Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Congratulations to our 2017 Safety Champion Award Honorees


Please help us congratulate our 2017 "Safety Champion Award" honorees - Alliance of Schools for Cooperative Insurance Programs (ASCIP), Irvine Ranch Water District, and the Honda Center.

Every year we honor a selected few clients in recognition of their commitment to workforce safety.

We thank this year's honorees and everyone else who make safety their #1 priority at their workplace!
 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Governor Brown Appoints Marjorie Del Toro to the California Underground Facilities Safe Excavation Board

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Monday, December 18, 2017 - Governor Brown announced appointments for the California Underground Facilities Safe Excavation Board.

Among the seven that were appointed was ehsInc CEO Marjorie Del Toro. Ms. Del Toro will be serving a 4-year term. Please help the entire ehsInc team congratulate Marjorie on her new venture!

The California Underground Facilities Safe Excavation Board was created by Senate Bill No. 661 - Protection of subsurface installations.

The board will coordinate education and outreach activities, develop standards, and enforce the provisions described in the bill. The board is authorized to prescribe rules and regulations as may be necessary and to exercise the power and duties conferred upon it.

The board will also be investigating possible violations of the provisions described in the bill, and transmit the investigation results and any recommended penalty to the state or local agency with jurisdiction over the activity or business undertaken in the commission of the violation.

There will be an annual meeting and, on or before February 1, 2018, and each year thereafter, for the board to report to the Governor and the Legislature on its activities and any recommendations.

Click above of here for the full press release.

Friday, December 15, 2017

ehs International, Inc. Announces New Partnership


New Trilateral Business Partnership Raises Safety Standards And Lowers Costs

ehs International, Inc. (ehsInc) has partnered with Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) and Aramsco-Interlink (Aramsco). The goal of this partnership between three leaders of their respective industries is to provide client companies and future members with the best in indoor air quality safety standards while also lowering costs. In both the short-term and the long-term, such a productive alliance will be a win-win for all involved.

Established in 1995, the Indoor Air Quality Association is dedicated to bringing practitioners together to prevent and solve indoor environmental problems. As part of its ongoing mission, IAQA has teamed with two industry leaders to expand their reach and lower costs for its members.

The first IAQA partner is ehs International, Inc. Experiencing a senseless childhood workplace tragedy where loved ones were lost, Marjorie Del Toro, President-Founder, turned her tragedy into a future solution by creating ehsInc, a company that encompasses training, prevention, and regulatory compliance. Standing for environmental, health and safety, ehsInc has provided customers and their employees with safe and sustainable work environments.

The ehsInc team consists of Certified Industrial Hygienists, Certified Safety Professionals and Construction Health and Safety Technicians. They have the experience and the expertise to achieve OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) regulatory standards compliance. As the hands-on presence, ehsInc will provide member companies OSHA regulatory safety sessions and training at 29 locations across the country. Moreover, the business partnership will expand its footprint across Canada.

With preferred rates for the partnership, Aramsco-Interlink is an ideal second partner as a leading supplier of goods and services to contractors, including environmental safety and disaster response teams. Aramsco will work with ehsInc to provide customers nationwide with service expertise, quality products, and reliable delivery options.

In light of this new trilateral partnership, IAQA, Aramsco, and ehsInc have one goal in mind that transcends membership numbers and costs. The ultimate goal is to improve safety standards and continue with ehsInc's mission of "Protecting Our Workforce For Future Generations." Together, the three companies will help bring employees home safely through regulatory compliance, safety training, and the prevention of unsafe indoor environmental conditions complemented with superior supplies.

By offering a comprehensive package of safety options with preferred rates for client companies, this new business partnership between IAQA, ehsInc, and Aramsco is destined for success.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

ehsInc Helping Change Lives One Student At A Time


ehsInc is helping change lives one student at a time. One AGC-CA CEF student member in particular, Linda Tran, recently received a scholarship we helped sponsor.

We are truly honored to have been able to contribute to the Associated General Contractor's of California Construction Education Foundation scholarships.

Here is an excerpt of what Ms. Tran had to say about receiving the scholarship.

Dear ehsInc:

I am honored to be one of the recipients of the AGC-CA CEF Scholarship sponsored by ehsInc. Thanks to your generous support I am the first generation in my family to be able to go to college.

Growing up in a less privileged community has not only offered financial and academic challenges, but has also helped me realize the value of a higher education.

Sincerely,
Linda Tran
Vice President
Sacramento State AGC-CA Student Chapter

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving from ehsInc


The entire ehsInc team wishes you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving! We are thankful for our clients, partners, and colleagues.
 

We will be closed on Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th so that our team may enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with their family and friends.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

We're Closed Friday, Nov. 10th to Honor All Who Served


 In observance to Veterans Day, we will be closed Friday, November 10th.

We honor and thank all military personnel who served this great country.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Visit us at this week's AGC-CA Annual Fall Conference

We will be at this week's AGC-CA Annual Fall Conference, October 11th - 14th at the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa.

Be sure to visit us:

Conference Event Oct. 11th - Oct. 13th
Booth 28

AGC-CA Student Chapter Job Fair on October 13th
Booth 6

See you there!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Donate Blood and/or Monday for Las Vegas Shooting Victims


10/02/2017 - Last night's Las Vegas shooting is the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

Please pray for the first responders, victims, and their families.

There are American Red Cross blood drives taking place at the SpringHill Suites Las Vegas Convention Center at 2989 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89109 and Ernest May Elementary School at 6350 West Washburn Road, Las Vegas, NV 89130.

If you're not in the Nevada area, please consider giving money to the Southern Nevada chapter of the American Red Cross, which accepts donations on its website, by phone at 702-369-3674 or via mail at 1771 East Flamingo Road, #206B, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89119.

American Red Cross - Southern Nevada Chapter

#PrayForLasVegas

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

OSHA Enforces Silica Construction Final Rule

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On September 23, 2017, OSHA began enforcement of the respirable crystalline silica standard for construction, while offering compliance assistance to employers making good faith efforts to comply during the first 30 days.

Click below to read the federal construction regulation in its entirety.
 
29 CFR 1926.1153 - Respirable Crystalline Silica

Click on our latest eNewsletter graphic above for more information on how we can help. 

Final Rule Key Provisions

  • Reduces the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air, averaged over an 8-hour shift. 
  • Requires employers to: use engineering controls (such as water or ventilation) to limit worker exposure to the PEL; provide respirators when engineering controls cannot adequately limit exposure; limit worker access to high exposure areas; develop a written exposure control plan, offer medical exams to highly exposed workers, and train workers on silica risks and how to limit exposures.
  • Provides medical exams to monitor highly exposed workers and gives them information about their lung health. 
  • Provides flexibility to help employers — especially small businesses — protect workers from silica exposure.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Mexico Earthquakes - Please donate today!

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In this month alone, Mexico has had two catastrophic earthquakes, just weeks apart. The first earthquake with a magnitude of 8.1, happened on Sept. 7th, in the southern coast of Mexico, killing at least 90.

The most recent earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1 happened on Sept. 19th near Mexico City. The death toll is at least 216 people. This particular earthquake eerily occurred on the same day of the 8.0 earthquake from 1985.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the first responders, victims, and their families.

To donate towards rescue efforts please click below or on the graphic above.

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Sept. 28th Webinar - Emergency Preparedness and Response

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Given the recent natural disasters in the U.S. and around the world, we felt it was important to shed light on emergency preparedness and response.

Please join us on September 28th. Click above for more information.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Happy Labor Day Weekend - We will be closed Friday and Monday


We will be closed on Friday and Monday to honor the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of the country.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Cal/OSHA Pocket Guides - Just $9 each

http://www.ehsinc.org/Cal-OSHA-Pocket-Guide-Const.html

You will not find the current edition of the Cal/OSHA Pocket Guide for the Construction Industry anywhere else but here for just $9 each!

Get 'em while they're hot!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

ehsInc talks to Procore Employees about Safety in Construction


Carpinteria, CA July 17th - ehsInc gave a safety talk at Procore's headquarters. Procore is hosting internal education sessions to their employees throughout the month of July

The overall purpose of these safety sessions is to give a better understanding employees about the  various issues their clients face in construction.

The presentation was also being broadcasted live to Procore's satellite offices around the country.

Procore is a construction project management software company founded in 2003.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Summer Safety Tips

 
Summer is upon us! America's favorite season officially kicks on Tuesday, June 20th.

As with every season comes the opportunity to discuss the importance of safety for you and your colleagues. All seasons should be taken seriously as they demand worker acclimatization to the ever changing temperatures.

Let's tackle the usual suspects that can potentially interfere with the joys of Summer!

Heat Exposure
Heat stress is a big one. If you don't follow OSHA's campaign to beat the heat, you are in serious trouble. More importantly, there are set standards associated with heat stress that need to be followed.

Employers are responsible for providing workplaces free of known safety hazards. This includes protecting workers from extreme heat. An employer with workers exposed to high temperatures should establish a complete heat illness prevention program.
  • Provide workers with water, rest and shade.
  • Allow new or returning workers to gradually increase workloads and take more frequent breaks as they acclimatize, or build a tolerance for working in the heat.
  • Plan for emergencies and train workers on prevention.
  • Monitor workers for signs of illness.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Safe and Sound Week 06/12-18 - Do You Have A Written Safety Program?

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Safe and Sound Week June 12-18, 2016

Safe and Sound Week is a nationwide event to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs that include management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards in workplaces.


For more information or to participate in the inaugural Safe and Sound Week click here.

OSHA's spotlight on safety and health programs is a great opportunity to evaluate what you have in writing.

Let our team of technical writers...
1) Evaluate
2) Develop
3) Implement your policies to all affected employees

This simple 3-step process will help develop a safety and health program that can proactively identify and manage workplace hazards before they cause injury or illness, improving sustainability and the bottom lin.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

31st Annual AIDS Walk & Red Ribbon 5K Fun Run

This year I had the privilege of participating in the 31st Annual AIDS Walk OC & Red Ribbon 5K Fun Run. Thanks to everyone who donated, including ehsInc, I was able to meet my donation goal to benefit people living with HIV/AIDS in Orange County. This money will provide things like preventative education, free HIV/AIDS testing, food and so much more to those who need it most.

I'm honored to have been a part of an event full of caring people which reminded me how important it is to give back and help one another. The energy of the organizers, participants, and volunteers I felt that day speaks to the commitment they have to care for people with HIV/AIDS and to help eradicate the disease. Although, this was my first 5K it definitely won't be my last. I'm already looking forward to starting a team to enter in their 32nd Annual walk/run in order to surpass what I raised this year!


Jacky Ornelas

ehsInc and AGC-CA Pushing For Senate Bill-1 at the 2017 Legislative Summit at State Capitol


Sacramento - ehsInc joined AGC-CA at the 2017 Legislative Summit on May 8 - 9, 2017. ehsInc President Marjorie Del Toro met with assembly members as they addressed the latest legislative and regulatory issues, including Senate Bill No. 1, the Road Repair & Accountability Act of 2017.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Changing Lives Through Safety Education


April 28, 2017 - Kaila Krichmar, Director of Client Relations spoke at the Young Community Developers (YCD) Cohort 9 Graduation on behlaf of ehsInc.

This marks the 5th straight year that we have been privileged to be put in a position to help train YCD students for job placement in the San Francisco area.

Students were trained in Hazardous Waste Removal, Lead and Asbestos Abatement, Mold Awareness, CPR/First Aid/AED, Solar Installation, Confined Space Entry, and OSHA 10-Hour Construction.

This latest graduation makes over 100 students trained under this great program (85% placed)!

For more information about YCD click here.

Thank you YCD for giving us the opportunity to be a part of this rewarding experience!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

ehsInc eNewsletters - Subscribe Today!

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Be sure to subscribe to our eNewsletters to receive important safety alerts and monthly spotlights on specific safety topics.

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You can view this year's eNewsletters below.

2017
Final Rule for Walking/Working Surfaces
HAZWOPER/HAZMAT Safety
Fall Protection Safety
Distracted Driver Safety
Written Safety and Health Programs 

Monday, April 10, 2017

OSHA Delaying Enforcement Date of New Silica Standard to Sept. 23, 2017


OSHA recently announced a delay in enforcement of the crystalline silica standard that applies to the construction industry to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers.

The agency has determined that additional guidance is necessary due to the unique nature of the requirements in the construction standard. Originally scheduled to begin June 23, 2017, enforcement will now begin Sept. 23, 2017.

OSHA expects employers in the construction industry to continue to take steps either to come into compliance with the new permissible exposure limit, or to implement specific dust controls for certain operations as provided in Table 1 of the standard. Construction employers should also continue to prepare to implement the standard's other requirements, including exposure assessment, medical surveillance and employee training.


With the help of our partner The Cohen Group, we can not only provide the necessary employee safety training but also offer exposure monitoring to access what controls should be used for silica exposure prevention.

Don't wait until September, give us a call today! 855-2-ehsInc [855-234-7462]

Source: OSHA.gov

Monday, April 3, 2017

Marjorie Del Toro - 2017 Women of Influence "Game Changer Award" Winner



March 29th, 2017 - The 2017 Women of Influence Awards, held at the Radisson Hotel in Newport Beach, was the happening spot for women leaders who've made significant changes in their respective industries.

ehsInc CEO Marjorie Del Toro was among the inspiring leading women. Marjorie was nominated for the "Game Changer Award", which recognizes women who have made significant contributions in their profession, industry or enterprise with a track record of change, innovation, inspiration, accomplishments and/or achievements.

When it was time for the final nominees to be called up, Marjorie was surprised to hear her name. She not only was among the four final nominees for the Game Changer Award, she won! BTW - No surprise from her staff :)

Help us congratulate our very own Game Changer, Ms. Marjorie Del Toro! You continue to inspire us with every passing day!

Click here for a complete list of winners

Thursday, February 23, 2017

New Construction "Foundation for Safety Leadership" Elective Topic for OSHA 30-Hour Outreach Program


Each year, more than 100,000 construction workers, foremen, and other supervisory personnel take the OSHA 30-hour outreach training course to learn how to identify and control occupational hazards.

The new 2.5-hour Foundations for Safety Leadership (FSL) elective topic fills a long-standing need to provide leadership skills training for the OSHA 30-Hour Outreach for the construction industry.

The FSL was developed with input from experienced OSHA 10- and 30-hour outreach trainers, construction workers, safety and health professionals, and leadership and safety climate specialists, and approved as an OSHA 30-hour elective module by the OSHA Directorate of Training and Education. It can be used as part of an OSHA 30-hour class (beginning April 1, 2017) or on its own.


Schedule your next OSHA 30-Hour Outreach class with today. Our OSHA-Authorized Outreach instructors are ready to teach you on this new elective!

Call us: 855.2.ehsInc [855.234.7462]
Email: info@ehsinc.org
Ask for a quote

For more information about the program click on this link.

Monday, February 13, 2017

OSHA's 2016 Top 10 Cited Violations


Here is a list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations for the 2016 fiscal year, compiled from nearly 32,000 inspections of workplaces by federal OSHA staff. One remarkable thing about the list is that it rarely changes. Year after year, OSHA inspectors see thousands of the same on-the-job hazards, any one of which could result in a fatality or severe injury. More than 4,500 workers are killed on the job every year, and approximately 3 million are injured, despite the fact that by law, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their workers. If all employers simply corrected the top 10 hazards, OSHA is confident the number of deaths, amputations and hospitalizations would drastically decline. Consider this list a starting point for workplace safety:
  1. Fall protection
  2. Hazard communication
  3. Scaffolds
  4. Respiratory protection
  5. Lockout/tagout
  6. Powered industrial trucks
  7. Ladders
  8. Machine guarding
  9. Electrical wiring
  10. Electrical, general requirements
Source: OSHA Blog

Don't be another statistic, be proactive! Call us today and we'll help reduce your Xmods through effective written safety programs and training to increase safety awareness among your employees.

855.2.ehsInc [855.234.7462]
info@ehsinc.org

Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Irvine Chamber Welcomes ehsInc

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[Far right image from Irvine Chamber website] ehsInc CEO Marjorie Del Toro shown left of Lake Forest Mayor S. Voigts
A few months ago we celebrated the grand opening of our new Irvine location via the help of the Irvine Chamber. We are truly excited to be operating in the City of Irvine. Irvine has welcomed us with open arms and our new location has allowed us to serve our clients with Environmental, Health and Safety Consulting and Training services in the Orange County area.

Check out the photos taken by the Irvine Chamber of the event by clicking below.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Record Rainfall in SoCal - Know Defensive Driver Techniques


With flooded streets, mudslides and record rainfall in Southern California, defensive driving techniques have never been more important.

What would you do if your vehicle hydroplaned? What if your vehicle lost control on an icy road? How do you drive safely in the snow? These are all questions that you should already have answers to if you're driving in these conditions.

Our Defensive Driver course covers all of these scenarios and more...
  • Applicale Rules and Regulations
  • Ticket Fines and Penalties
  • Collision Avoidance
  • Cause of Vehicle Collisions
  • Driving Environments
  • Safe Driving Techniques
Get trained today! Click below or call us!

Course Outline    855.2.ehsInc [855-234-7462]

Monday, January 16, 2017

Effective 01/17/17 - OSHA's Final Rule for Walking-Working Surfaces and Fall Protection Systems


OSHA issued a final rule updating its general industry Walking-Working Surfaces standards specific to slip, trip, and fall hazards. The rule also includes a new section under the general industry Personal Protective Equipment standards that establishes employer requirements for using personal fall protection systems.

https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3903.pdf
The final rule's most significant update is allowing employers to select the fall protection system that works best for them, choosing from a range of accepted options including personal fall protection systems.
 
The rule also allows employers to:
  • Use rope descent systems up to 300 feet above a lower level
  • Prohibit the use of body belts as part of a personal fall arrest system
  • Require worker training on personal fall protection systems and other equipment designed for falls

Your Fall Protection Written Program Needs Updating!

Your Employees Need To Be Trained Today On The New Updates!
 
Be proactive and call us today to stay in compliance!
 
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