Health & Safety Compliance Audits & Technical Support for U.S. Treated-Wood Provider

This confidential client is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of treated-wood products. EHS Support was retained to perform comprehensive health and safety (H&S) compliance audits at eight facilities throughout the United States. The assessments evaluated compliance with federal, state, and local H&S laws and regulations. The audits were conducted in accordance with the client’s Auditing & Inspection Policy and focused on the following H&S compliance topics:

·        Medical Services and First Aid

·        Access to Employee Exposure and Medical Records

·        Noise

·        Control of Hazardous Energy

·        Personal Protective Equipment

·        Respiratory Protection

·        Emergency Action

·        HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations & Emergency Response)

·        Fire Prevention

·        Ladder Safety

·        Asbestos

·        Walking-Working Surfaces

·        Materials Handling and Storage

·        Powered Industrial Trucks

·        Fall Protection

·        Cranes

·        Welding, Cutting, and Brazing

·        Hazardous Materials

·        Electrical

·        Hazard Communication

·        Bloodborne Pathogens

·        Confined Space

·        Hand and Power Tools

·        Fall Protection

·        Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Recordkeeping

Each site audit consisted of the following activities to gather audit evidence:

  • Pre-audit preparation/document review
  • Site visits, comprised of an opening meeting, site inspection (tour), interviews, file/document review, and closing meeting
  • Audit evidence evaluation
  • Audit report preparation

EHS Support’s audits identified compliance risks at the subject properties. The audit information helped the client evaluate the business risks associated with H&S compliance liabilities, which allowed for strategic decision making and corrective actions to protect the company from potential regulatory compliance issues.

EHS Support was later retained to provide technical H&S support and industrial hygiene services. The scope of work consisted of the development and implementation of H&S programs such as job safety analyses (JSAs), lockout/tagout, and confined-space procedures. Improvement in compliance included machine guarding, fall protection, and electrical safety. Employees were also evaluated for exposure to chemicals and noise.

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