Protecting Employee Health with Workplace Air Assessments

Workers may be exposed to dust, vapours and fumes during their working day. It is of the utmost importance the risks of these substances are assessed and where deemed a risk to health, appropriate controls are installed to deal with the risk.

Dusts can include wood dust, flour dust, and textiles. Fibres can include Asbestos, cotton and Silica. Vapour and fumes can include acid mists, oil mists, solvents, and welding fumes.

Repeated exposure to the above hazards may result in respiratory illnesses (asthma, welders lung, silicosis), Cancers and impact the nervous system among other ailments.

Environmental Efficiency conduct Workplace Air Assessments to identify the hazards, assess the risks and recommend appropriate controls. By having regular workplace air assessments employers can guard against unjustified claims for occupational exposure.

Face masks are not the best and only option to control the risks resulting from airborne hazards!

In the Ireland the Safety, Health and Welfare Act 2005 and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002 in the UK state the employer’s responsibilities relating to worker health from airborne hazards.

Having a documented Workplace Air Assessment monitoring programme will reduce the risks to your employees and to your business.

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