OSHA Fines Increase for First Time Since Early ’90s

Did you know that OSHA recently increased penalty amounts for those businesses found in violation of the Federal Occupational Safety & Health Laws?  The increase took affect on August 1, 2016 and comes as a result of federal penalty adjustments mandated by Congress in 2015. This change may affect a variety of businesses and industries, so it is important that you know what these changes could mean for your organization.

Below is a list of the new penalties based on violation:

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To learn more about this increase or to find the variety of options for employers looking for compliance assistance, visit the OSHA website.

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Are You Looking for a Career in the Environmental Field? EFS Has Available Opportunities!

We-are-RecruitingEFS is the Midwest leader in drilling and probing; operation and maintenance; and remediation and construction services. Do you have what it takes to be part of our team?

EFS is hiring for multiple positions at our offices in Indiana and Alabama. Positions include a Driller or Drill Helper in our Toney, Alabama office as well as a Drill Helper and a Field Technician in our Westfield, Indiana office.

EFS offers a variety of great employee benefits including:

  • Holidays: Employees receive eight paid holidays per year.
  • Paid Time Off (PTO): Employees receive PTO for vacation, personal and sick leave.
  • Medical/Prescription and Dental Insurance: The company offers and subsidizes medical, dental and prescription drug insurance.
  • Life Insurance and Disability: The company provides group term life insurance and long-term disability at no cost. Voluntary life insurance and short-term disability are available at group rates.
  • 401(k) Profit Sharing Plan: This plan provides voluntary investment options designed to supplement retirement income. The company has a discretionary match of up to 50 percent of an employee’s contribution up to a total of six percent of an employee’s annual compensation. The plan is on a six-year graduated vesting.
  • Additional Benefits:
    • Flexible Spending Accounts
    • Training/Professional Memberships
    • Professional Licenses and Certifications
    • Flextime

Come join the EFS family and apply today!

Dirty Dirt: The hazards of soil pollution, and what to do about it

SoilcontamSoil pollution is the build-up of toxic substances in concentrations high enough to be hazardous to human health, wildlife and the natural ecosystem. Contaminated soil can have serious health effects on humans, as well as the environment.

Health effects on humans include organ damage, increased risk of cancer, and bioaccumulation, or the transfer of pollution throughout the food chain. Regular monitoring of soil quality can help prevent exposure to dangerous contaminants.

But what do you do if you think your soil might be polluted? EFS provides complete and innovative remediation services for addressing contaminated sites. Our remediation services include: demolition, excavation, transportation and disposal of contaminated soil, construction and installation of in-situ remediation systems, and more. Click here to see how EFS can help you remove contaminated soil.

 

What We Do – Part 3: Operation and Maintenance

#1 pressure washing AlphaEFS has experience with the installation, operation and maintenance of remediation and pollution control systems. EFS is capable of taking designs prepared by others and constructing remediation systems in accordance with client specifications. Following installation, EFS personnel will operate and maintain these systems during their operating life. In the area of pollution control, we provide inspection, monitoring and maintenance services for all types of industrial, air, water and wastewater pollution control systems.

Our Operation and Maintenance Services include:

  • Remediation System Start-Up and O&M
  • Facility Decontamination/Industrial Cleaning
  • AST & UST Cleaning
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Operation
  • Groundwater Monitoring
  • Drum Sampling, Overpacking, & Removal

To learn more about our services, click here.

OSHA launches occupational hearing safety competition

ear plugThe U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Mine Safety and Health Administration, in partnership with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, have launched a competition “…with the dual goals of inspiring creative ideas and raising business awareness of the market for workplace safety innovation,” according to a recent OSHA press release.

Twenty-two million workers risk losing their hearing from workplace noise hazards, costing businesses an estimated $242 million annually in workers’ compensation, according to the press release. The “Hear and Now – Noise Safety Challenge” campaign aims to help decrease those numbers. The competition, open to the general public, encourages participants to create technology that will improve occupational hearing protection. Suggested topics detailed in the press release include:

  • Technology that will enhance employer training and improve effective use of hearing protection.
  • Technology that alerts workers when hearing protection is not blocking enough noise to prevent hearing loss.
  • Technology that allows workers to hear important alerts or human voices while remaining protected from harmful noise.

Ten finalists of the competition will be invited to present their ideas to a panel of judges on October 27 in Washington D.C. Idea submissions are due by September 30. To learn more about the competition, or submit ideas, click here.

What We Do – Part 2: Drilling Services

# 9 Probing 66DTEFS was founded in 1994 with a Geoprobe® Direct Push Sampling System in order to support subsurface environmental investigation, remediation and geotechnical evaluation by our clientele. EFS has the equipment and expertise to provide soil, water, air and waste sampling services throughout the United States. Our staff has experience sampling soil and groundwater at the following types of sites: leaking underground storage tank (LUST); Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA); and Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). In addition, EFS has the personnel and equipment to provide air monitoring as well as hazardous and nonhazardous solid, liquid and sludge sampling services.

Our Drilling and Probing Services include:

  • Direct Push Soil and Groundwater Sampling
  • Hollow Stem Auger Drilling
  • Air Rotary Drilling
  • Geotechnical Drilling
  • Monitoring/Well Installation (Direct Push and Hollow Stem)
  • ISCO (In Situ Chemical Oxidation)/Chemical Injection
  • Air Knife/Soft Digging
  • Gas/Vapor Well Installation

To learn more about our services, click here.

Who We Are – Part 1:The History of EFS

Safety Boots HardhatEnvironmental Field Services, Inc. (EFS) was established in 1994 to provide high quality, service oriented, technical field support to the environmental and engineering consulting industry. Our goal has always been to provide innovative environmental investigation and remediation services to private industry, and federal and state government agencies. We started as one of the first adopters of direct push technology in the state of Indiana. At our inception, we recognized a lack of environmental contractors capable of providing innovative construction and investigation services, understanding the regulatory requirements, prioritizing safety first and assisting in the client’s objectives of obtaining site closure. EFS started with four employees and a Geoprobe©.

As of today, EFS has provided this quality, innovative services to clients throughout the continental United States. We have provided investigation and remediation services to a wide variety of clients directly and indirectly through environmental consultants and engineers, including:

  • Industrial Facilities
  • U.S. Navy
  • U.S. Air Force
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • Department of Energy
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • U.S. Army
  • Local Fire Departments
  • State Regulatory Agencies
  • National Guard
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

With our focus on leading edge technology, quality service and project safety, EFS has expanded services and grown to approximately 50 employees, and has done work in 28 states. We have performed investigation and remediation services on sites contaminated with dioxins, radioactive wastes, PCBs, chlorinated solvents, asbestos, petroleum, heavy metals, unexploded ordinance and cyanides. We have performed demolition on missile silos, large industrial facilities, gas stations and firing ranges.

Building on our direct-push and investigation experience, EFS began implementing in-situ chemical oxidation remedies at sites in 2001. To date, we have addressed numerous sites impacted with chlorinated solvents, hydrocarbons and metals using a variety of injection methods and oxidants. We have also successfully performed sustainable remediation utilizing phytoremediation for the past 10 years. Through the years, EFS has developed a reputation for designing and performing high quality solutions to difficult environmental and geotechnical issues in a cost-effective manner while maintaining a high level of customer satisfaction.

EFS is a small business enterprise dedicated to providing technical field support for all types of geotechnical and environmental projects. Throughout our history, EFS has been committed to providing a safe work environment for our employees and our customers. Our commitment to safety is shown in our comprehensive Health and Safety Program which has resulted in an Experience Modification Rate (EMR) of 0.74 and a Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) well below the national industry average.