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Every year thousands of workers are made ill in the workplace by hazardous substances exposure, contracting lung disease such as asthma, cancer and COPD. As an employer, you are responsible for taking effective measures to assess and control exposure to hazardous substances and protect employee health.

Under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) employers are required to protect both employees and

any others who may be exposed to hazardous substances by ensuring that a monitoring regime is in place to ensure their safety.

We have the in-house expertise to carryout assessments of a vast range of occupational exposure risks such as fumes, dust, bio hazards and vapours as well as assessing other hazards such as noise and vibration.

Our Exposure Assessments & Indoor Air Quality Services

Biological

MouldMouldArrow

Mould and fungus are common contaminants of both indoor and outdoor areas as certain species grow particularly well in warm and damp conditions. Exposure to mould spores can have an adverse effect on an individual's health.

Euro Environmental Ltd uses the latest technology to perform mould spore sampling and testing as well as providing advice in relation to likely exposure.

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High levels of bacteria concentration indoors can be an indication of a high occupancy rate, poor ventilation or poor building maintenance. Some types of bacteria, especially gram-negative bacteria, can produce toxic compounds (endotoxins) from the outer membrane of their cell wall.

These endotoxins may have a role in Sick Building Syndrome. Euro Environmental Ltd uses the latest technology to perform viable bacterial airborne sampling and testing as well as providing advice in relation to likely exposure.

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Laboratory animal allergy (LAA) is an allergic hypersensitivity response which may develop as a result of exposure to animal allergens. Approximately 20% of people who work with laboratory animals experience some allergic symptoms due to contact with, or inhalation of, animal allergens.

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Indoor Air Quality

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Poor air quality within the indoor environment can result in occupants experiencing a number of symptoms ranging from fatigue to shortness of breath. Factors such as poor ventilation and air pollutants can be the main cause of what is commonly known as Sick Building Syndrome. Euro Environmental can provide general air quality assessments or specialist investigations to identify nuisance smells within any environment and help to improve indoor air quality.

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Odour InvestigationOdour InvestigationArrow

We don’t just deal with dust. Odours that are generated from unknown sources can be unpleasant or potentially harmful. We can develop sampling and analysis strategies to investigate the cause and identify its potential source.

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Fire Damage Air QualityFire Damage Air QualityArrow

Fires in buildings can release a range of toxic air pollutants, posing potential health risks for those reoccupying the space. Common pollutants generated include:

  • Particulate Matter (PM): Fine particles and soot can become airborne during a fire
  • Carbon Monoxide (CO): Released during combustion, carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless gas

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Noise Surveys

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Over 170,000 people in the UK suffer from deafness, tinnitus and other ear conditions as a result of exposure to noise within the workplace. Noise testing can help to reduce the chances of this occurring.

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LEV Thorough Examination & Testing

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Regular inspections and testing of LEV systems are vital for more than just compliance with health and safety regulations. They are key to identifying potential system inefficiencies or failures early on, ensuring that the systems continue to protect workers effectively.

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Chemicals & Solvents

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Isocyanates are widely used in the construction and manufacturing industries. Isocyanates are one of the leading causes of occupational asthma in the UK and are also known for their potential to cause cancer. As an employer, you are responsible for taking effective measures to control exposure to Isocyanates in the workplace.

We can develop exposure monitoring strategies and advise on appropriate measures to be taken to reduce the risk of exposure.

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Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) is a volatile organic compound (VOC) that is used as a solvent to aid the curing of a number of industrial processes (laying of resin floors, manufacture of plastics etc). Exposure to MMA causes irritation to the mucous membranes.

We can develop exposure monitoring strategies and advise on appropriate measures to be taken to reduce the risk of exposure.

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As an employer, you are responsible for taking effective measures to control exposure to hazardous substances and protect the health of employees and others. We can develop exposure monitoring strategies and advise on appropriate measures to be taken to reduce the risk of exposure and ensure you comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (as amended). Our range of testing services and highly experienced technical team ensures we are able to measure exposure in relation to all workplace exposure limits (WEL's) as defined by the health and safety executive document EH40.

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As an employer, it is crucial to implement effective measures for managing exposure to hazardous substances and safeguarding health. According to the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (as amended), employers must take steps to safeguard the well-being of both employees and others potentially exposed to hazardous substances. This involves the implementation of monitoring procedures to ensure their safety.

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Hand Arm Vibration (HAV)

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Over 2 million people in the UK are at risk of suffering from painful and disabling disorders of the blood vessels, nerves and joints as a result of exposure to noise and vibration in the workplace.

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Building Certification

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New or recently refurbished buildings can pose a health risk to occupants. Here at Euro Environmental Ltd, we have the expertise to carry out indoor air quality testing to meet your building certification standard whether it is required to meet BREEAM HEA 02, Fitwel, B-Corp or WELL certification etc.

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The concept of thermal comfort goes beyond just maintaining a suitable temperature; it encompasses a combination of factors that influence how we perceive and experience the indoor environment. 

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LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a green building certification program developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED focuses on various aspects of environmentally sustainable building practices, including indoor air quality.

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Employers have a duty to ensure that lighting is safe and does not pose a health risk to employees and others who may use their premises. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (MHSW) require employers to have arrangements in place to cover health and safety. This includes lighting which needs to be suitable and adequate to meet the requirements of the Workplace Regulations 1992.

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The concept of thermal comfort goes beyond just maintaining a suitable temperature; it encompasses a combination of factors that influence how we perceive and experience the indoor environment. 

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Fume Cupboard Testing

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The thorough examination and testing process is a critical aspect of maintaining the functionality and safety of laboratory fume cupboards.

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Dusts, Mists & Fumes

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The fumes given off by welding and hot cutting processes are a varying mixture of airborne gases and very fine particles which if inhaled can cause ill health. The exposure monitoring strategy must be tailored to match the combination of welding technique and metals being welded to ensure an adequate assessment is carried out.

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Dust ExposureDust ExposureArrow

Every year thousands of workers are made ill by exposure to dust within the workplace, which results in an increase in lung diseases such as asthma, COPD and cancer. Dust exposure can occur from general dusts in the working environment or other dusts that are known to be more hazardous and have been assigned specific WEL's. You can be reassured that Euro Environmental's technical team will identify the best strategy appropriate to your workplace when it comes to assessing the risk from dust exposure.

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Crystalline Respirable SilicaCrystalline Respirable SilicaArrow

Crystalline silica is present in substantial quantities in sand, sandstone and granite, and often forms a significant proportion of clay, shale and slate. Products such as concrete and mortar also contain crystalline silica, therefore workers within the manufacturing and construction industries are highly likely to be exposed to this material. Exposure to crystalline silica dust can result in illnesses such as Silicosis, COPD and lung cancers.

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Carpenters and joiners are four times more likely to get asthma and other lung diseases due to working closely with wood dust on a very regular basis. Other conditions can also develop particularly from hardwood dust such as Cancer - particularly of the nose which is why it’s very important to be aware of the workplace exposure limits and assess your workforce on a regular basis.

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Exposure to Flour dust is a daily occurrence in bakeries, pizza, pastry and biscuit manufacturing facilities which means that approximately 95,000 people working in the UK baking industry encounter it daily.

Flour dust has a legal limit called a ‘workplace exposure limit’ (WEL). WELs are set for substances that cause the most serious health effects such as Occupational Asthma. In addition flour dust is a respiratory sensitiser and therefore exposure must be reduced to as low as reasonably possible.

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Oil Mists & Working FluidsOil Mists & Working FluidsArrow

Does your business involve using machines that require metalworking fluids or oil based machining lubricants?

Do you know the potential risks to your employee’s health if they are exposed to them on a frequent basis?

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Diesel Engine Exhaust Emissions (DEEE’s) are a complex mixture of particulates, gases and vapours, which occur when diesel -fuelled engines operate.

The major source of workplace exposure to DEEEs is from emissions from heavy vehicles or machinery that uses diesel fuel.

Do you know the potential risks to your employee’s health if they are exposed to them on a frequent basis?

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Breathing Apparatus Air QualityBreathing Apparatus Air QualityArrow

Air supplied to breathing apparatus should be clean and safe to breathe. The COSHH ACoP requires that the quality of air supplied to the breathing apparatus should be assured. Compressed air for breathing apparatus normally originates from a compressor system. Compressors themselves can generate and concentrate a wide range of contaminants, so you should take extra care in to assure air quality is maintained.

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Grain DustGrain DustArrow

Grain dust is classed as a respiratory sensitiser and can lead to the development of occupational asthma. Grain dust, a byproduct of the harvesting, drying, handling, storage, and processing of barley, wheat, oats, maize, and rye, poses significant risks to those involved in the agricultural and related industries.

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Man Made Mineral FibresMan Made Mineral FibresArrow

Man-Made Mineral Fibres encompass a range of synthetic fibres with diverse compositions, including glass wool, rock wool, slag wool, and ceramic fibres. These fibres are extensively used in construction, manufacturing, and other industries due to their excellent insulating and fire-resistant properties.

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Soldering & BrazingSoldering & BrazingArrow

When engaging in soldering or brazing processes, it's crucial to be aware of the potential health risks associated with the fumes generated. These fumes comprise a intricate blend of fine particles that, when inhaled, may lead to adverse health effects.

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Lead DustLead DustArrow

Lead-based paints, commonly found in ageing structures, introduce significant risks during removal due to potential lead dust release. A thorough understanding of the technical aspects of this process is essential for implementing effective safety measures.

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Rubber FumesRubber FumesArrow

Occupational exposure to rubber dust and fumes presents a significant challenge in industries where rubber processing is a common practice. Rubber fumes and dust are byproducts emerging during the processing of rubber materials.

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Whole Body Vibration (WBV)

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Mitigate the health risks from whole-body vibration with regulatory compliance and expert assessments.

The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 imposes a responsibility on employers to evaluate and mitigate whole-body vibration exposure levels if they surpass the daily exposure action level.

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RPE Face Fit Testing

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Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) is essential for safeguarding workers from hazardous substances. The effectiveness of RPE, however, hinges on a proper fit to the wearer’s face.

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CASE STUDY: Managing Chromium VI Exposure in Waste Recycling Incinerators

2024-07-01

The transformation of waste into energy through Energy Recovery Facilities (ERF) is a vital component of modern waste management strategies, aiming to reduce landfill usage and generate energy. However, this process also introduces significant environmental and health challenges, particularly concerning the generation and management of toxic substances like Chromium VI. This substance can be commonly found in dust settlements within ERF incinerators and can lead to exposures during refit outages that require controls and monitoring to be put in place. 

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CASE STUDY: Managing Chromium VI Exposure in Waste Recycling Incinerators
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