Industrial Hygiene Services
Risks for occupational illness arise from many processes encountered in manufacturing and construction. KTA’s industrial hygienists offer a broad approach to the control of workplace hazards involves the completion of a health hazard recognition survey of the facility, operation or process. KTA’s industrial hygienist works to identify potential exposures to chemical, physical and biological hazards at each step of the process. Consideration is given to the nature of the hazard (e.g., toxic property of material, confined space entry hazard, etc.), magnitude of the exposure (e.g., number of workers exposed, duration and frequency of exposure, etc.), and engineering, work practice, and personal protective equipment controls currently employed. Following completion of the process or facility wide health hazard recognition survey, KTA reviews available site documentation (e.g., material safety data sheets) and programs (e.g., respiratory protection, hearing conservation, etc.) to further characterize the exposures and associated controls. All preliminary observations and conclusions are discussed with client contacts to verify initial understandings. Upon completion of the survey, KTA’s industrial hygienist prepares a report providing a detailed description of each identified potential exposure along with a preliminary assessment of existing controls. Recommendations address areas of potential improvement and/or exposures warranting further evaluation.
KTA is also frequently retained to perform evaluations of specific tasks that may include analysis of airborne chemical or biological hazards, physical hazards (such as noise exposure monitoring), ventilation system evaluations and/or development of engineering control options. The evaluation and control of chemical, physical and biological hazards may be done to verify conformance with applicable OSHA standards or as part of broader health risk mitigation efforts. Whether conducted as part of facility-wide surveys or evaluations of individual hazards, KTA’s industrial hygiene services are always aimed at assisting clients in the protection of the safety and health of employees, maintenance of safe working environments, and compliance with applicable regulatory statutes.
KTA has demonstrated such services on the following representative projects: