Occupational Hygiene Solutions from the Experts
Without doubt, there are many, many occupational health problems, all requiring occupational hygiene solutions in order to ensure the health and safety of all workers and their work places. It’s a legal requirement and employers also have a social and moral obligation to see to the wellbeing of their staff.
Occupational hygiene hazards and solutions are completely different from the person in the street’s idea of hygiene, which revolves around personal washing and cleansing, doing the laundry and wearing clean clothes.
The concept of occupational hygiene revolves around anticipation, identification, evaluation and control, monitoring and management of conditions and substances in the workplace which become causes of illness, allergies or injuries.
Such conditions must be scientifically investigated in order that preventative plans and measures can be put in place, the solutions to actual and potential problems. This cannot occur in any haphazard way if results are to be effective.
Many dangers and hazards exist in the operation of modern equipment, processes and handling of substances used in construction, manufacturing and mining. Each type of industry has its own inherent problems, which in turn, will vary from company to company.
There is no “one size fits all” solution; each needs to be tailored and customised, all by scientific means and methods, which are quantifiable. Qualified and experienced specialists are vital in helping businesses institute preventative and corrective measures.
Provision of effective occupational health, hygiene and safety solutions across all types of industry is the reason for the founding of our specialised company in 2003. It is not only what we do and do very well; it is our passion.
We strive to provide the highest standards of occupational hygiene, focussing on biological, ergonomic, physical and chemical stressors that may be present in the workplace. Exposure and/or absorption must be assessed and controlled. This includes indoor air quality, chemistry, toxicology, forensic research, and management solutions.
Only professional occupational health specialists are engaged by our company. They’re registered with the South African Institute for Occupational Hygiene (SAIOH), whilst our approved inspection authority is a certified occupational hygienist, as required by the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1993.
Our attorney is responsible for legal compliance audits, ensuring that our company is best placed to provide a complete, comprehensive service to all our esteemed clients from large and small concerns alike.
Because there are so many varying aspects to an effective, scientific approach to the workplace’s potential problem areas, engaging experts such as our team of specialists, is the only recommended route to follow.
This process begins with a health risk assessment.
Risk assessments involve meticulous inspection of which hazards might be present in the working environment and space, calculating and rating the results. This also identifies whether control or preventative measures already in place are efficient or need upgrading.
Noise surveys are undertaken to prevent hearing loss of persons in that environment to ensure that levels do no exceed 85dB(A), the legal maximum. As in other areas of industrial hygiene, corrective measures and possibly personal noise sampling can be implemented.
Hazardous chemical and biological sampling tests are conducted, depending on the particular industry and substances which are employed there. Water can easily become contaminated and cause and spread disease, meaning that water sampling tests are essential in most workplaces.
Likewise, indoor air and its quality is a vital step in providing clean, healthy conditions. In air, we find microbial contaminants like mould and bacteria and toxic or harmful gases and particulates such as dust. Adequate ventilation goes hand in hand with indoor air quality.
Good ventilation and ingress of fresh, clean air dilutes pollutants, while filtration removes contaminants. Control or prevention of airborne contaminants at source is possibly the most effective form of enhancing air quality.
It should be noted that pollutant samples need be taken for testing from building surfaces as well, since these can quickly become airborne again, to be breathed in or to settle elsewhere, only to repeat the cycle of pollution. Computer models of the air flow within buildings clearly illustrate where ventilation is effective or not.
Thermal stress comprises another area of investigation. Health and safety problems arising from spending long hours in temperatures that are too hot or cold have numerous adverse consequences. Adequate lighting not only prevents eye strain but it also prevents accidents that may result in damage or injury.
These are merely some of the aspects of the Act with which employers are required to comply; failure to do so can result in costly penalties and fines or legal action and payment of claims. We assist clients with all aspects of occupational hygiene solutions, effectively and affordable.