News Update - June 2018:
The owner / operator of Briand’s I. H. Services has after one year, left the employ of Pinchin Inc. is independent again and has resumed operating his consulting business.
A Certified Industrial Hygienist CIH (1989 – 2016) and formerly Registered Occupational Hygienist (1990 – 2015) with 30 years plus experience is now available to provide support and help to employers, owners and facility managers by offering industrial hygiene consulting services throughout Saskatchewan.
Typically this applies to industrial workplaces. An initial walkthrough of a facility or plant is done with the client’s representative. This gives the investigator an overall view of operations, work processes, equipment and materials used, transformed and produced. Further data is gathered from documents for example drawings, sketches, material safety data sheets and technical sheets. Following this a sampling strategy is developed. The strategy includes what substances to sample or test for, where sampling is to be done, for how long, method used, and which jobs or areas to be measured to determine airborne concentrations. Then sampling and testing is performed in accordance with recognized methods.
This type of investigation is usually done in commercial and institutional settings where hazardous contaminants are typically not present such as levels found in industrial plants. Facility owners or managers may wish to proactively monitor the occupied spaces for which they are responsible by gathering data that characterize air quality within their facility. Or supervisors and workers may look to have building air tested in response to concerns or questions about the quality of air supplied within a building. The approach here is to select a location for monitoring, place a special instrument on-site that measures, analyses real-time and logs data at preset intervals over a period of time. An evaluation report is written and provided to the client.
Many workplaces are loud enough to cause occupational hearing loss among workers. Hazardous sound at work is regulated in Saskatchewan under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (1993) and Regulations (1996) and enforced by the Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety (LRWS). A sound survey is performed with a sound level meter at strategic locations for the client. In addition and to help determine whether a hearing conservation plan is required noise dosimeters are used to measure sound exposures on workers over an entire shift. Employers can use this information to identify where sound levels must be posted in accordance with LRWS regulations.
What’s In It For You?
Learn about the degree of risk from potential health hazards your workers are exposed to
Build your due diligence file
Documents important information about your plant / shop operation
Provides information to support decisions on investing on pollution controls
Provides important information to your occupational health committee
Supports and guides owners, management and directors in complying with external regulations
Local consultant avoids additional cost incurred from bringing resources in from a distance
Improve worker morale, confidence, productivity by showing that you care
Attract and retain quality worker