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Work For Us!

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Baxter Group, Inc. is currently seeking qualified, hard-working candidates to fill open positions for skilled carpenters and construction/general laborers. Details of the job responsibilities and candidate qualifications can be found on the Employment page of our website. Interested applicants should submit their resume via the contact form on the employment page, email or fax.

Please do not call the main office number with questions about available employment. All inquiries regarding employment opportunities should be directed to our Office Manager.

An Invisible Cause of Lung Cancer

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A cancer-causing radioactive gas that comes from the soil and can seep into any type of building- house, office, school, hospital, etc.…It can get in through cracks in solid floors and walls, construction joints, gaps in suspended floors and around service pipes, cavities inside walls and even in the water supply.

It is found all over the United States, but areas are broken into three zones measured in picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L).

  • Zone 1 Highest Potential (greater than 4 pCi/L)
  • Zone 2 Moderate Potential (from 2 to 4 pCi/L)
  • Zone 3 Low Potential (less than 2 pCi/L)

No level of radon is safe, but anything above 4 pCi/L needs to be mitigated. Franklin County, PA and the immediate surrounding counties are all in Zone 1 meaning those counties have the highest radon exposure risk.

 

However, if your next-door neighbor’s house tests at 27 pCi/L, your home could test at 36 pCi/L or it could test 2 pCi/L. Many factors play a part in radon levels. The building structure, the wind, how much uranium is in the soil, rocks or water etc…

 

Just because the surrounding area tests high doesn’t mean your house will test high.

 

But the only way to know is to test.

Asbestos: Do, Don’t & Training

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Workers involved in construction, renovation or demolition have a high risk of being exposed to asbestos-containing materials (ACM).

Some of these materials include:

  • Insulation
  • Vinyl floor tiles and adhesives
  • Roofing and siding shingles
  • Hot water and steam pipes coated with asbestos material or covered with an asbestos blanket or tape

While the construction workplace has regulations to protect the workers, those in a maintenance or custodial position may not know what to do if they accidentally disturb ACM.

The EPA offers three types of training for those who do not typically work with asbestos.

 

Type 1: Awareness Training

This training is for maintenance and custodial staff involved in cleaning tasks where ACM may be accidentally disturbed. It is two hours and the topics may include:

  • Background information on asbestos
  • Health effects
  • Worker protection programs
  • Locations of ACM in the building
  • Recognition of ACM damage and deterioration
  • The operations and maintenance program for that building.

 

Type 2: Special Operations and Maintenance Training

This training is for maintenance staff involved in general maintenance and ACM repair. This class is generally at least 14 hours because it involves more detailed discussions of the topics in the Awareness Training along with more complex information such as:

  • Federal, state, and local asbestos regulations
  • Proper asbestos-related work practices
  • Descriptions of the proper methods of handling and disposal of ACM
  • Respirator use, care, and fit-testing
  • Protective clothing donning, use, and handling
  • Hands-on exercises for techniques such as glovebag work and HEPA vacuum use and maintenance
  • Appropriate and proper worker decontamination procedures.

 

Type 3: Abatement Worker Training

This training is for workers who work directly with ACM. These courses range in from 32 to 40 hours. Abatement worker training addresses a variety of specialized topics such as:

  • Pre-asbestos abatement work activities
  • Work area preparation
  • Establishing decontamination units
  • Personal protection, including respirator selection, use, fit-testing, and protective clothing
  • Worker decontamination procedures
  • Safety considerations in the abatement work area
  • A series of practical hands-on exercises
  • Proper handling and disposal of ACM wastes.

The EPA lists a few Do’s and Don’ts:

DO 

  • Do leave undamaged asbestos-containing materials alone.
  • Do keep activities to a minimum in any areas having damaged material that may contain asbestos, including limiting children’s access to any materials that may contain asbestos.
  • Do take every precaution to avoid damaging asbestos-containing material.

DON’T

  • Don’t dust, sweep, or vacuum debris that may contain asbestos.
  • Don’t saw, sand, scrape, or drill holes in ACM.
  • Don’t use abrasive pads or brushes on power strippers to strip wax from asbestos flooring. Never use a power stripper on flooring that may contain asbestos.
  • Don’t sand or try to level asbestos flooring or its backing. When asbestos flooring needs replacing install new floor covering over it, if possible.
  • Don’t track material that could contain asbestos through the house or building. If you cannot avoid walking through the area, have it cleaned with a wet mop. If the material is from a damaged area or if a large area must be cleaned, contact an asbestos professional.

Baxter Group, Inc. Expansion

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Environmental company grows in response to the community’s needs

Baxter Group, Inc. is bursting at the seams after acquisition of the basement waterproofing company, Steven E. Jaymes Contracting, expanding the BGI Radon division, adding a new Indoor Environmentalist, and joining forces with a local HVAC company to improve the indoor air quality of their clients. When Jocelyne Melton, Owner and CEO of Baxter Group, Inc., heard that Steve Jaymes, a long-time friend and owner of Steven E. Jaymes Contracting, was going to retire, she immediately approached him to inquire about his plans for the business. Both parties agreed that the acquisition of Steven’s home improvement company by Baxter Group, Inc. couldn’t have been matched more perfectly. The addition of assets owned by Steven E. Jaymes Contracting to Baxter Group, Inc.’s existing resources allows the company to further accomplish their client’s needs by making more solutions available to the community. Some of the additional resources gained by Baxter Group, Inc. through the acquisition of Steven E. Jaymes Contracting include:

  • Waterproofing
  • Wall stabilization
  • Renovations
  • Home and building improvements

“We’ve been working together for a decade and have been friends for even longer. That made this venture even more exciting.” – Jocelyne Melton, Owner & CEO of Baxter Group, Inc.

Baxter Group, Inc. has also embarked on another new partnership and Building Performance Analyst, Patrick Aaron of Total Comfort, Inc., has agreed to join forces with the company to improve the indoor air quality throughout the community. After working on several projects together, Jocelyne and Patrick realized they share similar values and a strong passion for maintaining the cleanliness of the environment in which we live and breathe. Patrick Aaron stated, “Teaming with Baxter Group, Inc. provides us with the opportunity to better serve our customers. By taking a more holistic approach to a home’s indoor air quality and HVAC systems, we aim to create a much healthier and comfortable living space.” Clients are benefiting tremendously from the expanded knowledge base used in helping to identify problem areas, as well as create solutions for their indoor environmental needs.

Both residential and commercial Clients have the option of receiving a free consultation with Jocelyne Melton and Patrick Aaron to determine the best resolution for their issues.

These free consultations include:

  • In-Depth environmental investigations, testing, and remediation services
  • Recommended changes to existing HVAC systems
  • Products recommended for improving indoor air quality

Baxter Group, Inc. would like to welcome our new Indoor Environmentalist, Jason Young. His background and experience takes our indoor environmental division to a whole new level. Jason has almost 20 years of experience with indoor environmental quality and air filtration. He’s tested emission sources in oil refineries, trash to steam facilities, medical waste facilities, printing facilities etc.…

He’s tested and certified entire production facilities mostly in the Semi-conductor or pharmaceutical industries, has performed HEPA filter leak testing, Laboratory Fume hood testing, Laminar flow device and Biological Safety Cabinet testing and certification.

Jason is here to help with all your indoor environmental quality needs. He’ll work with you to identify the problem and provide the proper remediation resources.

Services offered:

  • Global Harmonization Establishment and Maintenance
  • Odor Investigations
  • Comprehensive Indoor Air Quality Assessments
  • Testing for TVOCs, PCBs, formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, dichloroethene (ethylidene chloride), carbon tetrachloride, asphalt fumes, ammonia, ethanol, nicotine, new rug odor, total petroleum hydrocarbons, silica, endotoxins, mycotoxins, PCR – ERMI, bacteria, and so much more.
  • Dust Sampling
  • Drinking Water Analysis
  • Testing for Sick Building Syndrome
  • HVAC Cleanliness Inspections
  • Preventative Maintenance Programs

While the collaboration ventures were in the works, spring rolled in and the home-buying season took off. Baxter Group, Inc. has now begun working on new construction projects as an addition to the company’s existing radon measurement and mitigation services already being provided to both residential and commercial clients.

The rapid expansion of Baxter Group, Inc.’s radon division was proving to be quite overwhelming for the staff and the addition of personnel dedicated to the division was necessary for ensuring that the company was able to continue delivering quality customer service to their clients. Our client’s loyalty has allowed Baxter Group, Inc.’s radon division to double in size over the past three years.

Jarret Rine and Alex Cox have joined Baxter Group, Inc.’s radon division as part of the field crew, while new employee, Mark Delaney, manages the administration. This group of individuals work hard daily to extinguish all client concerns regarding the presence of radon within their homes and or businesses, while providing top-notch customer service that is nothing short of exceptional.

Baxter Group, Inc. sends a huge “thank you” to each one of its employees dedicated to ensuring the success of the company’s radon division for surviving an incredibly overwhelming transition period, and to each and every one of our clients. We appreciate the support we received from everyone during this painful, yet exciting growth period and we look forward to providing our clients with the highest quality service for many years to come.

An Introduction to GHS

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Global Harmonization System of the Classification and Labeling of Chemicals


 

GHS is an international effort to comprise a standard format for classifying hazardous chemicals.

GHS defines and classifies the hazards of chemical products, providing consistent health and safety information on labels and safety data sheets. GHS covers all physically, environmentally and health hazardous chemicals in the workplace, transport, consumer products, pesticides and pharmaceuticals.

 

The following is a breakdown of the classes of hazards in each group.

Physical

  • Explosives.
  • Flammable gases.
  • Aerosols.
  • Oxidizing gases.
  • Gases under pressure.
  • Flammable liquids.
  • Flammable solids.
  • Self-reactive substances and mixtures.
  • Pyrophoric liquids.
  • Pyrophoric solids.
  • Self-heating substances and mixtures.
  • Substances and mixtures which, in contact with water, emit flammable gases.
  • Oxidizing liquids.
  • Oxidizing solids.
  • Organic peroxides.
  • Corrosive to metals.

Health

  • Acute toxicity.
  • Skin corrosion/irritation.
  • Serious eye damage/eye irritation.
  • Respiratory or skin sensitization.
  • Germ cell mutagenicity.
  • Carcinogenicity.
  • Reproductive toxicity.
  • Specific target organ toxicity – single exposure.
  • Specific target organ toxicity – repeated exposure.
  • Aspiration hazard.

Environment

  • Hazardous to the aquatic environment (acute and chronic).
  • Hazardous to the ozone layer.

By using a universal format, it promotes regulatory efficiency and better emergency response to chemical incidents, reduces cost, facilitates trade, encourages safe transport, handling, use and disposal of chemicals, eases compliance, and reduces the need for animal testing.

For more information on Global Harmonization, view the Official Publication of the GHS.

To have your current Global Harmonization System updated, visit Baxter Group, Inc’s Indoor Environmental Department or call 717-263-7341.

Introducing Jason Young, Indoor Environmentalist

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Baxter Group, Inc. welcomes our new Indoor Environmentalist, Jason Young.

Baxter Group, Inc. welcomes our new Indoor Environmentalist, Jason Young. With nearly 20 years of experience with indoor environmental quality and air filtration, Jason takes our indoor environmental division to a whole new level. He’s tested emission sources in oil refineries, trash to steam facilities, medical waste facilities, printing facilities etc.…

He’s tested and certified entire production facilities mostly in the Semi-conductor or pharmaceutical industries, has performed HEPA filter leak testing, Laboratory Fume hood testing, Laminar flow device and Biological Safety Cabinet testing and certification.

Jason is here to help with all your indoor environmental quality needs. He’ll work with you to identify the problem and provide the proper remediation resources.

Services we offer:

  • Global Harmonization Establishment and Maintenance
  • Odor Investigations
  • Comprehensive Indoor Air Quality Assessments
  • Testing for TVOCs, PCBs, formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, dichloroethene (ethylidene chloride), carbon tetrachloride, asphalt fumes, ammonia, ethanol, nicotine, new rug odor, total petroleum hydrocarbons, silica, endotoxins, mycotoxins, PCR – ERMI, bacteria, and so much more.
  • Dust Sampling
  • Drinking Water Analysis
  • Testing for Sick Building Syndrome
  • HVAC Cleanliness Inspections
  • Preventative Maintenance Programs