99% of all occupational deaths are due to disease, primarily occupational lung disease and cancer. 13,000 people died in 2014/5 from work-related diseases, the majority being respiratory diseases such as asbestosis, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, emphysema and lung cancer.
Breathing in certain dusts, gases, fumes and vapours in the workplace can causes serious long term lung damage and death. The working environment can be properly controlled and monitored to keep workers, and other people exposed, safe. Employers are legally required assess, control, and monitor risks by the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations.
Peritus Health Management undertakes air, dust, gas and vapour monitoring to identify employee personal exposure in their breathing area and behind their respiratory protective equipment, as well as background levels of hazardous dusts, fumes, vapours and gases. We provide comprehensive workplace environmental air surveys for customers throughout the UK, using HSE and British Standards recommended sampling methods.
Peritus Health Management’s occupational hygienists provide the science behind minimising the risk of ill health due to workplace exposure.
Your air monitoring survey results tell you if you have a problem, what the extent of the problem is and whether health surveillance, lung function testing (spirometry) is required.
Peritus Health Management doesn’t just leave you with your results but works with you creating an action plan to help reduce your exposure levels and risks.
What to expect:
An initial consultation
- Our Occupational Hygienist will contact you to discuss your needs, understand your processes and ensure that all key substances you use are monitored
- Develop a programme for monitoring prior to the monitoring session – we don’t just work during the day!
- Provide primary advice on Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) and share good practice with you from related industries
- Both static and personal dose air sample measurements will be taken as appropriate
- Occupation Hygienist stays on site observing employee working practice – this is an essential part to identify your action plan to reduce exposure
- Observe other sources of contamination your employees may be exposed to – exposure through absorption, ingestion and injection
- The air samples are sent to a UKAS accredited laboratory for testing which can take up to 3 weeks depending on the samples taken.
- A report will be with you within 3 days of receipt of the sample results from the laboratory. This will include the actual air monitoring results, observations, recommendations and your action plan.
- Our occupational hygienist will contact you to discuss the contents of the report to ensure that you understand the contents, are satisfied with the outcome and know ‘what’s next’.