insurance adjusters, drying contractors, remediation contractors and abatement contractors throughout the US. The Disaster Response Team and Industrial Hygienists work closely with insurance companies and contractors to help minimize total losses.