Environmental

Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Safety

Occupational health is a critical part of a productive and safe workplace. Exposures to chemicals, noise, vapors, hazardous materials, and biological contaminants can result in serious health problems. Our qualified staff of Certified Industrial Hygienists and occupational health specialists have extensive experience detecting hazards, monitoring exposures, evaluating risks, and formulating measures to correct problems. Terracon has an established reputation as one of the strongest and most responsive IH services providers in the country, based on decades of experience and a wide variety of projects ranging from individual employee exposure evaluations to community-wide health research projects.

We have one of the largest occupational health and safety consulting groups in the country with 22 Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIH) and 13 Certified Safety Professionals (CSP). Our team assists clients in addressing issues such as: What hazards are present in the workplace? How should these hazards be addressed? How must employers reduce worker risks? What legal, economic, and regulatory liabilities are present? How can a company improve the link between management and safety culture?

Silica
On March 24, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued its final regulation to limit worker exposure to crystalline silica, amending a standard that has been in place since 1971. If your business performs work that generates dust, this regulation could apply to you. Services we offer include:

  • Reviewing your current operations and make recommendations that will help you comply with the new regulation
  • Helping you write an exposure control plan
  • Collecting air samples to determine if your workers are over exposed to silica
  • Training your staff on the hazards of silica and the requirements of the new regulation
  • Helping select and design engineering controls
  • Developing a respiratory protection program

Read more about how Terracon can help you meet OSHA’s New Silica Rules PDF

Microbial Assessments (Mold)
Among our extensive IH/occupational and safety offerings, microbial assessments – identifying and remediating mold – address an increasingly common need for a variety of facility types. Undesirable conditions such as odors, occupant perceptions of poor air quality, and visible mold growth are generally indicators of a breach or failure in one or more building systems. Improperly functioning heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and deficiencies in building operation, maintenance, design, or construction can contribute to excess moisture accumulation, building-related health complaints, and indoor mold growth. We can assist you with:

  • Site Investigation
  • Bio-sample Collection
  • Sampling of Airborne
  • Chemicals and Particles
  • Forensic Investigations
  • Air Quality Parameters
  • Property Condition Assessments
  • Mold Remediation Design, Oversight, and Air Monitoring

Our IH and occupational safety services also include:

  • OSHA Compliance Surveys
  • On-site Health and Safety Management
  • Noise Surveys and Hearing Protection Programs
  • Developing Training and Compliance Programs
  • Ionizing/Non-ionizing Radiation (EMF/ELF)
  • Hazard Communication Programs
  • Ventilation System Evaluations
  • Confined Space Evaluations
  • Respiratory Protection Programs
  • Lockout/Tagout
  • Worker Exposure Evaluations
  • Chemical Hygiene Plans
  • Heat/Cold Stress
  • Expert Witness
  • Indoor Air Quality Testing
  • Building Ventilation Evaluations
  • Employee Evaluations and Questionnaires
  • Microbiological Assessments