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Major corporations such as BP, Bechtel, and Qualcomm/AT&T. JGI initiated aerial drone operations for visual asset management to improve safety in major construction projects in the energy or commercial construction industries. We use drones to collect real-time data in order to map workers, hazards, safety personnel, and hazard controls. Aerial technology is coupled with smart phones, RFID, Wi-Fi, and GPS functions to manage the 19 health & safety risks common to construction projects, especially dynamic hazards. This enables classification and quantification of real-time safety risk of an on-site worker, and the establishment of relationships between safety risk and onsite location of assets. This guides safety management to anticipate locality and safety risk at any moment throughout a work day. Drones also help us monitor your assets for gas leaks, corrossion, encroachment, theft, and other applications. We employ visible, ultraviolet, infrared, lidar, GPR, and x-ray.


To effectively create, or permeate an existing, organizational culture that embraces and desires safety best practices the HSE professional must employ coalition building strategies to lead this process throughout the system. Behavior modification programs such as Behavior Based Safety (BBS) require more planning, reassessment, and modification than most HSE professionals realize. We are dealing with human nature that many time is extremely resistant to change, even when one believes change is in their best interest. The HSE manager must change organizational culture and go forward with BBS programs, but must do so with the idea that it is a skill to make happen. For example, in an article titled "Safety on the Upswing," the author talks about running virtual scenarios with teams in order to effect change in behavior. While an excellent idea, experience shows that this tactic is not even on the radar of HSE staff and line management. Why? Time and Expertise! These are great tools and must be used wisely to change organizational culture.


The New Silica and Beryllium rule has some critical compliance requirements for the HSE manager to consider. OSHA indicates that Silica was a contributing cause in 1,100 deaths in the U.S. In addition, more people died in 2014 from Silicosis than other work place catastrophe. To reduce this death statistic OSHA has introduced new exposure standards. The Silica rule reduces the PEL by the staggering 50% to 50ug/m3. The first task for employers is to review existing chemical exposure plans, or create a plan. Fortunately, there is time to comply. For some 2017, and for others 2018. The new Beryllium rule reduces the PEL by an even more staggering amount of 90% to 0.2ug/m3. The time is now to assess this risk in employer operations and draft a plan prior to the effective date. For Beryllium the new rule becomes effective May 20, 2017.

3-Simple Steps. 3-Simple Steps to compliance include 1) Review current chemical exposure plans and modify for changes, 2) Prove your operations are below the PEL and Action Level (AL), and 3) Review Housekeeping plans, even if the operation is below AL. These simple steps will assist you in complying with the new rules.


Construction companies including Prime, General and Sub-Contractors under various insurance schemes need to manage the complexity of multi-employer and multi-site construction projects. Find out about cost effective program management and inspection services.


HSE personnel are have a unique role in the leadership, not management, of an organization to ensure employees stay loyal, focused, motivated and inspired. This role is unique to HSE personnel because they have real relational access to all employees.


HSE and operations personnel are challenged with managing mobile crane resources that travel between regions. Study finds these highly mobile crane resources are used by multiple users and lack a single person accountable for managing the safe use and maintenance of these resources.

posted August 25


Federal standards require fall protection systems where workers are exposed to potential falls at elevations starting at four feet. In telescoping boom man lifts elevations can be as high as 180'. The question arises is how can compliance be achieved while allowing for productive work to be accomplished?

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posted July 15


Confined Space entry into the well bore cellar during oil & gas drilling and exploration operations require enhanced training. Contractors must know the OSHA standard and the OSHA multi-employer policy to avoid confusion.

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posted July 01


The new FAA approval process paves the way for commercial drone use. Applications in gas detection, fine particulate sampling, and radiation monitoring.

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posted June 27


Recent OSHA fines for employer exposing employees to hazardous noise highlights the need for conducting noise surveys, noise reduction planning, proper hearing protection and traininng.

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posted June 10


Recent deaths by chemical asphyxiation underscores need for chemical risk assessment, chemical hazard planning and training, and emergency response.

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posted June 01

FAA Proposes new Drone Rules for Commercial Use

FAA releases proposed rules for Micro and Large Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones) for Commercial Use.


Juler Group Incorporated team members participated in the reforestation of Bastrop State Park in Bastrop Texas on February 8.

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posted Feb 10


Juler Group Incorporated has developed a systematic and reproducible method for risk assessment of chemicals, and hazardous agents, with permissible exposure limits (PEL) and annotated PELs, new chemical entities (NCE’s) and other chemicals found in the work place.

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posted Feb 09


Juler Group Incorporated identified employee health decline before and during layoffs and corporate restructuring as a hazard that must be recognized and mitigated by company HSE professionals.

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posted Feb 06

Juler Group Risk Assessment Team conducts risk analysis on CNC machining operations.

JGI has completed a comprehensive risk assessment of computer numeric controlled (CNC) machining and Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) operations at a major Texas manufacturer. Some of the many machines assessed included Mazak, Cincinatti Milicron, Mori-Seiki, Lodge & Shipley, Trevisan, Magworks MPI, and others. The goal was to identify hazards associated with a specific machine work center and product line from incoming material receipt to next stage delivery. The identification of hazards enables the development of engineering and administrative controls to reduce the risk of injury that come in the form of electrocution, amputation, injection wounds with compartment syndrome, chronic illness from air and surface borne contaminants, blunt traumas, hazardous continuous and implosive noise, retinal scarring and others.

Please contact us directly via email at the "Contact" link below or call Juler Group at 800.698.2826.

Juler Group Hazard Analysis Team performs overhead lifting hazard analysis in advanced machining operations.

JGI has completed the risk assessment of over forty (40) overhead lifting processes ranging from small 50lb to over 25,000lb using a variety of crane types such as free standing jib crane, wall mount and overhead bridge cranes.

In highly complex machining operations where a highly diversified set of individuals perform overhead lifting activities many issues may arise related to compliance, efficiency and safety. Our client wanted to understand more fully how to reduce hand and body injuries, to reduce costs associated with crane maintenance, and to increase productivity at each work center.

JGI characterized risk from a process standpoint looking at human error, equipment failure, process configuration failure, and personnel impact. Risk ratings based upon probability of occurrence and consequence level were calculated. During this process our team interviewed sixty operators and five staff person, and then observed all overhead lifting activities at each work center. As a result of our teams diligence we uncovered many things including those expressed by riggers and crane operators.

“Don’t tell anyone but I don't use the equipment they want me to use because it is too cumbersome.”

“I don't know if it is right but that's the way I do it!”

“I have not received formal training; I was shown how to do it by a guy who just recently retired.”

“I have to constantly man-handle the crane and the load to maneuver it into place.”

“I have been doing this thirteen years and I guess I am comfortable with the method but I am always nervous.”

As a result of this work many new and simple rigging rig-up solutions were designed and standardized, a training program was developed to accommodate a large number of operators with demanding production schedules, and safer and more efficient lifting procedures were implemented. In addition, a certification schedule was developed for over 150 custom below-the-hook lifting devices to achieve full compliance with ASME B30.20, ASME BTH-1 and 29 CFR 1926.251.

Please contact us directly via email at the "Contact" link below or call Juler Group at 800.. We have offices in Houston, TX and Austin, TX.

Juler Group Process Hazard Team conducts process review and risk assessment to identify and implement engineering controls for toxic and flammable materials.

JGI has completed the risk assessment of surface preparation, coating and insulation processes used in subsea oil and gas drilling, exploration and production.

Exacting coating standards for subsea energy equipment organizations have been set forth by the American Petroleum Institute (API), the Norwegian Technology Centre NORSOK (or ‘Norsk Sokkels Konkuranseposisjon’) and the international association of oil and gas producers (OGP). These standards provide guidelines that manufacturers follow in applying coatings and insulation to subsea equipment. The guidelines ensure:

  • The coating system provides optimal protection of the installation with a minimum need for maintenance
  • The coating system is maintenance friendly
  • The coating system is application friendly
  • The coating systems' impact upon health, safety and environmental have been evaluated and documented

To meet these standards manufacturers of oil and gas equipment typically have impressive surface preparation, coating and insulation operations at their facilities. In addition, this resource is complimented with third party subcontractors onsite or at subcontractor facilities. Surface preparation includes processes such as spot blasting, bead blasting, sweep blasting, wet slurry blasting, white metal blastcleaning, hydroblasting up to 40,000psi, tool cleaning, solvent cleaning, sanding and grinding cleaning. Surface coating processes include single paint systems, two-part paint systems, cross-linked (thermoset) processes with epoxy/polyurethane/alkyd resins, thermoplastic coatings, and others. Insulation systems include industry leaders such as Novolastic®, Novotherm®, Uratherm®, Vikotherm®, etc.

As a result of this work As a result of this work engineering controls for surface preparation and spray finishing operations, and insulation operations, were designed and implemented to achieve full compliance with 29 CFR 1910 Subpart Z, 1910.94, 1910.106 and 107, NFPA 33, and 40 CFR and 30 TAC regarding hazardous waste disposal.

Please contact us directly via email at the "Contact" link below or call Juler Group at 800.. We have offices in Houston, TX and Austin, TX.

Juler Group Competency Training Team develops industry first Oil and Gas Drilling and Exploration Hydrostatic and Pneumatic Testing Competency Training Program.

Hydrostatic and pneumatic testing operations are common throughout the energy industry for many reasons including new products, fabricated structures, refurbishment and maintenance of product and equipment, and commissioning. These requirements are driven by industry organizations such as the American Petroleum Institute (API), the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC), the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate and Industry (NORSOK), the European Union Offshore Oil and Gas Authorities Group, the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA), and technical groups such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the American Society of Test and Measurement (ASTM), and others.

Over the past two years Juler Group completed development of competency training programs for seven (7) high pressure testing platforms ranging from 500psi to 65,000psi, and currently has entered into agreements to develop competency training programs for Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MOUs), Surface Wellhead Blowout Preventers (Well Control), Natural Gas Pipelines, Offshore Production Fabrications, Marine Vessel Repair and Modification and Offshore Hookup. Each of these segments have pressure testing requirements for applications such as mud and cement systems, fuel oil systems, fire main system, bilge and preload stripping system, drill floor hydraulic system, deluge system, helideck foam extinguishing system, choke and kill manifolds, hydraulic fracturing manifolds, diver hatches, check valves, plug valves, butterfly valves, ball valves, piston and plunger pumps, mud pumps, stimulation and frac pumps, and others.

Please visit our Competency Training pages to discover more about the training concept and methods at the following links or you may contact us directly via email at the "Contact" link below or call Juler Group at 512.346.4800. We have offices in Houston, TX and Austin, TX.

Juler Group Hazard Assessment Team Reviews Nanotechnology Application.

Engineered nonmaterial development, production and use demand thorough hazard and risk assessments of potential exposures to materials such as graphene, carbon onion, carbon nanotubes (e.g. SWNT, MWNT) and Fullerene. This process requires the systematic characterization of the potential adverse health effects presented by these agents in specific workplace processes. Juler Group reviews point out that the highest exposures may occur during the production of these carbonaceous nanoparticles. As with many highly hazardous materials, nanomaterials should be handled with care by ensuring the processes are enclosed and isolated, that appropriate ventilation and filtration systems are employed, and that personal protective equipment are used to compliment engineering and administrative controls.

As a result of this work Juler Group recommends that employers in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry perform complete assessment evaluations of any new nanotechnology-enabled product in their specific operations to characterize exposures and develop control plans to keep employees and the environment safe.

Juler Group Certification Training Team develops Rigging and Overhead Crane program compliance documentation.

OSHA requires safety program compliance documentation for specific activities unique to an employers operations. Individual written safety program documents are required and must be work place specific. The program documents describe responsibility, authority, areas where activity takes place, procedures for safe execution, PPE, affected personnel, training and record keeping. This program document is incorporated into the overall HSE policies and programs and must be implemented in a timely and efficient manner.

Juler Group Teams have recently completed a base documentation package for rigging and overhead lifting including overhead and mobile cranes. This package may be customized to your specific operations and satisfies regulatory requirements for individually written programs for rigging and cranes.

Juler Group develops complete Safety Program for Metal Fabrication Industry.

Manufacturers of fabricated structures such as ASME Code pressure vessels, LPG & NGL storage tanks, large diameter pipe, gas transmission and processing, and onshore/offshore/subsea oil and gas processing and production have a need for comprehensive health, safety and environmental (HSE) program management. Recently, Juler Group has been involved with two large fabricators in Texas regarding HSE program management. A Central Texas based fabricator needed top-to-bottom gap analysis and development of a new HSE program. A Houston based fabricator had many elements that OSHA and the EPA required but needed incorporation of elements that were either missing or in need of update.

Juler Groups experience at developing new workplace specific HSE programs or improving existing programs is based upon solid fundamentals. By performing gap analyses and then prioritizing deficiencies we can develop and implement necessary components to bring an employer to full compliance with OSHA and EPA regulatory criteria. Contact us today to discuss Safety Program Management.

Juler Group implements suite of Industrial Hygiene services for Drilling & Exploration Fracturing Operations.

In response to the OSHA/NIOSH Hazard Alert regarding hydraulic fracturing, Juler Group has teamed with the number one air analysis laboratory in the United States to conduct drilling and exploration hazard assessments and industrial hygiene monitoring for Silica, Benzene, Toluene, BTEX, Hydrogen Sulfide, Sulfur Dioxide, Carbon Monoxide, Acid Gases, Lead and others.

Juler Groups extensive experience carrying out hazard assessments and occupational health and environmental monitoring in land based surface wellhead operations enables a highly efficient and un-intrusive process to comply with new directives that have resulted from public debate. Contact us today to discuss this new directive and schedule a hazard assessment.

Juler Group develops HPT Technician Competency Training Program.

Juler Group has completed the development of a high-pressure test technician competency training program aimed at introducing technicians to the hydrostatic high-pressure testing process outlined in API-6A, its hazards and their control.

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Juler Group develops Applied Rigging Training for FRAC Tree operations.

Juler Group recently completed the development of an advanced rigger qualification training course for Frac Tree setup during the well stimulation and hydraulic fracturing process. The course aims to prepare Frac technicians to carry out safe rigging, overhead lifting and management of a critical lift plan.

FRAC Tree Rigger Training Brochure

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Juler Group Achieves HIPAA and HITECH Compliance.

Juler Group has completed requirements for the receipt, transmission and long-term storage of personal health information (PHI). This accomplishment enables our Hearing Conservation Management Team to manage hearing test results throughout the occupational health data life cycle. Juler Group manages complex hearing conservation programs for clients with operations throughout North America. Receiving and storing audiograms from hearing test providers, then transmitting them to audiologists, ENTs, professional supervisors, employers or legal counsel demands HIPAA compliance for securing handing of medical records.

OSHA is pushed by NIOSH to monitor drilling and completion fracturing operations.

The drilling and completions business has come under fire for fracking operations. Hydraulic fracturing is a well stimulation operation in which fluids are pumped through a well to low-permeability formations at sufficiently high pressure to create new fractures in rock, or to open existing natural fractures, so that greater volumes of oil or natural gas can be produced to create fissures in the formation so that oil and gas may flow more freely. The chemical mixtures and high pressures have been targeted by community and environmental groups as dangerous and hazardous to drinking water supplies and the environment. In addition, NIOSH has raised concerns that there is no sampling data that may confirm or deny allegations that fracturing chemicals are hazardous. OSHA does not have this data and is being pushed to obtain. Juler Group routinely performs hazard assessments and monitoring activities throughout North America and recommends sampling for noise, silica, and radiation.

Juler Group Achieves CAOHC Certifications

Juler Group Industrial Hygiene specialists have achieved the certified Occupational Hearing Conservationist designation from CAOHC. We are proud of this accomplishment since it gives our Hazardous Noise Team a greater understanding of the potentially debilitating effects of continuous and impulse on employee hearing and health. In addition, our team understands the 7-Dirty Secrets of hazardous noise on business productivity and efficiency. Most importantly our hazardous noise control team knows how to reduce hearing loss, reduce the impact of noise on business results and to manage hearing conservation programs from top to bottom. Juler Group routinely monitors hazardous noise for our clients and manages a domestic hearing conservation programs throughout North America.

Juler Group High Pressure Hazard Assessment Milestone

Juler Group process safety and hazard specialists have completed their seventh comprehensive hazard assessment of high pressure testing platforms used in client manufacturing and remote third party locations, with pressure test ranges from 500-70,000psi. The risk and hazard assessments have been used to develop a thorough competency training program delivered in a variety of formats including live in-class training, detailed training videos, interactive work shops utilizing fog-of-war and situational awareness training, and CBT. This achievement in cooperation with the Baker Risk Engineering High Pressure Consortium participants represents a beginning in mitigating high pressure safety hazards. These hazards continue to escalate since drilling and exploration players are going deeper thus requiring ability to overcome greater subterranean pressures. Juler Group provides hazard assessment, hazard control and competency training programs aimed at drilling and exploration organizations that are exposed to this fatal hazard.

Juler Group Applied Rigging Training Course Milestone

Juler Group training specialists have completed the development of an applied rigging training program aimed at FRAC stack riggers in the oil and gas drilling and exploration industry. A comprehensive hazard assessment was the first step followed by development of the rigging gear package bill of materials and critical lift plan. The risk and hazard assessments have been used to develop a thorough competency training program delivered live in-class training. Trainees must pass a rigorous written examination and detailed practical evaluation. Extensive video and still images have been used to develop detailed training videos, and interactive work shops with situational awareness training.

Juler Group Celebrates 10 years!

In 2012 Juler Group is celebrating 10 years of service to the risk management industry. Our company was started in 2002 and focused on industrial hygiene and occupational safety. Since that time we have grown to offer an integrated set of services to clients in the energy, aerospace, semiconductor, pharmaceutical/biotechnology, and governmental industries. We thank all of our clients for our partnerships and look forward to the future.

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posted January 18

High Pressure Testing Hazard Management Instructional Videos

Juler Group has completed a series of five high-pressure testing instructional videos and assessment tools for competency based training of high-pressure test technicians in oil and gas drilling and exploration support. The goal of these instructional videos is to give our client highly specific on-the-job process and hazard understanding during high-pressure testing operations on seven different HPT platforms. The in-depth content was based upon a comprehensive hazard assessment of these platforms detailing process steps and the embedded hazard exposures. The instructional video and assessment package is an integral part of our clients competency assurance program as part of their partnership in the Baker Engineering and Risk Consultants High Pressure Testing Safety JIP.

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posted January 12

Juler Group Noise Control & Hearing Loss Prevention

Juler Group industrial noise assessment and hearing conservation specialists assist clients in reducing hazardous noise. Recent project in noise assessment reveals high pressure water jet cutting operations require operator isolation. Engineered solution resulted in negligible increase in zone decibels.

Hazardous Noise is a Business Liability Fact Sheet

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posted January 05

Hazard Evaluation and the Industrial Hygienist

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have established permissible exposure limits for approximately 430 chemical agents. This represents only 0.5% of the 82,000 chemicals in commercial use today. In addition, only five of these 82,000 chemicals have been tested and are regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Small numbers to be sure while the effects of exposure to workers and the environment remain unknown.

For the Industrial Hygienist the challenge of identifying and evaluating hazards in an effort to prevent and control worker exposure is ongoing, and according to OSHA is required after any material change has occurred in the workplace, or new directives and standards are promulgated.
OSHA, over the past year, has initiated three chemical agent national emphasis programs (NEP) for a) Crystalline silica, CPL 03-00-007, b) Lead, CPL 03-00-009, and c) Flavoring Chemicals/Diacetyl, CPL 03-00-009.

Certified Industrial Hygienist professionals (CIHP) utilize qualitative and quantitative tools to characterize the exposures regulated by OSHA, and similar to Certified Safety Professionals using Job Hazard/Safety Analysis and Hazard Mapping to evaluate a hazard the CIHP uses air, surface, and biological monitoring data to evaluate the hazard in an effort to prevent and control it. The data is then combined with information regarding routes of exposure, toxicology, physiochemical properties, acute toxicity and irritation, sensitization, metabolism, pharmokinetics, genotoxicity, reproductive/developmental toxicity, neurotoxicity, oncogenicity, chronic toxicity and carcinogenicity. Yes, the CIHP has a herculean task.

Employee and contractor safety should not be placed on the back burner during tough economic times, and since many companies have downsized and restructured operations have changed demanding that hazard assessments be updated. The NEPís will not wait for better times, either should you.

Industrial Hygiene Website

Hazardous Noise - Oil & Gas Industry

Juler Group has conducted extensive personal noise dosimetry monitoring at remote sites across the United States where oil and natural gas drilling operations. It has been discovered that personnel have been exposed to noise levels above the OSHA Action Level of 85dBA and a peak sound pressure level of 140dBC on a regular basis. What has been more surprising to managers of producers and contractors at these sites is that these noise levels are common even on rigless sites during completion and abandonment operations.

To request a copy of this informational report contact us at 512.346.4800 extension 701 or send a message through the link below.

Hexavalent Chromium

The U.S. manufacturing industry is feeling the financial and process related impact of the new OSHA Hexavalent Chrome standard and Juler Group has been at the forefront of hexavalent chrome risk assessment and control in heavy manufacturing and fabrication. View the following regarding hexavalent chrome. Visit our Hexavalent Chrome Resource Pages for more information.

Chromium Six in Welding Operations

Risk Management Knowledge Packages

In January of 2008 Juler Group will unveil its new Risk Management Knowledge and Training Center. Member clients and registered affiliates will be able to receive Risk Control Packets designed to provide training summaries to affected personnel, and may serve as partial satisfaction of insurance requirements.

Packages will be available in the following areas 1) Industrial Hygiene, 2) Workplace Safety, 3) Construction Safety, 4) Ergonomics, 5) Healthcare, 6) Fleet Safety and 7) Product Safety. These informative regulatory and compliance summaries may be presented by Juler Group at your facilities or may be obtained for your own in-house training and communication needs.

For more information regarding risk communication series contact us at 512.346.4800 extension 701 or send a message through the link below.