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RCS Exposure Benchmarking

Benchmarking of respirable crystalline silica (RCS) exposures 

HSE has recently published its benchmarking of respirable crystalline silica (RCS) exposures in brick manufacturing and stone working sectors in Great Britain.


The survey found that in both sectors over 20% of the measured exposures exceeded the UK RCS 8-hour time-weighted averaged workplace exposure limit (WEL) of 0.1 mg/m3.


In the stone sector, 61% of RCS exposures where water suppression was present exceeded the RCS WEL. This indicates that a variety of exposure controls will be required to control RCS exposures, including respiratory protective equipment (RPE).


This work show the continuing challenge of compliance with current exposure limits, even whilst lower limits are being proposed.


For example, Safe work Australia is consulting on new WELs for Silica and coal dust. 


Respirable crystalline Silica:

A TWA of 0.02 mg/m3 is recommended to protect for fibrosis and silicosis, and consequently minimise the risk of lung cancer, in workers exposed to respirable crystalline silica at the workplace.

To read the rest of the report and look at the WES review please follow this link.


To view HSE’s analytical services on Silica, please follow this link.



Exposing skin to harmful substances

Exposing skin to harmful substances

Here's another Napo short film to brighten your day; this time on skin protection.


The film raises awareness of the dangers of exposing the skin to harmful (and sometimes not so harmful) substances, the situations where exposures occur, and what can be done to avoid risks, protect the skin and prevent damage.


These themes will be present in the upcoming scientific conference, “Occupational and Environmental Exposure of Skin to Chemicals (OEESC) conference” to be held in Dublin in September 2019.


The conference will be wide-ranging with something for everyone including occupational hygienists and health professionals, researchers and those working in the consumer and pharmaceutical sectors. 


Kate Jones from HSE’s Biological Monitoring team is part of the organising committee.  See some of our case studies to find out how BM can help you assess skin exposures.



Hearing Conservation Day

World Hearing Day 2019 (3 March)
Hearing Conservation Association UK:

The 3rd March was World Hearing Day. In 2019 the theme is the importance of early identification and intervention for hearing loss.


This was a day to raise awareness about the importance of hearing. All people should check their hearing from time to time, especially those who are at a higher risk of hearing loss such as adults above 50 years, those working in noisy places, those listening to music at high volumes for long periods of time and those experiencing ear problems.


To read more please visit the UK Hearing Conservation Association’s website via this link.

To view HSE’s services and information on Noise and Vibration please follow this link.



Analytical Services Work: Pricing Update

As of 1 April, the price lists for our analytical service work will be updated. There are no major changes.

We've introduced a new service from April the 1st; Acetamiprid (a neonicitinoid pesticide) in urine.


We shall also be introducing a minimum invoice charge of £300 for all service work.  If your analysis (over a three-month period) is less than this then you are encouraged to pay by credit card to avoid the minimum invoice charge; please contact Sample Registration for more details. 


A brief outline of the main changes to the biological monitoring services can be found here.



Train with our experts!

Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) Refresher - Wednesday 17th April 2019

Biosafety - working practices and managing safety at Containment Level 3 - Monday 13th - Fri 17th May 2019

Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) – Tuesday 14th - Wednesday 15th May 2019

Management of Hand Arm Vibration in the Workplace – An Introduction – Thursday 13th June 2019


To see all of HSE's training courses coming up in April, May and June 2019, please click here.


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