The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) recently released “Assessment and Remediation of PCBs in the Built Environment” to provide guidance on the growing issues of concern surrounding PCBs in the built environment.
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are a group of man-made chemicals that were popularly used in construction and building materials. PCBs were manufactured from the late 1920’s until 1979 when PCB production was banned by the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
An estimated 154 million pounds of PCBs were sold in the United ...
Officials contacted G2 Consultants when they needed to ensure elementary school students and a local community were not at risk for harmful exposure to asbestos.
In December 2016, a fire destroyed Lookingglass Elementary School’s gymnasium. Crews were on site in early February to demolish the gym before they could begin completely clearing all debris from the site.
First, however, an asbestos abatement process needed to be completed to remove any potential for the public or students to be exposed to asbestos.
Officials knew asbestos ...
Industrial Hygiene Case Study: Noise Exposure Evaluation
Noise is a pervasive problem in the workplace. Twenty-two million workers are exposed to damaging noise levels each year. Last year, businesses paid OSHA more than $1.5 million in penalties for not protecting workers from noise. This number does not account for any potential employee claims or the quality of the work environment that employees are subjected to. Our health and safety experts ensure our clients avoid penalties and keep employees safe and happy in ...
Lead in drinking water has been in the news nationally, as well as here locally in Portland, Oregon. In fact, the levels of lead in drinking water in Portland are close to the federal top allowable safe amount. Portland has until August, yes, next month, to come up with a plan of action on how to correct this problem.
Lead can get into drinking water in a couple ways. The first way is when lead is present in the water source, particularly ...
Matt Harper is a Senior Project Manager for G2 Consultants. A board Certified Industrial Hygienist and Safety Professional, he is a graduate of Oregon State University and the primary technical professional for G2.
Of his professional career, Mr. Harper has had the opportunity to work overseas in Europe and the Middle East. He has also had experience in the US as a safety and health consultant, a construction safety officer and a safety manager. He has designed, developed and administered site specific ...
What is crystalline silica?
Crystalline silica is a mineral which can be found in sand, rock, concrete, stone, etc. It becomes respirable during common activities such as cutting, crushing and drilling. We have been aware of its potentially fatal effects for years (take, for example, this short film put out by the Department of Labor in 1938), and the possible outcomes due to overexposure such as silicosis, lung cancer, COPD and more. Today, OSHA says it is considered a threat to almost 2 million ...
What is nanotechnology?
The National Nanotechnology Initiative defines nanotechnology as "the study and application of extremely small things." How small? One nanometer equals one billionth of a meter. Or, to give a better visual, the Initiative explains that "if a marble were a nanometer, then one meter would be the size of the Earth."
What does nanotechnology do?
Due to their minuscule size, engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) are being added to construction materials, and we are seeing significant improvements in those materials as a ...
Well, fall protection takes it again.
The preliminary OSHA Top Ten Violations of 2015 were recently unveiled at the National Safety Council Congress and Expo in Atlanta, and fall protection once again took the top spot with 6,721 violations. It is the fifth year in a row fall protection has been number one. In characteristic fashion, the rest of the list has remained static, with the exception of ladders unseating electrical - wiring methods for the number seven spot.
Patrick Kapust, deputy director of ...
G2, a state-certified emerging small business, is thrilled to be a sponsor at the upcoming Oregon Public Purchasing Association (OPPA) NIGP Reverse Vendor Trade Show! Taking place September 23 at the Salem Convention Center, the one-day show will be a great opportunity for all types of companies to connect with government agents and hear about opportunities in the public sector.
Government buyers will have booths set up at the show, giving attendees the freedom to circulate and make contacts. In addition, there ...