Occupational Hygiene Training Resources


Hygiene & Hazardous Substances

Occupational hygiene explained (BOHS) - A guide for union health and safety representatives 


According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), every year in the UK, approximately 13,000 people die from occupational diseases as a result of past exposures to hazardous substances. These diseases include cancer and lung-related illnesses such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), an umbrella term which includes conditions like chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

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What is an Occupational Hygienist?

Clean and Clear: Which Cleaning and Testing Methods Should You Be Using?


Review the science and application of methods for surface cleaning, disinfecting and testing and how to improve your indoor air quality to minimise the risk from COVID-19. 


What is Workplace Noise Induced Hearing Loss?

Occupational hygiene is one of the lesser-known areas of workforce health & wellbeing...


Occupational hygiene is one of the lesser-known areas of employee #health & #wellbeing which is often mistakenly thought of as having a purely medical focus.


A robust occupational hygiene provision is often considered the prerequisite to an effective and cost-efficient occupational health programme. But what is it exactly and who needs it?


What is Workplace Thermal Comfort?

BOHS The Good Practice Guide for Consultants


The Good Practice Guide for Consultants interprets the BOHS Code of Ethics and outlines the legal responsibilities for occupational hygiene consultants.  


Occupational Cancer - The Facts

Workplace health and safety risks


Protect your people from exposure to harmful or hazardous risks in your workplace by following these top tips.


Workplace Ill-health Infographic


Alcumus Sypol has created an easy to digest infographic that provides high level statistics about the impact work-related ill health incidents had across the UK in 2017/18. 


What is Local Exhaust Ventilation?  Video


If you are unfamiliar with LEV, start by viewing the video that describes what LEV is, its key components and how the system works to protect health. 


HSE have updated their Hand/Arm Vibration Exposure Calculator (Sept 2019)


Click the image and follow the link to access HSE's website page to freely download the updated hand/arm vibration exposure calculator. 


Where Do You Find Asbestos? - Awareness Video

New guidance on occupational exposure limits


ECHA has published guidance for preparing a scientific report for health based exposure limits and occupational exposure limits (OELs) at the workplace. It aligns the methodologies in REACH and occupational health and safety legislation to establish safe levels of exposure to chemicals at the workplace. 


What does an Occupational Hygienist do? 


An occupational hygienist is a professional able to:

1. Anticipate the health hazards that may result from work processes, operations and equipment, and accordingly advise on their planning and design. Read more.... 


Introducing & Managing RPE in the workplace - HSE Video


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.


​Here are a number of health hazards associated with welding in particular the following:  Click image to read full article...


Health & Safety at Work 2019 Vital Statistics


Listed are the latest Health & Safety at Work 2019 vital statistics:

- 1.4 million work-related ill health cases

- 0.6 million workers sustaining a non-fatal injury

- 28.2 million working days lost due to work-related ill health & non-fatal workplace injuries -

0.6 million work-related stress, anxiety or depression cases -

0.5 million work-related musculoskeletal disorder cases

- 12,000 lung disease deaths each year estimated to be linked to past exposures at work

- 147 fatal injuries to workers

- 2,526 Mesothelioma deaths in 2017 with a similar number of lung cancer deaths linked to past exposures to asbestos

- 15 billion annual costs of work-related injury & new cases of ill-health in 2017/18 (excluding long-latency illness such as cancer).

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The Evil Dust - The history of asbestos  

Read HSE's Guidance to prepare your workplace for welding inspections


Jan to Mar 2020 - HSE inspectors are visiting businesses across the country where welding takes place to check that risks are being appropriately managed. In February 2019 HSE issued a safety alert to inform industry of a change relating to the control expectations for exposure to welding fume. ://https://lnkd.in/dg8yBN2 The COSHH regs provide the legal basis to help ensure exposure to any welding fume released is adequately controlled, see HSE's revised guidance: https://lnkd.in/daCJsYq. Read HSE's guidance to prepare for your workplace inspection https://lnkd.in/dNQdd5T


Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD'S) - MSDs include injury and pain to backs, joints and limbs which can affect your quality of life. 

Welding Fuel Control Web-Tool

This web-tool is designed to complement the information on the Breathe Freely in Manufacturing webpages. It provides guidance on welding fume control for common welding tasks. A panel of experts from industry, consultancies, academia and the HSE formed a working group to create this web-tool in order to inform managers and supervisors of welders about the best welding fume controls available to protect their health. Click image to access tool.

What is the cost of mental health to Employers?

It is estimated that mental health related issues cost UK employers between £32 & £42 billion each year.  This is made up of absence costs of £7.9 bn, presenteeism costs of between £16.9 bn & £26.4 bn, turnover cost of £7.9 bn, self-employed absence £0.9 bn.  Click image to read full article by Monitor Deloitte.  

Respirable Crystalline Silica: THE FACTS

Lung cancer is difficult to treat and most of those diagnosed with the disease will die within a few years – only one in 20 will live 10 or more years. It’s estimated that nearly 800 people die a year from lung cancer caused by silica exposure at work.  

HSE - A Step-by-Step Guide to COSHH Risk Assessment 

Presented in an easy-flow format to steer the user through both the document itself and the key COSHH stages such as: gathering information about the substances and associated work and practices, then evaluating the risks to health before finally deciding on the necessary measures to comply with regulations 7-13.  

Many welders are exposed unnecessarily to welding fume and gases that can damage their health.

The HSE estimates that exposure to welding fume causes more than 150 deaths due to cancer every year. Exposure to the fumes and gases can also cause other diseases, including: an increased susceptibility to pneumoniametal fume feverchronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes bronchitis and emphysemaasthma.  Click image to read full article...

EU-OSHA Info Sheet - Carcinogens at Work

This info sheet is jointly produced by the six Roadmap partners. It provides concise practical advice on avoiding the risks from carcinogens in the workplace. Designed as a quick reference document for everyday use, it starts by defining occupational carcinogens and outlining the risks they pose. 

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. The HSE figures only list those where there is a proven or probable link. Click image to read the full guide...

Biological monitoring in the workplace - A guide to its practical application to chemical exposure (HSG167)

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. It may also be helpful to employee health and safety representatives.  Click image to view...

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Carcinogens at work

HSE Presentation - Health Surveillance for Noise Induced Hearing Loss

Short presentation covering key points for health surveillance for noise induced hearing loss.  


Top 10 Noise Control Techniques

Ten simple noise control techniques that have wide application across the whole of industry. In many cases, they will produce substantial noise reductions quickly and cheaply - with little or no effect on normal operation or use.  

COSHH Symbols and Meaning video 

Sources of Vibration Magnitude Data

An HSE paper written to assist you in selecting suitable vibration magnitude data.  

Whole-body vibration - The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 Guidance on Regulations (L141 2005)

This book will be of particular interest to employers in industries where there may be a health risk from WBV include agriculture, construction, forestry, mines and quarries. Risks may also exist where industrial trucks are used to transport materials, eg in factories, depots, warehouses and docks, particularly where the surfaces the trucks travel on are in poor condition or the drivers use poor driving techniques. 

How to deal with sick building syndrome (SBS) - HSG132 (3rd edition)

This publication is aimed at employers, building owners and building managers. It describes ‘sick building syndrome’ and its effects, how to recognise it and illustrates simple steps you can take to help improve the environment in which you work.  


Thermal comfort checklist 

This table will help you to carry out a basic thermal comfort risk assessment.   


Lighting at work (HSG38 (Second edition))

This guidance explains how lighting contributes to the health and safety of people at work. It deals with assessing and managing the health and safety risks attributable to lighting in the workplace, good practice and the minimum recommended illumination levels that meet health and safety requirements....  


What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that typically develops in the tissue lining (mesothelium) of the lungs or abdomen. In rare cases, tumours can also grow in the linings of the heart or testicles. Mesothelioma takes anywhere from 20-50 years to develop in the body. However, once it begins to spread (metastasize), it does so quickly. There is no cure for mesothelioma, but medical treatments may extend or improve a patient’s life.


The Duty to Manage Asbestos - HSE Advice & Guidance Fact Sheet 


The duty to manage asbestos is directed at those who manage non-domestic premises: the people with responsibility for protecting others who work in such premises, or use them in other ways, from the risks to ill health that exposure to asbestos causes.  Click image to Read more...  


Personal protective equipment  at work Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992

This guidance provides guidance on the steps to take to try to manage risks without resorting to personal protective equipment (PPE) which should be used as a last resort. It includes details of specific areas of risk and examples of the kind of PPE to consider using where the risk cannot be adequately controlled in other ways.  


MEC EH40 Comparison Table 2011 to 2018

MEC have put together an easy to use table which compares the Workplace Exposure Limits (WELs) updates made to EH40 2018 3rd Edition with EH40 2011 2nd Edition. This table will allow you to quickly check which WELs have been reduced and which WELs are new entries to EH40.  


Welding Fume Control Selector Tool

This web-tool is designed to complement the information on the Breathe Freely in Manufacturing webpages. It provides guidance on welding fume control for common welding tasks. A panel of experts from industry, consultancies, academia and the HSE formed a working group to create this web-tool in order to inform managers and supervisors of welders about the best welding fume controls available to protect their health. Click WeldingTool to go to the website and use the welding fume control selector tool.  


Meet Emma - your work colleague of the future !!

RPE - Employee Toolbox Talk PowerPoint Presentation 

Why should I wear my mask - visual PowerPoint presentation. 

The health surveillance cycle 

The pdf diagram provides an overview of the health surveillance cycle. The employer has a central role in every aspect with involvement from employees to ensure effective implementation.  


Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are the most common work-related health problem in Europe

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