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Revealed: The difference between biological monitoring and medical monitoring

by , 04 November 2013
Did you know that biological monitoring is NOT the same as medical monitoring? That's right. While both these measures are required by the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), there's a difference between the two.

Biological monitoring isn't the same as medical monitoring. While this is the case, some employers confuse the two.

Biological monitoring and medical monitoring explained

According to the Health & Safety Advisor, biological monitoring is an estimate of the dose of chemicals in someone's body.

But medical monitoring is a measure of the effect that dose has on the body.

This means biological monitoring is much more useful as a red flag for you to spot potentially serious hazards before they become an unacceptable threat to the health and safety of your employees adds the Advisor.

Remember that even hand wash soap could contain hazardous chemicals.

Hazardous Chemical Substances (HCS) are chemicals present in the workplace and can cause harm to your employees or the environment. This includes dust, mixtures and common materials such as paint, fuel and solvents.

You can use biological monitoring to assess your employees' exposure to these hazards, so you can prevent exposure and risk and avoid penalties.

Well there you have it. Now that you know the difference between biological monitoring and medical monitoring, make sure you apply the correct safety measure when appropriate.

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