COSHH Regulations employers must ensure that workplace air monitoring is undertaken to ensure adequate control. Workplace Exposure Limits (WELs) for airborne contaminants are listed in the HSE Guidance Document (EH40).
Your employees may be exposed to airborne substances on a regular basis that are potentially hazardous to health. Many substances within the printing industry can cause ill health effects including:
A BPIF Occupational Hygiene Specialist will carry out a thorough examination and test of your LEV equipment consisting of 3 stages:
- Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
- Total inhalable dusts
- Respirable dusts
A workplace Air Monitoring Assessment includes:
- An accurate identification and calculation of airborne concentrations of hazardous substances in the workplace
- A direct comparison of personal exposure concentrations against current workplace exposure levels (WELs)
- Background concentrations to assess the effectiveness of engineering controls (such as LEV)
- Realistic recommendations for improvements to ensure a reduction of exposure
- COSHH Risk Assessment The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) state that every employer shall ensure the exposure of employees to substances hazardous to health is either prevented or, where this is not reasonably practicable, adequately controlled.
- Local Exhaust Ventilation (Lev) Testing Thousands of British workers contract occupational asthma and other lung diseases each year due to breathing in dust, fumes or other airborne contaminants at work, often because control measures are not fit for purpose or utilised properly by employees.
- Legionella Risk Assessment & Ongoing Management The COSHH Regulations and HSE Approved Code of Practice and Guidance Document: Legionnaires’ Disease states that employers have a duty to take suitable precautions to prevent or control the risk of exposure to legionella.
- Respiratory Protection Equipment (RPE) - Face Fit Testing In situations where adequate control of exposure to airborne substances cannot be achieved in line with Approved Codes of Practice (ACoPs) supporting the COSHH Regulations, the Control of Lead at Work Regulations (CLAW), Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR) and Ionising Radiation Regulations, employers must provide suitable respiratory protection equipment (RPE).
- Noise Monitoring It is an employer’s responsibility to comply with both The Control of Noise at Work Regulations and environmental guidelines for external noise pollution.
- Vibration The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations aim to prevent damage caused by vibration at work. Vibration induced medical conditions can include vascular disorders and long-term neurological and muscular damage.