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PFAS Health Advisories Published/Updated for 4 PFAS


U.S. EPA has published and/or updated Health Advisories (HAs) for the following four PFAS: Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) – 0.004 parts per trillion (ppt) Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) – 0.02 ppt Hexafluoropropylene Oxide (HFPO) Dimer Acid and its Ammonium Salt, also known as “GenX chemicals” – 10 ppt Perfluorobutane Sulfonic Acid and its Potassium Salt (PFBS) – […]

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June 27, 2022


OUCH! Laceration Prevention


Statistics The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently reported that in 2020, there were over 59,000 cuts and lacerations involving time away from work sustained by private employers in the U.S.  A large majority of these lost time injuries involved the hands and fingers. These injuries are painful, impact employees and their families, and […]

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June 13, 2022


Common Misinterpretations of OSHA’S Process Safety Management Standard


Who must follow Process Safety Management regulations? Companies processing “highly hazardous” chemicals must follow the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s (OSHA) Process Safety Management (PSM) standard to assess the risks of processes and establish a series of controls to avoid catastrophic consequences. Does OSHA consider common flammable materials “highly hazardous”? Many chemical companies have assumed […]

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June 2, 2022


USEPA Updates Regional Screening Levels with 14 PFAS


USEPA’s May 18, 2022, Regional Screening Level (RSL) update included the anion and acid forms of several per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), providing residential and industrial soil screening levels; soil screening levels for protection of groundwater; and tapwater screening levels. 14 PFAS included in USEPA RSL Update ammonium perfluoro-2-methyl-3-oxahexanoate hexafluoropropylene oxide dimer acid (HFPO-DA) (aka, […]

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May 27, 2022


Benefits of Consolidating your PSM and RMP Programs


Although they are enforced by different regulatory agencies, OSHA’s Process Safety Management (PSM) and EPA’s Chemical Accident Prevention Provisions – also known as Risk Management Plan (RMP) – work in tandem to mitigate potentially catastrophic onsite and offsite incidents involving fires, explosions, and toxic vapor releases. From a regulatory standpoint, the PSM standard (29 CFR […]

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May 25, 2022


EnSafe, as part of AECOM-led Joint Venture, Wins Navy CLEAN Contract Again


Resolution Consultants JV to provide environmental services under the Comprehensive Long-Term Environmental Action Navy Contract for a second term. EnSafe is excited to announce that its long-standing Resolution Consultants joint venture with AECOM has been awarded an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract by the Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Atlantic to deliver environmental studies, investigations, and […]

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May 11, 2022


Storms and Safe Rooms and BARAs … Oh My!


Dorothy got swept up in a twister and transported to the land of Oz, but we all know we wouldn’t be so lucky.  Watching the weather channel this time of year is enough to make anyone in a tornado-prone area consider building a safe place at their home.  But we can’t all build a storm […]

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March 11, 2022


EnSafe’s PFAS expert, Dr. Ioana Petrisor, to Address Complexities of PFAS Fingerprinting Investigative Techniques


EnSafe’s very own PFAS expert Dr. Ioana Petrisor will be speaking at the 2022 AEHS Conference on Soil, Water, Energy, and Air, which takes place virtually this year. Her talk, Challenges and Advances in Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Fingerprinting, is scheduled for March 17 at 8:30 AM Pacific time (11:30 AM EST), and will […]

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March 9, 2022


Life Safety Basics for Business and Industrial Occupancies (Part 2)


If you missed Part 1 of this article, which covered design and operating features, regulations, and assessment recommendations, check it out here. In Part 2, let’s take a deeper dive into eight key features of life safety for business and industrial occupancies that we commonly see in buildings:  Number of Exits Travel Distances to Exits […]

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March 2, 2022


EPA Adds 1-bromopropane to Clean Air Act HAP List


Ever-changing regulations certainly keep engineers on their toes and companies scrambling to remain in compliance. The latest example is the addition of 1-bromopropane (1-BP), also known as nPB, to the Clean Air Act (CAA) List of Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAP). Which industries are impacted by 1-BP’s addition to the CAA HAP? The chemical is a […]

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February 18, 2022


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