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SRP Environmental Announces New Regional Manager for Midland/Odessa

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SRP Environmental is pleased to announce that Anthony Bolton has joined SRP as the new Regional Manager for the West Texas Office in Midland / Odessa. Based in the Permian Basin, this office provides full-service environmental, industrial hygiene and safety solutions, specializing in oil and gas services. Services include employee exposure monitoring, noise monitoring, indoor air quality, mold and asbestos surveys, site safety audits and safety training. Additional industries served include construction, manufacturing, healthcare, remediation and industrial.

“Mr. Bolton will help increase our west Texas and New Mexico presence. Mr. Bolton brings years of experience in the oil and gas industry and will provide the best technical and cost-effective solutions for our clients,” says SRP Environmental.

Prior to joining SRP, Mr. Bolton was the HSSE Coordinator for an oilfield support services company based out of Houston, Texas. He also has over 15 years of experience in the oil and gas industry proven through diverse roles including Safety Consultant, Heavy Equipment Operator, and Truck Driver with DOT experience. Mr. Bolton’s educational background includes Occupational Safety and Health and Emergency Management. He will be graduating with his Masters in Communication within the next year.

The recent expansion reflects SRP’s innovative company goals that focus on quality client service, and cost-saving solutions. With over 20 years of experience and now 13 locations, over 6000 clients have experienced the SRP Difference. 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.

MIDLAND/ODESSA PRIMARY CONTACT
Anthony Bolton
Regional Manager
Email: abolton@srpenvironmental.net
Mobile: (432) 301-6015

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.

SRP Environmental Expands Gulf Coast Operations, Opens Office in Houston Texas

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May 2, 2018

HOUSTON – SRP Environmental opens a new office in Houston, Texas to service the gulf coast region, and offer support for their Dallas and Midland locations.  This office provides 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 and safety training.  In conjunction with their New Orleans and Baton Rouge office, SRP will be able to mobilize and rapidly respond to disasters along the Gulf Coast.

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

“With Houston as a prominent leader in the energy sector and an increase in oil and gas activity in the Permian Basin, the decision to open an office in Houston was an easy one,” says SRP Environmental. “Chad worked with us for several years and we are glad to have him back.  His expertise of industrial hygiene in the oil and gas industry is invaluable.”

In November of 2017, Chad Hyman re-joined SRP Environmental, becoming the Director of Gulf South Operations of SRP Environmental.  As a Certified Industrial Hygienist and Certified Safety Professional, his experience outside of SRP brings a real-world perspective to industrial hygiene and safety solutions in the workplace.

The recent expansion reflects 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.  SRP continues 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.

HOUSTON PRIMARY CONTACT

Chad Hyman, CIH, CSP, MS
Director of Operations
Email: chad@srpenvironmental.net
Mobile: (936) 446-8227

ABOUT SRP ENVIRONMENTAL

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

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.

Annual Safety Audits: 4 Reasons Why You Need Them

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ANNUAL SAFETY AUDITS: 4 REASONS WHY YOU NEED THEM

It is always heart-wrenching when you hear about devastating accidents and fatalities in the workplace.  OSHA reports that on average 13 worker deaths occur each day, and out of all the reported workers, 3% will experience an injury or accident each day.  Thankfully these statistics have decreased since the 1970s, however many of the deaths and injuries that continue to happen today are preventable.

As an employer, it is your responsibility to provide a safe work environment for your employees.  This responsibility not only affects employees, but also their families.  That is why it is imperative to conduct annual safety audits at each facility in addition to meeting OSHA requirements.

Here are Four Reasons Why You Should Conduct Annual Safety Audits:

  1. To Ensure Compliance. Make sure you are in safety and environmental compliance with OSHA and the EPA, as well as state agencies.  Regulations are constantly changing and it is easy to miss urgent updates, even with all the email reminders and newsletters.  Conducting a safety audit with a third-party will help ensure that your facility is up to date with OSHA and EPA regulations.
  2. To Identify Potential Hazards. Facility managers and EHS managers may catch glaringly obvious hazards like damaged guardrails or puddles of water, but it is easy to miss less obvious hazards like noise or chemical over-exposure.   This can be common due to the fact the facility and EHS managers are on-site all day, every day and become acclimated to their surroundings.   Therefore, it is good practice to have someone other than the facility or EHS manager who is well versed in safety to audit the facility and to provide a fresh view of the work environment.
  3. To Evaluate the Effectiveness of Company Safety Training.  A thorough safety audit includes taking a look at the company safety training and policies.
    1. Are all supervisors’ and employees’ up to date with their annual refresher training?
    2. Has each employee completed a new hire orientation specific to their job duties?
    3. Are all employee training courses documented with a sign-in sheet, test materials, and a corresponding safety plan?

If you can not fully answer ‘yes’ to all these questions, it’s time to re-evaluate your safety training program.  Also, you will be able to identify where additional training may be needed.

4. To Assess the Condition of Equipment and Processes. OSHA regulations require inspections of equipment modifications and additions that could affect the safe operation of the equipment.  However, it is recommended that annual, or even semi-annual, inspections are performed on all equipment and processes.  Preventative maintenance is key to keeping equipment expenses within budget.  Additionally, equipment inspections allow supervisors and managers to assess the the safety and effectiveness of all work processes.

Have Questions or Concerns About Your Facility?  Call an SRP Safety Consultant Today!

SRP Safety Consultants work with companies across the United States in oil and gas, manufacturing, construction, agricultural, and healthcare.   SRP has eight convenient locations in Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, Honolulu, Long Beach, Midland, Shreveport and Pittsburgh.  Located elsewhere? Let SRP Come To You.   Call SRP Safety Consultants today at (866) 222-4972 to schedule a safety audit.

Understaffing Causes Lack of Safety, Company Fined $9.5Million

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Industry has faced budget cuts and layoffs caused by the poor economic environment.  Many companies have taken some serious shortcuts, like cutting safety training and not staying up to date with reporting, just to save money.

One Houston-based company is facing criminal convictions and will be paying $9.5 Million in fines.   The oil and gas services company falsified safety inspections due to time constraints and insufficient labor.  Additionally, the company was involved in an offshore Sparks Fly as Worker Cuts Boltsexplosion killing three and spilling oil into the Gulf of Mexico.  A supervisor decided to not issue hot-work permits and discontinued daily toolbox meetings.  The supervisor delegated these items to a lesser experienced employee.  Because of this, employees began welding activities on piping that had contained hydrocarbons, thus igniting and creating an explosion.

Lesson Learned: A Disregard for Safety Leads to Catastrophic Disasters

The key take away here is that a lack of resources can quickly back fire.  Eliminating safety procedures and training causes serious repercussions, and companies can face criminal charges and fines.   If the company mentioned above had adequate staffing, they may have not needed to falsify safety inspections and reports.  Additionally, the supervisor would have been able to properly train the employee he or she delegated tasks to.

Consider how much employee injuries cost your company before making any major decisions regarding staffing or work place safety.  OSHA has a good tool to estimate what it could cost your company if an employee were to get hurt.  It includes direct costs, indirect costs and additional sales to recoup those costs based on an estimated profit margin.   This tool offers a bigger picture when considering safety and your bottom line. Check it out here.

Need advice on safety?  Contact SRP today at (866) 222-4972!

SRP has eight convenient locations in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Louisiana, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas.  Located elsewhere? Let us come to you. Call Us Today!

 

New Environmental Reg Affects Oil & Gas Sites

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New Environmental Reg Affects Oil & Gas Sites:
What You Need to Know About Subpart OOOO(a)

A regulation went into effect September 18, 2015 and affects oil and gas facilities that were modified, reconstructed or constructed after that date.   Any equipment including pneumatic controllers, centrifugal compressors, reciprocating compressors, tanks, fittings and valves will require leak testing for methane and other VOC emissions.

What is Subpart OOOO (a)?

The EPA has determined the best system of emissions reduction for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, including methane, and volatile organic compounds (VOC) from fugitive emission sources within oil and natural gas production, processing, transmission, and storage facilities.

What Are the Requirements?

Oil and gas facilities will need to

  • Develop a Monitoring Plan that specifies and includes
    • site diagrams,
    • list of devices and components to be tested,
    • components must be tagged to match diagram,
    • outlines the requirements and procedures.
  • Conduct semi-annual monitoring and equipment leak testing at well sites.
  • Conduct quarterly monitoring  at compressor stations.
  • Submit an annual monitoring report to applicable state agencies.

The regulation states that the leak testing and monitoring threshold level is 500 parts per million (ppm) .  There are two accepted methods of performing a leak test and monitoring components.  Monitoring can be performed using optical gas imaging technology to determine if any visible emissions are present.  Monitoring can also be conducted using EPA Method 21 and an FID-like device.  Note that repairs must be made within 30 days of finding fugitive emissions and a resurvey of the repaired component must be made within 30 days of the repair using OGI or Method 21 at the stated threshold level.

Oil and gas facilities must conduct initial fugitive emissions monitoring surveys for well sites and compressor stations by June 3, 2017 or 60 days from start-up (whichever is later).

Have more questions?  Contact an SRP Environmental Consultant for more information regarding Subpart OOOO (a).  SRP provides leak testing services, monitoring plan development, and environmental site audits for oil and gas sites across the US to ensure environmental and safety compliance.  Call SRP today at (866) 222-4927.