Avoid making the biggest mistake employers make when conducting their incident investigations
If you miss just one point in your incident investigation, COID will deny your compensation claim.
And worse, if the DoL asks for your report, and you can't give him one, you'll be facing criminal prosecution too.
So don't take chances. Make sure you and your investigation team knows how to properly investigate all accident and incidents at your workplace.
Look for symptoms
Looking for an existing ventilation problem can be done by looking for signs of 'sick building syndrome'. This is a condition in which a building's occupants experience negative health effects from simply being in the building.
Symptoms to look out for include:
· throat and nose irritation;
· dry coughs;
· recurring chest infections;
· chest tightness; and
· asthma, which appears to be aggravated when inside the building.
: You can look for patterns in absenteeism
. Look for the diagnoses that the doctors give your employees. If they fall in line with any of the above symptoms, then you should consider looking into your ventilation.
Look at CO2 levels
Ensure that the average amount of CO2 doesn't exceed 0.5% within an eight-hour period and that the total amount of CO2 doesn't ever exceed 3%.
CO2 levels are usually quite low provided that a window is at least open allowing for natural air to circulate.
: Beware of the exposure limits
Ensure that the prescribed 'occupational exposure limits' (OELs) are not exceeded, and make sure you don't exceed the limit for flammable/explosive gases, vapour or dust.
An 'approved inspection authority' (AIA) will let you know what these limits are.
*To find out the names and contact details of these authorities, and much more, simply flip over to Chapter W 01, page 009,
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