If dust or vapours are an issue in your workplace then you have a legal responsibility to ensure that the levels to which your employees are exposed do not exceed the working exposure limits and that exposure is minimised. Use of personal protection equipment should only be considered after other possible control methods.
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) 2002 detail Workplace Exposure Limits (WELs) for substances hazardous to health, including, of course a variety of dusts and fibres encountered within the workplace. To ensure that your processes remain within the limits defined by the Regulations and their supplementary documentation, sampling exercises must be undertaken using highly-calibrated equipment.
As part of your risk assessment under COSHH, airborne monitoring of dust or vapours may be required to establish the exposure levels your employees are experiencing. It is always important to consider monitoring dust or vapour levels before embarking on expensive engineering controls which may not be necessary if exposure levels are well within limits.
A variety of sampling methods can be utilised to obtain an accurate measurement of the dust that circulates within your factory, workshop or construction site; causing a health risk to all those who are directly exposed to the dust source as well as those who occupy adjacent areas. The monitoring and testing of the workplace environment provides valuable information about the likely effects construction and other operations can have on people and their immediate and wider working environment.
Once the data is collected a report detailing the current exposure levels will be supplied and explained to ensure that you are fully aware of the health implications of your current practice and the legal standing with reference to the Regulations.
The results of our air sampling are compared with the latest occupation exposure limits and guidance from recognised organisations such as the Health and Safety Executive, the World Health Organisation, BSRIA and the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers.
OM Safety Solutions Ltd can assist you in reducing the exposure level through the implementation of considered control measures and management systems that will enable you to prevent damaging the health of your employees and allow you to achieve compliance with the law.
Many avoidable health complaints, both acute and chronic, are caused by airborne contaminants (vapours, fumes and dusts) and noise pollution with the workplace. Air monitoring can minimise the adverse impact of airborne contamination upon the health of employees, improve staff morale and productivity, reduce the risk of fire and explosion in the workplace, and ensure compliance with relevant legislation.
For more information on our monitoring services please contact us.