HSL's Exposure Assessment and Control eBulletin Sept '16

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Exposure Assessment & Control Sept '16

Carcinogens in the Electroplating Industry

Carcinogens in the Electroplating Industry

In the electroplating industry, hexavalent chromium and nickel compounds are widely used as deposition plating metals.  Both are classified as skin and respiratory sensitising agents and carcinogens; it is therefore important that exposure be reduced to as low as reasonably practicable.  


Our study looked at whether repeat biological monitoring could drive sustainable improvements in exposure control by raising individual worker risk awareness and improving worker understanding of exposure pathways.

Mike Clayton, HSL

International Society for Respiratory Protection Conference 

As President of the International Society for Respiratory Protection (ISRP), Mike Clayton (team lead for the Personal Protective Equipment team at HSL) has the honour of welcoming delegates and delivering a keynote presentation at the ISRP International Conference in Yokohama, Japan, this November 


The message of his keynote presentation relates to the improvement of respiratory protection in use. Mike will be giving a further two presentations showcasing the diversity of the work HSL undertakes.

Arsenic Exposure - Better Risk Characterisation

Arsenic Exposure - Better Risk Characterisation 

Biological monitoring for arsenic exposure can help in occupational exposure assessment by looking at all routes of exposure.  However, forms of arsenic are also present in many foodstuffs and can confound the exposure assessment if only total arsenic is measured in urine.  


HSL has been a pioneer in offering arsenic speciation for occupational monitoring; this enables better risk characterisation by separating non-toxic dietary intakes from more hazardous inorganic forms of arsenic found in workplaces.  Jackie Morton will be talking about HSL’s speciation work at the International Society of Exposure Science conference in Utrecht, The Netherlands in October. 

Forthcoming Training Courses:

Improving Your Health Related Risk Assessments – 29 September 2016

Managing Health Risks in Construction – 5 October 2016

Practical Management of LEV – 7 October 2016

Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) - Health Surveillance and Exposure Control18 October 2016

COSHH Training - Practical Assessment and Control - (Training in Glasgow)– 25 October 2016

Occupational Medicine Seminar for HSE Appointed Doctors, Occupational Health Professionals and GPs– 1 November 2016

PPE Essentials – 22 November 2016

In case you missed the previous bulletin, links to the main articles are reproduced below:

Reducing exposures to silica in construction

Novel research to better characterise risk from chromium exposures

Isocyanates can be absorbed through the skin