Dust Monitoring Assessments

Hazmat Plus is a market leader in the provision of services for the cradle to grave management of hazardous materials in the workplace including Dust Monitoring Assessments. Most notably, Hazmat Plus has a range of highly qualified staff with extensive experience with identification, assessment, management and safe handling of hazardous materials from a wide range of industries in Australia and overseas.

Hazmat Plus is dedicated to providing the Client with top quality WHS consulting services.

Approach to Occupational Hygiene Dust Monitoring Services

Dust Monitoring is usually undertaken throughout a typical work shift (e.g. an eight-hour period) during normal work hours to assess the concentration of the workplace contaminants or the workplace hazard being assessed such as dust but monitoring times, shifts and durations can be determined based on the duration and times of the shifts worked and scope of monitoring required (e.g. underground coal miner with a 12 hour workshift).

All occupational hygiene monitoring is undertaken by qualified Hazmat Plus personnel in accordance with relevant Australian or international sampling standards, methods and guidelines with analysis undertaken by National Association of Testing Authorities (“NATA”) accredited laboratories where applicable.

Results are compared to Australian exposure standards and guidelines where available and international standards and guidelines where Australian standards are not available. Hazmat Plus possess a range of monitoring equipment which are routinely calibrated and serviced in accordance with manufacturer and NATA requirements and the same standards are applied to any equipment hired.

We use Chain of Custody forms for all samples requiring laboratory analysis and sampling worksheets are completed for every sampling activity and all are reviewed as part of our quality assurance and peer review procedures.

Hazmat’s Quality Management System requires independent peer review of all project work and deliverables. Peer Review is the process of conducting an independent review of all project work and deliverables to ensure that they meet quality, technical and risk management standards. Peer Review is an integral part of the Hazmat culture, commitment to quality and risk management. Peer Review aims to minimise Hazmat’s and the Clients exposure to risk by ensuring that all of our deliverables achieve the following:

  • Client, contractor or sub-contractor
  • Contractual obligations are met;
  • Technical content is appropriate, correct and supported by the data collected;
  • Technical data has been interpreted appropriately;
  • Data and results are communicated in a manner which is clear, concise, legible and professional;
  • Reporting meets industry and/or Australian technical standards;
  • Reporting meets relevant Hazmat standards; and
  • Uncertainties, assumptions, and accuracy of calculations, including costs are clearly stated.

Hazmat Plus’ team of occupational and industrial hygienists provide a range of services to assist employers to identify and manage potential risks in the workplace. Hazmat Plus has highly qualified and experienced professionals and technicians with many years of experience.
Hazmat Plus’ key personnel have memberships with the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygiene (“AIOH”).

The success of programs to protect and ensure employee health and safety depends on providing advice and solutions which can be translated into practical and easily implemented procedures at the workplace. Our specialists are well experienced in assessing workplace hygiene issues and working with both employers and employees alike to producing effective outcomes which are acceptable and sustainable.

Our Occupational Hygiene Methodology

  • Anticipation: Where potential workplace hazards are identified through site visits, work process reviews and chemical use analysis.
  • Identification: Where specific hazards are identified through process investigation including SDS review.
  • Evaluation: Facilitated by undertaking dust monitoring programs specifically tailored to the workplace hazards and contaminants previously identified.
  • Control: Assist the client in developing hazard control strategies incorporating process control,method development and personal protective equipment programs.
  • Review: Finally the review of the assessment process to evaluate the effectiveness of the monitoring program, control strategies employed and scheduling of ongoing hazard management, monitoring and control.

Scope of Works

  • Airborne Particulate Assessment: All occupational hygiene sampling will be undertaken by a qualified Hazmat Senior Occupational Hygienist.
  • Inhalable Particulate Sampling: Sampling and analysis for the workplace airborne inhalable particulate exposure will be undertaken in accordance with Australian and New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 3640: 2009 – Workplace Atmospheres – Method for Sampling and Gravimetric Determination of Inhalable Dust (“AS/NZS 3640:2009“) in which air is drawn at a designated flow rate through an IOM sampler containing a pre-weighed filter located at a representative static location. The monitoring plan is for static sampling to be performed over a representative work shift with static sampler sited at three locations within operations and one location within the office area.
  • Respirable Particulate Sampling: Sampling and analysis for airborne respirable particulate in the workplace will be undertaken in accordance with Australian and New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 2985: 2009 – Workplace Atmospheres – Method for Sampling and Gravimetric Determination of Respirable Dust (“AS/NZS 2985:2009”) in which air is drawn at a designated flow rate through a cyclone sampler containing a pre-weighed filter located at a representative static location. The monitoring plan is for static sampling to be performed over a representative work shift with static samplers sited at three locations within operations and one location within the office area.
  • Real-Time Airborne Particulate Monitoring: Real – Time ambient airborne dust levels will be assessed during the work shift using a Real-Time Airborne Dust analyser to quantify transitory airborne dust releases during specific operations and at designated locations within the office area.
  • Operational Observations: In addition to the particulate monitoring, Hazmat’s Senior Occupational Hygienist will observe operations while the monitoring is taking place and these observations will help to provide a context for reporting of the findings and for a ready comparison with any future monitoring data. Observations will be used to make recommendations for potential alternative work practices that may be considered by the Client in order to lower ambient airborne dust levels of inhalable and respirable dust particulate in the operational work area and office area.
  • Analytical Services and Reporting:
    • Dispatch of airborne particulate samples for analysis by Envirolab;
    • Review of analytical results; and
    • Reporting.