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Using chemicals or other hazardous substances at work can put people’s health at risk. Legislation, such as the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) requires employers to control exposure to hazardous substances to prevent ill health. They must ensure that both employees and others who may be affected by their activities are safe and their exposure controlled.

If you, as an employer, fail to adequately control hazardous substances, your employees could be affected. Effects from hazardous substance exposure can range from mild eye irritation to chronic lung disease or even, in the worst case scenario, a fatality.

Workplace air monitoring, such as personal sampling for hazardous substances can be important to complete an adequate assessment or to demonstrate controls measures are still effective. Air monitoring data can also be important when defending against possible employee claims.

Hazardous substances include:

  • Substances used directly in work activities (e.g. adhesives, paints, cleaning agents)
  • Substances generated during work activities (e.g. dust or fumes from soldering and welding)
  • Naturally occurring substances (e.g. grain dust)
  • Biological agents such as bacteria and other micro-organisms
  • Contamination of buildings, for example mercury or anthrax

We can carry out your COSHH assessments, including personal sampling and general workplace air monitoring, and give recommendations on control methods.

In House Safety can provide an extensive range of exposure monitoring from basic gravimetric sampling to detailed qualitative analysis/assessment of workplace hazards.

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