A significant resource company operating multiple mining sites in BC and Alberta was struggling to get full value out its internal industrial hygiene program. The organization sent several resources to the EKG Industrial Hygiene – Strategy to Sampling professional development course, and were so impressed they contracted EKG to assess their program and field monitoring processes.
EKG attended the various sites and identified significant inconsistencies in the preparation and collection of samples that led to 20-25% of the collected samples being excluded from results due to calibration issues, equipment issues, sample overloading, and sample handling issues. Training for those assigned to collect samples was not formal or to a consistent standard, and those assigned to interpret results did not use standardized reporting formats or include the use of statistics, even though each site had up to 9 years of data.
EKG developed a series of procedures and field level forms to aid in the collection of samples, and formats for reporting results to various stakeholders.
EKG developed a series of procedures and field level forms to aid in the collection of samples, and formats for reporting results to various stakeholders. Next EKG developed a standardized site IH equipment inventory and shared equipment program to ensure the site could meet its monthly and annual requirements. Next two levels of training were developed and implemented, where 39 personnel attended an intensive hands-on 3 day, training program focused field surveys and handling of samples to ensure consistency and obtaining samples with less than 2% sample exclusion. A second course was developed specifically to aid in the understanding of sample data, interpretation of results, the use of statistical models, and how to communicate the results to the various stakeholders. Finally, how to audit the results and modify the future surveys to drill down deeper into areas of concern.
The project has resulted in a significant improvement in all aspects of the organizational ability to assess its chemical and physical hazards via industrial hygiene training, improve its evaluation based on results and drive the program forward. EKG continues to train new resources for this organization.