Hazard Communication

By | Safety | No Comments

In the construction industry, one of the top 10 OSHA violations is Hazard Communication.

Failure to recognize hazards, and demonstrate safe practices associated with chemicals can cause serious injuries for yourself, co-workers, and any individual around that area.

Improper practices can lead to chemical burns, respiratory problems, fires and explosions.

To Prevent Incidents:

  • Store chemicals safely and securely.
  • Maintain a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for each chemical in the facility and train employees on how to read and use them.
    • Global Harmonization Systems (GHS) internationally categorize chemicals. The GHS includes classification of health, physical and environmental hazards, specifies what information should be on the labels of hazardous chemicals, and safety data sheets. This information is required to readily accessible to employees in languages and/or formats that are clearly understood by all personnel.
  • Follow manufacturer’s SDS instructions for handling hazardous chemicals, and keep them updated as new procedures are published.
  • Provide spill clean-up kits where chemicals are stored and have written spill control plans.
    • Train employees on how to clean up spills, protect themselves and properly dispose of the used materials.
  • Provide proper personal protective equipment and enforce its use.

 

The Hazard Communication program was designed to keep our employee safe and healthy.

Chemical Management for Schools

By | Indoor Environmental Quality, Safety | No Comments

Improper chemical management poses health and safety risks to everyone in schools. While anyone can be effected, health, learning, and behavior risks to students are of primary concern. Children are more vulnerable than adults to chemical hazards because their bodies are still developing.

Health risks aren’t the only risks involved with improper chemical management in schools.

The expenses of improper chemical management can be hundreds of thousands of dollars or more for just a single school. Spills and other incidents are not only costly, but pose potential liabilities and lawsuits. Improper chemical waste management can result in fines, increased insurance premiums, and inflict damage upon the environment. If chemicals contaminate sanitary sewer lines or on-site waste treatment systems, rivers, streams, and groundwater can be poisoned. Spills to the ground can result in considerable remediation costs. While water is first and foremost thought of after a chemical spill, spills can also pollute the air.

Improper chemical management doesn’t only effect people physically.

It only takes one chemical incident to break the trust with the community. School incidents can lead to increased parental and community concern, and embarrassment to the school and school district. This in turn can create negative publicity both locally and nationally.

Lastly, improper chemical management can result in school closures, and that results in a loss of valuable education.

 

Hazardous chemicals aren’t always just laboratory chemicals for science.

Other examples are:

  • Art supplies – paints, stains, inks, glazes, photo processing chemicals
  • Cleaning products, pesticides, fertilizers, and de-icers
  • Solvents, fuels, degreasers, lubricants, oils, antifreeze, adhesives
  • Water treatment chemicals for drinking water and swimming

 

One of the best ways to avoid workplace confusion and prevent chemical incidents is to establish a Global Harmonization System (GHS). These include identifications of all chemicals present in the school, information on proper labeling and storage, potential hazards, and safety procedures for the use, transport, and disposal of chemicals. This chemical inventory also lists the quantities and locations that can be used to reduce the costs when purchasing so no excess chemicals are ordered. Perhaps most importantly, a GHS serves as a reference for school and emergency personnel in the event of an emergency caused by a chemical.

Are you the “AHERA Designated Person”?

By | Asbestos, Safety | No Comments

Are you the “AHERA Designated Person”?

Then you’re in charge of implementing an Asbestos Management Plan.

 

Public school districts and non-profit schools for grades K-12 are required to develop, maintain and update Asbestos Management Plans. These plans document asbestos response actions, locations of the asbestos within schools, and any action taken to repair and remove the material.

Records must be maintained in the Asbestos Management Plan.

The records listed below are required by the EPA to be in the Asbestos Management Plan.

  • Name and address of each school building and whether the building has asbestos-containing building material (ACBM), and the type of asbestos-containing material (ACM).
  • Date of the original school inspection
  • Plan for re-inspections
  • Blueprints that clearly identifies the locations of ACBM that remains in the school
  • Description of any response action or preventive measures taken to reduce asbestos exposure
  • Copy of the analysis of any building, and the name and address of any laboratory that sampled the material
  • Name, address, and telephone number of the “AHERA Designated Person” to ensure the duties of the school district or non-profit private school are carried out
  • Description of steps taken to inform workers, teachers, and students or their legal guardians about inspections, re-inspections, response actions, and periodic surveillance

Powerful Solutions for Busting Stress!

By | Indoor Environmental Quality | No Comments

Are you busting your hump trying to balance your life – juggling work, family, relationships, community obligations, yearning for time to relax, but finding even vacations aren’t much relief from the stress?

Are job or relationship stressors taking a toll on your health, affecting your sleep, your digestion, joints, attitude or peace of mind?

Living paycheck to paycheck, on the brink of financial disaster, constantly in a cycle of financial stress?

Do you feel no matter what you do it seems like you’re always treading water?

What if..

..you could find ways to cope with stress, no matter the circumstance, by using the power of your mind, by becoming more aware of your environment, learning tips and hacks you can use at home or at work, and by understanding how your body can better manage stress?

And what if these strategies and recommendations would be natural, safe, and effective with only positive side effects – does that sound like something that would interest you?

If that’s you, you’re in the right place!!

YOU ARE NOW ENTERING A STRESS FREE ZONE!

Mark your calendars for this first ever community event to empower individuals and communities with strategies for busting stress and improving physical, emotional and spiritual health.

Come learn about

  • Hacks for Busting Money, Job and Relationship Stress
  • How to Change your Money Paradigm
  • How Stress affects your Feet
  • Stress Busting Essential Oils and Aromatherapy
  • How Your Environment affects Your Health

You’ll have access to experts and coaches in various fields to guide you, teach you and connect with you to help you find healthier, natural, safer ways to cope with the stressors of life.

We’ll explore the power of your mind, aromatherapy, reflexology, natural medicine, and environmental health.

For the typical cost of an hour of coaching, you’ll get an entire day of workshops, talks and demonstrations to start new practices immediately. AND the price includes lunch!

Register by Sept 15 and save with an early bird discount!

Get ready to BUST the stress!

We are the Natural Solutions Group. Learn more about us at www.naturalsolutionsgroup.com and on Facebook at Natural Solutions Group to learn about more upcoming events to help you deal with one of the most common, yet health busting challenges known to modern society…

STRESS.

Work For Us!

By | Baxter Group, Inc. | No Comments

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.

Aspergillosis in Dogs

By | Indoor Air Quality, Mold | No Comments

You may have just seen the Aspergillus info card we posted last Wednesday. So, you may know that Aspergillus is a common mold in the environment. While we know mold affects humans, you may not have known that it affects your dogs as well.

Aspergillosis is an opportunistic fungal infection.

The two types of Aspergillus infections are nasal and disseminated. The nasal version is most common in dogs with a more elongated snout such as a German Shepherd.

The nasal version occurs when a dog sniffs an area where the spores of Aspergillus is present.

Symptoms of the nasal version include:

  • Sneezing
  • Bleeding from the nose
  • Ulcers at the tip of the nose
  • Pawing at or rubbing the nose
  • Swollen nose
  • Loss of appetite
  • Long-term nasal discharge from the nose
    • Can contain mucus, blood or pus

Fungal infections commonly go to the lungs.

Disseminated aspergillosis is when the infection spreads from the nasal cavity into the rest of the body.

These symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Spinal pain and lameness
    • This can cause inflammation of the dog’s bones and bone marrow.

Dogs with immunodeficiency are at higher risk.