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Don't try this at home.

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

As we approach seasonal shut down time for many industrial plants and facilities, we’ve been getting more calls for combustible dust cleaning estimates. It’s great that companies are becoming more aware of this growing hazard, and moving forward with creating safer working environments for their employees. For some companies, especially smaller ones, it may seem like a good idea to go ahead and clean it themselves. If they can spare a worker and a shop vac for a day, it’s cheaper, and that should get it done, right?

Wrong. Dead wrong.

OSHA’s Safety and Health Information Bulletin called Combustible Dust in Industry:  Preventing and Mitigating the Effects of Fire and Explosions says to clean dust residues at regular intervals, use cleaning methods that do not generate dust clouds if ignition sources are present, and only use vacuum cleaners approved for dust collection. When I hear companies say they’re going to “just blow it down ourselves,” it makes my heart jump. It’s dangerous at best, and can create a dust cloud that’s susceptible to ignition. One small spark is all it takes to create a catastrophe.

Sometimes we hear of companies that decide just to vacuum up combustible dust accumulation. They’ve got a shop vac, and they can do it in-house. Is the person doing the vacuuming wearing flame resistant clothing? Checking for no exposed steel on their shoes? Is that shop vac suitable for NEC 500 Class II hazardous atmospheres? Do they meet the NFPA 70 requirements for grounding/bonding? Is it intrinsically safe? Didn’t think so. Regular vacuums are a risk for sparking hazards, and sometimes create combustible dust clouds themselves. (Not to mention that they’re not that great at picking up the fine dust and heavier materials.)

Please don’t try to clean combustible dust accumulation hazards with compressed air or traditional vacuuming or sweeping. Enlist the help of a professional who has experience in combustible dust remediation. Chances of creating an even bigger risk of explosion during the cleaning process is too great without the right equipment and methods. This will help you avoid fines and help keep your employees safe.

 

Hughes Environmental Appoints Service Manager

Monday, January 10th, 2011

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (Jan. 10, 2011) – Hughes Environmental, a commercial duct cleaning and combustible dust remediation company based in Louisville, Kentucky, is pleased to announce a new member of their management team, Mr. Lee Ehlers.  Lee will join the company’s operation department as the Service Manager and aide in the continued growth of the business.

              “Lee’s management and operations experience will enable Hughes Environmental to have a more productive, efficient team”, said Chuck Cooper, Director of Business Development.  “He brings over 20 years of management experience to Hughes’ and we expect him to further strengthen our operations department. His hire is just another example of our commitment to be the best in the business. We are very pleased to have him.”

In the new Service Manager position, Lee will be responsible for overseeing the technicians that perform commercial duct cleaning, HVAC Systems Cleaning and Combustible Dust Remediation services to commercial facilities throughout the Midwest and South East Region of the United States. “I am enjoying the entrepreneurial atmosphere and the new opportunities that Hughes Environmental has been able to offer me so far.  Hughes’ is a customer-oriented company that has a passion for providing the best service in the industry. I’m very proud to be a part of that”, said Ehlers.

About Hughes Environmental

In early 2005 Gail Walkiewicz and Craig Rutledge started Hughes Environmental, Inc. to service the commercial duct cleaning and combustible dust remediation needs of clients in the eastern half of the United States.  Hughes Environmental has seen strong growth since its inception as a result of superior customer service and a staff comprised of multiple NADCA Certified “Air System Cleaning Specialist”, American Indoor Air Quality “Certified Mold Remediators”, and “Certified Indoor Environmentalist”. For more information visit: www.hughesenv.com

Hughes Environmental Receives 2010 Best of Cincinnati Award

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

U.S. Commerce Association’s Award Plaque Honors the Achievement

NEW YORK, NY, May 11, 2010 — For the second consecutive year, Hughes Environmental has been selected for the 2010 Best of Cincinnati Award in the Air Duct Cleaning category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).

The USCA “Best of Local Business” Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Nationwide, only 1 in 70 (1.4%) 2010 Award recipients qualified as two-time Award Winners. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2010 USCA Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.

About U.S. Commerce Association (USCA)

U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a New York City based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.

The USCA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.

SOURCE: U.S. Commerce Association

CONTACT:
U.S. Commerce Association
Email: PublicRelations@us-ca.org
URL: http://www.us-ca.org

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Hughes Environmental Earns Safety Award for Fifth Consecutive Year

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

LOUISVILLE, KY (May 18, 2010) – Hughes Environmental, a commercial duct cleaning company based in Louisville, Kentucky, was named the recipient of the HVAC Inspection, Maintenance and Restoration Association’s 2009 “Outstanding Safety Award”. Winners of the Outstanding Safety Award have maintained little to no instances of employee injury for three or more consecutive years.

     The requirements for the Safety Award is based on standards from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Companies who apply for the award must have completed OSHA #300A Log in accordance with requirements under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and have met safety guidelines as stipulated by NADCA to receive the honor.

 “We’re very proud of this accomplishment.  Having maintained an outstanding safety record for five consecutive years is something we are very proud of”, said Garry Cronin, Vice President of Operation for Hughes Environmental.  “This is just another example of how Hughes Environmental knows the importance of safety on the job.”

 In early 2005 Gail Walkiewicz and Craig Rutledge started Hughes Environmental, Inc. to service the commercial duct cleaning and rafter and ceiling cleaning needs of clients in the eastern half of the United States.  Hughes Environmental has seen strong growth since its inception as a result of superior customer service and a staff comprised of multiple NADCA Certified “Air System Cleaning Specialist”, American Indoor Air Quality “Certified Mold Remediators”, and “Certified Indoor Environmentalist”.

For more information please contact Lori Wood at 888-845-3952 or lwood@hughesenv.com