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SRP Environmental Announces New Director of Operations for Dallas

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JUNE 01, 2018  DALLAS, TEXAS – SRP Environmental is pleased to announce the promotion of Logan Sampson to Director of Operations for the Dallas and Fort Worth area.  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.

Eight years ago, Sampson began working as an environmental technician intern during the summers. After graduating from Baylor University in Waco, Texas with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship, Sampson joined SRP Environmental in Dallas as a Project Manager.   As his career grew with SRP, he became an integral part of the National Disaster Response team.

“Sampson’s knowledge of the Dallas Fort Worth market and leadership as director will ensure we’re helping clients with environmental and safety compliance,” says SRP Environmental. “We are confident Sampson’s background and business experience is well suited to lead the next phase of SRP’s growth and success.”

In addition to servicing the Dallas area, Sampson is able to provide environmental and safety compliance services to companies throughout Oklahoma.

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 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.

DALLAS PRIMARY CONTACT

Logan Sampson
Director of Operations
Email: logan@srpenvironmental.net
Mobile: (972) 213-0811

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.

WEBINAR: Loss Control Reduces Everyday Risk

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It is a continual challenge to identify, assess, and mitigate your organization’s risk exposures. For example, how are employees practicing safety on a day-to-day basis? Are they wearing appropriate PPE? Are they avoiding unsafe acts and reporting unsafe conditions? Does your organization promote safety as a core value?

Learn how to reduce the risks that occur at your workplace on a daily basis. Reducing risk will help create a safer workplace and improve your Total Cost of Risk. Join Certified Safety Professional Zach Pucillo as he discusses practical loss control techniques that can protect your company, your employees, and your bottom line.

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Source: SRP Environmental Risk Management Center

These 4 Key Areas of an Incident Investigation Can Increase Worker Accountability for Safety

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Accident or incident investigations are an important procedure following any type of event where a near miss or injury occurred.  Two benefits of incident investigations are it leads to finding the root cause of the event, and it also is known to increase employee accountability.

A senior EHS manager from Virginia, JA Rodriguez, did a presentation on worker accountability at ASSE’s Safety conference.  He pointed out that there are two types of accountability.  One, holding a person accountable.  Two, holding yourself accountable.   Workers must see that accountability starts at the top.  Managers and supervisors must also hold themselves accountable for safety.  They must lead their workers and recognize why a person behaved a certain way or what may have been missing in procedures that lead to the incident.  Rodriguez points out that the best way to find real root causes is to conduct incident investigations.

Workers should be aware of company policies regarding incident investigations.  The persons responsible for performing incident investigations should be trained appropriately.

What is an Incident Investigation? 

An incident investigation is conducted to determine the true cause of the incident and make changes that reduce the chances of similar incidents occurring in the future.  There are 4 key parts to a successful and effective incident investigation.

1: Respond to the Incident

  • Check the scene for hazards.
  • Safely control hazards or remove people from the hazards.
  • Respond to medical needs: if necessary, call emergency medical services (EMS) and/or provide first aid to the level you are trained.
  • Secure the area to prevent further injury or disruption of evidence.
  • Contact the appropriate personnel, such as supervisors, management, or emergency responders, after injured parties are medically stable.
  • Start preserving evidence that may be needed for the investigation, including photographing or isolating evidence that may not be able to be removed from the scene.

2: Gather Information

  • Include management and employees in the investigation.
  • Make sure that the investigation team includes or has access to technical expertise in safety, engineering, operations, or any other subjects that might be helpful.Accident Incident Investigation
  • Focus on finding causes for the issue rather than assigning blame.
  • Collect as much data as possible by interviewing personnel involved in the incident (including witnesses) and documenting the entire incident site (i.e., with photographs or video). The more information you have, the easier it will be to see the big picture.

3: Analyze the Data

  • Look for root causes. A root cause is a factor that underlies other contributing causes and that could eliminate recurrence of the problem if it is addressed.
  • Rather than just focusing on the actions of the people involved in the incident, try to consider the organization as a whole and whether there are any weaknesses in the current procedures that may have contributed to the incident.
  • Using multiple methods of data analysis, such as fishbone diagrams or the Why Method, can help uncover root causes that may have been missed using only one.

There are number of different causes.  Maybe the employee was not properly trained before performing his or her work tasks.  As a result, training records should be well maintained and employees should attend annual safety training.

Read More About Key Benefits of Annual Safety Training

4: Determine Corrective Actions                

Once all root causes of the incident have been determined, recommend corrective actions that can help minimize or eliminate the chances of reoccurrence.

  • Be specific in your instructions for what each action entails and how it should be implemented.
  • Assign responsible parties to ensure that the corrective actions are completed and a time frame for completion.
  • Keep your recommendations constructive and objective.
  • Clearly point out instances where human error is a cause. Disciplinary actions should be handled by Human Resources.
  • Outline a follow-up plan to assure that actions are implemented correctly and work as planned.

Have questions about conducting Accident/Incident Investigations?  Contact an SRP Safety Consultant to discuss your company health and safety needs.  We have seven convenient locations in Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, Honolulu, Midland, Shreveport and Pittsburgh.  Call us toll free at (866) 222-4972 or visit us online.

4 Ways to Get Fined for Noise Hazards

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4 Ways to Get Fined for Noise Hazards

Every worker has the right to a safe workplace.  Each worker also has the right to file a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) if they subject to an unsafe workplace.  A noise hazard complaint led one Ohio facility to pay over $45,000  in fines.  During an inspection, OSHA found that employees were untrained in noise hazards, and exposed to excessive noise.

4 Reasons for the Fine:

  • Failure to protect workers from noise hazards.
  • Failure to adequately train workers on noise hazards and conservation.
  • Failure to provide baseline and annual audiograms.
  • Failure to implement a noise hearing conservation safety program.

 

ohs_sign_hearing_protOSHA states that “the employer shall administer a continuing, effective hearing conservation program whenever employee noise exposures equal or exceed an 8-hour time-weighted average sound level (TWA) of 85 decibels.” (OSHA.gov)  TIP: If you have to raise your voice to talk to someone, you are in an area where the noise level is at or above 85 decibels, and you should be wearing hearing protection.

What steps can you take to limit noise exposure to workers?  Consider these engineering controls: 

  • Periodically rotate workers in areas that are quieter, less noisy.
  • Add or replace mufflers on motorized or pneumatic equipment.
  • Ensure equipment is properly maintained.  Keep bearings and other moving parts lubricated.
  • Isolate loud equipment such as compressors and generators away from work areas.
  • Replace older, noisier equipment with newer, quieter models.
  • Install sound absorbing materials on walls and ceilings.

If engineering controls aren’t enough, make sure to provide hearing protection for all workers exposed to high levels of noise.  Commonly used personal protective equipment includes foam plugs, reusable plugs, canal plugs and ear muffs.  Also make sure that an audiometric testing program in conjunction with the noise hearing conservation program is being followed by supervisors, management and employees.

If you think your employees are being exposed to noise hazards, contact SRP Safety Consultants.  SRP can monitor exposure and help you implement a noise conservation program.  Call us at (318) 222-2364 or email us.  We have seven convenient locations in Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, Honolulu, Midland, Shreveport and Pittsburgh.  Located elsewhere?  Let SRP come to you.

Are You Ready for an Older Workforce?

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We hate to use the phrase ‘older’ or ‘aging’ workforce, however people are now living longer, retiring later or even retiring multiple times.   Keep in mind, there is no distinguishable point for when a worker becomes labeled part of the ‘older’ or ‘aging’ workforce-it’s all relative to different situations.

The Silents (70+), Baby Boomers (low-50s to upper-60s), Generation X (mid-30s to upper-40s) and Millenials are all working under the same roof.  This makes accommodating workplace safety procedures a priority amongst employers.

Aging WorkforceOlder workers and younger workers can almost always do the same tasks. However, it is the work and life experiences of each worker that sets apart each age group. Their thought processes and ability to problem solve can be vastly different.   Their response to emergency situations and physical abilities can also vary.  That’s why trying to bridge the age gap has been proven a challenge for employers.

Workers age 25 to 54 make up the largest group of working professionals, according to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. Interestingly enough, workers in the upper-50s to mid-70s have increased over the years, while workers under 21 have decreased.

Here’s some more interesting facts. Bruises, cuts, broken bones and accidents involving equipment are more likely to happen to younger workers and more frequently. Even though accidents may happen less frequently to older workers, their recovery time often takes longer. Aging workers typically experience more sprains, falls and back injuries.

How Can You Accommodate Workers of All Ages

Not only will these safety tips accommodate the aging workforce, it will also provide preventative measures and good practice for the younger workforce.  These tips will also allow workers of different age groups to work together and share valuable knowledge of the tasks at hand, the industry and company procedures.

  • Redesign work stations to meet the ergonomics needs of workers
  • Conduct a job hazard analysis
  • Provide mechanical assists for heavy lifting
  • Correct unstable floor surfaces with mats
  • Provide cushioned, quality footwear
  • Incorporate light and sound warning for the hearing impaired
  • Manage and prevent potential hazards
    • Install non-slip surfaces in stairways
    • Use a different color paint to stripe the edge of each stair
    • Install hand rails and grip handles

At the end of the day, these tips are useful in any workplace setting and for workers of any age.  If you have questions regarding workplace safety or potential hazards in your facility, call SRP today at (318) 222-2364 or visit us online.    We have Safety Consultants located in Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, Honolulu, Midland, Shreveport and Pittsburgh.

 

WEBINAR: Fire Safety & Fire Prevention Plans

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SRP Fire SafetyA successful fire prevention plan can be the difference between life and death in the event of a fire in the workplace.  Employees should know escape routes, exit markings, and emergency action plans specific to each company location.  All staff members should be able to properly use fire extinguishers, and know other important elements to successfully prevent fires.

This 45-minute awareness-based webinar will provide an overview of important fire prevention techniques and practices.

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Don’t Overlook This Common Hazard: Material Handling Sprains & Strains

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Mishandling materials often leads to sprains and strains, which happens to be the leading cause of workplace injuries. An estimated 32% of all workplace injuries are related to musculoskeletal disorders in material handlers. Workers in Manufacturing and Retail suffer the most injuries, accounting for 37% of all injuries.

Travelers Companies reviewed more than a million workers’ compensation claims over the course of four years and found that material handling was the most common cause for accidents.  These injuries affect the day to day tasks of your employees.  Musculoskeletal disorders and injuries can cause employees to abstain from work for week and even months.  Not to mention, missed work delays productivity which affects your bottom line.

Think Smart. Use These Safety Precautions.

  • Use Proper Lifting Techniques
  • Always Wear Appropriate PPE
  • Attach Handles or Holders When Manually Moving Items
  • Ask For Help When:
    • You can’t properly grasp or lift the item
    • You can’t see around you
    • You can’t safely handle a load

back safetyProper Lifting Techniques Include:

  • Your footing is a very important part of lifting. Your feet should be close to the object, should-width apart with one foot slightly ahead to help keep your center of gravity.
  • Bend your knees and go down to a crouch—not to a full squat. Standing up from a full squat takes twice as much effort as standing from a crouch.
  • Keep your back as straight and vertical as possible.
  • Get a good, firm grip. Do not lift until your hold is strong and slip-proof.
  • Lift by straightening your legs. Keep the load close to your body.
  • Move your feet as you turn when changing directions. DO NOT twist your body.
  • Keep your back straight and knees bent as you set down the materials.

Sprains and strains are avoidable if safety precautions are met.  Review proper lifting techniques at toolbox meetings, staff meetings or shift changes.  Whether you work in construction, oil and gas, manufacturing, healthcare or any other field, we recommend incorporating back safety and material handling safety training as part of your annual refresher topics.

If you have questions, talk to one of our SRP Safety Consultants today.  Call us at (318) 222-2364.  We have seven convenient locations in Dallas, Denver, Charlotte, Honolulu, Midland, Shreveport and Pittsburgh.  Remember: Do not risk injuring your back; move the load mechanically or ask someone to help you.

Fall Protection Protects More Than You

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Fall protection has topped OSHA’s list of violations for the last several years. In fact, fall protection violations accounted for 7,402 violations in 2015. EHSToday.com defines fall protection as “any means used to protect workers from falls from heights.” So that covers falling humans, but what about falling objects such as tools or equipment? Many times companies rely on debris nets and personal protective equipment to reduce damage from falling humans or objects.   People on the ground or below are in harms way.

Here’s a startling fact: An 8-lb wrench that falls 200 feet would hit someone on the ground with a force equal to 2,833-lbs per square inch, similar to a small car hitting a one square inch area.  The whole goal of fall protection is to create a connection point for humans working at different heights. Tools need connection points as well. Examples include d-ring cords, tool cinch attachments, lanyards and wristbands.  Additionally, falling objects are a risk because a person has a natural reaction to try and catch a falling object.  The worker could lose balance and fall.

Have you thought about the risks of falling objects? Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

  • Does your fall protection program include objects?  It would be more effective to revise the current fall protection program to include the threat of falling objects instead of developing a completely separate program.
  • Are employees securing tools from dropping?  In addition to harnesses and forms of fall protection, employers should provide secure ways of attaching the tools used.  Example items include lanyards, tool cinch attachments and d-ring cords.
  • Is the supervisor or HSE manager conducting regular hazard inspection? HSE managers and employees should be aware of potential falling objects.  Inspections before and during work hours is ideal.  If an employee notices a hazard, he or she should tell the HSE manager or supervisor on staff immediately.
  • Are employees inspecting overhead equipment for loose or defected items before every use?  Loose or defective parts could pose a threat to employees who work underneath overhead equipment.
  • Are your employees trained to recognize and follow dropped object processes?  For example, employees should know not to attempt to catch a falling object.  Lunging for that object may cause the employee to lose balance and fall.

 

OSHA Finalized a Rule to Address the Dangers of Silica Dust

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The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) finalized a rule that will further limit the amount of silica that workers can be exposed to.  Over 2 million workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in the workplace.  By lowering the permissible exposure limit, OSHA estimates that the final rule will help save over 600 lives throughout a number of industries.

Crystalline Silica can be found in soil, sand, granite, concrete and other materials. Once these materials are disturbed, small sized particles of silica are released into the air, causing potential hazards.  Inhaling crystalline silica can lead to silicosis, lung cancer, tuberculosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.  Silica dust is commonly found in industries associated with construction, oil and gas operations, manufacturing stone, glass or concrete, abrasive blasting, railroad transportation, foundries, and refractory products.

The final rule is separated into two standards to address silica exposure in construction and silica exposure in general industry and maritime.

Key Changes:

  • The new permissible exposure limit (PEL) is .05 mg/m3, averaged over an 8-hour shift.
  • If the amount of silica that workers are exposed to is at or above an action level of .025 mg/m3, averaged over an 8-hour shift, the employer must measure and monitor the level respirable silica.
  • Develop and implement a written exposure control plan addressing procedures to protect workers, engineering controls, respiratory protection used, and housekeeping measures used to limit exposure.
  • Identify Regulated Areas. Areas with concentrations greater than 0.05 mg/m3 require visible demarcation.  Signs should have specified wording/warning.
  • Assign a competent person with the task to ensure the exposure control plan is being followed.
  • The employer must also provide medical exams every three years for workers who wear a respirator for 30 days or more per year, provide training for workers, and maintain medical records of workers who are exposed to silica.

Compliance Dates:

  • The final rule will take effect on June 23, 2016.
  • Construction industries must be in compliance by June 23, 2017.
  • General industry and maritime industries must be in compliance by June 23, 2018.
  • Hydraulic fracturing related industries must be in compliance by June 23, 2018, with the exception of Engineering Controls which has a compliance date of June 23, 2021.