Gully Howard Technical’s Chartered Occupational Hygienists provide a range of Occupational Hygiene Consultancy Services to various clients. These services are provided across the UK and abroad.
Our Occupational Hygienists protect employees’ health by assessing and controlling their exposure to chemical and physical agents present in the workplace.
Occupational Hygiene Consultancy Services
Consultancy services include advice on how to best control airborne hazardous substances. We can also help employers check that the control measures they provide to protect employees health are working correctly and suitable. Thorough examination and testing of Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) systems and quantitative fit testing of respiratory protective equipment (RPE) can be conducted.
With regard to chemical agents, assessing exposure typically involves measuring the concentration of airborne hazardous substances in the worker’s breathing zone. The airborne chemical agents can be in the form of dusts (e.g. wood, metals, silica) fibres (e.g. asbestos, MMMF) fumes (e.g. welding), mists (e.g. oil) gases (e.g. carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulphide) and vapours (e.g. benzene, toluene). Exposure to hazardous substances in UK workplaces is regulated by the COSHH, CLAW and COA Regulations.
Inhaling such hazardous substances or absorbing them via other routes into the body can cause a risk of harm to health. Some substances such as carbon dioxide can cause an immediate (acute) risk to health, but more commonly exposure over many years at significant concentrations can cause long term (chronic) detrimental health outcomes. Asbestos is an example of this where the resultant disease (which is normally fatal) can occur long after the initial exposure.
Exposure to physical agents in the workplace such as noise, hand arm vibration and the thermal environment can also cause a risk of harm to health to employees.
Exposure to noise in the workplace can cause noise induced hearing loss (NIHL). Hearing damage can be caused by regular exposure to prolonged loud noise over the working day or a single extremely loud impulsive noise event.
Exposure to vibration via the hand can cause a series of permanent (but preventable) conditions which damage the nerves, blood vessels or joints of the hand, wrist and arm. These conditions are known as Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS). HAVS is associated with the regular use of hand-held tools that produce significant vibration exposure.
In addition to these Consultancy services, Gully Howard Technical provides a wide range of professional Training in Occupational Hygiene. This includes all IOHA International Occupational Hygiene Training ‘W’ Modules and the BOHS Proficiency Modules.
Bookings and Enquiries
For Occupational Hygiene Consultancy enquiries and bookings, please contact us: Enquiries@ghtechnical.com / 023 9272 8040.