Testing and Monitoring October update 2

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HSE HAVS Calculator

HSE HAVS Calculator updated

As part of the package which supports the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005, HSE has produced a calculator to assist in calculating exposures for hand-arm vibration.

This can be useful if you regularly use tools or machinery, such as hand-held power tools, hand-guided powered equipment or powered machines which process hand-held materials.

Hand-arm vibration exposure calculator

If you require health surveillance please see our HAVS testing and assessment services. Alternatively you can contact our Noise and Vibration team, who will be happy to help you.

X-ray diffraction expertise from HSE

X-ray powder diffraction with Rietveld

HSE’s X-ray diffraction (XRD) specialist Peter Stacey has produced an article on the performance of “X-ray powder diffraction with Rietveld”, to measure the crystalline and amorphous components of inhalable dust collected on aerosol sampling filters.

This work was undertaken in preparation for a survey to assess the exposure of woodworkers to hazardous dust in construction industries.

This inhalable dust was expected to contain both crystalline mineral and amorphous phases (wood dust). The Rietveld method was applied to provide a simultaneous multicomponent analysis and a better characterisation of the exposure of workers.

Read Peter’s article in full.

HSE offers expert XRD analysis. View the services we offer (XRD can be found on the price list).

Exposure monitoring from HSE


Exposure monitoring from HSE

Occupational exposure limits have been under the international spotlight recently.

Safe Work Australia has evaluated workplace exposure standards for airborne contaminants to ensure the robustness of the scientific approach and evidence on which they are based.

The USA’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), meanwhile, has produced a document explaining the Occupational Exposure Banding Process for Chemical Risk Management.

These activities highlight the importance of monitoring exposure to harmful substances or emissions in order to protect workers. At HSE we offer analytical chemistry services to help you demonstrate compliance with occupational exposure limits; please contact our team if you would like to find out more.

Relevant HSE training courses booking now:

Asbestos – Managing asbestos in domestic* and non-domestic premises - 07 November 2019

Management of Hand Arm Vibration in the Workplace - An Introduction - 03 December 2019

Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) - 10-11 December 2019

Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) - Health Surveillance and Exposure Control - 29 January 2020

Biosafety - working practices and managing safety at Containment Level 3 - 03 - 07 February 2020

Biological Monitoring for Chemical Exposures at Work - 05 February 2020



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