It is obligatory to measure certain substances

As an employer you are required to know what possible health risks your staff are exposed to in their daily work. If you deal with chemical hazards, you may need to carry out measurements to establish what exposure exists at your workplace.

It is obligatory to measure certain substances

If employees are exposed to certain substances, you must measure them under the regulations (AFS 2011:19) on chemical hazards in the working environment. This applies to the following substances:

  • lead and inorganic lead compounds
  • ethylene oxide
  • cadmium and inorganic cadmium compounds
  • styrene, vinyl toluene and other reactive monomers used in ester plastic production.

Compile the measurement results according to the checklist shown below and send them to the Swedish Work Environment Authority.

Data to be reported in a measurement report

  • Company name, address and the location of the worksite.
  • Activity and number of employees affected by the air contaminant which is the cause of the measurement.
  • Date of the measurement.
  • The substance , or substances measured.
  • The purpose of the measurement.
  • Who carried out the measurement.
  • Production and ventilation data.
  • Climate data for measurement outdoors.
  • Sketch or photograph of the workplace.
  • Job rotation, if any, if it affects the exposure.
  • If, when and what personal protective equipment was used.
  • Average duration of each working operation per day, week, if it is possible to assess..
  • Total working hours per day, start and stop, possible shifts and notation of longer breaks.
  • Occurrence of physically strenuous work.
  • Names of persons and information about the working operation covered by the measurement and what time they were performed.
  • Test sites and sampling times for each sample.
  • Measuring method and measuring equipment.
  • Analytical results, analytical method and analytical laboratory engaged.
  • Compilation of measurement results with time-weighted daily average values and work operation as well as applicable occupational exposure limit values..
  • Assessment with comments, comparisons with previous measurements if any, other investigations, etcetera, recommended measures and conclusion.

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Last updated 2024-01-25