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Airborne hazards can come in many forms, including:
Air monitoring is undertaken to determine the concentration of suspected airborne hazards that may be present in the workplace. This is done in accordance with the relevant recognised standard for the suspected hazard. The results of air monitoring are then compiled & reviewed by our in-house occupational hygienists against relevant standards as a means of determining whether an individual is at risk.
The following air quality concerns are a few of our services that we can assist you with. If you require help with any of these, please contact us today:
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Workers are required to have an air-sampling pump attached to their belt with the sampling head placed within the breathing zone of the worker. This is done by our occupational hygiene team member prior to the beginning of the workers shift. A controlled level of air will be drawn through the sampling train to capture airborne contaminants. The sampling equipment is worn for the entire shift & removed by the occupational hygiene team member. Following testing, samples are sent to NATA accredited laboratory partners for analysis.
We also utilise a process taken from the mining industry, whereby every worker monitored is provided with a feedback diary. The diary is a way for each worker to record the tasks that they undertook throughout the monitoring period. This helps us keep a record from the worker’s perspective of what they did throughout their shift.
Static location measurements can also be taken at specific locations around the workplace. These can be done with detector tubes, photo ionisation detectors (PID) or dust tracks (real-time dust monitors). Typically, the purpose of these measurements can be to confirm the effectiveness of a control measure if taken before and after the control is implemented. They can also be used to ‘sniff out’ high emission points.
After performing onsite monitoring, AusSafety’s team will compile the data collected into a comprehensive report. This report will include all personal exposures sample results, static sample results (if taken) and worker feedback received along with other observations made by the hygiene team member. Combining these together we will provide concise conclusions in relation to exposure standards & useful recommendations to help you control worker exposure. All hygiene reports are peer reviewed before being delivered.
We only use Australian Standard, AIOH, and NIOSH methods and techniques to provide all air monitoring services. We also only use National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accredited laboratories for the sample analysis. All personal sampling equipment, calibrators & static measurement equipment are calibrated by NATA accredited calibration laboratories.
We fully customise large scale exposure monitoring programs or one-off assessments that are appropriate to your situation. Every situation is different, from the objective of the monitoring, to the budget. We always aim to ensure any assessment is designed to ensure efficient and effective use of both time and money.
Our occupational hygienists utilise the AIOH’s Occupational Hygiene Monitoring and Compliance Strategies guidebook to help design any monitoring program. A referenced tool from the guidebook is the Occupational Exposure Sampling Strategy Manual DHEW (NIOSH) Publication No. 77- 173, which is commonly used for large scale monitoring programs. Smaller one-off assessments may require any number of approaches mentioned within the AIOH guidebook. All monitoring approaches are agreed prior to undertaking any on-site assessment.
Our Occupational Hygienists can: