Section I – About Griffith Safety and Health
Griffith Safety and Health, LLC (GS&H) offers consulting services for regulatory management and compliance with NFPA, OSHA and DEP standards. While many companies have the manpower to maintain a safety program, few have the necessary resources in house to research and develop the programs needed to be in compliance with the myriad of NFPA, OSHA, DEP and State Regulations.
GS&H proposes an alternative, flexible solution to this dilemma. We have already developed many of the programs you must have to be in compliance. While you concentrate on your day to day operations and the “bottom line”, our staff can develop custom tailored programs in the following areas:
- Assessing Emergency Response Capabilities (First Responders, Fire Brigades, Plant Emergency Response Team)
- Blood-borne Pathogens and Bio-Medical waste
- Confined Space
- Contingency Planning
- Control of Hazardous Energy Source (Lockout/Tag-out)
- Development & Training of the Industrial Fire Brigade (Site specific programs)
- Emergency Action Plan
- Fire Prevention Plans
- Fixed Fire System Testing
- Hazardous Materials Response (Awareness, 1st Responder, and Technician Levels)
- Job Hazard Analysis
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Pollution Prevention
- Process Safety Management (PSM)
- Respiratory Protection
- Safety Committee Development
We utilize a “train the trainer” method of implementation, utilizing your existing employees so the ongoing financial commitment is kept to a minimum. The modules can be introduced together or spaced over several months. You decide when and how much to spend. After training and implementation, we will be available on an “as needed” basis to perform compliance and record keeping reviews, or for further consulting.
Section II – Griffith Safety & Health Process
We incorporate NFPA and OSHA regulations to assess your Fire Safety capabilities. By utilizing these industrial standards, a comprehensive analysis of a facility’s Fire Safety capabilities can be obtained. Knowing their ability in the event of an emergency allows you to determine current risk factors.
A. Applicable NFPA and OSHA regulations:
- OSHA 1910.156 – Fire Brigades
- NFPA 600 – Standard on Industrial Fire Brigades
- 29 CFR 1910.38 – Emergency Action Plan
- 29 CFR 1910.39 – Fire Prevention Plan
- 29 CFR 1910 Subpart I – Personal Protective Equipment
- 29 CFR 1910.134 – Respiratory Protection
B. GS&H will assess your Fire Safety procedures.
Specific NFPA and OSHA regulations require the facility to test, maintain and record their condition on at least on an annual basis. These records are important keys in determining risk factors. If a facility is testing and maintaining their equipment, or contracting these responsibilities to a private company, the odds are favorable that the equipment will function as it was intended to in an emergency situation. This also shows the facility does have a commitment to safety.
C. Participants utilizing the regulations can lower risk factors through compliance.
GS&H utilizes and trains on these industrial standards to increase awareness and response capabilities which will allow a facility to mitigate a greater percentage of incidents before they get out of control. A margin of safety can be expanded by pre-planning, developing specific standard operating procedures, training with equipment on hand, and developing tactics for high risk areas (i.e., emergency shutdown procedures, plans for controlling exposures, and developing and practicing tactics for suppression and incident command).
All of these items are requirements of NFPA/ OSHA, and are not unrealistic goals for a facility.
D. Guidelines for Assessment
I. OSHA – (US Federal Regulations) The Occupational Safety and Health Administration provides standards and guidelines for employers to provide a safe work place for employees.
II. NFPA – The National Fire Protection Association is a clearing house for information on Fire Prevention, Fire fighting procedures and methods of Fire Protection.
III. AHJ – Local Authority having Jurisdiction – This could be a number of organizations from the Fire Department to local and State.
IV. SERC – State Emergency Response Commission - Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA), also known as Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA). The Act has had a far-reaching influence on issues relating to hazardous materials. EPCRA contains five sections which cover issues associated with the manufacture, use, exposure, transportation, and public education of hazardous materials.
Section III – Standard Operating Procedures – SOP’s
These procedures are mandated in several sections of the standard (Site specific procedures should include, but are not limited to, information regarding site specific hazards to which fire brigade members may be exposed, address the limitations of emergency operations, and ensure that each brigade member receives sufficient training to perform his or her duties.
The following is a brief example of some of the SOP’s that need to be in place:
- Training Requirements and Documentation
- Incident Command Structure
- Mutual Aid Agreements
- The use of PPE – Personal Protective Equipment