Employee Exposure Monitoring
Toxic chemicals and harmful emissions from the manufacturing process are just a few of the hazards that can endanger unprotected employees in today’s workforce. Identifying these potential hazards through air monitoring and other environmental sampling techniques is a key step to ultimately determining the severity of potential exposures and implementing effective employee protection strategies. The Grainger Safety Services network consists of Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIH) and Certified Safety Professionals (CSP) who use NIOSH/OSHA approved sampling methodologies to help you identify these risks and develop appropriate engineering controls and personal protection plans.
Heat Stress Monitoring
The Grainger Safety Services network provides employee exposure assessments to high air temperatures, radiant heat sources, high humidity, direct physical contact with hot objects, or strenuous physical activities that may have a high potential for inducing heat stress. The Grainger Safety Services network staff of Industrial Hygienists utilizes wet bulb globe thermometer (WBGT) to measure environmental heat exposure at, or as close as possible to, the specific work area where workers are exposed. Wet bulb globe temperature indices are calculated in accordance with established ACGIH Threshold Limit Value equations and comprehensive reports are provided to customers.
Indoor Air Quality Assessments
Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a high-profile issue that affects millions of workers around the world. The World Health Organization estimates that as many as 30% of new and remodeled buildings worldwide can be classified as “problem buildings” – where productivity is impaired by poor IAQ. Many issues can affect building air quality – volatile organic compounds (VOCs), formaldehyde, particulate matter, mold and moisture intrusion, even poor ventilation. These issues can find their way into courtrooms, drawing property owners, occupants, attorneys and lenders into the equation. The Grainger Safety Services network provides comprehensive IAQ services, from initial building screening and air testing to problem building resolution and litigation support. Our scientists have advised NIOSH, CDC and other federal agencies on IAQ and have conducted hundreds of problem building investigations.
Machine Guarding Assessments
The Grainger Safety Services network provides comprehensive facility assessments of machine guarding throughout manufacturing environments. References for these assessments include Subpart O of OSHA’s General Industry standards as well as appropriate consensus standards. Grainger's network of Safety Consultants develop comprehensive reports specifying the needs identified during the assessment and provide recommendations for improvement.
Mobile Audiometric Testing
The Grainger Safety Services network operates a fleet of mobile audiometric testing vehicles which employ state-of-the-art technology in a clean, comfortable setting designed to help you comply with OSHA's Hearing Conservation Standard (29 CFR 1910.95).
Mock OSHA Audits
The Grainger Safety Services network's Certified Safety Professionals (CSP) are committed to helping customers develop, improve and maintain a safety system that meets current OSHA standards and fosters employee compliance. One hundred percent OSHA compliance is virtually impossible. For this reason, employees are always exposed to hazards, often without the employer’s knowledge. This puts employees at risk of injury and employers at risk of OSHA penalties. A thorough mock OSHA inspection conducted by an expert who is knowledgeable in workplace safety regulations can identify many of these hazards so they can be corrected. The network's safety professionals regularly conduct simulated OSHA inspections for clients in the public and private sectors.
As part of our comprehensive hearing conservation services, the Grainger Safety Services network provides a wide range of sound level measurement services and program development dealing with noise exposure.
OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.132 requires employers to assess the workplace to determine if hazards are present, or are likely to be present, which necessitate the use of PPE. The Grainger Safety Services network can assist in this auditing process through job hazard analysis and PPE assessment at the facility and corporate level.
Process Safety Management
The Grainger Safety Services network provides development and auditing of Emergency Action Plans (EAP) and Process Safety Management (PSM) programs as required under 29 CFR 1910.119. The network's engineers assemble the required Process Hazard Information, which included field tracing piping and developing P&IDs; reviewing and commenting on operating procedures (startup, shutdown and emergency shutdown); and health, safety and emergency response procedures, and preventive maintenance practices. The network also conducts Process Hazard Analysis sessions, leading the discussion with engineering, maintenance, safety and operating personnel.
Pulmonary Function Testing
Pulmonary function tests measure how well the lungs take in and release air and how well they move gases such as oxygen from the atmosphere into the body's circulation. The Grainger Safety Services network’s NIOSH Certified Spirometric Technicians can help you measure and track pulmonary function for your workforce through onsite testing and online data management.
Respirator Fit Testing
OSHA's Respiratory Protection Standard (29 CFR 1910.134) requires that employees be medically cleared and fit tested before wearing a respirator. The Grainger Safety Services network's Occupational Health Professionals are specifically trained to administer fit testing using scientifically proven means (qualitative or quantitative) of measuring respirator face-seal leakage.