Friday, June 24, 2016
CEN (1996) EN 689:1996 European Standard “Workplace atmospheres – Guidance for the assessment of exposure by inhalation to chemical agents for comparison with limit values and measurement strategy” is currently being updated. The draft standard is clear about the minimum number of samples required for a first screening test. Three to five samples is the minimum while the 1996 standard prescribed only one sample. Another guidance, the BOHS / NVvA (2011) “Testing Compliance with Occupational Exposure Airborne Substances”, is even more strict. It is expected that the new standard will come into force next year.
Henri Heussen, technical director of Cosanta, recently presented the consequences of this new standard at the BOHS conference in Glasgow. Click here for the presentation.
Henri: "It is clearly evident that smart implementation of validated models like Stoffenmanager® can save your organization a lot of money by rationally reducing the measurement effort. Stoffenmanager® helps you not only to assess the workplaces but also to create safe working methods and specify these in the new risk-driven Workplace Instruction Card (Risk-WIC). If your workplace is not controlled, you can deploy measures to reduce the exposure or first take measurements to better assess the situation".
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