As an employer, it is your responsibility to keep your employees healthy and safe. To ensure employee safety, you need to know if there are any hazardous materials and/or conditions at your workspace, and how those hazardous conditions could impact your workers. Employee exposure assessments are a key part of this process. Read on to learn more:
What are employee exposure assessments?
Employee exposure assessments evaluate the existence and magnitude of health hazards in the workplace. Such hazards can include chemicals, poor air quality, contaminants, and more.
Exposure assessments are required by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) in order to ensure the health and safety of your workers. They do so by:
- Identifying the state and form of all contaminants at a work site
- Creating a “reasonable estimate” of employee exposure rates
- Determining the severity of exposure and if it could lead to emergency situations or health effects
- Figuring out who or what was exposed, and for how long
Once it’s been determined that there are contaminants at your work site, you’ll need to take the necessary steps to remove and/or mitigate those contaminants. How this is done will depend on the contaminant and its severity.
How to perform an employee exposure assessment
An employee exposure assessment cannot be done by just anyone. While it is the employer’s responsibility to perform an employee exposure assessment, the actual assessment must be done by qualified and certified industrial hygiene professionals.
At Axiom Service Professionals, we provide employee exposure assessments for companies in and around Kansas City, MO. To learn more about our assessments and industrial hygiene services, contact us today!