Organisations can face health complaints, or be required under their operating licence or Workplace Health and Safety Regulations to carry out worker exposure monitoring. In some cases biological sampling will show that chemicals in the workplace are detected above threshold levels in blood or urine or workers and the source may be unknown. In other cases testing is required to show that a particular mitigation strategy has been successful in keeping workers safe from chemicals in the workplace.
Viridis offers personal sampling and air testing (monitoring) in work places where employees may be working with harmful substances, including chemicals and dust. With the correct monitoring and assessment, Viridis can ensure both that workers stay safe, and the company is keeping to its obligations.
We aim to identify ways to avoid increasing levels of personal protection, by finding alternative solutions to processes currently in operation, or by looking at ways of ventilating areas to reduce exposure. We then have the capability to look at the energy savings that can be made by making those changes, and to carry out failure analysis of workplace equipment to see where energy may be being wasted.
Viridis staff have acted as expert witnesses in cases where former or current employees are bringing
Work Cover claims against their employer. Cases have included complaints around exposure to direct sources of harm from airborne silica generated during cutting tiles and aluminium from welding fumes. They have also included complaints around ailments associated with exposure to airborne mould and to airborne bacterial pathogens when handling compost.
Notable projects include:
- FL Smidth – Monitoring workers for chemical exposure
- River Sands – Monitoring exposure to dust and Silica, then discussing ways to reduce it.
- Assessing and discovering Formaldehyde in the floor of a University server room that was causing serious health risks. The project required eventual removal of the source as far as possible, and then final resolution by ventilating under engineered conditions.