Occupational Dust Exposure Monitoring
Respirable and inhalable occupational dust workplace air monitoring will ensure exposure is below the legal limits and that your control measures are adequate.
Occupational hygienists class dusts as inhalable, thoracic or respirable dust.
Inhalable dust consists of larger particles. These enter the upper parts of the lungs but do not penetrate deeply into the lungs. In contrast, respirable dust consists of smaller particles. Therefore, these enter the deepest parts of the lungs – the gas exchange area. Thoracic dust makes up the remainder of the dust. These particles enter the middle part of the lungs. EH40/2005 – Workplace Exposure Limits only gives limits for the inhalable and respirable fractions so the thoracic fraction is not usually measured. It is important to ensure that dust levels are acceptable by occupational dust exposure monitoring.
As well as, general dust exposure monitoring synergy can also undertake a wide range of other monitoring for other hazards such as: