EMSI will work with your organization to create plans, reports, and analyses. We will work with you to assure that you are in compliance with all Federal, State, and Local ordinances and that your workplace is safe for you and your employees.
Environmental Health & Safety
Environmental, Health, and Safety (EH&S) management and compliance is key to ensuring a healthful and safe working environment for employees, company assets, and the community. EMSI will assist you with developing an EHS program, implementing your program, and managing your program. We will also provide safety support. EMSI offers the following EH&S services:
EMSI will create a training program for your staff. More information on our training services can be found in our Training Services.
EMSI offers the following support services:
- Quantitative and qualitative fit testing
- Hazardous materials inventory, database and SDS management
- Montgomery County hazardous materials permit preparation and review
- Facility labeling and signs
- Waste storage facility design and fire code review
- Safety shower, eyewash, and fire extinguisher inspections
- Health physics surveys
Compliance Gap Analysis
EMSI conducts comprehensive Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Compliance Gap Analysis. The gap analysis incorporates EHS regulations (OSHA, MDE, and EPA), training practices, injury/illness management, regulatory permitting, and safe work practices.
The EHS gap analysis is designed to evaluate compliance with applicable regulatory obligations. Benchmarks used in the gap analysis include regulatory requirements, company-specific policies, standard industry practices, and prudent health and safety practices. The gap analysis also provides the opportunity for EMSI to suggest or recommend unique approaches observed at similar facilities.
The objectives of the gap analysis include the following:
- Help to ensure a healthful and safe working environment for employees, company assets, and the surrounding community.
- Identify non-compliance issues and offer corrective action alternatives.
- Demonstrate effective management of EHS obligations to the various stakeholders.
- Increase health and safety awareness among facility personnel.
- Establish benchmarks for continuous improvements.
- Establish priorities for expenditures and employee resources.
Industrial Hygiene Exposure Assessments
As a general rule, if there are issues with occupational disease in your workplace, it will not be limited to one individual, but will likely affect a number of employees. Our goal is to help you implement a plan to help protect your company from litigation in addition to protecting the health of your employees. There are five basic steps:
- Characterize the site or facility by gathering information and data. Information will be gathered through assessment of exposures to environmental agents - observations, use of direct-reading devices, and interviews - as well as through the review of records and documents, relevant industry standards, and/or other literature. This information will allow us to define similar exposure groups (SEGs) and make initial judgements (steps 2 and 3).
- Define SEGs in order to minimize the variability of collected data. We will categorize by the tasks or activities being performed, rather than by title and/or occupation, as daily tasks may differ significantly within one individual occupation.
- Make initial judgements based on the available information. This will consist of an exposure rating, health effects rating, and uncertainty rating for each SEG defined in step two. These ratings will be used to determine the acceptability of the exposure profile, identify the need for additional exposure monitoring, and prioritize the data collection needs. Exposure rating - will provide an estimate of the exposure level relative to the occupational exposure limits (OELs). Health effect rating - based on the toxicity of the environmental agent, and will help assess exposure risk to assist with prioritizing needs. Uncertainty rating - if there is a lack of data available in the initial exposure profile or if the initial rating is based on relative exposure level, surrogate data and/or exposure modeling, the exposure rating will be highly uncertain.
- Determine the acceptability of exposure and/or the need for additional monitoring for each SEG and categorize as acceptable, unacceptable, or unknown. Using these exposure profile categorizations, we will be able to determine and prioritize appropriate control measures by risk of exposure, determine whether routine monitoring is required, and prioritize additional exposure monitoring and/or information gathering needs.
- Collect additional data and re-assess the exposure profiles as needed, especially to reduce the uncertainty rating and to allow for comparison of the exposure profiles of each SEG to determine if any should be re-classified.
Noise & Hearing Conservation
Noise, a by-product of many industrial processes, is one of the most pervasive occupational health problems and can cause temporary or permanent hearing loss. EMSI will develop a hearing conservation program to protect your workers who are exposed to significant occupational noise from hearing impairment, covering monitoring, audiometric testing, hearing protectors, training, and recordkeeping requirements in accordance with OSHA standards.
EMSI works at both federal and state levels to ensure that all EPA and OSHA guidelines are adhered to and all appropriate permitting is in place.
EMSI will provide program development to keep you in compliance. Should you be in need, we provide expert assistance in correcting violations or contesting citations.
EMSI provides key support required for you to take control of your chemical inventory. The first step in the process is having an accurate inventory. Our Enviro Technicians come to your site to perform a physical inventory of all hazardous materials on your premises.
- Development of health and safety (H&S) Statement of Procedures (SOP) related to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) operations
- OSHA injury/illness recordkeeping
- Industrial ventilation design/evaluation - examples include: welding, spray painting, and abrasive casting
- Assistance with design and construction of new facilities
- Development of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
- Assisting companies with developing internal Safety Committees Lead-Based Paint and Asbestos related services
- Heat stress measurement
- Ergonomics program development, workstation assessments (office and industrial), workstation design (office and industrial)
- Manual lifting assessments
- Chemical inventory management
Once this inventory is complete, EMSI will prepare a specialized database for you, enter all the data, and obtain all necessary Safety Data Sheets (SDS).
EMSI will also assist you with finding the computer software that is right for your facility so you can track your chemicals from cradle to grave, as well as:
- Maintain detailed disposal records
- Provide safety and regulatory data
- Identify storage requirements
- Restrict chemical use
- Comply with local, state and federal reporting requirements
- Monitor consumption
- Interface with MSDS databases
Hazardous Waste Management
EMSI is your single source for management and disposal of all types and quantities of hazardous chemical waste (lab pack, bulk drums, or tanks), including but not limited to:
- Waste characterization, collection, consolidation, and packing
- Laboratory Chemical collection, management, segregation and lab packing by our Enviro Chemists and Technicians
- Develop and administer a site waste management program
- Certified analytical services for waste characterization and profiling or identification of unknowns
Waste Minimization refers to the use of source reduction and/or environmentally sound recycling methods prior to energy recovery, treatment, or disposal of wastes, not including waste treatment. EPA's preferred approach to materials management includes source reduction, recycling, energy recovery, treatment, and finally, disposal.
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) requires facilities that generate or manage hazardous waste to certify that they have a waste minimization program in place that reduces the quantity and toxicity of hazardous waste generated to the extent economically practicable.
The Pollution Prevention Act has encouraged many organizations to expand their focus from RCRA-only to a multimedia pollution prevention focus. EPA offers a variety of information sources on multimedia pollution prevention.
Many states have also enacted laws that require facilities to complete certain waste minimization activities. Most of these states require facilities to complete a waste minimization plan.
In addition to protecting the environment, waste minimization makes good economic and business sense. Source reduction and/or environmentally sound recycling, reuse, and reclamation practices have helped many organizations reduce:
Waste minimization can improve:
- The quantity and toxicity of hazardous and solid waste generation
- Raw material and product losses
- Raw material purchase costs
- Waste management recordkeeping and paperwork burden
- Waste management costs
- Workplace accidents and worker exposure
- Compliance violations
- Environmental liability
- Production efficiency
- Good neighbor image
- Product quality
- Environmental performance
Reports & Analyses
EMSI offers full service analytical work for all types of industries and businesses, providing full laboratory support for organic and inorganic analyses. All analyses are performed according to standard EPA methods. EMSI also provides the following regulatory reporting services:
- Tier II and Form R reporting
- EPA Biennial reporting