Are You Aware Of The Changes To Workplace Exposure Limits 2018? Safeguarding your employees. It should be your number one priority. Without employees, a business can’t run. So if you’re employees don’t feel safe in their job, they’ll go elsewhere. Which is bad news for you, and even worse news for your business. So what can you do?
Stay on top of the law, and make sure you’re aware of any changes that affect them, like environmental health.
From 21 August 2018, the third edition of HSE’s guidance document
‘ came into force, introducing new and revised workplace exposure limits for 31 substances. That’s 31 new numbers that you need to be aware of to ensure you’re staying within the law. EH40/2005 Workplace Exposure Limits’
Workplace exposure limits (WELs) outline the highest acceptable concentration of an airborne hazardous substance in the workplace. In the amended EH40 document, new WEL entries for nitrogen dioxide and nitrogen monoxide, as well as a reduced WEL for the existing carbon monoxide limit, have been put into place, therefore affecting any organisation assessing exposure to Diesel Engine Exhaust Emissions (DEEEs).
Personal exposure monitoring must to be undertaken regularly to ensure that WELs are not exceeded.
This can be carried out for DEEE exposure via real-time measurements and active long term sampling. Real-time monitoring while engines are in operation can identify spikes in the levels of combustion gases to help determine whether remedial actions are needed to lower exposure levels. Laboratory analysis of personal exposure samples can detect the presence of other hazardous substances present in DEEE via long term sampling (this is normally several hours within the working day).
Consequences of non-compliance
For organisations operating in industries that use or generate hazardous substances, understanding the new workplace exposure limits is fundamental to ensure appropriate changes can be put into place to improve regulation compliance and to safeguard the health of employees.
Failing to comply with regulations may allow workers to be exposed to hazardous substances at consequential levels. Subsequently you will have an ill workforce, resulting in productivity loss as well as hefty fines and prosecutions. Therefore, employers must apply good occupational hygiene practices and should implement adequate exposure prevention or control measures.
The regulations may seem daunting but compliance can be made easy and understandable with the help of an Occupational Health Specialist. Contact a member of our team if you would like to discuss understanding workplace exposure limits and making sure you’re covered: 08450 50 40 60.