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Workplace air monitoring
Synergy’s Workplace air monitoring service will keep you informed about your workforce’s exposure to dust and gases. In brief, this means that we will check compliance against the exposure limits given in EH40/2005 – Workplace exposure limits. Furthermore, our air monitoring experts will work with you, during a sampling campaign, to ensure that your business meets its legal duties under COSHH.
When the work is complete, we will send you a detailed test report. In short, this will give you advice on the actions you need to take to reduce the dust or gas to a safe level. As a result, acting on this advice will ensure the safety of your staff, which in turn could improve production and increase staff morale.
5 important reasons why you should carry out Workplace Air Monitoring?
Exposure to gases and dust in the workplace is happening to millions of people every day. In general, this can harm their health. Workplace air sampling measures the exposure of your staff to harmful gases and dust. Exposure to these gases and dust in the air, if not controlled properly, can cause ill health in lots of ways. These health effects may not show until many years after the exposure has taken place.
Workplace air monitoring is crucial for several other reasons:
- Health Protection: The health of employees is a primary concern for any responsible organization. Poor air quality can lead to respiratory issues, allergies, headaches, fatigue, and even long-term health complications. Regular monitoring allows for early detection of air quality issues, enabling swift corrective measures to protect employee health.
- Regulatory Compliance: Many countries have established regulations and standards for indoor air quality in workplaces. Adhering to these standards is not just a legal obligation but also a moral one. Workplace air monitoring ensures compliance and helps avoid potential legal liabilities.
- Enhanced Productivity: Clean and healthy air contributes to better cognitive function and overall well-being. By maintaining optimal air quality, workplaces can enhance employee concentration, focus, and productivity, thereby maximizing operational efficiency.
- Risk Management: Identifying potential air quality issues before they escalate is essential for risk management. This proactive approach helps organizations avoid costly shutdowns, lawsuits, and reputation damage.
- Employee Satisfaction: A comfortable and healthy work environment leads to greater job satisfaction and employee retention. When employees feel that their well-being is valued, they are more likely to remain engaged and committed to their work.
What are the legal requirements?
The United Kingdom enforces a comprehensive set of legal requirements that govern workplace air monitoring. The main aim of these is to safeguard employee health and safety. These regulations establish the framework for assessing and controlling exposure to airborne hazards in various workplaces. Employers must legally comply with these laws. Failure to do so can result in legal penalties and potential harm to workers. This page gives the legal requirements for workplace air monitoring in the UK.
Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 forms the foundation of health and safety legislation in the UK. This imposes a duty on employers to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of their employees, as reasonably practicable. Concerning workplace air monitoring, this legal obligation means employers must assess and control exposure to airborne hazards to protect their workers’ health.
Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002 is a pivotal piece of legislation. It is dedicated to managing hazardous substances, including those found in the air, within workplaces. Key requirements under COSHH include:
Risk Assessment: Employers must conduct a comprehensive risk assessment to identify and evaluate exposure to hazardous substances. This potentially requires air monitoring to determine exposure levels.
Exposure Limits: COSHH sets Workplace exposure limits (WELs) for various hazardous substances. Employers must ensure that employee exposure to these substances does not exceed these limits. Air monitoring is essential for verifying compliance with WELs.
Control Measures: Upon identifying hazards, employers must implement suitable control measures to reduce exposure. This can involve improving ventilation, substituting hazardous substances, or providing personal protective equipment (PPE).
Monitoring: Regularly monitoring workplace air quality is essential. It ensures the effectiveness of control measures and to maintain exposure levels within permissible limits.
Information and Training: Employers must inform employees about the risks associated with hazardous substances in the workplace. They must also provide training on safe working practices, including the proper use of PPE.
Reporting of Injuries, Diseases, and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 2013
RIDDOR 2013 establishes a legal obligation for employers to report specific workplace incidents. These include those related to exposure to hazardous substances. In cases where an employee becomes ill due to exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace, this must be reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Employers must maintain records of such incidents.
Enforcement and Penalties The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is responsible for enforcing workplace health and safety laws in the UK. HSE inspectors possess the authority to conduct inspections, and investigate complaints related to air quality and other health and safety concerns. Non-compliance with the legal requirements for workplace air monitoring can lead to enforcement actions. These include issuing improvement notices, prohibition notices, fines, or, in severe cases, prosecution.
In conclusion, the UK maintains a robust legal framework for workplace air monitoring. It is all aimed at protecting the health and safety of employees. Employers are obliged to assess and manage exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace, with specific regulations like COSHH offering detailed guidance. Compliance with these regulations is not merely a legal requirement but also fundamental to establishing a safe and healthy work environment for all employees. Regular air monitoring, comprehensive risk assessments, and employee training are integral components of fulfilling these legal obligations.
Quality is key to our work. As a result, all of our testing uses kit that has been checked and calibrated through an unbroken chain, back to National Standards. This calibration means that all of our air sampling tests are traceable and reliable. Also, we submit all of our samples to UKAS accredited labs that participate in proficiency testing schemes.
Workplace Air Monitoring
COSHH Regulation 9
Breathing Air Testing
Face Fit Testing
Workplace Noise Monitoring
Hand Arm Vibration
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