Occupations that expose employees to dust -- fine particles of organic or inorganic material, either airborne or on the ground -- require diligence and protection from potential overexposure. Dust can cause a host of respiratory issues, depending on the type of organic or inorganic particles inhaled. It’s important for any facility manager or business owner to make sure their employees have the proper protections in place to prevent overexposure to respirable dust.
Dust overexposure: conducting an industrial hygiene assessment
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November 16th 2020 With the resurgence of COVID-19 infections across the state, the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) has adopted a temporary rule to address COVID-19 risks in the workplace. This rule will remain in effect until May 4, 2021 unless it is revised or repealed before that date. The purpose: to protect employees in the workplace against potential exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the pathogen associated with COVID-19. These requirements are applicable to all workplaces in the state. ...Read more
The Center for Disease Control estimates that over 22 million Americans are exposed to hazardous levels of noise at work each year. It’s vital for employers to protect their employees against damaging noise levels from operating equipment, machines or ambient noise. If the exposure is severe enough--and if it remains unmitigated--the risk is permanent occupational-induced hearing loss, a condition that cannot be corrected through hearing aids or surgery. G2 was retained to perform a noise exposure assessment for a food production ...Read more
Facility management requires diligence to ensure the safety of the building’s occupants. This diligence should include a water management program for potable and non-potable water sources to prevent the growth of Legionella pneumophila. When this bacteria is present in drinking water or water tanks, it puts building occupants at risk of developing Pontiac fever and Legionairre’s disease--the latter of which is a severe and often fatal form of pneumonia that infects 10,000 to 18,000 Americans each year. For this very good ...Read more
Good news for businesses everywhere: it is now possible to test for the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 pathogen--the virus that causes the disease COVID-19. G2’s Matt Harper, a Certified Industrial Hygienist, was interviewed by Vital Command’s AWSAM podcast about the advantages and limitations of this testing, as well as what businesses and owners of facilities can do to help keep their employees safe. You can check out the full interview on Vital Command’s YouTube channel. If you’re interested in testing your ...Read more
G2 leads the industry by ensuring their clients implement proactive strategies when it comes to health and risk matters. In this particular case, G2 responded to an urgent call from Tillamook County Courthouse for an indoor environmental quality assessment. During a re-roofing project, liquid roofing product had leaked into the courthouse building. Occupants of the building recognized a foul odor, and were concerned about being exposed to hazardous air contaminants. They left the building and refused to return until it was ...Read more
An architecture firm that provides Construction Manager as agent (CMa) services to the General Services Administration (GSA) retained G2 to review their general contractor’s health and safety programs and to perform safety site inspections over the course of a six-month construction project.
The project included exterior restoration work on a nine-story federal building with white marble wall panels that spans two city blocks. Prior to initiation of the project, G2 provided feedback on safety programs regarding conformance with regulatory ...Read more