Air Quality Monitoring - A Key Factor in Workplace Safety

19 Jun 2020

Air Quality Monitoring - A Key Factor in Workplace Safety

Some see air quality in the workplace as a secondary consideration when it comes to occupational safety, however, it’s something that is becoming increasingly important to modern business. That’s because, industry has recognised that poor quality can not only cause poor performance at work, but it also puts the safety of workers at risk.


Safety regulations contained within the Air Pollution Act 1987 govern air quality monitoring, which is a process that involves analysing the levels of contaminants that exist in the air in any given workplace. The CAFE directive and the Air Quality Standards Regulations 2011 were also created with the aim of reducing the chances of workers coming into contact with harmful pollutants.


Air Quality Monitoring

Air Quality Monitoring allows a building owner to continuously monitor and assess the air quality inside and the data collected can be used to determine what measures need to be implemented to ensure compliance with air quality regulations. An effective monitoring program provides vital protection against poor quality air.


Signs Your Have an Air Quality Problem

You don’t have to be an occupational health expert to spot the signs of poor air quality. In terms of hazard identification, the symptoms are easy to determine and they include:


  • Nose, throat or eye irritation

  • Respiratory issues such as coughs, asthma and wheezing

  • Anyone finding it difficult to concentrate

  • Headache

  • Dizziness

  • Nausea


A reputable health and occupational safety will use specially designed methods of analysis and equipment to identify existing issues, as well as signs that a problem may exist in the future.

Providing Expert Assistance 

At OHSS Safety Consultants, we are experts in a wide range of occupational safety matters, including air quality monitoring. The services we provide include identification of the source of any air quality issues, sampling and testing and on-site monitoring, followed by detailed reporting and recommendations. If you suspect that you may have an air quality issue at your premises, you should call our friendly experts now on (01) 6905907. 

Alternatively, if you need any information or advice on a wide range of health and occupational safety matters, head over to our website www.ohss.ie where you’ll find lots of useful information. 

 


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