The environmental health and safety industry (EHS) applies practical aspects of environmental and personnel protection in the workplace. EHS also may refer to the department within a company or an organization that is responsible for enforcing environmental protection, occupational health and safety, compliance, and best practices. The goal of EHS is to prevent and reduce accidents in the workplace and maintain quality health standards for employees.
Protecting personnel & the environment
Under the broad term of “environmental health and safety,” two disciplines exist. The health and safety discipline includes accident prevention training, accident response, emergency preparedness, and using protective clothing and equipment. The environmental side of EHS focuses on complying with environmental regulations, especially identifying and quantifying pollution in the air, water, or soil. Waste and emissions management and reducing a company’s carbon footprint are also essential to environmental inspections.
Workplace Health & Safety
- Thermal cameras allow one to visualize moisture and heat pockets in buildings via infrared light.
- Gauss meters, or Tesla meters, measure unsafe magnetism that might violate FCC standards.
- Radiation meters establish safe zones for radiation exposure. Sound level meters measure noise pollution.
Best Environmental Practices
- Particle counters monitor air quality in HVAS systems / facility air performance, check for Indoor Air Quality (IAQ).
- Leak detectors determine if and where liquid or gas leaks occur. Detect gases like helium, oxygen, argon, carbon dioxide.
- XRF analyzers are elemental composition analysis devices used in:
- Positive Material Identification (PMI)
- Lead paint testing
- Soil Analysis
- Consumer Goods Testing
- Fulfilling the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS), aka Directive 2002/95/EC or the "Lead Free" directive, under which the following are tested for:
- Lead (Pb)
- Mercury (Hg)
- Cadmium (Cd)
- Hexavalent Chromium (CrVI)
- Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBB)
- Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE)