Hazardous substances monitoring
ill health represents a greater problem for employers than physical
injury. Although 220 workers were killed in the past year and
363,000 seriously injured, up to 2
million people are currently suffering from work-related
illness with 576,000 of these reported in the
last 12 months.
Using chemicals or other hazardous substances
at work can put people’s health at risk. Legislation, such as the Control
of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) requires
employers to control exposure to hazardous substances to prevent
ill health. They must ensure that both employees and others
who may be affected by their activities are safe and their exposure
If you, as an employer, fail to adequately control
hazardous substances, your employees could be affected. Effects
from hazardous substance exposure can range from mild eye irritation
to chronic lung disease or even, in the worst case scenario,
Hazardous substances include:
substances used directly in work activities (e.g.
adhesives, paints, cleaning agents)
substances generated during work activities (e.g.
dust fumes from soldering and welding);
naturally occurring substances (e.g. grain dust);
biological agents such as bacteria and other micro-organisms
contamination of buildings, for example mercury
How ALS can help
We can carry out your COSHH assessments, including exposure monitoring,
and give recommendations on control methods.
ALS can provide an extensive range of exposure
monitoring from basic gravimetric sampling to detailed qualitative
analysis/assessment of workplace hazards. Contact us for advice
and a quote today.
This and many more of our services can be called
upon as and when you need them via our >
Appointed Safety Advisor Service.
Contact us Tel: 01375 673279 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org