Turnarounds & Maintenance Support

Facility turnarounds & maintenance outages are intense, around-the-clock & complicated.

Factors that Complicate the Control of Health Risks.

The large number of contracted workers, temporary nature of work, frequent required breaking of containment of systems that carry hazardous chemicals are all factors that may complicate the control of health risks.

70% of major accidents occur during these non-routine operations.


In the planning stage, we can assist with supporting:

  • Health hazard risk assessments – know what your workers can be exposed to before they encounter it
  • Exposure control plans ­– plan and control health hazards that are uniquely hazardous and regulated by WorkSafeBC
  • Chemical approval processes ­– approve what chemicals your contractors will bring to site before they arrive
  • Confined space hazard assessments – protect workers from potentially dangerous situations
  • Training and awareness education – increase hazard identification and hazard mitigation by training your workforce

In the execution phase, we can assist with supporting:

  • Worker exposure monitoring – link to occupational hygiene survey page
  • Hazard communication – workers must be informed of the chemical, physical and biological hazards that may be present as a result of turnaround or maintenance activities
  • Field inspections and addressing ad-hoc issues – verify that contractors are following the control measures for tasks like catalyst handling, insulation handling, welding, abrasive blasting, cutting/grinding, hydroblasting, chemical cleaning/stripping, manual handling, radiography, confined space entry, etc.
  • Respirator fit testing at a discounted rate – link to fit testing page

In the planning stage, we can assist with supporting:


  • Health hazard risk assessments – know what your workers can be exposed to before they encounter it
  • Exposure control plans ­– plan and control health hazards that are uniquely hazardous and regulated by WorkSafeBC
  • Chemical approval processes ­– approve what chemicals your contractors will bring to site before they arrive
  • Confined space hazard assessments – protect workers from potentially dangerous situations
  • Training and awareness education – increase hazard identification and hazard mitigation by training your workforce

In the execution phase, we can assist with supporting:


  • Worker exposure monitoring – link to occupational hygiene survey page
  • Hazard communication – workers must be informed of the chemical, physical and biological hazards that may be present as a result of turnaround or maintenance activities
  • Field inspections and addressing ad-hoc issues – verify that contractors are following the control measures for tasks like catalyst handling, insulation handling, welding, abrasive blasting, cutting/grinding, hydroblasting, chemical cleaning/stripping, manual handling, radiography, confined space entry, etc.
  • Respirator fit testing at a discounted rate – link to fit testing page

Build occupational hygiene strategies into your turnaround/maintenance outage budget and you will see the value of:

  • Preventing workplace injury and illness
  • Reducing schedule delays due to improper health and safety planning
  • Reducing budget overruns due to unforeseen health risks or emergencies
  • Improving workplace conditions for temporary workers
  • Building a culture of safety sought after by your industry peers

We Can Help


Exposure Control Consulting can ensure that your facility’s health hazards are managed effectively so that your turnaround or maintenance outage is

on time and budget.