Reduce Your Risks to Workplace Health with Occupational Hygiene Services
According to studies, the International Labour Organization (ILO) estimated that each year two million men and women die from work-related diseases and accidents – a death toll averaging some 5,000 workers a day.
Occupational hygiene is a major consideration for successful businesses – good health means good business and protecting your workers’ health is vital for their personal safety and for your company’s image.
Plus, apart from looking after your own staff, a good set of codes and policies will also have a secondary effect: you may also protect co-workers, family members, employers, customers, suppliers, nearby communities, and other members of the public who are impacted by your workplace environment.
These days the range of health risks in the workplace is more varied than ever. Health hazards, for instance, are present whether in heavy industry, manufacturing, construction, oil and gas, waste management, catering, retail and even in an office-based environment.
Your Human Resource Department may already have health and safety policies and procedures in place. But can you be sure that you are adhering to best practice and are you complying with local, national and even international regulations? The reality is that your workplace could be a source of risk which could result in injury, illness, impairment, or affect the wellbeing of workers and members of the community.
Why Choose to Work with IOH Solutions?
Occupational hygiene is at the heart of our expertise, and we understand what organisations need to do to protect their employees and their businesses. At IOH Solutions, we cover occupational hygiene in its broadest sense; we help clients to successfully develop and implement Health and Safety Management; we go beyond basic compliance and apply our understanding of the relationship between workplace exposure and disease; we also help clients in the management of their environmental impacts.
Companies need assistance to successfully recognise and assess these hazards, check exposure levels, develop and apply effective controls, and thereby manage the risks to health, achieving best practice whilst complying with the relevant Act and regulations at all times. As you can see complying with occupational health and safety regulations is more than just providing helmets and protective gear – this is a serious business where professional Occupational Hygiene Services are required.
Our overall objective is to provide our clients with the accurate insight into their health issues and to ensure that workplace health hazards are eliminated or controlled. Our cost effective services include hazard evaluations and risk assessments, measurement surveys, data interpretation and advice on the best methods of control by focusing on the following risk categories:
- Biological – bacteria, viruses and infectious diseases.
- Chemical hazards – hazardous or toxic substances such as fumes, gas, radiation, and pollutants containing dust and vapours.
- Environmental – waste disposal, air, water and soil pollution.
- Ergonomic – lifting, carrying, repetitive movements, operating heavy machinery manually, improper seating and the incorrect setup of workstations.
- Physical – ventilation and air quality, noise, temperature extremes, inadequate or bright lighting, magnetic fields and pressure extremes (high pressure or vacuum).
- Psychological – stress, working hours, shifts and overtime, conflict or violence.
- Safety – slipping and tripping hazards, inappropriate machine guarding, equipment malfunctions or breakdowns.
We have unrivalled experience and depth of knowledge in the field of industrial hygiene and the specific issues in different industry sectors. By using international standards to test for a vast range of pollutants, we are able to sample air to determine if there are harmful substances present; measure noise levels in factories; supervise the safe removal from asbestos from buildings and provide practical advice on how workers can be protected from job-related health and safety risks. Our environmental services team can provide you with a complete overview of the areas you should be examining and based on our test results, we will then provide you with a sustainable risk management plan for addressing any issues we find in your workplace
IOH Solutions consist of a team of Occupational Health Professionals who are registered at the Southern African Institute for Occupational Hygiene (SAIOH), a certified Occupational Hygienist as our approved inspection authority (AIA) and an Attorney who is responsible for legal compliance audits. We also have a qualified Environmental External Lead Auditor and a qualified Occupational Health Nurse.
IOH Solutions has a national reputation for excellence in our Occupational Hygiene services, research and consulting across all industry sectors from high technology to heavy industry. An understanding of workplace health is critical to every business and IOH Solutions can ensure your organisation is at the forefront of good practice as we work together for a healthier future. For a fast on-site analysis today, call our team and make your workplace cleaner and safer for your people. Together, we can make a world of difference to your working world.