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Customer Day – Thursday 21st June 2018


HSL are delighted to announce another customer day for users of HSL's analytical and health risks services. This is your opportunity to find out more about the services we offer, learn of the latest developments and get a chance to discuss your particular issues with HSL experts. Topics on the day will be based on delegates’ preferences but could include hygiene and health surveillance for noise, HAVS, silica and isocyanates.    


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HSL scientists publish new paper on RCS in Atmospheric Environment Magazine

Paper by Peter Stacey, Andrew Thorpe, Paul Roberts and Owen Butler.


This paper focuses on the determination of respirable-sized crystalline silica in different ambient environments in the United Kingdom with a mobile high flow rate sampler utilising porous foams to achieve the required particle size selection.


Inhalation of respirable crystalline silica (RCS) can cause diseases including silicosis and cancer. Levels of RCS close to an emission source are measured but little is known about the wider ambient exposure from industry emissions or natural sources. The aim of this work is to report the RCS concentrations obtained from a variety of ambient environments using a new mobile respirable (PM4) sampler.


To read the full paper, please click here


For further information on our inorganic analyses including RCS, please click here


UKLA and HSE develop good practice guide on metalworking fluids

New guidance has been developed by the United Kingdom Lubricants Association (UKLA) Metalworking Fluid Product Stewardship Group (MWFPSG) with support from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and other industry experts. HSL's participant was Gareth Evans with input from his technical team




The guidance provides advice about maintaining water-mix MWF to prevent ill health in machine workshops. Skin disease (dermatitis) and lung disease (occupational asthma and occupational hypersensitivity pneumonitis) can occur in operators, either because their skin is regularly in contact with MWF, or because they inhale MWF mist.

Control of MWF relies on good  occupational hygiene practice; to review our services in this area, please click here.

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