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Chemical Exposure Monitoring

Exposure to chemicals can result in varying symptoms with different degrees of danger. Mild reactions include burning and tearing of the eyes, throat, nose, chest, and skin. Severe reactions include coughing, wheezing, feeling faint, convulsions and even death.

Chemical exposure monitoring

Chemical exposure monitoring is conducted to ensure that employee exposure to airborne chemicals such as vapors, mists, fumes, or dust particles are within permissible limits. EE&G develops exposure monitoring strategies such as chemical air sampling and noise monitoring. We measure personnel or area exposure to any chemical regulated by the OSHA Standard, which requires monitoring if there is a reason to believe that exposure levels for that substance are equal to or above the Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL).

Employer Requirements

Employers are required to limit employee workplace chemical exposures to hazardous levels. Exposure by skin absorption or ingestion is easily recognized and prevented. However, the evaluation of inhalation hazards is more difficult. Air monitoring is needed to determine the employee exposure level to individual hazardous chemicals. The factors in determining airborne chemical exposure are the type of contact, length of contact, and chemical concentration. The purpose of an air monitoring program is to confirm whether specific hazardous chemicals are present and to determine if the concentration presents a hazard.

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