IHI has performed industrial hygiene, occupational safety, and environmental consulting services since 1984 at the George E. Wahlen VA Medical Center (VAMC) in Salt Lake City, Utah. These projects have included hundreds of safety and occupational health program evaluations through a series of Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contracts. All evaluations resulted in recommendations for compliance with OSHA regulations, VA directives, and relevant consensus standards.
Highlights of these projects include the following:
- Shop-Specific Safety Auditing - IHI recently performed safety audits in various shops on the VAMC campus and generated risk assessments of specific equipment and procedures. The areas we audited included the printing shop, the laundry, the prosthetic/orthotic shop, and research laboratories.
- Permit-Required Confined Space Entry Program - Our evaluation included an actual permit-required confined space entry into a boiler firebox and a space-by-space evaluation of the confined spaces throughout the VAMC. After our evaluation, we provided explicit guidance to the VA about what constitutes a "Permit-Required" confined space; proper procedures for entry into those spaces; and recommendations for the content and administration of entry permits. After recommendations were adopted, IHI returned to the VAMC to conduct training for entrants/entry supervisors.
- Lockout/Tagout Program - IHI is evaluating the VAMC Lockout/Tagout Program, including equipment-specific LOTO procedures.
- Emergency Eyewash/Shower Program - IHI evaluated 78 emergency eyewash/shower units throughout the VAMC campus. We provided unit-specific recommendations and a written location-specific Emergency Eyewash/Shower Program.
- Respirator Protection Program - IHI wrote and implemented the VAMC Respiratory Protection Program during a previous ID/IQ contract period. We performed initial and annual respiratory fit-testing and training for all 1,800 employees on the VAMC campus.