Isocyanates exposure testing

Isocyanate exposure testing is one of the most important aspects of continuous worker's health monitoring program. Isocyanate containing products are widely used in the industry and therefore many work processes have the potential to cause significant exposure employees. The primary routes of exposure are inhalation of isocyanates containing fumes, vapours and particles and direct skin exposure. Regular isocyanates exposure testing is an integral part of maintaining a safe environment for your employees and preventing sensitisation leading to development of occupational asthma.

Isocyanates are powerful irritants to the respiratory tract and mucus membranes around the eyes. Due to their widespread use isocyanates are considered leading causes of occupational asthma in the UK. Isocyanate related asthma typically develops after continuous exposure from several months to years. Once sensitised, extremely low respiratory levels of isocyanate can elicit asthmatic responses.

To fully evaluate employees' exposure levels and effectiveness of existing engineering controls our technical assessor will carry out personal and static isocyanates exposure monitoring, skin exposure monitoring and glow break through assessment. We can also provide our clients with biological monitoring method for isocyanates exposure. Exposure to isocyanates can occur at all stages of the manufacturing process from initial surface application to final curing or cutting of materials.

Our isocyanates exposure monitoring program includes:

  • Assessment of all potential exposures sources and paths.
  • Evaluation of employees' working and exposure patterns.
  • Collection of air samples for assessment of inhalation exposure
  • Collection of skin samples for assessment of skin exposure
  • Collection of urine samples for assessment of total bioburden, if required
  • Provision of gloves breakthrough assessment patches
  • Use and adequacy of existing control measures.
  • Evaluation of suitability of respiratory protection and RPE checks.
  • Evaluation of existing management controls.

We offer the most comprehensive isocyanates exposure assessment program! We are confident that our company is the perfect partner to help you deliver first class protection of your employees.

We also offer a range or isocyanates exposure products which can be purchased directly via our e-shop

  • Urinary biomonitoring kits
  • Isocyanates surface contamination tests
  • Skin test patches for onsite assessment of isocyanates exposure
  • Glow breakthrough patches for assessment to gloves effectiveness
  • Isocyanates decontamination solutions

Numerous isocyanate end uses, such as spraying and application of foams and adhesives, provide opportunity for isocyanate skin exposure from deposition of aerosols and/or absorption of vapours. Typical workplace isocyanate exposure levels are not irritating and give few warning signs, and skin protective equipment may not be worn, even when respiratory protection is used. Skin exposure may result from direct contact of unprotected skin or the failure of personal protective equipment, such as gloves. Opportunities for isocyanate skin exposure, such as spills, clean-up, and contact with contaminated equipment, are well known to workers and field researchers.

Projects

– 2017

Her Majesty Revenue and Customs

Diesel fumes and laboratory reagents exposure assessment

Occupation exposure monitoring of operatives for diesel fumes, petrol fumes and laboratory reagents throughout the UK. The assessment provided a comprehensive understanding of employee's likely exposure levels and measures required to ensure they continuous Health and Safety.


– 2017

Kone Plc

Lift shaft maintenance operatives' exposure assessment

Lift shaft maintenance operative's exposure assessment to solvents and lubricants during application in enclosed and poorly ventilated places. We have also carried out evaluation of effectiveness of additional area air filtration during the lubricant application process.


– 2017

Copart Ltd

Site contamination evaluation (Pesticides)

We carried out a site contamination evaluation in order to determine the levels of hazardous contaminants and the likely level of risk they present to the occupants and users. We specified the appropriate decontamination measures for the third-party contractor to ensure safety of the site personnel.


– 2017

Tyco Fire Protection Products

Noise, Fumes and Vibration exposure assessment in a production factory

We were appointed to provide a range of occupation exposure related services ranging from employees' exposure evaluation to solvents, welding fumes and isocyanates, workplace noise exposure assessment, operatives hand and arm vibration assessment to contaminants emissions evaluation during curing processes.


– 2017

Tunstall Healthcare Ltd

Large scale soldering plant occupational exposure assessment

We have completed a comprehensive evaluation of operatives' exposure to various types of soldering fumes in this production facility with the focus on maintenance tasks resulting in some odour issues. We have also provided the client with a comprehensive noise exposure evaluation report.


– 2017

Cambridge constabulary

Employees exposure assessment to lead containing dust

We have been appointed to carry out evaluation of likely employees' exposure levels to lead containing dust extended to full building contamination survey. He have help to quantify employees exposures and recommend the most appropriate measures to eliminate the contact with lead containing dust.


– 2017

Brunetts Manufacturing Ltd

Rubber Fumes and Rubber Dust exposure monitoring

Employees exposure evaluation to rubber fumes, rubber dust and injection mould fumes and thermal decomposition products.


– 2017

Satake Europe Ltd

Organic dust, Solvents and Metal working fluids exposure assessment

We have delivered a comprehensive assessment of employees' exposures to various workplace contaminants present during various stages of the production processes.