Workplace Air Monitoring
Exposure to hazardous substances at work is a major contributor to ill health, and the cost to companies through absence and litigation is enormous.
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations, 2002, place a duty on employers to assess the risk to employees and take appropriate steps to control that risk. In the long term, the cost of an air monitoring assessment and implementing the extra controls is often small compared to the savings from improvements to employee health.
Air Tech are experienced in monitoring for a wide variety of hazardous substances commonly found within the workplace. This includes:
Isocyanates – found within polyurethane foams and paints. Health effects include irritation of the eyes, nose and throat, dermatitis and occupational asthma.
Welding fume – welders are particularly prone to lung infections which can lead to pneumonia, there is some evidence exposure can cause occupational asthma and welding fume is internationally classified as possibly carcinogenic.
Dusts – recent advice from the Institute of Occupational Medicine suggests that dust of all types may be hazardous at much lower levels than previously thought, making it more important than ever to monitor and reduce dust levels.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) – contained within many construction products such as paints, thinners and glues and can cause irritation, headaches, nausea and dizziness.
Diesel fume – health effects include breathing difficulties, some components (i.e. PAH’s) have been shown to cause cancer.
Metalworking fluids – health effects include dermatitis, occupational asthma, bronchitis, irritation of the upper respiratory tract and breathing difficulties.
Respirable Crystalline Silica – a natural substance found in most rocks, sand and clay and products such as bricks . Exposure to the fine dust produced by cutting / sanding down of materials can cause silicosis and lung cancer.
Our comprehensive air monitoring assessments will show you how well your company is performing against Workplace Exposure Limits and the effectiveness of current control measures. We offer tailored advice on what steps need to be taken to reduce the risks and to comply with the COSHH regulations.
To discuss your requirements or for a free, no-obligation, quote contact us now.