Biological Monitoring is the only practical way of measuring an employee’s individual exposure to chemicals, paint or other sources, i.e. by the analysis of metabolites or the measurement of actual chemical levels in a urine or blood sample. Many jobs involve the use of chemicals which can harm workers’ health if they are not properly handled. We assist with monitoring on-site or at any of our referral clinics.
Why conduct biological monitoring?
In order to comply with the requirements as stated in the Occupational Health and Safety Act No. 85 of 1993 and in order to prevent long term Occupational illness in your employee, this testing needs to be done as the obligation is on an employer to look for the risks to health from chemicals in the workplace.
An employer must ensure that the exposure to chemicals is either eliminated or prevented, or properly controlled. To do this the employer needs to measure the amount of chemicals to which the workers are exposed.
What chemical exposures need to be tested and when?
Chemical testing includes, but most certainly is not limited to the chemicals reflecting in Annexure 1, Table 3 of the Hazardous Chemical Substances Regulations.
- On-site testing to reduce loss of production.Our technicians and practitioners will collect biological samples from exposed staff in whatever order or timetable suits production and the client schedules to ensure maximum productivity of staff. A professional summary report will be presented to management within 2 weeks of testing being completed, for your records.
- Testing at one of our Occupational Health Referral Centres
How long does it take?
The process typically takes 5-10 minutes per person.