It’s really difficult to explain everything that we do in the aspect of work safety services in New England, but we generally say to people it’s anything that keeps your people safe and healthy on the job. My own background is in worker health and safety, which means I’m an industrial hygienist by training. A lot of people like to think that has something to do with people’s teeth but it doesn’t, it has to do with the exposures to health effects on the job and that can be noise, chemicals, radiation, heat, stress, indoor air quality, mold and bacteria, lead, asbestos, or any of a myriad of problems that we get asked to take a look at.
The whole idea is to make sure that in today’s terms, people are actually satisfied that when they come to work every day they’re not getting harmed. When we originally started the business in the late 70’s, a lot of the New England work safety services that we did was actually to prove that there were problems and then try to help people solve those problems in terms of exposures. Nowadays, the exposures that we see are more thought-provoking on the part of the employees because they read a safety datasheet or they’re told by somebody that the chemicals that they’re working with are hazardous, and they’re more concerned that they are exposed to unsafe levels.
So probably 95 percent of the New England exposure compliance monitoring that we do for people is to prove that the exposures to the chemicals they work with or the noise that they’re exposed to are very acceptable, and that they don’t have a hazard when they come to work every day. In terms of the safety consulting that we do, a lot of it is geared toward OSHA compliance. We write programs that deal with respiratory protection, confined space, lockout-tagout, and any of a myriad of things that OSHA can be looking at when they come into your plant.