Industrial and food manufacturing companies can potentially expose their employees to harmful dust, vapours or gases. The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work found 15% of workers in the EU reported breathing in smoke, fumes powder or dust at work.
Some of the more common health problems that can be caused by exposure to dangerous substances include allergies, skin diseases, cancers, reproductive problems and birth defects, respiratory diseases or poisoning.
There are a series of regulations in place such as the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974), the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmosphere Regulations (2002) and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations (2011) designed to control or eliminate health risks. Monitoring of workplace atmospheres for hazardous substances is an important part of a risk assessment and helps to determine if workplace concentrations fall within the workplace exposure limits (WEL).
What we provide
MSSL is able to assist with almost any enquiry in relation to Workplace Monitoring, with analysis being performed utilising validated reference test methods where there are available. These include BSEN, NIOSH, US EPA, MDHS and OSHA standards.
The service not only covers the sample analysis stage but also recommendations on the correct sample media to be employed. This particularly important to ensure full sample capture and therefore an accurate and representative result is produced.