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Noise Control Measures in the Workplace

For many industries, noise control measures are an important consideration. Factories, workshops, and other workplaces can have loud equipment and environments. If not properly monitored, exposure to these loud environments...

Paul Gorvett
Paul Gorvett

Director & Senior Hygienist Expert

Exposure Monitoring – The What, How & Why

What is exposure monitoring? Exposure monitoring is a way of measuring the extent of occupational health hazards, that come in the following forms: biologic, chemical, and physical. Biological Biological hazards are caused by a biological substances that poses a threat...

Paul Gorvett
Paul Gorvett

Director & Senior Hygienist Expert

Welding Fume – Hazards & Controls

Welding remains one of the most common activities carried out in industry. Exposure to welding fume and other associated gases can cause a range of ill-health conditions. In 2019 welding fume was reclassified as carcinogenic by the International Agency for...

Paul Gorvett
Paul Gorvett

Director & Senior Hygienist Expert

Protecting Workers Health with Occupational Hygiene Monitoring

Blue Turtle Ltd provides a wide array of occupational Hygiene monitoring services to ensure that the magnitude of exposure to health hazards is clearly understood allowing for a tailored approach to implementing controls to protect your workforce. As business owners,...

Paul Gorvett
Paul Gorvett

Director & Senior Hygienist Expert

Importance of Regulating Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) Testing

When I heard the term – LEV Testing, I was so much confused about what’s its full form and what it means. Well, all the inquisitive souls let me tell you that LEV stands for Local Exhaust Ventilation. If I...

Paul Gorvett
Paul Gorvett

Director & Senior Hygienist Expert

Solder Fume Exposure & Risk to Health

Soldering is a joining process used to join different types of metal together by melting solder. The solder traditionally used was made from tin and lead which would be melted using a soldering iron. It is well established that lead...

Paul Gorvett
Paul Gorvett

Director & Senior Hygienist Expert

Hierarchy of Control

When looking to control exposure to hazardous substances, there are usually a number of different measures that can be implemented. Some of these measures will certainly be preferable to others, so it becomes prudent to list the controls in order...

Paul Gorvett
Paul Gorvett

Director & Senior Hygienist Expert

Business Benefits of Occupational Hygiene Monitoring

Businesses are going through a difficult time at the moment with COVID-19 restrictions affecting everyone to some degree or another. We are all feeling the financial pain as restrictions continue to change from one week to the next with varying...

Paul Gorvett
Paul Gorvett

Director & Senior Hygienist Expert

Isocyanates – Hazards and Controls

Isocyanates are a chemical found in many products such as paints, foams, glues, and flooring. There are a number of different isocyanates such as MDI, TDI, HDI and IPDI. The most common are MDI and TDI; the former does not...

Paul Gorvett
Paul Gorvett

Director & Senior Hygienist Expert

Flour Dust Exposure & Risk to Health

What is flour dust? According to EH40/2005 Workplace exposure limits: “Flour dust is taken to be finely ground particles of cereals or pulses (including contaminants) that result from any grinding process and from any subsequent handling and use of that...

Paul Gorvett
Paul Gorvett

Director & Senior Hygienist Expert

RPE – Training, Maintenance, Storage and Disposal

Training All operatives involved in the use, storage and maintenance of RPE should be properly trained and competent. According to the HSE, an effective training programme should cover the following points: Why RPE is needed. The hazards, risks and effects...

Paul Gorvett
Paul Gorvett

Director & Senior Hygienist Expert

Occupational Lung Disease – Why Controls are Necessary

In the last two blogs we talked about the what, when and how in regards to Respiratory Protection Equipment (RPE) but we haven’t yet covered the why? We thought it was important to delve into the "Why" to provide a...

Paul Gorvett
Paul Gorvett

Director & Senior Hygienist Expert