The primary purpose of Industrial Hygiene is to anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and control health hazards in the workplace environment. These health hazards include:
|Chemical Agents||VOCs, alcohols, aldehydes, isocyanates, metals, silica, etc.|
|Physical Agents||Noise, vibration, radiation, EMF, and thermal stresses|
|Biological Agents||Mold, bacteria, and specific compounds|
|Workplace Design Issues||Ergonomic stresses and ventilation|
At Jurgiel & Associates, industrial hygiene services are conducted by Senior Level Professionals (CIH / CSP), or are conducted under the direction of a Senior Level Professional. Jurgiel & Associates maintains a ready supply of equipment, sampling media, and direct-reading instruments for routine Industrial Hygiene activities, and can access other specialty equipment, media, and instruments on an as-needed basis.
Industrial Hygiene surveys include baseline surveys and routine follow-up surveys to assess potential employee exposures to chemicals or processes; regulatory surveys conducted with governmental agencies or to evaluate compliance; and specialty surveys conducted in response to a specific need or concern.
Areas of expertise include:
- Qualitative Health Hazard Assessments and IH Sampling Plans
- Exposure Monitoring, including Air and Surface Sampling
- Personal Noise Dosimetry and Area Noise Surveys
- Regulatory Compliance Assistance
- Local Exhaust Ventilation Evaluations
- IH Program Development and Auditing
- OSHA VPP Preparation and Support
Often Industrial Hygiene issues are closely associated with Occupational Safety issues. Occupational Safety generally focuses on preventing injuries from acute physical hazards (such as machine guarding, fall protection, and electrical hazards). Compliance documentation and employee training are also important elements to a comprehensive safety program.
Jurgiel & Associates has also provided additional consulting related to specific safety programs, including Confined Space, Lock-out/Tag-out, Machine Guarding, Bloodborne Pathogens, and OSHA Compliance. Our experienced staff, including CIHs and CSPs, can evaluate the need for specific occupational safety related programs, develop the site specific programs, and assist in their implementation.
Jurgiel & Associates has conducted:
- Broad-Based Site Safety Evaluations/Mock OSHA Inspections
- Safety Program/IIPP Development and Auditing
- Technical Consultation (LOTO, Confined Space, Fall Protection, etc.)
- Ergonomics Evaluations (Industrial and Office)
- OSHA VPP Preparation and Support
Risk Control is the prevention of future loss to client’s employees, facilities, fleet, and even business reputation. Moving beyond the limitations of regulatory compliance, risk control seeks to identify all pertinent hazards along with the contributory factors that enhance their likelihood of producing a negative outcome. The goal is then to categorize and evaluate the relative impact of each hazard, and reduce that risk through the application of recognized best practices.
Jurgiel & Associates begins the process with a high-level review of the client’s operations in order to identify immediate, intermediate, and long-term potential threats. Risk factors are detected through in-depth analysis of historical insurance claims; examination of accident reports and root cause investigations; personnel interviews; and onsite observation of processes, equipment, and work practices. Customized risk control plans are developed by working with key personnel to achieve practical, sustainable solutions.
Depending on client’s needs, efforts may focus on a specific line of coverage (such as Workers’ Compensation, Property, Auto Liability, General Liability, etc.) or may extend to the entire enterprise. Jurgiel & Associates staffs a Certified Risk Manager (CRM)/Associate in Risk Management (ARM) from the commercial insurance sector with a track record of obtaining results in multiple industries across the US.
Areas of expertise include:
- Trending and Analysis of Historical Losses/Claims
- Prospective Risk Assessment for Workers’ Compensation, General Liability, Fleet, and Property
- Development of Return to Work Programs, including Modified Duty Task Library
- Creation of Risk Leading Indicators, Near Miss Programs, KPIs, and Accountability Measures
- Development of Innovative Business Strategies for Reducing Total Cost of Risk
- Client Advocacy for Insurance Carrier Disputes
Indoor Air Quality
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) surveys are generally focused on non-industrial environments, including offices, retail space, health care environments, schools, and residences (both single family and multi-family). However, manufacturing and industrial environments can be affected as well. There can also be IAQ concerns during the construction or remodeling phases of buildings and other work and living spaces.
Often, IAQ is the product of multiple different aspects of our environment; and these elements can vary based on the individual building, the geography, the maintenance history, and even the occupants of the building.
- Contaminants can be biological (e.g. mold, bacteria, or viruses), physical (e.g. particulate matter), or chemical/odors (e.g. ozone, formaldehyde, or substances associated with perfumes and fragrances), which can affect individuals differently and to varying degrees;
- Airborne contaminants can arise from inside or outside the area of concern – including the result of improperly controlled temperature and humidity, and/or due to an inadequate amount of incoming fresh air;
- Causes of IAQ concerns can be attributed to poor design/construction of the building; deterioration of (or emissions from) building materials; malfunction or incorrect operation of the ventilation systems; uncontrolled water/moisture intrusions; or a combination of these and other factors.
As a result of these intricacies, the team investigating your particular IAQ situation has to have the knowledge and the experience to address multiple factors. John A. Jurgiel & Associates has both!
Investigations begin with an assessment of current conditions, along with a thorough review of recent and historical changes to the space. Scientific methods, including air and surface monitoring, moisture measurements, airflow evaluation, and ventilation assessments are often employed to determine specific environmental stressors and to develop practical, effective solutions.
Where renovation or remediation are required due to water incursion or mold growth, Jurgiel & Associates can serve as project designers, and can provide on-site project management support as well as in-progress air monitoring to evaluate work site controls and air quality in adjacent areas. Project design, project management, and monitoring rationale are in accordance with recognized best practices. While most states do not have license requirements, we are licensed in the State of Texas as Mold Assessment Consultants.
Our projects may vary in scope and can generally include the following:
- Air Quality Assessments (either Pro-Active Surveys or Symptom/Condition Investigations)
- Odor Investigations
- Mold and Biological Sampling
- Remediation Design and Project Management
- Remediation Oversight and Post-Remediation Air Monitoring
- Vapor Intrusion Surveys
USGBC LEED Services
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is the nation’s leading coalition of corporations, builders, universities, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations working together to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work. USGBC created LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System® as a standard that measures sustainability for buildings. A point system was established in six categories, which include sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation and design process.
Jurgiel & Associates has developed and implemented a testing procedure for LEED EQ Credit 3.2 to measure the indoor environmental quality for several projects throughout the country. By monitoring for for respirable particulates, carbon monoxide, total volatile organic compounds, 4-phenylcyclohexene, and formaldehyde, as well as the common IAQ parameters of carbon dioxide, relative humidity, and temperature, Jurgiel & Associates has complemented the design work by confirming the desired results, and achieving additional credits.
Jurgiel & Associates has also conducted testing of building materials to be recycled for asbestos, lead, PCBs, mercury, and other hazardous materials to ensure proper regulatory compliance. Improperly recycling potentially contaminated building materials can create a worse environmental hazard, leading to potentially expensive cleanup and negative publicity. Special consideration should be given to the previous use of the property, especially for former industrial sites.
Asbestos and Lead
Asbestos and Lead are recognized health hazards that were, at one time, widely used in a variety of building products and other industrial applications. The environmental persistence of these materials over time can create complex issues for building owners and occupants today, especially in light of the OSHA and EPA regulations which have been developed.
Jurgiel & Associates has conducted asbestos related projects since 1978. Our consulting activities involve identification surveys, preparation of bid documents (including technical specifications) for abatement projects, and the inspection and air monitoring of abatement projects. Our services have also included evaluating potential surface dust contamination using micro-vacuum techniques and other precise analytical methods. We have served as asbestos consultants on abatement projects of over $2 million in size, as well as a multitude of smaller projects. Asbestos surveys have been conducted on major office complexes, school districts, health care facilities, as well as an Air Force facility of over 1 million square feet.
While consulting on lead based paint projects has always been part of our expertise, the promulgation of OSHA, EPA, and HUD standards has greatly increased our role. These activities include lead-based paint identification surveys (XRF surveys), lead-based paint risk assessments, preparation of remediation bid documents (including technical specifications), training programs, and remediation project oversite and air monitoring. Jurgiel & Associates also serves a number of commercial painting and construction companies to assist in regulatory compliance issues.
All work is conducted by properly licensed individuals using state of the art methods and procedures under the direct supervision of a Senior Professional Consultant (CIH, CSP, or PE).
Our asbestos and lead consulting expertise includes:
- Building Inspections and Bulk Sampling
- AHERA-Compliant Inspections and Risk Management
- Abatement Design and Project Management
- 3rd Party Abatement Oversight and Air Monitoring
- Awareness Training
- Negative Exposure Assessments
- Incident Response to address potential release/exposure
Legal & Regulatory Support Details
Due to the complex nature of health, safety, insurance, and regulatory compliance issues, high level consulting and legal support is often a significant consideration for business owners. Understanding the legal liabilities associated with these issues is essential in making critical business decisions.
We have served as expert witnesses for Legal Cases, OSHA Compliance, Workers’ Compensation, and other health and safety related matters. We have conducted extensive reviews of medical, toxicological, and epidemiological literature to better understand and document chemical and physical hazards (both current and historical). At the clients’ request, we have also participated in OSHA informal conferences and have assisted with the development of mitigation plans for OSHA citations.
Jurgiel & Associates utilizes its background, experience, and expertise to formulate professional opinions which are both objective and ethical. Our Senior Consultants (CIH, CSP, and PE) have provided the following support for our clients:
- Expert Witness Testimony / Technical Support
- Response to OSHA Complaints, including Corrective Action Planning and Conference Participation
- OSHA Side-by-Side Air Monitoring
Training & Education
(Classroom, Webinar, or Development of Training Libraries)
The art of delivering meaningful instruction in any given subject is rooted in a deep comprehension of the material and a respect for those being taught. In the field of environmental, safety, and health, that requires a technical grasp of the science along with a practical understanding of the user’s endpoint application. Where government regulations or insurance implications are involved, it necessitates command of policy language and nuance. Finally, to be effective, all of this must be distilled down and presented in a way that makes sense to the participants.
At Jurgiel & Associates, our staff is expert in navigating the maze of complexities associated with the development and presentation of safety and risk topics such as confined space entry, slip/fall prevention, root cause analysis, IH fundamentals, accident reporting, and many others. Our success is derived from the ability to meet our audience at their point of need with clear, concise information that achieves client objectives.
Our experience extends from oil refineries, chemical processes, and power generation stations, to manufacturing plants, hospitals, restaurants, and hotels. In each of these areas, our staff of professionals are capable of providing a full range of services from thought-provoking lectures on cutting edge developments to the most basic education on hazards and controls. From classroom to field, from web-based to video, from single topic to the development of entire training libraries, our delivery is always on time and on message.
The scope of our training services includes:
- Health Hazard Awareness for Chemical and Physical Agents
- Safety Training for most Regulatory Topics, including GHS, LOTO, Confined Space, etc.
- Competent Person (Silica in Construction Industry)
- OSHA 10- and 30-Hour Courses
- HAZWOPER (key Safety & Health elements)
- Workers’ Compensation Fundamentals, including Loss Analysis/Trending, and Accident Investigation/Root Cause