Many jobs involve using chemicals that can be harmful to health if not properly controlled. For some chemicals, biological monitoring can be used to indicate how effective control measures are, and how much of the chemical has entered the body.
It is a way of assessing exposure and health risks, and involves measuring the chemical or its breakdown products in urine, blood or breath. People exposed to hazardous chemicals risk health problems including respiratory disease, occupational asthma, skin conditions, hypersensitivity or in some cases, cancer.
Employers have legal responsibilities to ensure health monitoring is provided to a worker if the worker is carrying out ongoing work using, handling, generating or storing hazardous chemicals.
As a specialist Occupational Health Organisation, our biological health monitoring programs are overseen by a Medical Practitioner and we can provide specific information on the toxicology and health management of the following:
- Organophosphate pesticides
For employees working in an environment where they’re exposed to potential occupational hazards, a health surveillance program, which includes baseline and periodic monitoring, can assist in determining their exposure to risk and help with the early identification and remediation of these.
Occuhealth can provide on-site biological monitoring in Perth and around Western Australia. We can help you understand your health requirements surrounding chemical exposure in the workplace. Contact us today on +61 8 9537 5700.