Biological Monitoring

Many jobs involve using chemicals which can harm your health if they are not properly handled. Under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002, employers have a duty of care to reduce the risk of exposure to such chemicals. An employer should take whatever practicable steps are necessary to prevent or reduce such exposure and to ensure that usage is properly controlled.
To ensure that they are compliant with COSHH regulations, an employer must:

  • Assess the risk to their employees health from working with chemicals
  • Inform employees about the risks and instruct and train them in any precautionary measures
  • Determine what precautions they need to take
  • Prevent the exposure risk or control it
  • Monitor the exposure and provide health surveillance where necessary

The primary routes of entry in which chemicals can enter the body are:

  • Inhalation
  • Absorption through the skin
  • Ingestion
  • Injection

Whilst exposure can be reduced significantly by using appropriate PPE and adopting good laboratory practice, some risk may still remain. The most common route of occupational exposure is usually via the respiratory system so levels of potential exposure are often ascertained by measuring the amount of chemical present within the air in the working environment.
Such monitoring however will only determine the potential exposure. In order to determine the actual exposure levels, it is often necessary to measure the amount of chemical, or its metabolites in the urine, blood or breath of an individual who may have been exposed. This also then helps employers demonstrate that they are compliant with COSHH regulations.
Not only do SAL offer a wide range of occupational hygiene and biological sample testing but the service includes the supply of a sample collection kit including collection vessels and a pre-paid return postage to get your samples back to the laboratory.

Our comprehensive ranges of analysis includes the following:
These include in Urine:

  • Isocyanates
  • BTEX
  • Hexane
  • Toluene
  • Dimethylformamide
  • Ethylbenzene and Styrene
  • Methylemebis (2-chloroaniline) (MbOCA-MOCA)
  • Methylene Dianiline (MDA)
  • Phenol
  • Lindane
  • Dieldrin
  • Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)
  • Metals (Al, As, Be, Cr, Cd, Co, Hg, Mn, Mo, Ni, Pb, Sb. Se, Te, Tl, V)

In Blood:

  • Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)
  • Dioxins and Furans
  • Lead, ZPP and Haemoglobin

For further information or to discuss your individual needs, please contact a member of our team on +44 (0)161 874 2400 or contact us online.