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Hazardous Chemical Substances/Airborne Pollutants Survey

Workplace Hazardous Chemical Substances/Airborne Pollutants Surveys are conducted to evaluate your employee exposure to airborne contaminants against statutory requirements, and to recommend corrective actions where necessary.

Why are these surveys important?

Exposure to airborne contaminants in the workplace may impact negatively on the respiratory system. Depending on the physical, chemical and toxicological properties of inhaled substances, a number of occupational diseases may be caused by the prolonged or excessive inhalation thereof. The most common symptom of over-exposure to inert materials is an increase in upper respiratory system infections; a condition that is completely reversible when exposure ceases.

In contrast to inert materials, biologically active substances lead to the development of masses of scar tissue that slowly replaces the active lung tissue. The scarring of the lungs causes disability, shortness of breath and an increased susceptibility to tuberculosis.

Hazardous chemical substances that are inhaled may also enter the blood stream, without any adverse effects on the lungs. However, once in the blood, the contaminant may attack several target organs like the heart, liver, kidneys or nervous system.

Keep employees safe from airborne contaminants in the workplace

A person conducting a business or undertaking is responsible for ensuring that workers aren’t exposed to contaminants above the workplace exposure standards. This standard relates to a particular chemical or substance in a worker's breathing zone that may cause certain health conditions or undue discomfort.

Consider monitoring contaminant levels for Hazardous Chemical Substances/Airborne Pollutants:

  • If there’s uncertainty about whether the exposure standard has been, or may be, exceeded.
  • To determine if there’s a health risk to your employees.

Hazardous chemical substances regulations in South Africa

Every employer should have a Hazardous Chemical Substances/Airborne Pollutants Survey conducted at their premises to stay compliant with regulations in South Africa as required in terms of Sections 5 and 6 of the Regulations for Hazardous Chemical Substances, Occupational Health and Safety Act and Sections 5, 9 and 12 of the Mine Health and Safety Act.

Read more about OCSAs fully-integrated workplace health and wellness services, from the above-mentioned occupational hygiene assessments and surveys to employees financial and health wellness programmes.

Download the OCSA health and wellness solutions brochure.

Contact us

Team up with a partner that can help your business on its journey to success. Contact us on 012 940 4998 or email [email protected] for chemical risk assessments.

Alternatively, email queries to our occupational hygiene specialists directly.

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