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Medical Facility Conducts Industrial Hygiene Assessment in Laboratory

One of our Portland, Oregon clients moved into a medical facility and, after four months of occupation, noticed transient odors. The medical facility recently underwent a complete renovation, including an upgraded HVAC unit servicing the laboratory. Transient odors are a cause for concern, as specific airborne contaminants can have adverse effects on laboratory processes. VOCs can also negatively impact employee health and performance as well. Our team provided industrial hygiene services through long-term area sampling to learn more about their indoor air ... Read more

Particulate Matter Testing for Production Facility

Particulate Monitoring Assessment Addresses Dust Exposure at a Production Facility Heating Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) systems are used to control indoor air quality through filtration. In order to guarantee occupant comfort, it is necessary to have a capture system that accommodates the space accordingly. A local client called upon G2 Consultants to conduct particulate testing to assist with the design of a capture system for their production facility. What Was the Particulate Testing Process? Smaller dust particles can be hazardous for humans. Our assessment ... Read more

Sewage Leak Compromises Operating Room’s Safety

A serious sewage leak from a punctured sewage line inside the wall of an operating room at a well-known local surgery center could have seriously compromised the health and safety of patients and other occupants if it wasn’t taken care of properly and efficiently. Fortunately, the situation was professionally handled and the risks were soon mitigated. A Portland construction company contacted us to conduct an inspection and perform testing in the clinic’s operating room. Doing so would help ensure that any risks ... Read more

Industrial Hygiene in the Brewery World- Hazardous Noise Case Study

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 ... Read more

Meet the Team: Certified Industrial Hygienists

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 ... Read more

Silica Exposure at Fracking Sites

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 ... Read more

CSB “Shock to the System” Video Released

This week, the US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) released a short video detailing the events which triggered the hydraulic shock and ensuing ammonia release at Millard Refrigerated Services in the summer of 2010. Through helpful graphics and a step-by-step explanation of the scenario as it unfolded, the CSB highlights the safety lessons learned, demonstrating how catastrophic accidents such as this one can be prevented in the future. The full video can be found here.   Read more
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