Occupational Exposure Monitoring

Exposure monitoring is the process of estimating or measuring the magnitude, frequency and duration of exposure to chemical, physical and biological agents for a group of workers. Monitoring generally consists of collecting direct measurements or samples to be analysed by a laboratory to determine the exposure of a worker to an agent (e.g. solvent, dust). Exposure assessments must be carefully planned and executed to assure accurate estimations of worker exposure.

Workers are exposed to a variety of hazards in a manufacturing environment, (e.g. solvents, dusts, acids, fuels, noise, etc.). Exposure monitoring is an important component of an Occupational Hygiene program, as this assessment determines the types of controls required to remove or reduce the hazard to acceptable levels; and therefore, reduce the potential risk to their health.