Safety and Health Compliance Audits
IBT Safety will conduct a complete physical and programmatic compliance audit of virtually any industrial facility. IBT Safety conducts both OSHA and MSHA compliance audits.
IBT Safety’s staff of consultants has a wide range of experience. Their audit will consist of a walkthrough of the entire facility and a review of records and program documentation.
The walkthrough is followed by a comprehensive report detailing all aspects of compliance issues. Where appropriate, potential regulatory citations are documented in the report. The report also includes noteworthy areas to document positive accomplishments relative to safety and health.
The report concludes with a four-category priority listing of all findings, providing the customer with a “graded approach” to corrective actions. This allows the customer the opportunity to make an informed decision relative to prioritizing corrective actions.
Depending on the size of the facility, these audits are usually conducted using one to three consultants.
Safety and Health Training
IBT Safety’s consulting staff can provide training on virtually every safety and health topic, including both general industry and construction. Classes of all sizes can be held either on-site at the customer location or at the IBT Corporate Training facility.
IBT Safety’s qualified instructors use multimedia presentations that include various adult learning techniques. All training sessions are designed to be enjoyable and can include the use of hands-on exercises and workshops. Both employee and management classes are available.
Some of the more common topics covered include: hazard communication, personal protective equipment, respiratory protection, confined space entry, ergonomics, bloodborne pathogens and noise and hearing conservation.
IBT has also presented specific safety-related management awareness courses such as “How to Conduct Effective Safety Meetings”.
Individual Written Program Development
IBT Safety can develop written compliance programs for all areas of OSHA and MSHA compliance. OSHA requires written programs to be site-specific.
Each document IBT Safety prepares complies with regulatory requirements and is very specific to the facility for which it was developed.
These programs are documented in an easy-to-follow bulleted format that make them very “user-friendly.”
Having IBT Safety develop individual programs saves the customer time and money. It also helps to assure that all regulatory requirements for written compliance programs are met.
Safety Program Manuals & Employee Safety Handbooks
IBT Safety has a unique design for a comprehensive safety and health manual. It is combined with employee requirements in a safety handbook. The manuals and handbooks can be printed with customer logos and delivered in a completed manual and handbook form – as well as in an electronic version for printing by the customer.
The process is based on a site-specific questionnaire that is completed by the customer, with the assistance of an IBT Safety consultant. The questionnaire contains pertinent questions specific to regulatory requirements for a written compliance program.
Using the questionnaire information, IBT Safety prepares an easy to read program manual.
The employee safety program requirements are then “extracted” from the program manual and formatted into a handbook for use by all employees. This minimizes employees being overwhelmed with complete program requirements and allows them to focus only on the areas for which they are responsible.
IBT Safety performs qualitative and quantitative respirator fit-testing. IBT Safety also provides training for respirator users. This training can be provided in a classroom with hands-on exercises for large groups or we can provide one-on-one training for each user during the actual fit-test.
IBT Safety provides documentation of fit for both quantitative and qualitative fit-tests. Quantitative fit-tests are computer generated while the qualitative test is generated manually.
Qualitative fit-testing is performed using irritant smoke, isoamyl acetate (banana oil) or Bitrex.
Quantitative fit-testing uses a Portacount Plus 8020 Condensation Nuclei Particle Counter. This device generates a report documenting fit factors for each individual respirator.
Qualitative fit-tests are subjective. Quantitative fit-tests are objective and include necessary documentation to verify appropriate fit of the respirator.
IBT Safety performs various medical surveillance services. Many of these services are required by law for employers who have operations which potentially expose employees to various hazardous materials.
Included in these services are pulmonary function tests for respirator users, audiometric exams (hearing tests), pre-employment screening and physicals as well as physical exams for asbestos and HazMat team members.
IBT Safety also offers a screening service for employees potentially exposed to heavy metals such as lead and cadmium.
These services can be conducted with a mobile van that literally pulls up to the customers “front door” to provide these services.
In addition to hearing tests, IBT Safety conducts in-plant monitoring services such as noise mapping and personal dosimetry. Noise mapping is required in many industrial facilities.
If employees are exposed to 85 decibels and above on a time-weighted average, OSHA law requires that employers have a written hearing conservation program. OSHA law also requires mandatory hearing protection when documented levels of noise are 90 decibels or above.
Noise mapping is performed using a sound level meter to document various levels of noise throughout the plant. This information is then “mapped out” to document these levels for future reference. IBT Safety performs personal dosimetry by placing a dosimeter on individual employees for an entire workshift. This process documents 8 hour time-weighted average noise exposures. Monitoring will help customers determine areas where hearing protection is mandatory, or in many cases “not required.”
Air Monitoring for Contaminants
IBT Safety can sample the air in a plant or office. In many facilities, the use of chemicals or other airborne substances can violate OSHA standards and other guidelines and expose employees to hazardous levels of air contaminants.
Air quality can be monitored two ways: with direct reading instruments or lab-supported media.
Direct reading instruments allow IBT Safety to quickly determine if there is a problem in a given area.
However, OSHA requires lab-supported sampling to document actual employee exposure to air contaminants. IBT Safety conducts this check over the period of an entire workshift. Test media are collected at the end of the session and sent to an accredited lab for analysis.
The analytical results are used to calculate actual time-weighted employee exposures.
These exposures are then compared to OSHA standards and other guidelines to determine if employees are exposed to hazardous levels of air contaminants.
IBT Safety conducts indoor air quality (IAQ) evaluations in office environments, monitoring for specific contaminants of concern, such as carbon dioxide, ozone, mold etc.
Based on occupancy and business activities, IBT Safety also evaluates ventilation systems to determine whether copntrols are designed into a building.
OSHA regulations are open to interpretation. When companies need an outside opinion on what OSHA or other regulatory standards mean, they call on IBT Safety. Many of our consultants have extensive experience as instructors at the OSHA Education Center in Kansas City.
Expert Witness and Testimony
IBT Safety can provide expert witness and testimony for legal matters involving safety and health.
IBT Safety consultants have provided expert assistance for both the plaintiff and the defendant.
When serious accidents occur in industry, proper investigation is part of the process that helps prevent recurrences. IBT Safety consultants work to pinpoint both the direct and indirect causes of industrial accidents.
The investigative process includes spending time on-site – evaluating physical equipment, checking written procedures and probing employee actions – to determine the “true” cause of the accident.
Documentation created includes detailed photographs, either 35mm or digital. Direct interviewing of witnesses also helps obtain key information.
At the end of the investigation, a final report with both findings and recommendations is delivered to the customer.
IBT Safety consultants provide an objective review of all safety activities on particular construction projects. Independent safety oversight is essential for this industry.
Many of our customers understand the benefit of this service. They use Owner-Controlled Insurance Programs (OCIPs) and Contractor-Controlled Insurance Programs (CCIPs). Working with IBT Safety allows them to minimize accidents and/or injuries and obtain reduced insurance rates.
IBT Safety provides oversight at MSHA regulated surface and underground mine sites. These projects generally use an independent resource to oversee “project safety” and IBT Safety has frequently been that resource.
IBT Safety also performs oversight by making regularly scheduled site inspections during long-term construction projects. We have provided this service as on multi-year construction projects as well as for small industrial projects such as assembly line rebuilds.
Voluntary Protection Program Support
Facilities with exemplary safety and health programs can apply for the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) through their regional OSHA office. Only about 1,000 facilities across the country have qualified for VPP.
The process is very comprehensive and takes an in-depth look at nineteen different areas of a safety program. Customers passing OSHA’s critique are exempted from on-site OSHA inspections for three years.
There are three levels of participation: Merit, Demonstration and Star. Companies who qualify receive a VPP flag during a ceremony that honors their inclusion in the program. IBT Safety supports these efforts by helping customers implement safety and health programs and by providing a full range of the other services.
We also conduct pre-OSHA visit evaluations. These help customers determine if they are prepared for the rigorous week-long OSHA evaluation. IBT Safety offers management and employee training about the OSHA inspection process and policy and program implementation, as well.
IBT Safety also participates and assists clients during the week-long OSHA evaluation.
IBT Safety offers programs to reduce the potential for Cumulative Trauma Disorders (CTDs) or Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSIs) in the workplace. These problems are a major contributor to the sharp increase in workers’ compensation costs faced by many employers.
We also help customers develop and implement a complete “Ergonomics” program to reduce the potential for CTDs. Strong ergonomic programs reduce the cost of work place injuries tremendously.
IBT Safety’s assistance includes a written ergonomic program, individual job analysis, ergonomic training for management and employees, early return to work programs and pre-employment testing.