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Four problems biological monitoring can help identify and diagnose

by , 04 November 2013
The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) requires you to conduct biological monitoring in your workplace. Here are the four problems biological monitoring will help you identify and treat in your workplace.

Exposure to hazardous chemical substances can cause harm to you and your employees. And even death in extreme cases, says the Health & Safety Advisor.

The good news is you can avoid this with biological monitoring.

Biological monitoring will help you identify the following problems

Conducting biological monitoring will help you:

#1: Spot weaknesses in your engineering controls, for example, inadequate ventilation, training and staff compliance issues.

#2: Spot poor practices that lead to exposure, for example, via skin absorption. Biological monitoring can help detect exposure through the skin and show if gloves are unsuitable. It may also identify practices leading to exposure.

#3: Spot weaknesses in personal hygiene and housekeeping practices. Biological monitoring can identify different types of exposure between workers. It can demonstrate good and bad practice and you can use this to change behaviour.

#4: Identify bad practices and training needs. Regular monitoring identifies lapses in control.

If you don't ensure your employees comply with the OHSA when handling or working with hazardous chemical substances, you could be liable for a fine or imprisonment.

So make sure you use of biological monitoring to limit exposure to chemicals in your workplace.

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