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Announcing Our New East Texas Branch Office and Branch Manager!

 

Mr. Gable leads the charge in our NEW East Texas Office! He comes to Farmer Environmental Group with 24 years of experience specializing in Environmental Consulting.
Mr. Gable has conducted inspections and abatement project management in schools, public buildings and facilities throughout East Texas over the past 20 years.
We are thrilled to have him. Please join us in celebrating David’s arrival to the team. Here is where you can reach him:

P.O. Box 1482
Van, TX 75790
E: david.gable@farmereg.com
O:(903) 939-2880
M: (903) 360-4155

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Environmental Services on a Central Texas Elementary School

Farmer Environmental Group performed an Asbestos survey,  Lead-based paint survey and a Hazardous materials assessment on a Central Texas Elementary School.

Farmer is currently in the process of designing the asbestos abatement, lead-paint abatement,  hazardous materials disposal specifications, demolition of the facility, tree protection plan and storm water pollution protection plan.

 

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Safety Topic: NEAR MISSES!

Seventy-five percent of all accidents are preceded by one or more near misses, according to the National Safety Council.

In other words, close calls should be wake-up calls for employees and employers to realize that something is wrong and needs to be corrected.

Employees may not realize they are expected to report near misses—no matter how trivial they may seem. Although there may not have been a serious outcome, these incidents could result in future accidents. By recognizing near misses and taking action to correct the underlying problems, employees will not only reduce the number of near misses, but more importantly, they will reduce the number of actual accidents in the future.

Defining “Near Misses”

“Near misses” can be defined as minor accidents or close calls that have the potential for property loss or injury. A near miss will prevent a task from being … Read More »

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SCISSOR LIFT SAFETY & OPERATING PROCEDURES

Scissor Life Safety and Operating Procedures:

All lift vehicles are should rope off the area in which they are working using either YELLOW caution ribbon or RED danger tape, anytime there is danger that something could be dropped on a person below.

A Yellow caution ribbon is used to make people aware that there is potential for injury and to take caution. A person may enter the caution zone with your permission. Red DANGER tape is used to ensure no one is to enter the hazardous area where there is greater potential for injury. No one should enter a Danger area once it is roped off.

Operators will display a professional attitude and will demonstrate the following skills:

Respect for personal safety.
Regard for safety of others.
Obey procedures at all times.
Demonstrate excellent work habits, efficiency and reliability.
Demonstrate respect for facilities and property.

It is wise to … Read More »

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Working in Cold Environments

When working outdoors in cold weather or working in artificially cold environments, such as refrigerated areas, serious cold-related injuries and illnesses may occur.  Cold related hazards can cause permanent tissue damage or even death.

How cold is too cold?

When most people think of hypothermia, they think of frigid temperatures or blizzard like conditions.  Actually, hypothermia occurs most often in the spring and fall, rather than winter.

Four factors contribute to cold stress: cold temperatures, high or cold wind, dampness and cold water.  A cold environment forces the body to work harder to maintain its core temperature of 98.6oF.  Cold air, water, and snow all draw heat from the body. So, while it is obvious that below freezing conditions combined with inadequate clothing could bring about cold stress, it is important to understand that it can also be brought about by temperatures in the … Read More »

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Top 10 Electrical Safety Tips

Top 10 Electrical Safety Tips

We may think we know all there is to know about the dangers of electrical mishaps, but there are still electrical safety rules to be strictly observed.

Here are some tips to help you maintain proper caution, to help keep you and your family safe around the house, and to avoid electrical fires and accidents:

1 Make it a habit to turn off electric games and appliances when they’re not in use. Before going to bed, make it a routine to check that all electrical devices not in use are properly shut off.

2 Never ever overload sockets. It’s a safe bet to always use just one plug in every socket. Even if you are using the adapter make sure it’s the bar type that also has a fuse. The total output of all plugs in the adapter should … Read More »

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Ladder Safety

 

Over 6,000 people die from falling off ladders each year and more than 30,000 people are injured and require emergency room treatment. So, while you might think that you already know how to use a ladder safely, now’s a good time to review ladder do’s and don’ts:

• Always select the correct ladder for the job. That’s one that extends at least 3 feet over the roofline or working surface.
• Always place your ladder on level and firm ground. Use leg levelers under the ladder to level uneven or soft ground. Leg levelers are devices that you can buy at a hardware or home improvement store.
• Make sure the ladder can support both your weight and the load you are putting on it by checking the ladder’s maximum load rating.
• Make sure your straight and adjustable ladders have both slip-resistant feet.
• … Read More »

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More Than 2 Million Workers Gain Protection from Deadly Dust

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Lead and Asbestos removed from a Dallas building under construction

Lead and Asbestos removed from a Dallas building under construction. The Dallas building began the renovation process which included the asbestos and lead testing. Following the testing,  action was required to remove lead and asbestos.  This oversight was conducted by Farmer Environmental Group’s licensed asbestos inspector, Glen Walker. The scaffolding has been erected for workers to use chemicals and pneumatic needle guns, to remove lead based paint from the frames. The asbestos window caulking has also been removed as part of the renovations.

 

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Thanksgiving Treat

Need a delicious Thanksgiving Treat? Look no further than Pat Farmer’s Sugar Free Banana Pudding. It’s one of her “Must-Haves” around the dinner table and she wants to share it with YOU!

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What To Look For When Hiring an Environmental Consultant:

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The cost of your environmental consulting firm is not in the invoice they send you, but in the time and money they will save you.

If you are looking to hire an environmental consultant, take a closer look. Then take an even closer look. Do not be sold on the cheapest service without knowing they have all their licenses, understand regulations, and have the capacity and expertise to handle your project. Any mistakes made by the consultant could result in liability for you.    Do your research.  Find like businesses and reach out to get names of consultants they think are reputable.

Here is a list of what to look for and research when looking for an environmental consultant:
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1.    Licensed, Experienced, and Educated – A quick visit to the company’s website can clear up a lot about that firm’s competencies, or lack thereof.  Also, do not be afraid to ask the company for references.  The good ones will gladly point you to the handful of their longstanding clients.  If a company is not able to provide a reference in the area of expertise that you are hiring them for, this is a good sign that you should keep looking.

2.    Safety Records – The last thing you want is a firm with unsafe work practices on your property.  So ask the right questions.  “How many reportable OSHA incidents do you have?”  “What is your stop-work procedure?”  “What safety training and procedures does your company provide to personnel?”  A competent company that is truly concerned with employee health and safety will at a minimum be able to provide a representative with HAZWOPER training and a 10-hour OSHA course.

3.    Meet Deadlines – Simply put, time is money.  The last thing you need is a firm that over-commits and under-delivers.  Again, this is why it is always advisable to ask for and contact references.  An A-list company is going to receive high praise from their existing clients and is going to be very specific about their deliverables (ie. “We can get out there tomorrow, our representative will be arriving promptly at noon, and will be able to have a report to you four days following the visit.”)  Nothing vague; no guesswork needed on your part.

4.    Emergency Responders – Problems do not arise in a convenient manner with an ample amount of time available for the issue to be resolved.  They happen now and need to be resolved five minutes ago.  Work with a company who shares the concern surrounding your environmental needs.  A company in the environmental consulting industry that is unwilling to jump when you need them to is NOT the norm.  If that has been your experience, you are working with the wrong company.  A competent firm has a team of licensed professionals able to respond within 24 hours or less.

5.     Guides you through Environmental Regulations – A good consultant will give you a list of items you need to have taken care of; a great consultant will guide you through this process.  They will not push you; they will ease you along through each aspect and make sure everyone involved understands what is taking place and why it is taking place.  The last thing you, the consumer, need when dealing with something so foreign is to be pushed through a project without a clear understanding of what is taking place.