CHAPTER 8

CHEMICAL SAFETY

6.0 CHEMICAL EXPOSURE ASSESSMENT

 

6.0  Chemical Exposure Assessment


6.0       Chemical Exposure Assessment

The most common method for assessing chemical exposures is by air monitoring, usually to determine chemical concentrations in an employee’s breathing zone.  EHS B&C group conducts routine exposure monitoring as well as exposure monitoring by request.  Besides chemical air monitoring, exposure monitoring may include noise monitoring, radiation monitoring and indoor air quality investigations.  In addition to monitoring, other assessments may include ergonomic, biological or physical hazard evaluations. 

Industrial hygiene* sampling and analytical methods used by UTMB are established primarily by the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) and OSHA.  Equipment used for monitoring is calibrated according to manufacturer recommendations.  Field pre- and post- calibration is also done as required. 

*Industrial hygiene is the science/art devoted to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation and control of workplace environmental stressors that may cause sickness, impaired health/well-being or significant discomfort to workers.