To be recognized as a global leader in the field of environmental health and safety by promoting proactive policies and procedures for our clients with the goals of risk reduction, increased productivity, regulatory compliance and sustainability.
To be the consultant of choice in partnership with our clients and their employees facilitating changes in attitudes, behavior and culture, to become more aware of risks and empowered to learn, discover and work in a manner that protects human health and the environment.
Our values identify how we conduct our business and operate as a company:
AdaptabilityTo address and proactively embrace changing conditions in our marketplace, industry, technology and company
CreativityIn developing solutions to challenges encountered by our clients as well as in our internal processes
IntegrityAs individuals and a company in our business practices and scientific endeavors
PerformanceAnd technical excellence delivered to all assignments, both external and internal
SustainabilityIn business practices integrated into our daily operations to contribute to a clean and sustainable environment
Meet The Team
Michele Slinkard, MS, CIH, CSP
Experience: Michele is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and a Certified Safety Professional with over 35 years of experience in the field of safety and health. In the past, Michele was employed by PPG Industries, Motorola, and NASA before relocating back to the Pittsburgh area and co-founding CIH Services.
Education: Michele earned her B.S in Chemistry and her M.S. in Environmental Management from the University of Houston at Clear Lake in 1981 and 1987, respectively. She also served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston at Clear Lake, teaching classes on the selection and use of personal protective equipment.
Membership: Michele is a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).
Certification: Certified in Comprehensive Practice by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (1988), certified in Comprehensive Practice by the Board of Safety Professionals (1992). Michele is also an EPA Certified Asbestos Abatement Project Designer, and an EPA Lead Risk Assessor.
Fun Facts about Michele: Michele collects cookbooks and is a NAUI Certified Scuba Diver.
Richard Slinkard, MS, CIH, CSP
Experience: Richard is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and Certified Safety Professional with over 35 years of experience in the field of safety and health. Rick has been Vice President of CIH Services since its founding in 1992. In the past Richard has worked for NASA, the Center for Hazardous Materials Research (CHMR), the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), and has held positions in the construction and environmental industries.
Education: Richard earned his B.S. from Louisiana State University’s School of Engineering (1982) and his M.S. in Environmental Management from the University of Houston at Clear Lake (1990). He also served as an Instructor at Slippery Rock University, teaching classes in OSHA regulation and hazardous materials management.
Membership: Richard is a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).
Certification: Certified in Comprehensive Practice by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (1991), certified in Comprehensive Practice by the Board of Safety Professionals (1992).
Fun Facts about Rick: Rick climbed Mt. Fuji, and has worked offshore in the Gulf of Mexico oilfields.
Michael Slinkard, CSP
Industrial Hygienist/Safety Professional
Experience: Since formally joining the company in 2013, Michael brings valuable business and leadership skills from his experience in the finance industry prior to his transition to CIH Services. Michael has experience with occupational exposure monitoring, laboratory safety, indoor air quality testing, ventilation surveys, asbestos and lead management, respirator fit testing, and audiodosimetry.
Education: Michael earned his B.S. in Industrial Management from Grove City College in 2012.
Membership: Michael is a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).
Certification: Michael has completed the OSHA 511, the HAZWOPER 40-hour Training Program, and is an American Red Cross Instructor for CPR/AED/First Aid.
Fun Facts about Michael: Michael is licensed Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker and is an active cyclist. Michael has cycled all over the US, including Haleakala in Hawaii, US Highway 1 in California, Niagara Falls, and parts of the East Coast.
Occupational Exposure Monitoring / Air Monitoring
CIH Services is committed to assisting our clients with controlling worker exposures to chemicals within the regulatory exposure standards and consensus guidelines. This is done through the development and implementation of an exposure assessment strategy. Air Monitoring is typically done over a full shift with results presented in a final report that includes recommendations for further action. All field work is conducted by or under the direction of Certified Industrial Hygienist. Laboratory analysis is conducted by a laboratory accredited by the American Industrial Hygiene Association.
Indoor Air Quality / Mold
Good indoor air quality is an important factor in providing a safe, healthy and productive work environment for employees and building occupants. We have conducted hundreds of IAQ surveys across a wide range of facilities including healthcare, universities, hospitality, manufacturing, housing and commercial establishments. We take indoor air quality surveys to the next level by using a multi-disciplinary approach to each survey we conduct. We start with a thorough review of floor plans with emphasis on HVAC systems, interviews with occupants and inspection of mechanical systems with maintenance personnel. A thorough assessment of the ventilation system is conducted to determine outside air intake, quantity of supply and return air, and air changes per hour to the affected area(s). A visual inspection of the area(s) is conducted to locate possible issues such as wet or water damaged building materials, roof leaks, plumbing leaks, or poor housekeeping. Many times, the issue can be resolved based on the findings of the preliminary review.
If sampling is needed, we are prepared to obtain samples for mold, volatile organic compounds, and particulates. We have a wide array or equipment on hand to conduct the sampling and testing with direct reading instruments. The sampling strategy is tailored to the specific site location and conditions.
A final report is prepared which includes laboratory results, floor plans with sample locations, photographs, and recommendations for corrective actions. We have provided practical and cost effective solutions for hundreds of clients over the years.
Typical as well as non-routine airborne contaminants include:
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America’s workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica. Key provisions include:
- Reduces the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air, averaged over an 8-hour shift.
- Requires employers to: use engineering controls (such as water or ventilation) to limit worker exposure to the PEL; provide respirators when engineering controls cannot adequately limit exposure; limit worker access to high exposure areas; develop a written exposure control plan, offer medical exams to highly exposed workers, and train workers on silica risks and how to limit exposures.
- Provides medical exams to monitor highly exposed workers and gives them information about their lung health.
- Provides flexibility to help employers — especially small businesses — protect workers from silica exposure.
- General industry and Maritime must comply within 2 years, while the Construction Industry must comply within 1 year. Hydraulic Fracturing must comply within 2 years with all provisions except engineering controls, which have a compliance date of June 2021.
Our OSHA audits can be customized to address any occupational safety and health issue, and are suited for companies of all sizes, from small organizations to the largest corporations with multiple locations. Our consultants identify any hazards, program deficiencies and potential OSHA violations in your operations and provide a prioritized report of findings and recommendations. Required air and noise monitoring as well as safety and health training can be provided.
We develop customized safety and health programs to guide and direct compliance with regulations in a wide range of areas including respiratory protection, hazard communication, lockout/tagout, confined space entry, electrical safety, and hearing conservation.
If your company has been cited, we can provide assistance that may result in reduced penalties, classification changes or violation withdrawals. We also conduct side-by-side occupational exposure monitoring when OSHA is in your facility.
We can provide a qualified expert witness on any aspect of compliance with OSHA regulations.
Sound Level Survey / Audiodosimetry
Sound level surveys are conducted to identify locations in your facility where noise levels may exceed the OSHA Action Level or Permissible Noise Exposure. A Sound Level Meter is used to measure workplace noise at key worker locations and identify potential employee exposures. The sound level survey is usually conducted in conjunction with audiodosimetry. Personal audiodosimeters are worn by the individual employees to measure a full-shift exposure to noise for comparison to the OSHA standard. Our state of the art dosimeters are Casella CEL-350 units that are shoulder mounted and cable free. At less that 2.4 ounces, they are much more acceptable to employees than the older bulky style with cables that can get caught on machinery. After the survey, a final report is prepared that provides the results of the noise survey and recommendations for any further action necessary.
Ventilation is one of the most important engineering controls available to the industrial hygienist for improving or maintaining the quality of the air in the occupational work environment. CIH Services personnel have over 60 years of combined experience in ventilation system testing in a wide range of industries and workplaces including manufacturing, healthcare, pharmaceutical, and petrochemical. Whether your needs consist of checking a few laboratory fume hoods, verifying proper air changes in hospital operating rooms and isolation rooms, fume control at plating dip tanks, air flows for good indoor air quality in offices, or comparing face velocity at industrial paint booths to OSHA requirements, we have the instrumentation and expertise for the job.
Respirator Fit Testing
CIH Services, Inc. offers qualitative and quantitative respirator fit testing at your facility or at our place. Qualitative respirator fit testing is typically conducted using the saccharin protocol. This fit testing is adequate for respirators with a protection factor up to ten (10). This method of fit testing is often used for N95 fit testing in the hospital setting. Quantitative respirator fit testing is conducted using the TSI Portacount. We have used the Portacount successfully since 1985. Although quantitative fit testing is slightly more time consuming and expensive, the outcome is superior to a qualitative fit test. In all cases, we ask that employees are medically qualified prior to fit testing, and that they do not smoke or eat for thirty minutes prior to the test. OSHA prohibits any facial hair that interferes with the facepiece seal.
Safety and Health Training
CIH Services, Inc. specializes in the area of safety and health training. Topics include OSHA 10/30 General Industry and Construction, Hazwoper Initial and Refresher, Hazard Communication/GHS Training, Respiratory Protection, Bloodborne Pathogens, CPR/First Aid, Forklift, Machine Guarding, and DOT/TCRA. All classes are taught by a Certified Industrial Hygienist and include lecture and hands-on exercises. Our training room holds 50 people and contains a 70 inch monitor, and lunch is always included.
The OSHA 10 and 30-hour courses come in three varieties – Construction, General Industry, or Maritime. The particular course that your employees should take depends on the nature of your company’s work. Classes also provide overview information regarding OSHA, including workers’ rights and employer responsibilities.
The 10-hour training program is primarily intended for entry level workers. The 30-hour training program is intended to provide workers with some safety responsibility a greater depth and variety of training. All outreach training is intended to cover an overview of the hazards a worker may encounter on a job site. Training emphasizes hazard identification, avoidance, and control and prevention.
CIH Services is an OSHA authorized Outreach Trainer. If you have questions regarding the classes and which may be the most appropriate for your employees, get in touch with us.
CIH Services provides expert asbestos management services for maintaining asbestos-containing material (ACM) in-place or for assuring that ACM is removed in accordance with applicable OSHA and EPA regulations. Since 1981, we have been conducting asbestos inspections, developing Operations & Maintenance programs, preparing abatement design documents, monitoring asbestos removal projects, and providing asbestos training.
In addition, we provide lead-based paint (LBP) management services that include inspection for lead-based coatings using XRF instruments, development of specifications for lead removal, and occupational exposure monitoring during the lead abatement process.
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