Accurately Monitoring Worker Exposure to Hazardous Substances
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), “Industrial hygienists use environmental monitoring and analytical methods to detect the extent of worker exposure and employ engineering, work practice controls, and other methods to control potential health hazards.” During a worksite analysis, industrial hygienists will employ air sampling methods and instruments to check the air for particulate and gas contaminants, dusts, fumes, mists, and aerosols.
An accurate flow rate during air sampling is an important factor in getting accurate exposure data. Regulatory bodies like OSHA recommend flow calibration as a standard step in the air sampling process. Industrial hygienists will commonly perform air flow calibrations before and after the sampling period.
Accuracy counts. When it comes to protecting people’s health and their lives, it really counts.