Featured Success Stories
In 2021, an animal hospital that services domestic animals for wellness and sick appointments, surgeries, and dog and cat teeth cleanings reached out to Massachusetts On-Site Consultation to get assistance with their safety and health program and to improve their safety culture. The health consultant conducted personal exposure monitoring for formaldehyde and isoflurane during three surgeries. The consultant found two personal exposures to isoflurane that exceeded the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Recommended Exposure Limit (REL) for halogenated anesthetic waste gases. On January 26, 2022, after the company installed an active scrubber system, Consultation returned to the clinic to complete repeated personal air sampling during three spays and one lumpectomy. The sampling results indicated that exposures had decreased from 5.6 ppm to 1.4 ppm, which is below the NIOSH REL of 2.0 ppm.
In 2021, the Nevada Safety Consultation and Training Sections (SCATS) applied for and received funding from the U.S. Department of Labor through the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021. These funds were to be used for activities aimed at protecting workers during the COVID-19 pandemic and the post-pandemic recovery period. With the funds awarded, Nevada SCATS purchased a soundproof broadcast booth to allow for online and hybrid classes to support their COVID-19 training and outreach campaign. Through May 25, 2022, SCATS has conducted 46 online training classes and has trained 864 students using the broadcast booth.
Boon Edam Manufacturing Inc. manufactures, installs, and services security entryway products such as turnstiles, revolving doors, gates, and circle locks (large revolving doors). Through subscribing to the North Carolina Department of Labor OSHA newsletter, the company was introduced to the North Carolina On-Site Consultation Program. Boon Edam had its first consultation visit in 2018 with follow up visits in 2020 and 2021. After an On-Site Consultation visit in December 2019, Boon Edam decided to set the goal of achieving Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) status. The company was recognized as a SHARP recipient at the end of 2021.
Federal OSHA promotes the annual national week-long event as a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about workplace safety and fall prevention. During the week of May 2-6, 2022, Cal/OSHA Consultation staff participated in events for the National Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction at various construction sites throughout California. Consultation spoke to job site employees at its Snapdragon Football Stadium Project in San Diego about Cal/OSHA’s role in protecting employees, helping employers control their risk, described the resources that are available to employers, and handed out Cal/OSHA’s Construction Pocket Guide.