Minimizing Worker Exposures with Engineering Controls

From a traditional standpoint, most employers look at industrial hygiene projects as the front-end assessment of their workers’ exposures.  This starts often as a “desktop” review of operations and then develops into an exposure assessment, or sampling plan, that then leads to the actual exposure evaluation using data from personal monitors and/or area monitors. However, much of the time the evaluation and interpretation of the workplace sampling results is not the final step.  If the results indicate that your workers’ exposures are below the applicable Occupational Exposure Limits (OELs), such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Permissible Exposure...

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Employee-Owner Spotlight: Terrence Young, Construction Materials Testing Project Manager in Beaumont, Texas

We recently visited Terrence Young out on a project site and asked him about his background with Braun Intertec, why he joined the company, our culture of safety and what he’s looking for when he’s filling CMT technician roles in the Beaumont, Texas office. Can you tell us about how long you’ve been with Braun Intertec and what attracted you to the company?I started two years ago in January. I have about twenty years of experience in construction materials testing (CMT) and started out as a senior CMT technician when I joined the Braun Intertec team. One of the reasons...

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Bloodborne Pathogens: Slow Down Before Jumping In

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It is human nature that people want to help other people. However, before providing assistance to an injured party, it is important to take a moment to pause and assess any given situation and absorb the details. This is applicable in business and everyday life. When somebody has fallen or is in pain, one’s first instinct is to immediately jump in and help. However, it is crucial to assess the situation to determine if you are potentially exposing yourself to unwanted risks or hazards. If a first responder doesn’t take a moment to evaluate the situation to make sure the...

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The Heat Is On – So Be Cool and Stay Safe

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We are few weeks into summer and it’s time to remind your workers about the hazards of heat stress and how to protect themselves from it. Heat-related injuries can be avoided if workers and supervisors are properly trained and know the symptoms and actions to take. There Are Many Factors That Can Cause or Contribute to Heat-Related Illness. Here Are Just a Few: High temperature and humidityLow fluid consumptionDirect sun exposure or extreme heatLimited air movementIncreased or excessive physical exertionBulky protective clothing or equipmentHealth problemsSome medicationsPregnancyFailure to acclimate to hot workplacesPrevious heat-related illness There are four primary health issues that...

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Listen Up: Protecting Your Workers from Hazardous Noise

Noise is one of, if not the most common workplace hazard. OSHA reports that at least 22 million workers are exposed to damaging noise at work each year. Not only can noise permanently damage an employee’s hearing, but it is generally very costly for employers to pay compensation claims for occupational hearing loss. For those reasons, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mandates that employees exposed to a time-weighted average (TWA) of 85 decibels A-weighted (dBA) for an 8-hour shift shall be put into a hearing conservation program as lined out in 29 CFR §1910.95. At Braun Intertec, we...

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Combating Jobsite Complacency with Safe Behaviors

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Imagine there is a crane operator who goes to climb a cab ladder, a task he’s done hundreds of times. But this time, he forgot to maintain three points of contact and slips on the second rung. The operator falls and breaks his leg, and now can’t work for eight weeks. Sound familiar? Most injuries are rarely caused by the tasks typically associated with danger. In reality, most accidents are the result of common hazards workers face on a daily basis. Frequently, it boils down to what the injured party would call a thoughtless mistake, such as forgetting to wear...

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National Safety Month: Safe Driving Tips in Work Zones

June is National Safety month, and in observance of this important topic we will post a new article each week in June that focuses on safety to promote a safe and healthy workplace. Check out the previous weekly post to read about this year's safety month series. Did you know there are more than 250 active roadway work zones scheduled throughout the state of Minnesota for the 2018 construction season? (Source) From my vantage as the Transportation Market Division Leader at Braun Intertec, I see that our coworkers and clients are frequently on the front lines of active work zones where...

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Safe Behaviors: Empowering our Employees to Take Action

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June is National Safety month, and in observance of this important topic we will post a new article each week in June that focuses on safety to promote a safe and healthy workplace. Check out last week's post and stay tuned for the next post in this safety series. Promoting Job Site Awareness At Braun Intertec we encounter potentially hazardous situations on the job every day. Whether it’s out on a job site in Texas, in the oil fields of North Dakota or a high-rise building in Minnesota, we always need to be aware of our surroundings. Not just for...

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Protecting our Employee Owners from Heat-Related Illness

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June is National Safety month, and in observance of this important topic we will post a new article each week in June that focuses on safety to promote a safe and healthy workplace. Check out last week's post and stay tuned for next week's post in this safety series. Outside of the workplace, warmer weather may bring a feeling of excitement. After all, it opens a window of opportunities for outdoor activities to partake in such as relaxing at the pool, long bike rides, softball leagues, etc. However, an unfortunate reality we face, especially in the workplace, is that with...

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Job Site Safety: 7 Things to Know Before You Go

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June is National Safety month, and in observance of this important topic we will post a new article each week in June that focuses on safety to promote a safe and healthy workplace. Check back next week for the next post in this safety series. Planning for any Scenario One of the most important things we do at Braun Intertec is create a safe and healthy work environment. As an employee-owned company full of field technicians, environmental scientists, engineers and more, we encounter hazardous situations in our work every day. Whether on a job site, a drill rig, in our...

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