Containment and Occupational Hygiene

industrial hygiene

Legal Context

Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Chemical Agents Regulations) 2001 S.I. No. 619 of 2001 and associated Code of practice published in 2011, there is an obligation on employers to perform a risk assessment when employees are likely to be exposed to hazardous substances at work.   Accordingly, there is a requirement for employers to implement a programme of technical and organisational measures to reduce this exposure in accordance with the 2011 Code of Practice.  Industrial / Occupational Hygiene monitoring is the means to assess and control exposure to workplace chemicals and dust which may affect the health and well-being of people at work.
Typically where exposure of employees to workplace chemicals is likely to pose a hazard to health, measurement of workplace exposure levels is required by regulation and also as a means to evaluate controls thereby maintaining employee confidence.  In addition, workplace measurements may also be needed for containment testing to verify that systems are operating to design intent; this is usually performed during the factory acceptance and site acceptance tests.

Services offered

Lawlor Technology Ltd provides independent and practical advice on your duties under this legislation, with a focus on quality of service delivered to clients; identifying and assessing the risks posed by dust, gas, vapours and chemicals in the workplace, in accordance with the Chemical Agents legislation. The services below can be tailored to suit your organisational needs:

  • Process Design Review -  assessment of proposed containment system(s), providing a detailed assessment of the ‘design philosophy’,  outlining recommended controls as required;
  • Occupational hygiene consultancy to meet legislative compliance;
  • Comprehensive Air quality Assessment (dust and gas/ solvent/ vapour monitoring surveys);
  • Comprehensive Occupational Hygiene Monitoring Report;
  • Assessment of the effectiveness of existing control measures;
  • Making recommendations to reduce exposure;
  • Development of policies and procedures in relation to Occupational Hygiene surveillance programmes;
  • Systematic reviews of containment systems, to ensure the appropriate category of containment system is adopted



Contact Us

Lackaghmore, Athenry,
Co Galway, Ireland