North Shore Congratulates Dave Johnson

Dave Johnson has been promoted to Vice President of Operations at North Shore Environmental Construction, Inc (NSEC). In this role, Dave will be responsible for the management of NSEC operations and personnel.  Congratulations!

The State of Wisconsin Recognizes North Shore – Green Tier Celebration

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recognizes North Shore Environmental Construction, Inc. (NSEC) for participating in the Green Tier Program.  A formal initiation event was held on November 12th at Bar Louie’s at the Bayshore Town Center in Glendale, Wisconsin to honor NSEC’s participation in this program and their current achievements.

The Green Tier Program recognizes companies that aim for environmental excellence.  Since 1989, NSEC has been working to protect the environment by providing clients with services in hazardous and non-hazardous materials management, transportation and disposal, emergency spill response, industrial and environmental services and remediation.  As a Green Tier Participant 1, NSEC will continue their efforts to surpass environmental regulatory standards and build on its Environmental Management System.  NSEC will focus on waste reductions, recycling options and energy use reductions.

North Shore’s latest environmental improvements include:

  • using enhanced high efficiency lighting and installing light sensors
  • implementing an Environmental Management System, which will provide baseline data to compare with future results
  • developing mercury chemical decontamination technology
  • implementing beneficial reuse practices
  • recycling treated wastewater
  • converting waste to energy at designated facilities
  • reducing carbon emissions with the addition of flex fuel vehicles
  • purchasing stone, sawdust and other supplies locally

A big thank you to Chloe Soik, Assistant Project Manager, for enrolling NSEC in the Green Tier Program.  She completed the application and submitted our plan to the WDNR for approval.  She has been diligently working on NSEC’s waste and energy use reductions and recycling program.  Chloe coordinated our initiation event with the WDNR, our clients, friends and family.

To view more information about NSEC’s Green Tier initiatives, please visit:

http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/GreenTier/Participants/NorthShore.html

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Left to right is: Jesse Jensen (Acting Secretary Director, Southeast, WDNR), Chloe Soik (Assistant Project Manager, NSEC) and Keith Hitzke (President, NSEC).

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Left to right is: Chloe Soik (Assistant Project Manager, NSEC) and Keith Hitzke (President, NSEC).

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Supersucker – The Ideal Remover Solution

North Shore Environmental Construction, Inc. (NSEC) just got better!

NSEC provides yet an even faster and effective solution to cleaning up waste.  NSEC recently purchased a Supersucker (a high velocity air mover) to remove industrial and environmental waste and provide facility maintenance, tank cleaning, utility and underground service, hydro excavation and bulk material recovery.

The Supersucker is an effective application for both easy to reach areas and hard to access areas.  The system removes bulk materials from confined space areas, silos, tanks and interior areas of buildings when traditional equipment is not efficient nor as effective.  The system can handle all non-flammable materials in both solid and liquid form.  It has a 6000CFM Blower.  ‘It can simultaneously load and transfer waste by using the sludge pump accessory, which is capable of moving up to 500 gallons per minute gpm.

Want to see how a Supersucker works?  Contact NSEC for your next project.

Always put safety first, surround yourself with the best personnel and resources, and let’s get your site back to business.

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North Shore’s New Technology

Quantify the Known….Identify the Unknown.  North Shore Environmental Construction, Inc. (NSEC) is leading the way.   NSEC recently purchased a portable field-based Gasmet DX4040 FTIR gas analyzer.  The DX4040 can detect up to 25 gases simultaneously providing validated results in 60 seconds or less.  It identifies known and unknown gases in seconds, and produces outstanding lab quality data in the field.

The portable Gasmet™ DX4040 FTIR gas analyzer is a Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer.  The DX4040 is one of the most powerful instruments available for on-site rapid identification and quantification of toxic gases.  A FTIR detects gaseous compounds by their absorbance of infrared radiation.

The 25 gas library of measured gases can be changed in the field (select from a master library list of ~250 gases), and by using the Advanced Library search function, over 5,000 gases can be identified in the field.  This provides the ability to respond to any required measurement and especially useful in situations where unknown gases are encountered.  By using this technology, NSEC provides optimum performance in demanding situations.

To learn more about how North Shore is using the Gasmet™ DX4040 FTIR gas analyzer, click on this link:

http://www.gasmet.com/company/news/698-gas-analyzer-builds-complete-picture-of-contamination-115154-17022016

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Toxic Mercury Spilled During a Large Renovation Project

As part of a renovation project, a construction contractor was cutting sanitary sewer pipe.  As the pipe was being disconnected from the ceiling, beads of waste were released from the pipe and fell to the floor.  The workers were unaware that the waste was mercury and proceeded to cut the pipe and place it in a dumpster located outside the building.  This caused the mercury beads to contaminate many areas at the facility.  The mercury embedded in the terrazzo floor, contaminated other construction debris that was already in the dumpster, and contaminated the grass and cement area outside the dumpster.  Once it was discovered that the waste was mercury, North Shore Environmental Construction, Inc. (NSEC) was contacted to cleanup this spill.

NSEC specializes in cleaning up mercury.  When mercury is spilled, it shatters into tiny beads and spreads in many directions.  Mercury emits toxic, odorless vapors, which can be very dangerous when inhaled by people or pets.  The cleanup process included using a Lumex Mercury Analyzer to monitor the mercury vapors in the air.   A mercury vacuum removed the mercury from the floor, around electrical panels and in the grass around the dumpster.  The mercury contaminated steel and construction debris was removed from the dumpster and placed into cubic yard boxes for disposal.

Whenever you detect or spill mercury, contact an environmental contractor like NSEC to assist you with the cleanup.

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Germantown Little League Softball Ends With a Smash!

North Shore Environmental Construction, Inc. (NSEC) sponsored the Germantown Little League Rockets this summer.  The girls had a fun season and worked hard.  They ended up going into the semi-finals with a close win of 14-13.  The Rockets proceeded to the finals and played the undefeated team of the season.  They won 18-6!  That brought them to a rematch with the same team two days later and won 26-16 for first place!  Congratulations!

Little League promotes character, teamwork and loyalty.  NSEC is extremely proud of the girls and their great attitudes, and is happy to be a part of this organization.IMG_0995

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Third Successful Mercury Cleanup at a Wastewater Treatment Plant

North Shore Environmental Construction (NSEC) successfully completed a mercury cleanup at a municipal wastewater treatment plant on April 1, 2015. The project began in October 2014 and included mercury clean-up and decontamination of four trickling filter tanks and outer structures.

NSEC was contracted by the City to investigate and remediate the mercury release in accordance with Iowa DNR regulations. Releases of elemental mercury were identified at the North Plant during the site investigation performed on the four trickling filters prior to their decommissioning. NSEC removed 17,580 tons of filter rock media from the four trickling filters. The rock was tested (clean) and transported to the local landfill for beneficial re-use. NSEC decommissioned the four trickling filter bearings, packaged and disposed of them and the mercury debris at an offsite retort facility. The bearings had been leaking elemental mercury over the years. NSEC completed the cleanup efforts on time and without any incidents on site.

NSEC completed the mercury cleanup, structure decontamination and final air clearance sampling. No further action required by Iowa DNR based on completing the above outlined tasks and proper disposal of all waste associated with the remedial action.

This is the third successful mercury cleanup at a wastewater treatment plant completed by NSEC.

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Mercury Cleanup at a Residential Home in Marinette

North Shore Environmental Construction’s Hazmat crew decontaminated a home in Marinette that was the site of a mercury spill. The spill happened sometime before January 12th, according to Marinette County Health and Human Services Mary Rosner R.N. The cleanup began in April. The homeowner told the Marinette County Health Department that he bought the mercury from a dentist years ago. Mercury used to be found in cavity fillings. It also used to be common in such things as thermometers, thermostats and light bulbs. It is now considered a dangerous human health hazard.

“Mercury is a neurotoxin,” explained Rosner. “It can attack people’s nervous system, the brain, their lungs and kidneys. Chronic exposure over time has severe impacts on a person.”

Mercury is the hardest on pregnant women, infants and young children and affects development and breathing. It is also associated with a host of other health issues such as anxiety, sleeping problems, tremors, blood pressure and more.

“My advice to people is if you have mercury thermometers at home, if you have old thermostats, old lightbulbs that have mercury in them, put them in containers that are not easily broken and take them to your next clean sweep,” said Rosner.

North Shore’s Hazmat crew worked wearing hazmat suits, gloves, gas masks and special footwear to detoxify both the home and garage, which is a very expensive process.

The mercury spill cleanup was completed successfully and the resident moved back into his home.

Deadline Approaching – Need to Reclassify Chemicals

One of the most serious threats facing workers today is exposure to hazardous chemicals. OSHA has modified the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to adopt the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) to improve safety and health of workers through more effective communications on chemical hazards.

What is the Globally Harmonized System?

The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) is an international approach to hazard communication, providing agreed criteria for classification of chemical hazards, and a standardized approach to label elements and safety data sheets (SDS). Once implemented it will:

  • improve the quality and consistency of hazard information in the workplace.
  • provide understandable information on appropriate handling and safe use of hazardous chemicals.
  • help reduce trade barriers.
  • improve productivity for businesses that regularly handle, store and use hazardous chemicals.
  • provide cost savings for businesses that periodically update SDS’s and labels for chemicals covered under the hazard communication standard.

The deadline is June 1, 2015 for manufacturers and distributors to reclassify chemicals and send SDS’s and labels in the GHS format.

Hazard Communication Standard Pictogram

As of June 1, 2015, the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) will require pictograms on labels to alert users of the chemical hazards to which they may be exposed. Each pictogram consists of a symbol on a white background framed within a red border and represents a distinct hazard(s). The pictogram on the label is determined by the chemical hazard classification.

HCS Pictograms and Hazards

Health Hazard

Health Pictogram

  • Carcinogen
  • Mutagenicity
  • Reproductive Toxicity
  • Respiratory Sensitizer
  • Target Organ Toxicity
  • Aspiration Toxicity

Flame

Health Pictogram

  • Flammables
  • Pyrophorics
  • Self-Heating
  • Emits Flammable Gas
  • Self-Reactives
  • Organic Peroxides

Exclamation Mark

Health Pictogram

  • Irritant (skin and eye)
  • Skin Sensitizer
  • Acute Toxicity
  • Narcotic Effects
  • Respiratory Tract Irritant
  • Hazardous to Ozone Layer (Non-Mandatory)

Gas Cylinder

Health Pictogram

  • Gases Under Pressure

Corrosion

Health Pictogram

  • Skin Corrosion/Burns
  • Eye Damage
  • Corrosive to Metals

Exploding Bomb

Health Pictogram

  • Explosives
  • Self-Reactives
  • Organic Peroxides

Flame Over Circle

Health Pictogram

  • Oxidizers

Environment

(Non-Mandatory)

Health Pictogram

  • Aquatic Toxicity

Skull and Crossbones

Health Pictogram

  • Acute Toxicity (fatal or toxic)
For more information:

OSHA Occupational
Safety and Health
Administration

U.S. Department of Labor
www.osha.gov (800) 321-OSHA (6742)

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Congratulations North Shore!

North Shore is excited to announce they are accepted as a Green Tier – Tier 1 participant.  Green Tier is a sustainable and innovative environmental program developed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.  It is a voluntary program for businesses that are willing to exceed basic environmental regulations and to commit and perform exceptional environmental practices.  North Shore is committed to working with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to take the lead in environmental protection while assuring economic stability and growth.  Green Tier is helping businesses make a difference environmentally.

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