Exposure Control and Assessment November 2016

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November 2016

Development of new allergen assays

Development of new allergen assays

An assay for the major allergen found in Salmon (parvalbumin) was developed as part of an HSE-funded project on the fish and shellfish processing industry.  This new assay was used with one of our hygienist customers in Scotland, who was enquiring about some shellfish monitoring, immediately resulted in our first commercial batch of air samples for salmon analysis. We have now improved our shellfish tropomyosin assay even further and developed new assays for parvalbumin in cod and haddock, and also for salmon, which is both farmed and processed in large amounts in the UK.

A second new assay for monitoring exposure to the major rabbit allergen (ory c 1) has now been completed. The toxicology team  are currently promoting this assay amongst our growing customer base.  Both these assays offer allergen monitoring capabilities that are not simply available elsewhere, and highlight our attempts to grow in both the pharma/toxicology and food processing sectors. Contact Laura Willerton for further information.

Knapsack Sprayer

Biological monitoring for glyphosate now available

We are pleased to announce a new test for glyphosate.  Glyphosate is one of the most widely used herbicides around the world. Recently there has been some debate about the carcinogenic potential of glyphosate (IARC, EFSA); these discussions are on-going.  In the meantime, HSL can now offer a straightforward urine test to evaluate workers’ exposure to glyphosate and help to ensure that exposures are controlled.

Training Courses

Management of Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome in the workplace - an introduction (HAVS) 31st January 2017

DSEAR - Controlling Dust Explosion Risks - 13th December 

Layers of Protection Analysis - Practical Application and Pitfalls (LOPA) - 13/14 December 

Measurement of Hazardous Substance Exposures - 14th December 

Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) - Health Surveillance and Exposure Control – 17th January 2017