Workplace Exposure Monitoring
MBHS strives to reduce the risk of occupational exposure
Workers can be made ill in the workplace by hazardous substances exposure, contracting lung disease such as asthma, cancer and COPD. As an employer, you are responsible for taking effective measures to assess and control exposure to hazardous substances and protect employee health.
Under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations, employers are required to protect employees as well as many others who may be exposed to hazardous substances by ensuring that a monitoring regime is in place to ensure their safety.
Why use MBHS?
MBHS has been supporting businesses and organisations with health & safety compliance since 2003. We have chartered occupational hygienists and technical experts to carry out assessments of a wide range of occupational exposure risks such as fumes, dust, bio hazards and vapours as well as assessing other hazards such as noise and vibration. MBHS adopts a practical and cost effective approach to deliver best value solutions and peace of mind.
COSHH and Workplace Exposure Assessments
Some of the monitoring services offered by MBHS include:
|Dust, Mists & Fumes||Chemicals & Solvents||Noise & Vibration||Biological|
|Welding fumes air monitoring||Isocyanates air exposure monitoring||Noise at Work surveys||Mould exposure assessments|
|Dust Exposure air monitoring (Inc. wood & flour dust)||Methyl Methacrylate air monitoring||Vibration Risk Assessments||Bacterial air monitoring|
|Crystalline Silica air monitoring||Solvents (VOC’s) air monitoring|
|Oil Mists & Working Fluids exposure monitoring|
|Diesel Engine Exhaust Emissions air monitoring|
The legal requirement for monitoring inhalation exposure is given in regulation 10 of the COSHH Regulations.
Helping you understand what you need to do to comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002 (as amended). See the following link showing a brief guide:
Current HSE Hot Topics
Change in Enforcement Expectations for Mild Steel Welding Fume
In February 2019, the HSE issued new guidance on all welding activities in the workplace.
New scientific evidence has indicated that exposure to all welding fume, including mild steel welding fume, can cause lung cancer and possibly kidney cancer. There is now a change in HSE enforcement expectations in relation to the control of exposure of welding fume,
The control of cancer and other health risks will require suitable engineering controls for all indoor welding activities, such as local exhaust ventilation (LEV). If LEV does not adequately control exposure, it should be complemented by suitable respiratory protective equipment (RPE) to protect against any residual fumes.
Further information and recommended exposure monitoring strategies can be found on the following link.
Health and Safety Executive - Safety alert: https://www.hse.gov.uk/safetybulletins/mild-steel-welding-fume.htm
Metal Working Fluids and Oil Mist
The HSE in recent years has also increased enforcement of monitoring the hazards from fluids used in metalworking processes which include oils, pastes, gels and gases. Working with these fluids can pose risks to workers health.
Some of risks from metal working fluids include dermatitis, asthma, bronchitis and irritation of the respiratory tract. Exposure to these fluids can also cause irritation to the eyes, nose and throat. Nonetheless, if suitable precautions are taken and the metalworking fluids are properly managed, this risk is minimal. Safe practices when working with metal working fluids include good ventilation, splash guards and personal protective equipment (PPE). PPE can include masks, gloves and goggles. If exposure to metalworking fluids cannot be prevented, the employer has a legal duty to provide regular health checks.
Further information can be found on the following link.
MBHS can provide a proposal to attend your premises to carry out the site exposure assessments based on the monitoring regime most appropriate for your organisation.
MBHS can also provide on-site occupational health surveillance (Using mobile units). This includes:
- Lung function testing
- Skin Assessments
- Hand Arm Vibration (HAVs) testing
- Hearing tests
Please Get In Touch or call on 0800 068 0188 today for more information