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Occupational Dust Monitoring

[05/05/17]

Why monitor dust?

Dust is an occupational nuisance that can threaten the health of workers exposed to excessive dust levels for an extended period of time. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has established Exposure Limits for dust concentrations that workers can be exposed to over the course of their shift. Exposure levels above the HSE limits can potentially lead to Pulmonary Fibrosis, or long-term scarring of the lungs, asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Many organisations in the waste sector conduct Occupational Dust Monitoring as part of their internal due diligence, in order to monitor the impact that work conditions can have upon their employees' health, due to the nature of work conducted at these sites and the potential for harm to employees. Having a better understanding of staff exposure to dust enables an organisation to implement effective measures to control dust and reduce the health impacts of dust inhalation.

WRM utilises industry best equipment to monitor operatives in order to ascertain dust levels that they are exposed to under normal working conditions. The equipment used is unobtrusive and allows workers to conduct their job as if they were not being monitored. WRM's dust monitoring methodology is based upon guidance published by the HSE. All samples are sent to an accredited microbiology laboratory for analysis, again guaranteeing that the field work conducted is of high quality.

For more information or to get a quote for our services, contact our specialist monitoring consultant, Adam Newman adam.newman@wrm-ltd.co.uk

 

Related Case Studies:

Dust Monitoring at Composting Sites

 

 

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