© 2019 by Sandler Occupational Medicine Associates, Inc.

Your partner … in on-site exposure monitoring and control
 

Combining our experience with knowledgeable, credentialed industrial hygiene staff and state-of-the-art, in-house sampling equipment we help protect your employees from workplace hazards. Our standardized methods to evaluate, manage and control your exposures establishes a cost-effective and consistent companywide approach. Our hazards sampling experience includes testing in a wide variety of environments including, indoor and outdoor extreme conditions, mining, manufacturing, construction, transportation, utilities and mining.​

 

Our proven processes to recognize and control workplace hazards include:​

 

  • Identifying potential issues, including physical, chemical or biological conditions or contaminants

  • Designing statistically-valid sampling strategies suited to your work process based on equipment, chemical and physical properties of the contaminant, route of exposure (inhalation, ingestion, skin absorption) and existing controls  

  • Analyzing data trends and available historical sampling results

  • Evaluating and recommending effective control measures

 

Physical Hazard Sampling

Noise, Temperature, Vibration and/or Radiation Exposures

Noise is one of the most common occupational health hazards. The resulting noise-induced hearing loss for the employee, along with stress and communication difficulties in the workplace can impact employee productivity and effectiveness. Beyond executing effective noise sampling strategies, we are experts in recommending control measure solutions tailored to your needs. We work with your team to help meet regulatory standards (OSHA, MSHA), as well as internal corporate limits.

 

Other physical hazards at the workplace like temperature, vibration and radiation exposure can also be an important part of a company’s health and safety plan in many industries. We specialize in evaluating employee exposure to these hazards through temperature (heat or cold stress) measurements and other assessment techniques.

Air Sampling

Air sampling is a valuable tool in assessing workplace exposures. We work with your team to identify and characterize the hazards and use this data to recommend control measures to reduce exposures.

Some airborne contaminants we have sampled include:

  • Particulates/fibers: total/respirable dust, silica, asbestos, flour, coal dust

  • Organic Chemicals: volatile organic compounds (VOCs), alcohols, aldehydes, amines, BTEX, ethers, isocyanates, ketones, poly-chlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), diacetyl and its derivatives

  • Acids and bases

  • Fumes: welding fumes, asphalt fumes

  • Heavy metals: arsenic, lead, cadmium, zinc

  • Gases: NO2, SO2, CO2, CO, CH4, ozone, combustible gases

  • Biological agents: Mold, bacteria, dust mites, endotoxins

Our sampling results are compared to company and regulatory-driven requirements, as well as scientific guidelines (OSHA, MSHA, NIOSH, ACGIH and FRA). From there, in partnership with your team, we identify and characterize hazards, resulting in data-driven recommendations to reduce or mitigate exposures.

Exposure Control

Whether the potential workplace hazards are physical, airborne, or both, we work closely with your team to meet your goals to identify, manage, and establish controls for your potential hazardous exposures. The exposure data obtained is utilized to identify the sources of excessive employee exposure, implement control measures in a timely manner and comply with regulatory record-keeping and employee notification requirements. Beyond the exposure evaluation, our experienced and credentialed staff works with your team to recommend control measures to reduce the workplace employee exposure.  

Following the hierarchy of controls and regulatory requirements, our control services include:

  • Recommendation of engineering and administrative controls for hazard elimination and/or reduction

  • Identification of focus areas to effectively allocate your resources based on exposure data

  • Selection guidance for appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to reduce employee exposure (either short-term or long-term)

  • Development of a well-rounded exposure management program, including follow-up and periodic monitoring to ensure that control measures are effective and exposures minimized