Testing and Monitoring update - July round-up

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Occupational health and hygiene testing services - now resumed

We are pleased to announce that our occupational health and hygiene testing services have now resumed.

The coronavirus pandemic has been a difficult time for businesses and individuals alike and we thank you for your patience whilst we have introduced new ways of working to safeguard the health and safety of our colleagues.

We look forward to continuing to provide a high-quality service to our customers. Please visit our website for an overview of our Testing & Monitoring services.


Contributing to the national response

Despite having to suspend our usual services during the initial stages of lockdown, our occupational health and hygiene teams were kept very busy supporting both HSE’s and wider Government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Our scientists and technical experts have been supporting HSE’s recently formed PPE Unit by providing their specialist knowledge of personal protective equipment (PPE), material science and regulatory requirements to help the Unit make effective decisions in order to get PPE to where it was needed.

They have also contributed to the recent safety alert on KN95 respirators, as well as conducting research as part of the recently published rapid review of PPE provided in health care settings to manage risk during the coronavirus outbreak.

Kate Jones

Biological monitoring for exposure assessment

Many of you will already be using biological monitoring for exposure assessment but if you need a quick overview of the topic, please read this recent editorial from Kate Jones, who leads HSE’s biological monitoring team.

As well as an extensive range of analysis, we also have a number of case studies highlighting the role of biological monitoring in evaluating exposure control.

Biological Monitoring forms part of our Complete Worker Health approach to managing workplace health.

In addition to monitoring your workers, we can also work with you to review your current approach to health risk management and suggest improvements to help you take preventative action.

For an informal discussion on how we can help, please contact Delia Lomas-Fletcher.

Jon Poole

Dr. Jon Poole

And finally, it’s with great sadness that we report the death of Dr. Jon Poole, not long after he retired from HSE.

Jon was a highly respected occupational health physician and a leading expert on Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS).

Jon’s work contributed significantly to the greater understanding and improved diagnosis of the disease and for many years he led the medical surveillance aspects of our HAVS services and related training courses. 

We should like to remember Jon’s contributions to occupational medicine and his work at HSE by highlighting a few of his recent publications on HAVS – use of monofilaments, testing and diagnosis.

He also published a review on occupational illness in the waste and recycling sector, noting (amongst other hazards) potential exposures related to e-waste.



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