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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 (COSHH) regulations, employers are required to protect employees as well as 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 COSHH And Workplace Exposure Assessments

Biological

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Fungal and mould are common contaminants of both indoor and outdoor areas. Certain species of mould and fungi are associated with the indoor environment and grow particularly well in warm and damp conditions. Depending on the sensitivity of the individual exposed to airbourne mould spores a range of health effects can be experienced. Euro Environmental uses the latest technology to perform mould spore sampling and testing and provide advise in relation to likely exposure. 

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High levels of bacteria concentration indoors is an indication of the high occupancy rate, poor ventilation, or poor building maintenance.

Some types of bacteria are serious human pathogens and others especially gram-negative bacteria produce toxic compounds (endotoxins) from the outer membrane of their cell wall. Endotoxins may have a role in sick building syndrome.

Euro Environmental uses the latest technology to perform viable bacterial airborne sampling and testing and provide advise in relation to likely exposure.

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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 volatileorganic 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 health. 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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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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Every year thousands of workers are made ill by exposure to dust within the workplace, this results in an increase of lung diseases such as asthma, COPD and cancer. Dust exposure can occur from general dusts in the working environment or other dusts that are know 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 its comes to assesing the risk from dust exposure.

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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 exposured 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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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, you should take extra care in assuring air quality is maintained.

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Noise & Vibration

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The Control of Noise at Work Regulations (CNAWR) places a duty on employers to make an assessment of noise exposure within their workplace and ensure that noise exposure levels are reduced to as low as reasonably practicable. In addition there is a specific requirement for those employees exposured to average noise levels excceding 80dB to undergo an ongoing regime of health surveillance. Whether you require a workplace noise survey, health surveillance or just simply advise you can be reassured our team will be able to help.

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Vibration AssessmentsVibration AssessmentsArrow

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 vibration within the workplace.

The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 places a duty on employers to ensure that vibration exposure levels are assessed and reduced if the daily exposure action level is exceeded. A specific requirement is placed on employers to ensure health surveillance is conducted in these circumstances. 

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Knowledge Centre Article

Expand your knowledge on this topic by reading our informative article

How Often Should Exposure Monitoring Be Carried Out?
How Often Should Exposure Monitoring Be Carried Out?

2021-06-16

The legal requirement for monitoring inhalation exposure is given in regulation 10 of the COSHH Regulations.

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