Personal Exposure Monitoring

Background

Airborne hazardous substances present in the workplace can take the form of dust, fume, gas, aerosol, mists and fibres which can lead to ill health. Legal workplace exposure limits have been set by the UK government for a range of substances that needs to be adhered to to help prevent occupational illnesses from occurring. Personal Exposure Monitoring or Sampling is used to assess compliance. 
At Blue Turtle, we can accurately measure workers personal exposures to airborne hazards and determine if legal exposure limits are being breached. Personal Exposure Monitoring is done by taking personal samples of air over a set period of time and carrying out laboratory analysis to determine the quantity of the hazardous substance. We also conduct static sampling that can provides information on background levels and adequacy of current controls in place for any airborne substances. 

Workplace Exposure Monitoring

Exposure monitoring is a way of measuring the extent of an occupational health hazard and can be used to directly compare the exposure of an individual with that of the limits set in law where applicable. Occupational exposure monitoring can be done in different ways with the method of choice being typically dependent on the agents route into the body.  For exposures that occur via inhalation such as welding fume, respirable silica and wood dust, personal air sampling is used.
Personal exposure monitoring can also be used to check the effectiveness of existing controls such as Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) to assure yourselves that the systems designed to remove airborne substances are actually doing the job they were installed to do. As Occupational Hygienist Consultants, we are also able to carry out the mandatory 14-month examination and testing of any LEV systems you have in your workplace.
 
When any personal exposure monitoring is undertaken, we also observe work practices to look where improvements can be made to help reduce personal exposure and ultimately reduce the risk of ill health to the individual. We also look at the suitability of any PPE being used and review all the activities undertaken by the workforce including cleaning and housekeeping activities that may give rise to secondary exposure to hazardous substances.
 

Exposure Monitoring Report

Following any personal exposure monitoring we will provide you with a detailed, easy to understand report that clearly identifies the exposure levels of individual employees, background levels, adequacy of existing controls and recommendations to help you achieve lower exposure levels. Any gap's in legislative compliance will also be highlighted along with recommendations in how compliance can be achieved.
Blue Turtle Ltd also follows up all issued reports with further consultation allowing for any questions to ensure that the content is fully understood. This can be done virtually or face to face to suit your requirements.