eeuk can undertake Biological monitoring involving analysis of breath and urine samples collected from employees. There are sensitive ethical issues involved in the collection, analysis and reporting of results from such samples. Occupational physicians play a crucial role in handling such sensitive issues. We therefore strongly recommend that you involve an occupational professional in setting up a biological monitoring programme, particularly in establishing procedures for reporting results.
Biological monitoring for chemical exposure contributes to the aim of preventing unacceptable health risks by providing information on the control of occupational exposure. It can give an indication of absorption by all routes of exposure, consequently, it is often used to complement personal air monitoring (which measures the concentration of a chemical in the air in a person’s breathing zone)
Biological monitoring under COSHH regulations 6, 7 and 10. Biological monitoring can make a valuable contribution to exposure monitoring under regulation 10, in circumstances where air sampling alone may not give a reliable indication of exposure. It can also be used to support measures taken under regulations 6 and 7, by contributing to health risk assessment and the evaluation of control measures.
Biological monitoring is valuable where, for example:
- there is likely to be significant skin absorption;
- and/or there is likely to be significant uptake following ingestion of the chemical;
- and/or control of uptake depends on personal protective equipment.
If you have any query are simply unsure do not hesitate to contact us.