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Make sure compliant with Health and Safety regulations for workplace exposure limits.
Make sure your business is compliant with Health and Safety regulations for workplace exposure limits.

Be compliant with EU CO2 workplace exposure limits

Workplace exposure limits – what you should know to be legally compliant in Europe.

Exposure Limits

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.

EH40 is a list of ‘Workplace Exposure Limits’ as published by the Health & Safety Executive in the UK. In the European Union, EU Directives are published for information for member states.

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.

The COSHH, or Control of Substances Hazardous to Health regulations (2002), impose requirements detailed in Table 1 of EH40/2005 and the Notices of Approval, which are legally binding.

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

References:

http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/eh40.pdf

http://www.hse.gov.uk/carboncapture/carbondioxide.htm

http://www.bcga.co.uk/pages/index.cfm?page_id=6&title=publications

https://www.analoxsensortechnology.com/gas-incidents-news.html

 

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