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Occupational Hygiene2018-09-17T15:03:20+00:00

Hazardous Material Assessments

Asbestos is a hazardous material made up of fibrous mineral silicates. It is used to add strength, heat resistance and chemical resistance. Proper precautions must be taken when working around asbestos. Inhalation of asbestos fibres can damage your lungs and cause serious health problems, such as lung cancer or asbestosis.

Our team of consultants has a wealth of knowledge and experience providing numerous asbestos services including but not limited to:

  • Asbestos survey & inventory
  • Exposure control plans
  • Abatement & remediation procedures
  • Education and training
  • Exposure monitoring
  • Audit Compliance

Lead is a highly toxic material that is often found in the renovation, demolition, recycling, and manufacturing industries. It is commonly used in paints and coatings and can be found in old homes. Long-term exposure to lead can cause cancer and severe neurological disorders; therefore, it is important that workers practice good hygiene.

Our team of consultants has a wealth of knowledge and experience providing numerous lead services including but not limited to:

  • Lead survey & inventory
  • Exposure control plans
  • Abatement & remediation procedures
  • Education and training
  • Exposure monitiring
  • Audit Compliance

Crystalline silica is a naturally occurring compound and principal component of sand, concrete, stone, masonry, and other commonly used materials in the construction, oil and gas, manufacturing and agriculture industries. This common hazard can cause silicosis (a serious and irreversible lung disease) and lung cancer. Activities such as building demolition, chipping, cutting, blasting, and excavation can cause silica to become airborne and travel into workers’ breathing zone. When silica is inhaled, it can settle in a workers lung, causing serious health effects.

Our team of consultants has a wealth of knowledge and experience providing numerous silica services including but not limited to:

  • Exposure control plans
  • Abatement & remediation procedures
  • Education and training
  • Exposure monitoring
  • Audit Compliance

Hazardous Materials (HazMat) includes a number of materials that can be harmful to the environment and the public, including asbestos, lead, mercury, toxic wastes, and biologically contaminated materials.

Our team of consultants has a wealth of experience and knowledge providing numerous hazmat services including but not limited to:

  • HazMat inventories
  • Exposure assessments
  • Development of exposure control plans
  • Development of safe work procedures
  • Remediation planning
  • Hazardous materials abatement planning

Exposure Control Plans

The process of an exposure assessment includes estimating or measuring the magnitude, frequency, and duration of exposure to an agent. It also describes the pathways, routes and uncertainty in the assessment.

Our team of consultants has a wealth of knowledge and experience providing numerous exposure assessment services including but not limited to:

  • Indoor air quality investigations
  • Development of safe work procedures
  • Required controls
  • Exposure monitoring

An Exposure Control Plan (ECP) is a document created by a workplace that is used as a source of information in response to an identified risk. It documents the appropriate controls that will minimize or eliminate that risk. Every workplace is responsible for developing an ECP in response to an identified risk of exposure to workers. It must be reviewed annually by the workplace.

Our team of consultants has a wealth of knowledge and experience providing exposure control plans in hazards including but not limited to:

  • Asbestos
  • Silica
  • Lead
  • Toxic process gases (e.g. ammonia, ozone, chlorine)
  • Biological hazards (e.g. blood borne diseases)

Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) refers to the air quality within and around buildings and structures. It relates to not only the health, but comfort of building occupants. Some common issues with IAQ include improper ventilation, improper temperature, or poor air circulation.

Our team of consultants has a wealth of knowledge and experience providing numerous indoor air quality services including but not limited to:

  • Indoor air quality assessments & investigations
  • Recommendation into controls and corrective actions

Fungal contamination can quickly develop if building materials are exposed to elevated moisture levels for prolonged periods of time.  Knowing how to minimize the risk of a developing fungal contamination problem and what to do if one does develop, can help to keep occupants safe and minimize costs and disruptions. ​

Our team of consultants has a wealth of knowledge and experience providing numerous fungal assessments including but not limited to:

  • Building assessments and remediation
  • Air sampling and exposure assessments
  • Recommendation for controls and corrective actions
  • Developing safe work procedures

Confined Spaces

WorkSafeBC defines a confined space as an enclosed or partially enclosed area that is big enough for a worker to enter. These spaces are not designed for someone to work in regularly, but they may be accessed from time to time for inspection, cleaning, maintenance, or repair.

Confined Spaces in your workplace are dangerous and pose a significant risk of serious injury or fatality. Many workers are injured and killed each year from working in confined spaces.

Our team of consultants has a wealth of experience and knowledge providing numerous confined space services including but not limited to:

  • Confined space inventories
  • Confined space program development
  • Hazard and risk assessments
  • Development of safe entry and rescue procedures
  • Education and training
  • Auditing compliance

Physical Agents

Noise from equipment, processes and entertainment are among some of the most common hazards at most workplaces in BC. WorkSafeBC explains that as a guideline, if you are within 1 metre of another person at work and have to shout to be heard, the noise level is likely excessive. Excessive noise levels can lead to Noise-Induced hearing loss, which is permanent and irreversible.

Our team of consultants has a wealth of knowledge and experience providing numerous noise and hearing protection services including but not limited to:

  • Noise survey & inventory
  • Exposure control plans
  • Development of safe work procedures
  • Advisement and fitting of Personal Protective Equipment
  • Education and training
  • Exposure monitoring
  • Audit Compliance

Vibration hazards in the workplace are often overlooked but can be a risk to your workers. The risk of vibration includes worker injuries to the back and extremities (i.e. hands and fingers). Other factors (environmental or procedural) can increase the likelihood of injury from vibration.

Our team of consultants has a wealth of knowledge and experience providing numerous vibration safety services including but not limited to:

  • Exposure control plans
  • Development of safe work procedures
  • Education and training
  • Exposure monitoring
  • Audit Compliance

WorkSafeBC and Nuclear Safety and Control Act both regulate the use of radiation sources in Canada. There are many sources of radiation that may contribute to the transmission of ionizing or non-ionizing radiation. Hazards from radiation may result in burns and skin damage, damage to eyes, biological effects, cancer, fertility issues and birth defects.

Our team of consultants has a wealth of experience and knowledge providing numerous radiation protection services including but not limited to:

  • Program and policy development for safe use, storage and disposal of radiological material
  • Laser Safety
  • Exposure assessment and monitoring
  • Education & Training
  • Audit Compliance

Ergonomics

Musculoskeletal Injuries (MSI) are injuries caused from activities associated with poor ergonomics (i.e. prolonged sitting, awkward posture and lifting). WorkSafeBC reports that MSI injuries are the most common of all workplace injuries in BC industries. Arcose can work with your organization to assess the risk and educate workers in lost-cost solutions to improve their ergonomics to reduce worker injuries from overexertion and repetitive motion.

Our team of consultants has a wealth of experience and knowledge providing numerous ergonomic services including but not limited to:

  • Ergonomic policy development
  • Office ergonomic assessments
  • Field ergonomic assessments
  • Recommendations for cost-effective solutions
  • Training & Education
  • Audit Compliance

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