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Measurement of Hazardous Substance Exposures

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Exposure to hazardous substances is a major cause of work related ill health. HSE estimates that there are around 13,000 deaths each year from work-related lung disease and cancer caused by past exposure, primarily to chemicals and dusts, at work. Many more people are disabled, or have their quality of life impaired, through workplace exposures to dusts and chemicals.

Exposure measurement can play a key part in the overall risk management approach for hazardous substances. This course is designed to give health and safety professionals a clear view of how exposure measurement can help them better understand and control the health risks posed by hazardous substances.

The course will cover

  • An overview of what monitoring entails, when it is appropriate and what techniques are available.
  • Air sampling - strategy, techniques and results interpretation.
  • Qualitative assessment techniques. (Dust lamp/smoke).
  • The importance of contextual data.
  • Legal requirements.
  • Practical demonstration and hands on training on the most common sampling techniques.
  • Practical demonstration and hands on training of qualitative monitoring techniques.
  • How to identify a competent analytical laboratory


Who should attend?

The course is suitable for anyone with responsibility for managing the health risks posed by hazardous substances in the workplace.


The course will be run at the Health & Safety Laboratory 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 £495 per person (includes course notes, 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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HSE Training and Events
The HSE Science and Research Centre
Harpur Hill
Buxton, Derbyshire
SK17 9JN

T: +44 (0)203 028 3704