Without a doubt, there are many, numerous occupational health problems, all requiring occupational hygiene solutions in order to ensure the health and safety of all employees and their workplace. It is a legal obligation and workers have a moral and social responsibility to see to the wellbeing of their workers.
Occupational hygiene hazards and solutions are totally different from the person in the street’s thought of hygiene, which revolves around personal hygiene such as washing, cleaning, doing laundry etc.
The concept of occupational hygiene revolves around key aspects and these are identification, anticipation, evaluation, accessing, monitoring and management of conditions and substances in the workplace that may become causes of injuries, illness or loss of life.
Such conditions must be carefully and critically investigated in order that pre-emptive plans and measures can be put in place, the solutions to potential and actual problems. This cannot happen in any haphazard way if results are to be efficient and effective.
Many hazards and dangers happen mostly during the operations of modern machines, processes, and handling of materials used in mining, construction, and manufacturing. Each different industry has its own problems, which in turn varies from business to business.
There is no “one size fits all” solution; each solution needs to be modified, tailored and customized, all by scientific methods and means, which are later quantifiable. At BlueCollar, we can offer you with qualified and experienced specialists in helping your business institute corrective and preventative measures.
Provision of effective, efficient and occupational health, hygiene, and safety solution across all varies industries in South Africa is the core reason for our company.
At BlueCollar, we strive to provide the high-quality standards of occupational hygiene, by focusing on ergonomic, physical, biological and chemical stressors that may be present in the workplace always. Exposure or absorption must be controlled, monitored and controlled, this includes indoor air quality, toxicology, chemistry, management solutions and forensic research.
Our professional occupational health specialists who are ready to engage anytime, are registered with the South African Institute for Occupational Hygiene (SATOH), while our approved inspection authority is a certified occupational hygienist, as required by the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1993.
Because there are numerous varies aspects to an effective, scientific approach to the workplace’s possible problem areas, engaging experts such as our team of seasoned specialists, is the only option to follow.
This process starts with a health risk assessment.
Risk assessments involve meticulous and careful inspections of which hazards might be present in the working space, environment, calculating and rating the results. This also identifies whether a preventative measure or control plans are effective or need some modifications.
Furthermore, noise surveys are conducted to prevent hearing loss of workers in that environment to ensure that levels do not exceed above 85dB (A), the required legal maximum. As in other areas of industrial hygiene, personal noise sampling or corrective measures can be implemented.
Hazardous chemical and biological sampling tests are carried out, depending on the specific industry and substances that are employed there. Water can easily become contaminated and cause water-borne diseases, meaning that water-sampling test is crucial in most workplaces.
Likewise, indoor air and its quality is an essential step in providing healthy, clean conditions. In the air, we find microbial contaminants like bacteria, mold, and toxic or harmful gases and particulates such as dust. Adequate ventilation goes hand in hand with indoor air quality.
Good, adequate ventilation and ingress of fresh, clean air reduce pollutants, while filtration removes contaminants. Prevention or control of airborne contaminants at their source is the most efficient and effective form of enhancing air quality.
It important to note that pollutant samples need be taken for testing from workplace surfaces as well since these can rapidly become airborne again. With invent of technology, computer models of the airflow within buildings clearly show where ventilation is effective or not.
Thermal stress consists of another area of investigation. Health and safety problems arising from working long hours in a place where temperatures are either too hot or cold and this may have numerous adverse consequences. Adequate lighting not only prevents sight problems but also prevents accidents that may result in injury or damage.
These are merely some of the components of the Act with which business owners are required to comply; failure to do so can result in jail time, fines and costly penalties. At BlueCollar we assist clients with all aspects of occupational hygiene solutions, effectively and affordable