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A System for Prioritizing Audit Sites According to Risk

By | Article, Regulatory Compliance and Auditing

The Phylmar Group, Inc. 1) Objectives Develop a system to select and prioritize sites for environmental, health, and safety (EHS) audits Why? – Cannot audit all operations – Need to set priorities based on risk management concepts System should: – Apply standard criteria to all sites and prioritization decisions – Generate reproducible results – Consider quantitative and qualitative data 2)…

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Caught in the Toxic Impact Zone: Communicating about Worst Case Scenarios

By | Article, Risk Assessment Management

McDaniel Lambert, Inc. Introduction As the title of this paper indicates, we intend to discuss the requirement for communicating worst case scenarios under the EPA’s recent Risk Management Plan rule. Over the course of the paper, however, you’ll probably notice that we are also discussing a few things, which–at first glance–don’t seem to fit into a worst case scenario. In…

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Semiconductor Industrial Hygiene Monitoring: New Challenges and a Few Old Favorites in the World of Hazard Identification and Exposure Evaluation

By | Article, Occupational Health and Safety

EORM Semiconductor Industrial Hygiene Monitoring: New Challenges and a Few Old Favorites in the World of Hazard Identification and Exposure Evaluation Abstract What are the industrial hygiene concerns in a basic semiconductor fabrication facility? This paper highlights key industrial hygiene monitoring strategies for selected normal production operations and maintenance tasks. Monitoring for airborne and surface chemicals, ionizing radiation, radiofrequency and…

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A Comparison of Worker Exposure to Inhalable and Total Dust, Inorganic Arsenic, and Borates Using Two Types of Particulate Sampling Assemblies in a Borate Mining and Processing Facility

By | Article, Occupational Health and Safety

The Phylmar Group, Inc. ABSTRACT This study describes a comparison of worker exposure to total and inhalable dust, inorganic arsenic, and borates using two types of particulate sampling assemblies as part of a comprehensive industrial hygiene evaluation in a borate mining and processing facility. Employees were segmented into similar exposure groups (SEG) based on work location within the facility, job…

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Effective Strategies for Avoiding and Coping with Indoor Environmental Quality Problems

By | Article, Indoor Environmental Quality

INTRODUCTION People have had concerns about indoor environmental quality (“IEQ”) and workplace-related illnesses for decades. However, in the 1980s and 1990s, the general public has become much more sensitive to these issues and much more demanding with respect to their indoor environment. At the same time, the indoor environmental quality in many buildings has declined due to the increased use…

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Getting Ready for

By | Article, Risk Assessment Management

by Judy K. Bell, CEM Disaster Survival Planning Network Living in Southern California means always being prepared for “The Big One”. At home, school, or work, you and your family should have a plan. Know what each of you will do, and how you will be reunited. Establish an out-of-area contact who can be called to relay information. Have each…

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Reducing Hazards Before Disaster Strikes

By | Article, Risk Assessment Management

by Judy K. Bell, CEM Disaster Survival Planning Network How effective is the hazard reduction program in your organization? Most groups discover that they haven’t maintained their program after the latest earthquake. Then everyone scrambles to order more securing devices that may or may not actually get installed, depending on the amount of time that lapses between the last shaker,…

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Protecting Communications Before Disaster Strikes

By | Article, Risk Assessment Management

by Judy K. Bell, CEM Disaster Survival Planning Network In today’s business environment, communications and information technology equipment transcend all organizational boundaries. Plans to restore both need to be an integral part of every organization’s business recovery plans. Some businesses believe they cannot afford the time to create recovery plans, then find out later that they cannot continue to operate…

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