Workplace Exposure Resources

The HI standard is a simple self-assessment tool to help you to better manage workplace health risks. It will enable you to identify strengths and weaknesses, set priorities and develop action plans.

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Academic and industry specialists worked with BOHS to present a risk matrix tool to help choose the right controls to reduce the risk of catching COVID19 at work.


Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have released of a bespoke mobile app, designed to help organisations understand the law, their health and safety rights, and their responsibilities


Stress Awareness Month - find out how you can prevent, reduce & manage stress in the workplace

According to the Mental health Foundation, 74% of UK adults say that they have felt so stressed at some point over the last year that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.


Free download - CDC'S Sound Level Meter App 

The NIOSH Sound Level Meter (SLM) app combines the best features of professional sound levels meters and noise dosimeters into a simple, easy-to-use package. 

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Occupational exposure bands

The findings and conclusions in this presentation have not been formally disseminated by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and should not be construed to represent any agency determination or policy.

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Biological monitoring for isocyanates 

Despite significant progress in the motor vehicle repair sector (due to an HSE awareness-raising intervention), isocyanates remain one of the leading causes of occupational asthma in Great Britain.


Welding, Molybdenum Trioxide & Indium Tin Oxide

IARC Monographs on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks to Humans.

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Why do welders need protecting?

Welding is one of the most common activities carried out in industry. It is estimated that there are 190,000 workers in the UK who weld, comprising of around 73,000 professional, skilled welders and many other unskilled or semi-skilled welders who carry out welding as part of their job.


Lead: don't take it home

Are you exposed to lead at work? You may be if you make or fix batteries or radiators; make or paint ceramics; melt, cast or grind lead, brass or bronze; tear down or remodel houses, buildings or bridges; or work with scrap metal? 


Working with solvents INDG273

This leaflet is aimed at employees who are exposed to solvents at work. It gives important advice about the precautions that employees and their employers should take to avoid risks to the health of workers who use solvents and products that contain solvents.  


Isocyanate paint spraying: safely managing spray booths (HSG276)

This guidance is aimed at vehicle body shop owners, managers and supervisors, their employees (particularly paint sprayers) and suppliers. It will also be useful to industries, other than motor vehicle repair (MVR), where there is spraying of isocyanate-containing paints and lacquers.  


Working with substances hazardous to health

INDG136 (Rev5) - This leaflet describes how to control hazardous substances at work, so they do not cause ill health. It will help you understand what you need to do to comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002 (as amended) which apply to the way you work with these substances.  

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EH40/2005 (Fourth Edition 2020) Workplace Exposure Limits 

On 17 January 2020 HSE published a revised version of EH40/2005 ‘Workplace exposure limits’. This has been updated in order to implement amendments to the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive (2004/37/EC) which introduces or revises 13 binding occupational exposure limit values for a number of carcinogenic substances.

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Occupational cancer - IOSH report

Thousands of people die each year from cancer due to occupational causes. In Great Britain it is estimated that there are 13,500 cancer registrations (newly occurring cases of cancer) per year attributable to occupations. 


Publication of new NI Workplace Exposure Limits 

NEW AND revised Workplace Exposure Limits (WELs) for thirteen substances listed in the European Commission’s Directive (EU) 2017/2398, which amends the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive 2004/37/EC, have been published.  


HSE release revised guidance on exposure to welding fume (12/09/2019) Employers 

In February 2019 HSE issued a safety alert to inform industry of a change in relation to the control expectations for exposure to welding fume including that from mild steel welding.


Occupational cancer: a workplace guide

The HSE has estimated there are around 13,500 new cases of cancer caused by work every year with over 8,000 deaths. This is likely to be an underestimate of the real number because there are many links between work and cancer that are still only suspected but not yet proven.

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This guide is for occupational hygienists, occupational health professionals and managers who are considering setting up and/or managing a biological monitoring programme for chemical exposure in the workplace.

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The Control of substances hazardous to health regulations 2002 (L5)  

This book contains the Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) to the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (as amended) (COSHH) and covers all substances to which the Regulations apply.  


The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) lists over 50 substances which are known or probable causes of workplace cancer, and over 100 other possible substances.