U-POL, located in Northamptonshire, is a world leader in automotive refinishing products, specialising in high-quality polyester body fillers, polyurethane coatings, aerosols, adhesives, and paint-related products.
Within the coatings area of the business, U-POL manufacture and supply a wide range of primers, clear coats, thinners, hardeners, and speciality coatings primarily for the automotive refinish market. U-POL are ISO 9001 certified, and have clear policies around ethical conduct, safety, and environmental management.
To help the company uphold its high standards around ethical practice, safety, and environmental management we carry out regular occupational hygiene monitoring throughout the entire facility. This determines the effectiveness of the current control measures in place, provides quantitative exposure data for formal risk assessments, and demonstrates whether employee exposure is within the prescribed legal limits. This is required by Regulation 7 of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations, 2002 (as amended).
The purpose of this particular survey was to assess employees’ inhalation exposure to total inhalable dust and the top five prevalent volatile organic compounds (VOCs) while carrying out normal manufacturing work activities, in the B block production area. This was achieved by taking five personal samples for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and three personal samples for inhalable dust. The equipment used for the sampling is as follows:
Personal monitoring samples were taken from within a given employee’s ‘breathing zone’ as recommended by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in their publication HSG173, ‘Monitoring Strategies for Toxic substances’. The appropriate sampling heads were attached to the collar of each employee’s overalls throughout the survey.
Tony Smedley was the occupational hygienist attending site to carry out this service. Tony has many years’ experience and holds the following qualifications:
Demonstrating whether employee exposure is within the prescribed legal limits helps to avoid fines and prosecutions – in accordance with Regulation 7 of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations, 2002. With our assistant U-POL were able to uphold a high standard of ethical practice, health and safety, and environmental management.