Institutions

SERVICES OFFERED
  • Hazardous waste and hazardous materials management
  • Industrial, construction and laboratory safety
  • Infection Control Risk Assessments (ICRA)
  • Interim Life Safety Assessment
  • Environmental, Health & Safety Program Development & Audits
  • Emergency Response Planning
  • Fire Prevention and Planning
  • Mold, Lead, and Asbestos Inspections and Management Plans
  • Industrial Hygiene / Chemical Exposure Assessments
  • Environmental Compliance and Permitting
  • OSHA Compliance
  • Vapor Intrusion Investigations
  • Sustainability / Green Building Operational Practices
  • Water Quality Sampling

Environmental, Health and Safety for Institutions

Institutions, such as health care facilities (hospitals) and schools (universities and colleges) are often characterized as self-contained mini-cities that are a mix of workplaces, public and residential areas and commercial operations.  The work areas can include: utility operations, a wide range of maintenance activities, laboratory operations as well as staff work activities that service the mission of the institution.  To make the environmental and health and safety challenges greater, many of these institutions have evolved over many decades with a mix of buildings and infrastructure that are dated and fall short of meeting the environmental, health and safety standards found in buildings built today. The Emilcott team has significant experience performing audits, developing programs, providing training and working with government regulators.

Healthcare and hospital facilities

Hospitals and other healthcare facilities have unique needs when it comes to Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) requirements. The implementation of effective EHS)programs in a healthcare setting requires an understanding of the complexity of the issues facing these facilities. This requires a multi-disciplinary team approach, as any change to existing operations can impact technology and equipment, systems and processes, staff and patient safety and ultimately the quality of patient care. A multi-disciplinary team can involve Administration, Clinical Staff, Construction Managers, EHS Managers, Emergency Management, Engineering, Environmental Services, Infection Control and Maintenance Contractors all working together to maintain environmental compliance, occupational health and safety (OSHA) compliance, and Joint Commission accreditation.

Educational Institutions

Academic campuses are like small cities, complete with a wide variety of regulatory compliance issues. Power plants, vehicle maintenance garages, machine shops, paint shops, and facilities for wastewater treatment, solid waste storage and disposal can all be found on most college campuses. Many also have research laboratories and medical facilities housed in a condensed area with a mixed population of residents, employees and visitors. It is not unusual to find large construction projects underway, which bring contractors and heavy equipment into the picture. Proactive management of these issues can present significant EH&S challenges. The Emilcott team has been very effective in developing and implementing successful EHS programs at these academic institutions. and time.

EPA and OSHA have increased their enforcement of regulatory compliance for academic institutions, holding universities and colleges to the same standards as regulated industries. Our experience has shown that the EPA will focus on compliance to regulations covering solid and hazardous waste storage and disposal, chemical storage, storm water pollution, wastewater treatment, and air pollution. OSHA will focus on employee and contractor safety from hazardous materials, construction activities, machine and chemical usage, energy sources, chemical releases, excessive noise, entry into confined spaces, and laboratory chemicals. Both agencies will require proper documentation, record keeping, and employee training.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the likelihood of injury or illness resulting in days away from work is higher in hospitals than in the construction and manufacturing industries. The webpage also points out that nationwide, workers’ compensation losses result in a total annual expense of $2 billion for hospitals.

-Bureau of Labor Statistics, 10/29/2015 News Release: Employer-Reported Workplace Injuries and Illnesses–2014