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Hazardous Chemical Substances/Airborne Pollutants Survey

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.

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 and/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 such as the heart, liver, kidneys or nervous system.

Every employer should have a Hazardous Chemical Substances/Airborne Pollutants Survey conducted at their premises 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.