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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.

OSHA Penalty Reductions Available for Smaller Businesses

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OSHA Penalty Reductions Available for Smaller Businesses

If you aren’t already aware, OSHA increased their penalty amounts this year by 78%.  Serious violations are now $12,471 and willful or repeat violations are $124,709.  But did you know that there is a penalty structure for smaller businesses?

If your company has 10 or less employees, you could be eligible for a reduction in the event you received an OSHA violation.  Companies that meet the size requirement can see as much as a 70% decrease in the fine amount, according to OSHA’s Field Operations Manual.   Companies with 11-25 employees can also see as much as a 60% reduction in the fine amount.

Companies may also be eligible for a 25% reduction in the fine amount if the employer has a written safety manual and plan in place.  That’s another great reason to make sure your company health and safety manual is updated each year.  Additionally, a 10% reduction may be granted depending on the company compliance record within the last five years.

While the penalty reductions are great, the best thing a small company can do is to reduce the chance of receiving a violation.  A worksite analysis should be done on a regular basis to identify potential workplace hazards.   Here are few things companies can do:

  • Maintain all equipment properly
  • Ensure that hazard correction procedures are in place
  • Train employees on how to use and maintain personal protective equipment
  • Ensure that all safe work procedures are followed
  • Make sure you have a medical program tailored to your facility to help prevent workplace hazards and exposures.
  • Hold emergency preparedness drills
  • Pay particular attention to employees learning new operations to make sure they have the proper job skills and awareness of hazards
  • Train supervisors and managers to recognize hazards and understand their responsibilities
  • Encourage all employees to report any hazardous conditions to their supervisors.

If you have questions about potential OSHA violations in your workplace, contact an SRP Safety  Consultant at (318) 222-2364.  SRP has seven convenient locations in Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, Honolulu, Midland, Shreveport and Pittsburgh.