Occupational Hygiene Workplace Assessment Visits
The British Occupational Hygiene Society defines occupational hygiene as “the applied science concerned with the identification, measurement, appraisal of risk and control to acceptable standards of physical, chemical, and biological factors arising in or from the workplace, which may affect the health or wellbeing of those at work, or in the community”.
Occupational hygiene involves the identification of workplace hazards (factors that have the potential to cause harm to individuals or groups) followed by the calculation of risk (the probability that a hazard will happen) and identification of at risk groups/individuals.
What does Occupational Hygiene involve?
1. Hazard Identification
There are five main types of occupational hazards:
- Chemical: Dusts, gases, vapours, fumes, mists, smoke, liquids and fibres
- Physical: Noise, vibration, radiation, temperature, humidity, pressure, electricity, illumination and visibility.
- Biological: Viruses, bacteria, fungi, amoebae and worms
- Ergonomics and mechanical: Loading/lifting, repetitive action and posture etc as well as VDU related hazards.
- Psycho-social and organisational: Individual psychological characteristics and social circumstances, work load, work conditions/environment, organisational structure.
2. Exposure Evaluation
3. Management & Control of Hazards
4. Environmental Risk Management
What can we do for your business?
Our occupational hygiene service will conduct a custom-tailored assessment of your workplace to identify any hazards, calculate the risks of these hazards and identify the at-risk groups or individuals within the workplace. In addition, we will provide you with advice and guidance on adequate management and control of the identified hazards to reduce and sometimes eliminate the risks by relatively simple and, where possible, cost-effective measures. After all, occupational health is all about prevention of problems rather than waiting for them to happen and then finding a solution. This will therefore ensure that your business is fully compliant with the standards dictated by the HSE guidelines: for example, the HSE necessitates that health surveillance should be targeted at the at-risk groups and to not just be conducted as a generalised one-size-fits-all, routine measure (Regulation 6, Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999).
To find out more about our Occupational Hygiene Workplace Assessment Visits , or to discuss occupational health, please contact us.