With rapid industrial development and advancement in technology, there have been rising environmental concerns across the globe. From acidification, reduced air quality, climate change, deforestation to global warming, land degradation, pollution, etc. we are constantly trying to address the issues and progress towards a sustainable environment.
The health risks are not limited to the external space but are also present in the internal environment, often known as occupational health hazards. Worker exposure to health hazards can be biological, chemical, physical, biochemical or psychosocial in nature. They say that the growth of a company majorly relies on the efficiency of the workforce. Hence, nothing is more important than creating a safe and healthy work environment for the workers.
Workforce employed in the industrial sphere often encounters direct exposure to safety hazards and harmful agents. Some of the workplace exposures are as follows:
- Chemical Exposures
- Poor Indoor Air quality
- Ionizing radioactivity
- Lack of adequate oxygen level
- Hot and Cold Exposure
- Electrical hazards
Exposure to toxic chemicals can have serious repercussions and can even lead to death. People operating in an unsafe work environment can get exposed to these harmful chemicals through inhalation, skin absorption or ingestion. Chemical exposures can be acute and chronic. Symptoms include burning, coughing, tearing eyes, rashes or nausea. Sometimes physiological effects may not be spotted immediately but can have severe long-term effects on the person.
To breathe in a clean outdoor and indoor environment is equally important for good health. Inadequate temperature, humidity, lighting, excessive noise, chemicals, dust, fungi, bacteria, gases, vapours, odours and insufficient outdoor air intake often result in poor indoor air quality.
People inhaling contaminated air at the workplace may lead to dryness and irritation in eyes, throat and skin, headache, fatigue, shortness of breath, hypersensitivity and allergies, sinus congestion, coughing and sneezing, dizziness and nausea.
There are many ways in which the workforce comes in contact with these harmful workplace exposures. Some of the main routes of workplace exposures are inhalation, skin contact, eye contact and ingestion.
Workers often inhale contaminated air having airborne chemicals found in the form of gases, vapours, dust or mist. Some chemicals get absorbed into the body through a mere touch. An eye contact with hazardous chemicals in the form of dust, mists, gases, vapours or a case of splashing of liquids can pose serious health-related threats to the workforce. Ingestion can result from unclean hands, feeding on adulterated food and drink or coming into contact with a chemical while smoking a cigarette.
Considering the detrimental consequences of workplace exposure The Ontario Ministry of Labour has emphasized the importance of continuous monitoring and has set certain exposure limits. Their main aim is to protect workers from exposure to a hazardous biological or chemical agent. Benchmarking these exposure limits, we at A. Lanfranco and Associates provide the highest quality Vancouver air monitoring services.
Our certified technical staff provide a broad variety of services ranging from stack testing, particle size distribution, SVOC monitoring, visual opacity monitoring, cylinder gas audits to dispersion modelling, performance monitoring of new industrial equipment and air pollution control equipment, ambient air surveys for VOC and specific organic compounds and a lot more.
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