OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY & HEALTH (OSH)
The National Safety Council reports that companies who invest in the safety and health of their workers through safety and training programs see a return on their investment. At ACES, we believe this statement is 100% correct! This return is shown in the work being performed more efficiently, through an increase in worker retention and presents a lower risk of OSHA complaints and citations. ACES staff consists of an OSHA Authorized Construction Trainer through Georgia Tech.
Safety and Health Programs
We have developed and helped many companies with these written programs:
- Bloodborne Pathogens
- Confined Space
- Fall Protection
- Hazard Communication
- Hearing Conservation
- Incident Investigation
- Lockout/Tagout & Electrical Safety
- Overhead Cranes
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Powered Industrial Trucks & Forklift Safety
- Respiratory Protection
- Tools & Equipment
- Trenching & Excavating
Having written programs in place is only the beginning of a good safety and health program. Ongoing maintenance of the programs is necessary to ensure adequate worker protection. Evaluation of the implementation and effect in the field is also needed. We can perform these through field audits and assessments working independently or side-by-side with your safety professionals. We are also just a phone call away for questions or concerns.
We perform a wide array of industrial hygiene (IH) services such as air sampling, noise monitoring, ergonomic evaluations, ventilation surveys just to name a few. Compliance sampling for personnel exposures to items such as particulates, metals, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), silica, and hexavalent chromium (CrVI). Performing noise mapping and dosimetry to ensure proper compliance with the Hearing Conservation Program without spending money on annual audiograms for personnel that are not required to be in the program. -Not a complete sentence
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) – Mold Concerns
For IAQ air samples we can perform two different methods, culturable and non-culturable (non-viable or “spore trap”). Both samples are acquired using an air pump attached to a media.
“Air Sampling is limited, and negative results do not document the absence of mold exposure. For example, mold may be growing in carpets or on walls and wallpapers, yet not be airborne at the time of sampling. Where there are other indications, such as moisture noted where it should not be, further investigation for hidden sources is indicated.”
Surface samples are typically taken by tape lift imprint, by swabbing the surface of suspected mold growth with a culturette swab, or by destructive sampling of the suspected mold growth materials. These samples are submitted to the laboratory for analysis for microbial contamination. The laboratory reports the findings by direct microscopic examination to identify the types of mold growth.
We also perform moisture assessments to determine if materials such as wood, drywall, and concrete have an excess of moisture that fungus and mold need to grow.