Occupational Health and Safety

A systematically applied health and safety program can help a company meet its business goals. Effective health and safety programs focus on protecting workers from injury or illness, events that can disrupt production, or prompt regulatory intervention. By diminishing or eliminating these events, productivity can proceed unimpeded keeping your operations on track.

S&ME is here to help you anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and control hazards that may impact your workplace. We have a team of experienced industrial hygienists, safety professionals, engineers, and technicians qualified to assist you with industrial hygiene consulting, environmental health and safety program management, regulatory compliance, indoor air quality issues, asbestos and lead-based paint management, and mold and moisture issues.

Our clients range from manufacturing to healthcare, and include EHS professionals, risk managers, building owners, and property managers, responsible for employee or occupant health.

Industrial Hygiene

Workplaces present a variety of environmental conditions that impact people and property. When those conditions cause illness or injury to occupants, S&ME’s industrial hygiene professionals are available to assess, document, and help mitigate workplace exposure by providing:

  • Occupational illness investigation and evaluation
  • Occupational noise surveys
  • Worker’s compensation case investigation
  • OSHA compliance assistance
  • Workplace exposure assessment (chemical, dust, etc.)
  • Ventilation testing and diagnostics
  • Respirator fit testing
  • Physical hazard and ergonomic assessments

Environmental Health and Safety Management

Compliance with OSHA safety standards can be difficult. Safety Management Systems provide a comprehensive means for identifying, evaluating, and managing safety risks in the workplace, serving as the foundational building block for cultural change. Our experienced team of health and safety professionals work with clients to implement a unique Safety Management System to meet their needs and specifications. Our services include:

  • Development and implementation of safety management systems
  • Readiness assessments and gap analysis
  • Application and certification assistance (OSHA VPP, ANSI Z10 OHSAS 18001, RC14001)
  • Safety leadership and worker training
  • OSHA compliance audits and mock inspections
  • Accident and incident investigation
  • Process safety management assistance
  • Job safety analysis
  • Behavior-based safety support
  • Crisis management and emergency preparedness planning

Hazardous Materials Assessment and Abatement Design

S&ME assists in making informed decisions about hazardous building materials, including asbestos and lead-based paint. Our NVLAP-accredited laboratory can identify asbestos-containing materials. If removal of such materials is necessary, we can manage and monitor the work. Our experienced licensed and accredited inspectors, management planners, and designers provide:

  • Hazardous material inspections
  • Abatement design and specifications
  • Contract administration
  • On-site air monitoring and project management
  • Operations and maintenance plans
  • Asbestos laboratory analysis (polarized light microscopy)
  • Asbestos abatement air sampling (phase contrast microscopy)

Indoor Air Quality Evaluations

The adverse effects of poor indoor air quality are well recognized. Sometimes the problem is complex while other times the cause is as simple as inadequate air exchange rates or poorly maintained HVAC systems. Our indoor air quality professionals assess indoor air quality and provide cost-effective recommendations to restore workplace health compliance and productivity. Our services include:

  • Indoor air quality assessments
  • Air quality complaint investigations
  • Air quality sampling
  • Radon evaluations
  • Vapor intrusion studies
  • Sewage contamination investigations
  • Infection control assistance in health care facilities
  • Air quality testing for new building commissioning

Mold and Moisture Assessments

Mold is a normal part of our environment; however, excessive mold growth in the indoor environment may be harmful to occupants. Our indoor air quality professionals recognize and understand the issues involved in moisture intrusion and mold contamination. Our services include:

  • Mold and microbial contaminant assessments
  • Mold and microbial contaminant testing
  • Allergen assessments and testing
  • Moisture assessments including infrared thermography
  • Mold remediation design and management