Biological monitoring for chemical exposures at work: an introduction – Buxton, 17 March 2016

Date and location

17 March 2016, Health and Safety Laboratory, Harpur Hill, Buxton,
Derbyshire, SK17 9JN

Course overview

Biological monitoring is a useful tool for occupational hygiene and health professionals. It is based on the analysis of hazardous substances or their metabolites in urine, blood or breath and is used to assess exposure by inhalation, ingestion and absorption through the skin.

Biological monitoring for workers significantly exposed to lead (as defined in the Control of Lead at Work Regulations 2002 (as amended)) is compulsory. For all other substances biological monitoring is voluntary, but it has roles under CoSHH for Exposure Assessment (reg 10) and Health Surveillance (reg 11). Biological monitoring is particularly valuable where substances may be absorbed through the skin or where control of exposure relies on personal protective equipment. It can also be used to investigate the behavioural aspects of exposure controls. A further benefit is the ‘personal’ nature of biological monitoring: results can be used to give workers reassurance about their exposure and risk of ill-health.

This workshop is an overview of biological monitoring and how it can enhance the service that occupational hygiene and health professionals offer

The event has been accredited with CPD points by the Faculty of Occupational Medicine.

Who should attend?

The workshop is designed for occupational hygiene and health providers who are interested in what biological monitoring can do for them and their clients.

Information and booking

A full programme and online booking form can be found on the Biological Monitoring for Chemical Exposures at Work – An Introduction course page. Alternatively, you can email HSL Training or call 01298 218806.

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