Workplace exposure limits – what you should know to be legally compliant in Europe.
Do you comply with the European standards? If you don’t know, this blog will shed some light on the regulations and if you do know, then this blog will provide you with the confidence that you’re already legally compliant.
During your normal work activities, you could be exposed to one or more of the substances listed. The levels of exposure are set by the HSE, and although many think of EH40 as a guidance document, in reality these ‘Workplace Exposure Limits’ are legally enforceable.
EH40/2005 Workplace Exposure Limits’ from the Health & Safety Executive provides organisations with safe limits of carbon dioxide in the workplace, which are as follows:
- Long-term exposure limit (8 hour reference period) of 5000 ppm
- Short-term exposure limit (15 minute reference period) of 15000 ppm
If you were visited by an HSE inspector, you would be expected to comply with, and show evidence of, EH40 for the identified substance(s) in your workplace. Should an incident occur, whether its ill health of staff or sadly a fatality, it could lead to prosecution under applicable law.
How to comply?
It’s quick and simple to comply by taking the following steps:
- Complete a risk assessment of the area to assess where and how many sensors you would need. We recommend that a sensor should cover no more than 80m3.
- Install a CO2 gas detection system, alarm or CO2 meter, providing visual and audible alarms.
- Check if you have any local legislation regarding exposure limits and set device accordingly
- Add device to your routine health and safety itinerary checks and consider logging an annual calibration and bump test for CO2 sensor
- Be safe in the knowledge your people are protected and your business is compliant.
Accidents regarding increased exposure to gas are more frequent than reported, as a ‘near miss’ is not deemed as major news, however the severity of an accident can easily be increased with just a small increase of gas.
We have put some of the news stories we come across on our incidents page on our website to highlight the frequency and the global spread of gas exposure accidents, and the physical effect on humans.
The detection devices that we manufacture are designed to be used to save lives every day.
We design these products with safety exposure limits firmly in mind, we have also built in the capability to change these limits as legislation is reviewed and updated, providing a fully customizable gas detection system.
Author: Glenn Wright- Product Manager