Mercury is a versatile metal used in various industrial applications, including the manufacturing of chemicals and electrical and electronic devices. It is also present in meteorological equipment and mercury-vapor lamps used for lighting highways. However, exposure to mercury can be toxic and pose significant health risks, making monitoring of mercury exposure essential in safeguarding workers’ well-being.
How We Support You
At Healthscreen, our Mercury Monitoring service provides you with comprehensive assessment and monitoring of mercury levels in the workplace. Our goal is to help you effectively manage exposure risks and safeguard the health and well-being of your workforce.
Our experienced team understands the potential risks associated with mercury and conducts thorough risk assessments specific to your workplace. We consider various factors such as work processes, potential sources of mercury, and employee exposure patterns to accurately evaluate the risks involved.
Through our monitoring process, we collect urine samples from employees exposed to mercury. Our team follows industry best practices and guidelines to ensure accurate and reliable measurement of mercury levels. We analyse the collected data to gain valuable insights into the concentration levels of mercury, allowing us to assess the potential risks to your employees.
Our reports are designed to provide clear and concise information, presenting the findings of our monitoring activities. We include recommendations for control measures based on the identified mercury exposure levels. These recommendations may include engineering controls, such as improved ventilation systems or work process modifications, as well as personal protective equipment.
Understanding the importance of tailored solutions, we offer control strategies customised to your specific workplace requirements. Our team of experts can assist you in implementing the recommended control measures and provide ongoing support to ensure their effectiveness. We stay up to date with the latest regulations and guidelines related to mercury exposure to ensure your compliance and demonstrate your commitment to creating a safe working environment.
Biological monitoring for mercury offers several benefits, including:
- Assessing the effectiveness of control measures in minimising exposure.
- Identifying areas or processes with higher mercury concentrations.
- Ensuring that work practices and personal protective equipment (PPE) are effectively protecting employees.
- Providing data to improve training programs and enhance understanding of the risks associated with mercury exposure.
- Helping to prevent long-term health effects and related complications.
- Complying with regulations and guidelines related to mercury exposure monitoring.
Ensuring Regulatory Compliance
Mercury is a highly toxic substance, and its use and handling are subject to various regulations and guidelines, including the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002. Our Mercury Monitoring service helps organisations fulfill their legal obligations, ensure compliance with these regulations, and effectively manage the risks associated with mercury exposure.
Symptoms of mercury exposure can vary depending on the route of exposure. Inhaling mercury vapours can cause nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting, and a burning sensation in the mouth. Long-term exposure can result in fever, chills, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. Mercury poisoning can also lead to kidney and brain damage.
Biological monitoring allows for the assessment of mercury exposure by measuring the chemical or its breakdown products in biological samples. It helps ensure that control measures are effective, work practices are protective, and training is followed. Additionally, since mercury can be significantly absorbed through the skin, biological monitoring is particularly useful in such scenarios where PPE, like gloves and masks, is relied upon for protection.
If you require mercury monitoring services or have concerns about mercury exposure in your workplace, contact Healthscreen today. We provide comprehensive monitoring solutions to assess mercury exposure levels, protect the health of your employees, and ensure compliance with safety regulations. Take a proactive step towards a safer work environment by reaching out to us now.