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Unseen Workplace Risks: The Importance of Exposure Monitoring

In workplace safety, some risks are obvious and tangible – but what about the ones that lurk beneath the surface, invisible to the naked eye? How do you address risks that aren't readily noticeable?

In many industries, employees and employers may fall into the trap of overlooking hidden hazards with phrases like, "It's not that noisy" or "We've always used these tools." However, the consequences of neglecting unseen risks can be severe for employee wellbeing and legal compliance.

This is where exposure monitoring is an essential tool in workplace safety measures. It serves multiple purposes, from assessing the effectiveness of control measures to reinforcing risk assessments and fulfilling statutory obligations to protect employees and the public.

What are invisible threats?

It's challenging to decide how things have always been and how they should be, especially regarding invisible threats. 

For instance, while standing next to industrial equipment may seem tolerably noisy, what are the ramifications for the adjacent breakroom or the long-term hearing health of employees?

Similarly, when evaluating air quality, managing the specific substances in the workplace is crucial, considering factors such as particulate sizes and the implications of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH). This includes assessing the effectiveness of Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) systems where applicable.

Exposure monitoring allows employers to quantify these unseen risks accurately. Specially trained consultants can assess various hazards, including noise, dust, fumes, vibration, and hazardous substances.

Integrating into your workplace routines

One common concern about exposure monitoring is whether it will disrupt daily operations. Fortunately, the process is designed to integrate into workplace routines, minimising any operational impact. Tools such as personal dosimeters and static monitoring stations can comprehensively assess exposure levels without impeding productivity.

In conclusion, while some workplace risks may be visible and easily mitigated, others require a more detailed approach. Employers can proactively identify and address hidden hazards by embracing exposure monitoring, creating a safer and healthier work environment.

How to Take Action

If you're looking for more information or a no-obligation quote, our Risk Solutions Team is here to help you. 

Contact us at 01427 420 404 or to learn more about how exposure monitoring can safeguard your employees and ensure compliance.


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