From chemical exposures to safety training, we’ve got you covered.
Physical & Chemical Hazard Exposures
Quantification and analysis of toxicants radiation or noise through approved sampling methods. We can provide strategies for removal, control or abatement of:
- Hydrogen Sulfide
- Benzene (BTEX)
- Industrial Noise
- Respirable Crystalline Silica
Respirable Crystalline Silica
Hicks Health & Safety has worked in various capacities with the NIOSH in their Field Effort to Assess Chemical Exposure Risks to Gas and Oil Workers that thrust silica into the spotlight as a hazard during hydraulic fracturing activities at well sites. We have characterized the efficacy of various engineering controls aimed at reducing respirable dust and thereby worker exposures to silica. In addition, HHS personnel have collected personal breathing zone samples from many of these workers.
Handing proppant (sand) on a well site can result in a significant health hazard to workers and requires attention. OSHA has recognized this and has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that outlines the proposed requirements of this new workplace standard that include a much lower permissible exposure limit. Let HHS personnel help you solve this complex issue by offering silica-specific hazard training to your personnel, helping you define access control zones, or by characterizing worker exposures.
Process Safety Management (PSM)
Hicks Health & Safety believes that PSM is a key strategy in controlling hazards at oil & gas facilities and has been functioning as hazard Prevention Through Design (PtD) in the industry long before the phrase was coined. PSM program development is a specialty of HHS such that we do one or all of the following for our clients:
- Work with design engineering organizations to ensure required process safety information (PSI) is developed and handed over to the client;
- Conduct process hazards analysis (PHA) for new facilities or portions of facilities, or revalidate older facilities. HHS typically employs the hazards and operability methodology and may use others depending on client needs;
- Implement or coordinate management of change (MOC) evaluations as project design changes occur, train client personnel how to do so, and/or establish a workflow and associated tracking to ensure that approval and action item closure occurs;
- Conduct pre-startup safety reviews (PSSR) as part of commissioning activities at client facilities;
- Develop mechanical integrity (MI) programs that include appropriate process equipment, recurring inspection dates, and preventative maintenance procedures. HHS staffs API 510/570 inspectors to assist with pressure vessels and piping systems, and uses recognized and generally accepted good engineering practices (RAGAGEP) as published by the API, NFPA, or ASME. We can integrate any part of this program with existing client work order software as needed;
- Develop emergency response plans consistent with client philosophy (responding or non-responding). HHS offers training to HAZWOPER First Responder Operations to integrate with the client plan.
- Conduct incident investigations of process upsets, releases, or fires;
- Conduct compliance audits of PSM facilities reviewing the client program against the OSHA standard and RAGAGEP;
- Complete EPA Risk Management Plan (RMP) submissions for Program 1, 2, or 3 facilities;
With the appropriate client interest, HHS can stand up your PSM program, train your personnel, and transfer it to you for years of quality operations and reduced operating risk.
Confined Space Entry Supervision
Confined space entry for vessel inspection and corrosion monitoring is a critical element of any facility mechanical integrity program. Hicks Health & Safety manages Confined Space Permits, attendant duties, air monitoring, ventilation for many clients during plant turnarounds and other planned maintenance activities. In addition, we provide Confined Space Rescue services that include entry and non-entry rescue, extrication, and patient movement to safe location for transportation off site, should the need occur. HHS has a staff comprised of High Angle Rescue / Paramedic personnel that have the equipment and capability to support a multi-person retrieval under supplied air.
Health & Safety Training
Training on any HSE subject matter and development of customized training videos and interactive materials to meet business needs. Example Subjects include:
- Hydrogen sulfide safety
- Fire extinguisher / fire protection
- Hearing conservation
- Respiratory protection
- Confined space attendant / entrant / supervisor / permit writer
- Hot work
- Chemical process safety / process safety management
- Emergency response / action plan
- Handling benzene or other workplace toxicants
Work Culture Survey & Analysis
Identify organizational issues which predispose employees to injury, develop improvement plans, and assist with ongoing monitoring and implementation to proactively reduce injury risks, improve employee perceptions/attitudes, and to retain talent.
Facility or Work Processes Design / Redesign
Evaluate systems and provide strategy for preventing future or further employee injury, illness or property loss by applying human ergonomics, fire prevention, and ventilation principles.
Health & Safety Program Management & Support
Complete or partial safety program management which can include:
- A complete outsourced health and safety program or process
- Gap analysis of current safety program for compliance with current industry or employment regulations
- Accurate root cause incident investigations forcing on future prevention
- Loss control and injury prevention based on history (OSHA 300 Log, etc.)
- Organizing elements of a successful PSM Program (including PHA)
- Direct on-site support of high hazard jobs