Following changes to the UK’s classification of carcinogens and workplace exposure limits the occupational health specialists at WTS have prepared this technical guidance note to help employers understand some of the significant changes that may affect them and their workers.
This practical guide to managing asbestos in the workplace has been written to offer support and guidance to business owners, employers and those responsible for health and safety. It will help the responsible person recognise and understand their obligations in managing and controlling the risks from asbestos at work.
A clear understanding of the importance of workplace exposure limits, the COSHH regulations and the Health and Safety Executives EH40 is essential for all UK businesses and those responsible for workplace safety if they are to safeguard the health of their employees and maintain regulatory compliance in this important area of occupational hygiene.
There are any number of reasons why dust in the air could become a problem in your home or workplace. Sometimes dust can be a temporary issue caused by building work or external environmental conditions like a strong wind blowing sand, dust or pollen around more than usual. However, dust can become a real health issue in workplaces where the activities of the business itself result in high levels of dust and fine airborne particles (particulates) being created. This type of air pollution can lead to a significant decrease in air quality, and prolonged exposure can lead to conditions including coughs, wheeziness and headaches. Dealing with dust is usually straightforward, but first you need to identify whether or not you have a problem and this is where dust monitoring and indoor environmental testing come in to play.