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Hiring – Industrial Hygienist Project Manager

EHSI is seeking a skilled Project Manager who has proven experience successfully managing a variety of types of project work including field investigations, industrial hygiene and environmental assessments, studies involving regulatory research and compliance audits, asbestos and lead-based paint surveys, site characterizations, and environmental sampling of air, soil, sediments and water for organic and inorganic contaminants.

The Project Manager will assist with consulting functions including EPA/AHERA building inspections, AHERA Project Design, supervision of abatement contractors, and supervising the collection of air samples, indoor air quality investigations, composition of reports, and hazardous material abatement drawings and specifications.

The successful candidate for this role will have 5+ years of experience, including 1-2 of those years managing projects and working directly with clients.

Candidate must be a United States citizen. Strong project management skills, attention to detail, and in-depth knowledge of EPA AHERA and Washington State asbestos regulations and protocols are mandatory.

EHSI is a recognized leader in the field of hazardous materials, environmental remediation, and industrial hygiene consulting services throughout the Pacific Northwest. Established in 1996 in the Seattle area, led by senior professionals, each with more than 20 years’ experience in their respective disciplines. These individuals are noted by our many public sector clients for providing excellent service and an in-depth knowledge of hazardous materials management and the technical regulations governing environmental contaminants and concerns.

Our primary market sector is public agencies, comprising approximately 80% of all projects, with work being performed either directly for the agency or for their architects, engineers, or contractors. EHSI performs all aspects of work related to hazardous materials management services, including: surveys for asbestos, lead-based paint, PCBs, mercury lamps, and other regulated materials; design for abatement and development of bid specifications; abatement oversight, air monitoring, site clearance, and close-out; and regulatory liaison with the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries and Department of Ecology.

Our environmental consulting services include all aspects of assessment and remediation from initial Transaction Screens, Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments, remediation design and implementation, UST closure and remediation, subsurface investigations, and vapor intrusion to close-out and “No Further Action” designations. Our industrial hygiene consulting services include worker exposure monitoring, indoor air quality investigations, health and safety plans, third party monitoring and clearance testing, fume hood testing and decommissioning, moisture intrusion investigations, and indoor air quality testing for LEED IEQ criteria.

Beware! Improper Treatment for Mold Can Lead to Plumbing Failure

With the rainy season knocking on our door, it is important to make certain construction sites and building materials─wood and plastic alike─are ready for the impending wet weather. Its impacts to building materials can result in fungal growth issues, including toxic molds.

Traditional responses to mitigating fungal growth during construction have involved the use of anti-microbial solutions to clean surfaces. However, as newer plastic polymer plumbing components have become more prevalent in the construction industry, plumbing manufacturers are becoming more aware of potential incompatibilities between their materials and the antifungal solutions commonly used for mold cleanup. These compatibility issues can lead to warranty questions down the road for plumbing companies and general contractors.

To be sure, some plumbing components have pre-existing issues with things like light sensitivity, chlorine in drinking water, permeability, chemical leaching, and dezincification. As plumbing components in existing buildings reach the end of their lifetimes, manufacturers also are becoming aware of premature failures that are being attributed to the use of anti-microbials and other chemicals applied around the plastic polymers used for plumbing.

Industrial Hygienists with EHSI and SoundEarth Strategies can help our clients get in front of these issues by devising recommendations for plumbing-friendly biocides that are compatible with plumbing components already in place or those being suggested for a new construction project.

Contact us today to learn more.

Bacteria in Artificial Turf

Ever played a sport on a synthetic turf field? These sporting staples can make for an incredible playing field, but they can also harbor some nasty bacteria. On average, the lifespan of a turf playing field is about 8 years; factors that influence this lifespan include whether the turf is indoors or outdoors and how it’s maintained.

Turf fields are designed to look like grass and infilled with rubber granules. Maintaining turf fields is as much an art as a science, with careful grooming of the infill, and often use of commercial biocides. Field turf can provide many benefits, such as a consistent playing surface in all weather, but it’s also difficult to fully clean. In general, outdoor turf contains less bacteria than indoor surfaces, because the elements and UV rays can breakdown surface bacteria.

A 2013 study out of Webber State University titled “Determination of Microbial Populations of Synthetic Turf Systems” found that in a 14-week sampling period through late summer and fall of football season, a six-year-old turf system had as many as a 104 increase in microbial populations to year old turf. The highest bacterial counts for both one-year-old and six-year-old turf were found at the sidelines. Salt-tolerant bacteria were found in high numbers, indication potential staphylococci (Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis are both commonly found on human skin but can cause opportunistic infections under the right conditions. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is found on approximately 3% of people within the general population, but can cause severe illnesses when introduced through abrasions, broken skin, or even through contact with contaminated water bottles or equipment).

EHSI has industrial hygienists on staff with the microbiological training necessary to assess synthetic turf bacteria (typically through taking samples of infill). There are different types of tests that can be performed based upon the needs of the client. In addition to baseline testing of field turf to determine bacterial load, if a client is using a commercial biocide to regulate their bacterial growth, EHSI can test before and after application to measure effectiveness of the protocol. EHSI can also review any biocides, making certain the chemicals applied are not harmful to the planet or users.