Biological Monitoring Kits
Biological monitoring kits are used to indicate how much of a chemical has entered your body. It involves measuring the chemical you are exposed to at work in a sample of your urine. This is a necessary safety precaution for many workplaces because short or long-term exposure to certain chemicals can have potential health risks. Any person in the workplace exposed to one or more hazardous chemicals need to take a biotest every year, and if any person is highly exposed, they require a test every 6 months.
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Isocyanates are a family of highly reactive, low molecular chemicals widely used in the manufacture of flexible and rigid foams, fibres, paints, sprays, varnishes, and elastomers. They are also used in the automobile industry, autobody repair, and building insulation materials.
Nickel is a silvery-grey metal mainly used in alloys with other metals. It is often used in the manufacture of stainless steel, coins, magnets, chemical and food process equipment, and in the aerospace industry; the electroplating industry; pigments for paint, pottery, glass and plastics and catalysts in the chemical industry.
Chrome is a hard, brittle metal, and is most often used in the process of making steel, chrome plating, making dyes and pigments, wood preserving and in the tanning of leather.
Benzene is a colourless or light-yellowish chemical compound that is a liquid at room temperature. It is generally used as a means by which to make other chemicals, often to make polymers, plastics, rubbers, lubricants, dyes, detergents, drugs, explosives, and pesticides.
Mercury is a shiny, silvery liquid and is used in a wide variety of mechanisms including thermometers, manometers, sphygmomanometers, barometers, float valves, mercury switches, mercury relays, fluorescent lamps, firearms and even mascara in some countries.
Xylene is a colourless and flammable liquid and is used in a range of different industries. Those most at risk include those in painting and furniture refurbishment (working with paint thinners, solvents, and paint removers), biomedical laboratory workers (who use it as a solvent to fix tissue specimens and rinse stains) and gas station workers through frequent exposure to xylene.
Cyclohexanone is an organic compound that resembles a colourless oil. It has a wide range of uses, including the creation of resins, oxime, wood stains, paint and varnish removers, spot removers, polishes, levelling agents, dyes, delustering silk, lubricating oil, herbicide solvents, waxes, and fats.
MEK is a colourless liquid which is mostly used in the application of protective coatings and adhesives, for pesticide application, or in factories that produce paint, rubber, and machinery.
Methylene Chloride is a colourless, highly volatile liquid which has a myriad of uses within the food industry including decaffeinating tea and coffee and extracting flavourings.
Styrene is a colourless oily liquid that is mainly used to make rubber and plastic. The most established of styrene-based materials is polystyrene which can be found in packaging, toys, drinking cups, consumer electronics and safety helmets. Others uses include for the manufacturing of elastomers and latexes, which can be found in car tyres, belts, hoses for machinery, sponges, and floor tiles.
A solvent is a substance that can dissolve to form a solution. Products that include solvents include paint/ paint removers, adhesives, pesticides, lacquers and vanishes, toiletries, nail polish remover and wood finishes.