Spottlight on Health and Safety

At SSM we provide a variety of industrial hygiene and indoor air quality services that will identify and allow corrective efforts for industrial air quality problems to assure the highest level of air quality in your working environment.

  • Heat Stress Evaluations
  • Particulate Sampling - Personal and Area
  • Mold Investigations
  • HVAC System Reviews and Analysis
  • Noise Monitoring - Personal and Area
  • Direct Read Instrument Analysis - VOCs, Carbon Monoxide, Relative Humidity, Ozone, Formaldehyde, and many others
  • Various Chemical Analysis - dependent on the work environment
  • Project-specific Health and Safety Plans

SSM has performed these services at a variety of local facilities including power plants, factories, foundries, shipyards, food processing facilities, vocational schools and many others.  

We’re here to help you protect your workers’ health and safety.

Protecting Your Workers

Workers exposed to hot indoor environments and/or hot and humid conditions outdoors are at risk of heat- related illness and injuries. Individuals performing heavy work tasks and/or using bulky or non-breathable protective clothing and other personal protective equipment (PPE) are at greatest risk to heat exposure.

Quality Air is Fundamental

Maintaining the highest levels of air quality is most important in healthcare facilities where occupants are most susceptible to irritants in the air. It is vital to maintain a sterile environment in health care facilities to prevent the spread of infection as well as the threat of exacerbating pre-existing conditions. Burn patients and patients with compromised immune systems are at the greatest risk for infection and demand the most stringent infection control measures combined with high indoor air quality.

It’s not too Early to Begin Preparing Your Buildings for the Fall

Now is the time to plan ahead to avoid typical last-minute problems like mold and legionella. Although the students are vacationing and the classrooms are empty, school buildings and grounds continue to be a busy place during the summer months. In addition to finalizing budgets and overseeing summer construction and renovations, it’s important to take proactive steps to avoid problems in the fall.

Indoor Environmental Management Programs

At SSM, we consider all environmental factors in our IAQ/IEQ management programs to include building structure, materials, construction activities, and heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) systems, as well as the building occupants activities, the cleaning and maintenance of the building and sources originating outside the building that have the potential to impact indoor air quality. Our program is designed to recognize how systems work together within the built environment to improve indoor air quality and create a Satisfactory Work and Learning Environment (better than Satisfactory is our goal!).

More than the Air You Breathe

It has become apparent over the years, that more problems negatively affect building occupants than just poor Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). These additional problems can include but are not limited to structural issues, design and layout issues, mechanical issues, noise issues and even lighting issues. The inclusion of these additional factors in building occupant satisfaction has led to the use of the term Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ), which can either simply include IAQ issues or be referred to in addition to IAQ issues.

NFPA 70E Arc Flash Risk Assessment

Although the duty to provide electrical safety in the workplace can be traced to the 1970 Occupational Safety and Health Act, updates and continual revisions to OSHA, National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) and the 2015 Edition of the National Fire Protection Institute (NFPA) 70E represent the basis for requirement for Arc Flash Risk Assessment (formerly a Hazard Analysis) and protective clothing and equipment. Updated Incident Energy Levels should be determined based on any system revisions and 2015 NFPA 70E requirements.