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.

EFS looking to fill open positions

were_hiringDriven by bold vision and a strong entrepreneurial spirit, EFS has evolved into a diverse environmental contracting firm focusing on soil and ground water remediation, subsurface sampling, monitoring well installation, and industrial services. Do you have what it takes to join our team? Click here to see our available opportunities.

EFS Senior Leadership

leadershipLeading EFS is a team of senior technical personnel highly skilled in managing day-to-day operations and providing technical oversight to the more than 50 experienced staff members currently working at EFS. Together, they have more than 50 years of combined experience in the environmental industry. Learn about each of our senior staff and the experience they have below.

  1. Eric Likens – Operations Manager 
  2. John Spearin – Federal Program Manager
  3. Jim Wegener – Project Manager, O&M Services
  4. Chris Rismiller – Drilling Principal
  5. Joe Tillman – Licensed Driller

 

Save a Coworker’s Life and Learn First Aid!

June is national safety month.  Companies around the country will be reminding workers to practice safe habits in the workplace and at home, but are you also keeping the health of your coworkers in mind?

Learning basic first aid techniques can save the lives of your family members, friends and coworkers, and can be fun! Practicing these techniques can make homes and workplaces safer for everyone:

CPR and Defibrillators

To administer CPR on an unresponsive person who is not breathing or whose heart has stopped beating due to a heart attack, drowning or other medical emergency, follow the steps of CAB (compression, airway, and breathing.) Dial 911 before beginning, and follow the instructions on an AED defibrillator if one is available.  If you are not trained in CPR, then administer hands-only CPR.

Compression

Place the heel of one hand atop the chest and between the nipples, and the other on top of the first hand. Use your upper body to push down on the chest, approximately two inches. Begin pumping about 100 compressions per minute. After 30 compressions, move to the next step.

Airway

Tilt the person’s head back and lift the chin forward. Check for rising chest motion, listen for breathing sounds and feel for the person’s breath on your cheek and ears. If the person is not breathing normally, move to the next step.

Breathing

Pinch the person’s nostrils shut and cover his or her mouth with yours. Blow one breath, lasting for about one second, into the person’s mouth and check for breathing. Administer a second breath. If the person still is not breathing normally, begin the cycle over. Continue until the person is breathing normally or emergency medical help arrives.

Choking

If a person is experiencing inability to breath due to choking, begin the Heimlich maneuver to dislodge the blockage. The universal sign for choking is the hands clutching the neck.

Steps

  1. Stand behind the person and wrap your arms around the waist.
  2. Make a fist with one hand and place it slightly above the person’s navel.
  3. Grab the fist with the other hand, and press hard into the abdomen in an upward thrust. Continue until the blockage is dislodged or emergency medical personnel arrive.

Heat Exhaustion and Hypothermia

Working in extreme weather conditions can cause heat exhaustion- or the opposite, hypothermia. Understand the signs of both, and what to do when they occur.

Heat Exhaustion

Signs: Dizziness, nausea or vomiting, heavy sweating, cool and clammy skin, weak and rapid pulse, muscle cramps, flushed face, weakness or fatigue

How to treat: Immediately remove the person from the source of heat and into a cool environment, or the heat exhaustion can turn into heat stroke. Lay the person down and elevate the legs. Give the person water to drink, and spray them with cool water. Call 911.

Hypothermia

Signs: Shivering, slurred speech, shallow breathing, weak pulse, clumsiness, drowsiness, confusion

How to treat: Remove the person from the cold, if possible. Protect the person from the cold, especially around the neck and head. Gradually warm the person, beginning with the center of the body. DO NOT warm the person with a hot bath, and do not attempt to warm or massage the arms or legs. Call 911.

Knowing basic first aid techniques can help protect ourselves and those around us. This month, take time to practice these methods, and always be aware of your surroundings.

To have emergency first aid information with you at all times, you can download theAmerican Red Cross First Aid app for your phone. A full list of first aid techniques for other medical emergencies can be found here: http://www.mayoclinic.org/first-aid