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Each year, a multitude of workers suffer from workplace-related illnesses due to exposure to harmful substances, including dangerous respiratory conditions like asthma, cancer, and COPD. Complying with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations mandates safeguarding employees and others from such dangers through effective assessment and control measures.

To fulfil these obligations, we offer a number of comprehensive solutions to minimise occupational exposure risks. Our services include chemical, dust, fume, solvent and biological testing to meet COSHH regulations, aimed at reducing exposure to hazardous substances. Our team of experts in hazardous substance exposure are equipped to assess various risks, including dust, mists, and fumes. Additionally, our biological exposure assessment services aid in identifying and mitigating biohazards in the workplace.

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Furthermore, we provide noise and vibration exposure analysis to address additional occupational hazards. By implementing a robust monitoring regime, we contribute to workplace health risk reduction. Trust our occupational exposure consultants to conduct thorough assessments, ensuring a safer working environment for all.

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Our COSHH And Workplace Exposure Assessments

Biological

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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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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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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, 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 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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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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Knowledge Centre Article

Expand your knowledge on this topic by reading our informative article

How Frequently Do I Need to Monitor COSHH Exposure?
How Frequently Do I Need to Monitor COSHH Exposure?

2024-03-12

The imperative to regularly monitor exposure to hazardous substances, in particular those substances identified as carcinogens and sensitisers, is central to maintaining a healthy and safe working environment. Under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations, particularly Regulation 10, regular monitoring and periodic reassessments are not just regulatory requirements but fundamental components of workplace safety in the UK. These practices are crucial for ensuring that control measures are adequate, demonstrating compliance with Workplace Exposure Limits (WELs), and fostering a proactive safety culture.

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