In addition to the traditional role of an industrial hygienist performing on-site monitoring of worker exposures and using the collected data to determine engineering controls and protective equipment needed to safeguard the health, safety and well-being of a worker, we also apply a multi-disciplinary approach to the solution of building and industrial problems.
When we are asked to investigate a problem such as mold, odor, indoor air quality or safety problems we bring not only industrial hygienists to bear, but also, as needed, engineering, architectural, materials science, and other professionals. This allows us to not only identify a problem, but also determine how to correct the precipitating cause, develop design and bidding documents, and oversee necessary remediation work.
When designing remediation projects that require enclosure, such as asbestos abatement projects, a negative pressure enclosure is necessary to prevent escape of fugitive emissions such as asbestos fibers. In simple situations, this can be accomplished with portable fan units. In more complex situations, such as in high rise buildings, or where operating equipment is involved, high or low temperatures, elevator or other shafts, we bring in the expertise of our mechanical engineering staff to participate in the design of the enclosure system. Where remediation will impact exiting and other fire safety issues in the building we use the appropriate professional, with the appropriate licensing, to resolve the issues, and assure safety for both the remediation workers and building occupants.