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Biological Monitoring for Chemical Exposures at Work


Biological monitoring is a useful tool for occupational hygiene and health professionals. It is based on the analysis of hazardous substances or their metabolites in urine, blood or breath, and is used to assess chemical exposures by inhalation, ingestion and absorption through the skin.

Biological monitoring is particularly valuable where substances may be absorbed through the skin or where control of exposure relies on personal protective equipment. It can also be used to investigate the behavioural aspects of exposure controls.

This workshop is an overview of biological monitoring and how it can enhance the service that occupational hygiene and health professionals offer.

The course will cover:

  • An introduction to biological monitoring.
  • Practicalities - how to establish a biological monitoring programme.
  • View from a practitioner - using biological monitoring to assess chemical exposures.
  • Practical session - small group working using a case study.
  • Interpreting results - understanding and acting on the results received.

Who should attend?

The workshop is designed for occupational hygiene and health providers who are interested in what biological monitoring can do for them and their clients and for company employees specifically responsible for worker health protection.

Comments & Feedback

"Excellent, well worth the time."

Andrew Booth, RPS Business Healthcare


The course will be run at the HSE Science and Research Centre in the spa town of Buxton. Buxton is in the heart of the Peak District and has good links to mainline train stations and Manchester International Airport.

Details of hotels in the Buxton area can be found at


The cost of this course is £360 per person (includes course notes, takeaway lunch and refreshments).

Please note that all courses must be paid for via credit card at the time of booking.

For further dates and additional information email: or contact the Training and Events Team at HSE directly on +44 (0)203 028 3704.

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