The HSE is blitzing construction sites throughout October, looking at dust and how you deal with it.
For many years it has been obvious that the biggest return on investment in “Health and Safety” has been to invest in health. The numbers of workers whose performance is limited by poor health are enormous. Everything from skin damage to breathing and mobility issues reduce the employee’s productivity and costs your business money.
THSP recognised that exposure to dust in excessive amounts can create respiratory problems.
Dust of any kind can be designated a substance hazardous to health under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations, when it is present in concentrations equal to or above Workplace Exposure Limits. It is the employer’s responsibility to identify when excessive dust may be a problem in the workplace.COSHH Regulations require a competent person to assess workplace dust exposure levels. THSP can provide a specialist consultant to measure your employees’ exposure to inhalable and respirable dust and perform the necessary analysis.
We use the latest equipment, which is certified to applicable standards and calibrated on the day of use, to carry out our dust surveys. We will then compare results to the Workplace Exposure Limits as outlined in HSE Guidance Note EH40, make recommendations for appropriate control measures and identify where improvements should be made.
Face Fit Testing
Much of the Respiratory Protection Equipment (RPE) in use today does not offer the user the level of protection that is implied by the manufacturer. This is not due to any faults with the equipment it is simply that the respirator does not fit the user’s face correctly.
Where RPE is used as a control measure under Health and Safety Legislation, it is vital that the selected RPE is adequate and suitable. To ensure the RPE fits correctly, a face fit test can be performed.
All types of RPE should be tested. Our Face Fit Testing Service is suitable for Filter Face Pieces (FFP) and Half Masks using a Qualitative method.
THSP provides workplace face fit testing conducted in line with the standards expected in the HSE Operational Circular No 282/28: Fit Testing of Respiratory Protective Equipment Face pieces.
We come to your site to do the face fit test and a report is produced for each person tested.
Call us on 03456 122 144 to discuss your requirements or visit thsp.co.uk