Workplace Exposure Monitoring

Our workplace exposure monitoring will ensure that you fulfil your COSHH obligations wherever your staff are exposed to hazardous substances in your hospital.

Our industry accredited consultants manage the work for you, and because we employ both continuous monitoring and personal sampling techniques, we can demonstrate how levels in the workplace atmosphere vary over the period of monitoring. This enables us to provide a comprehensive report including discussions and recommendations based upon our findings. 

Sometimes referred to as COSHH monitoring, air monitoring or theatre monitoring, our service will help you to make sure that your work environment falls within the recommended workplace exposure limits (WELs). Our expertise is within the Healthcare sector, working closely with operating theatres departments, endoscopy suites and endoscope decontamination units, pathology laboratories and dental suites, etc.


Theatres Department

COSHH monitoring in hospital operating theatres and theatre recovery areas.

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Endoscopy Department

COSHH monitoring in endoscopy procedure rooms and endoscopy clean rooms.

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Maternity Department

COSHH monitoring through personal sampling for exposure to Entonox.

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Personal Sampling

Personal exposure monitoring for staff in maternity and endoscopy departments.

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Histopathology Lab

COSHH monitoring of formaldehyde exposure in staff working with tissue samples.

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Radiology Department

Personal sampling for Entonox and FTIR monitoring for anaesthetic agents.

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Benefits of Cairn Technology Workplace Exposure Monitoring:

  • You'll get feedback on the performance of your workplace against workplace exposure limits immediately.

  • We analyse concentrations of a number of different chemicals simultaneously: get accurate nitrous oxide and volatile anaesthetic agent results together - invaluable when low flows are used.

  • We can measure concentrations of a large range of chemicals e.g. nitrous oxide and anaesthetic agents, formaldehyde and xylene, peracetic acid/chlorine dioxide/other high level disinfection agents.

  • Our equipment analyses up to 90 samples of air every hour, which is ideal for monitoring short term exposure to chemicals.

  • You'll get incredibly in-depth information about your peak levels and recommendations for improvement.

  • We'll carry out a detailed investigation of the workplace to identify any leaks, faulty equipment or potential for improved working practice.

  • We'll supply a quality, professional report that clearly explains what we did, what we found and what our recommendations are for further action.

  • You can be confident that any problems have been identified and that your hospital is complying with COSHH Regulations.


Continuous Monitoring and Personal Sampling

When required, we also combine our continuous workplace exposure monitoring with personal sampling to provide a complete workplace monitoring solution.

Personal sampling provides information about individual staff member exposure during their working day. We use this technique to assess exposure in areas where continuous monitoring may not be appropriate, such as delivery suites and recovery areas.


Interested? Call us on 0333 015 4345 to discuss your requirements.

Ramsay Health Care have used Cairn Technology for workplace exposure monitoring in theatres for a number of years and have always found them very knowledgeable and professional

Paul Lightfoot, Group Safety & Wellbeing Manager, Ramsay Health Care