Exposure Monitoring

Exposure Monitoring

When using or handling chemicals, care must be taken to avoid incidental or accidental exposures. Exposure limits have been established for many chemicals by government agencies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as well as professional organizations such as the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH).

The material safety data sheet (MSDS) often lists applicable exposure limits and precautions that should be followed to prevent exposures by inhalation, absorption, etc. Contact the Chemical Hygiene Officer to obtain copies of any Material Safety Data Sheets you need.

It may be appropriate to conduct monitoring such as air sampling to determine exposure limits when materials are being handled or used. The correct monitoring protocol and collection procedures must be selected to ensure reliable, useful results.

Questions about exposure monitoring should be directed to the Chemical Hygiene Officer.