In today’s world, the health of the public is of the utmost importance, due to the fact that as the world continues to grow, so do the amount of environmental and industrial toxins, putting more and more people at risk of exposure. Risk assessment companies strive to keep the public health in check, and their agents perform a variety of assessments on both commercial and workplace environments as well as their inhabitants.
A proper risk assessment can aid industrial companies in making changes that will positively affect their workers’ health and safety risks, and environmental assessments allow for homeowners to take the proper precautions if it is found that their homes are located in a potentially dangerous environment. Human exposure modeling can help to properly assess the exposure levels in humans to both environmental and industrial toxins, allowing for quick and effective changes to take place.
Human Exposure Model Assessment Examples
There are a variety of assessments that are beneficial to the health and environments of industrial parks, businesses, and neighborhoods.
Examples of risk assessment include human health risk assessments for the presence of cadmium, arsenic, and lead for children who are located near Superfund mine tailing sites and smelters, individual health risk assessments for infants who may have been previously exposed to lead, and testing includes taking samples of soil, dust, and air. These samples are then compared with the blood lead levels in children in order to make a proper assessment.
Retrospective risk assessments for workers are performed by assessment teams in order to determine whether or not they have been exposed to asbestos, silica, and a variety of toxic materials.
In schools, human exposure model assessments include risk assessments of teachers, office workers, and students who may have been exposed to volatile organic compounds, also known as VOCs, that may or may not include chlorinated solvents.
Indoor Air Quality Assessments
Air quality is extremely important in the work environment. The United States Environmental Protection Agency has reported that the population spends as much as 90% of their time indoors, making the need for clean indoor air even greater. A professional risk assessment team can conduct a variety of tests that can assist in informing building owners and business owners on the quality of the air they are breathing, allowing them to take the proper steps to remedy the situation as soon as possible.
Examples of risk assessments for indoor air quality include air quality testing due to the high prevalence of Sick Building Syndrome complaints. Testing includes the collection and fast analysis of chemical, physical, and microbiological contaminants, as well as full risk assessments for workers who may have been exposed to chemical or environmental toxins.
Pre-construction analysis includes testing of air quality both before construction and once construction is complete in order to ensure that the air quality is safe and non-toxic.
For businesses, apartment buildings and condominiums, a professional assessment team can work as a consultant in litigation proceedings where environmental air quality is an issue.
Indoor air quality assessments may also lead to the implementation of building-wide HVAC systems to ensure the quality of air for workers, tenants, and visitors.
Industrial Hygiene and Training Programs
Industrial hygiene and training programs are a necessity for industries that manufacture plastics or chemicals, and whose employees are constantly exposed to potentially hazardous chemicals. An industrial hygiene program taught by a professional risk assessment team is beneficial to both workers and employers.
Training includes personal protective equipment training where workers and employees are trained in utilizing specific equipment that will protect them from electrical and chemical workplace risks, hazardous communication, where staff are trained on placing hazard signs in the appropriate areas, hearing conservation, where staff are fully trained on methods that help to protect and conserve hearing in overly noisy work environments.
Blood borne pathogen training is implemented in various environments that include day care centers and schools, and staff are fully trained on how to protect themselves from disease transmitting pathogens that include HIV and hepatitis. Emergency response preparedness training is available for workers in various fields, training them on the proper actions to take when faced with an emergency.
Trust the Professionals
The ever changing environment and the various chemical hazards that are present in industrial settings, commercial settings, schools, and apartment buildings can be quite overwhelming, and illnesses from chemical exposure, bad indoor air quality, toxic mold, and environmental pollutants are becoming all too commonplace in today’s world. With the proper assessment and early testing, these risks can be minimized and corrective measures can be implemented in order to create a safe, non-toxic environment.
Risk assessment is the first step in keeping these toxins at bay, and by enlisting the services of a professional chemistry and industrial hygiene assessment team, business owners, employers, and building owners can ensure that the proper health and safety measures are implemented. If you are concerned about environmental pollutants or bad air quality, there are professional assessment specialists who can analyze the situation efficiently, allowing for healthy solutions and in turn, a healthy working or living environment.
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Jonathon Blocker is an expert on information involving the human health risks to chemicals released in the environment and how to prevent these issues. Jon refers to C&IH to find professional information and services. Add Jon on Google Plus.