Biological monitoring can be a very useful complementary technique to air monitoring, when air sampling techniques alone may not give a reliable indication of exposure.
While personal monitoring can give an idea of how much of a substance has been inhaled, this does not factor in other routes of entry. Biological monitoring is a way of assessing how effective the safety control measures are, as well as determining whether particular individuals are not adhering to instruction and advice.
Biological monitoring is a method of assessing how much of a hazardous substance has been absorbed into the body following exposure.
Biological monitoring can be done using either samples of urine or blood.
The advantage of biological monitoring is that it can help to determine absorption of a known substance. There are several routes of entry into the body for substances to include, inhalation (breathing it in), ingestion (swallowing it) or absorption (through the skin).
Spirit Occupational Health only used approved laboratories for processing samples to maintain the highest quality control.
Examples of substances which can be tested for:
- Heavy Metals
- Solvents i.e Dichloromethane