Surface Monitoring
Subtle Predator

Metals & Chrome VI
Often Forgotten Surface Monitoring.

Metals & Chrome VI surface monitoring - adsorption or ingestion?

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Industrial Hygiene - Surface Monitoring

Skin exposure and ingestion to hazardous chemical agents is an increasing problem in the workplace. In the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sector unique and original potent compounds including new biological or new chemical entities are discovered and synthesized.

In the world of terrorism traditional chemical warfare agents along with new biochemical agents may be used to initiate disease and death through skin absorption or ingestion.

In the industrial segment many skin diseases and toxic systemic effects are increasingly experienced due to skin exposure and represent a greater number of disease than even respiratory illness, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Although, in the United States, there are currently no surface contamination criteria for skin absorption. However, some OSHA standards contain housekeeping provisions that address surface contamination, and certain exposures to various chemicals are addressed in specific standards for general industry, construction, and shipyard employment. Key points to consider regarding your exposure assessment plan:

  • For many chemicals dermal exposure is the primary route,
  • Category effects include toxic systemic and local skin effects

Surface contamination in your operations must be recognized, identified and controlled just as all hazards. Do not forget about this subtle predator!

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Saving Labor and Analytical Costs.

The determination of an employee's exposure risk to hazardous chemical agents may be accomplished in the following way:

  • Compliant Stage One - Perform Qualitative Assessment
  • Compliant Stage Two - Perform Quantitative Assessment

The Juler Group TOUCAM© process enables an employer to make the determination whether a specific chemical agent presents a possible hazard without actually performing surface wipe or bulk sampling. Unfortunately, many IH assessments are done with a "let's sample everything" philosophy leading to many man-hours of labor and excessive analytical laboratory costs. Juler Group IH Exposure Assessments do not follow this philosophy!

The Juler Group TOUCAM© process results in a Qualitative Assessment of Risk leading to a sampling strategy that includes only those chemical agents that have been identified as higher risk. Sampling is performed, usually on only a small subset of the agents in an employers operations, where Quantitative data is needed to provide rationale for a risk judgment. This saves an employer time and money. The stage one Qualitative Assessment is considered "sampling" by agency and satisfies an employers requirement to identify all hazardous exposure risks in the workplace. Stage two Quantitative Assessment provides data that will either suggest exposure levels are below PELs or whether controls must be evaluated.

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