With the national focus on the dangers of asbestos and other
environmental hazards in the workplace and at home, we work with
government authorities, private companies and householders to
identify problems and ensure that any work is carried out to the
required standards, monitored by our independently, accredited
Our responsibilities include:
- Ensuring that asbestos materials present in buildings are
identified and risk assessed by independently accredited experts so
that an asbestos register can be prepared
- Ensuring that all asbestos removal works are carried out to
- Ensuring that workplace environments are safe places to work by
monitoring efficiency of local exhaust ventilation, chemicals
hazardous to health, occupational exposure to dust e.g. wool dust
in carpet manufacture and air quality in office environments.
So what does that mean in practice?
For asbestos it means the preparation of asbestos management
policies and offering advice where required on the removal of
asbestos-containing materials in their premises. In addition it
includes carrying out asbestos surveys in both occupied buildings
and premises due for demolition or refurbishment.
The quality of asbestos removal works is recognised by all
involved in the industry to be highly variable. It is for this
reason that the Occupational Hygiene Team supervises all aspects of
The main focus for Occupational Hygiene is a series of tests in
a variety of working environments, from factories, offices,
schools, colleges, police stations etc, to ensure that the
environments are safe to work in.
Why does Worcestershire stand out?
One example of Occupational Hygiene's work was the monitoring of
air quality in the office environment.
This was carried out in County Hall following high numbers of
complaints from occupants throughout the building. Tests showed
that there was a lack of fresh air being supplied to the building.
Subsequent investigations showed that the inlet vents were not
opening. This was rectified and the complaints stopped. Air quality
in the building is now monitored on a regular basis.
The staff in the Occupational Hygiene section are trained to the
highest standards in all aspects of asbestos management. We are
recognised as having one of the best standards of supervision of
Asbestos Contractors in the country, we were recently recommended
to a client as being in the top five.
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