Personal Sampling

Personal Sampling

Our personal sampling service is ideal for monitoring the exposure of staff to hazardous chemicals in maternity wards and endoscopy units.

This is because staff are often moving in and out of rooms where Entonox is being administered.

This makes it essential that any monitoring device is attached near the staff’s breathing zone, as static monitoring equipment left in a room will not measure the same exposure levels.

Why is personal sampling needed?

Nitrous oxide administered for pain relief during childbirth and endoscopy procedures can both present hazards to staff health. For this reason, the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations require hospitals to monitor them and ensure that they remain at safe levels in the work environment.

What’s more, the Controls Assurance Standards are also a key driver in ensuring that hospitals focus on the health and safety of staff in their environment.

How does personal sampling work?

The traditional technique of personal sampling tubes or devices has long been employed for monitoring the exposure of staff to anaesthetic gases.

They are typically used to monitor multiple staff in one room, such labour wards, where peak exposure positions or usage cannot be predicted.

The tubes are worn by staff near to their breathing zone for a known period of time, during normal working practices.

The analysis of the samples allows species concentrations to be calculated for the sampling period. The results can then be compared with the published exposure limits for the chemical.

What does our service include?

As with all Cairn services, our team will work closely with you to ensure the monitoring project is tailored to your requirements. Our personal sampling service consists of:

– The pre-agreed provision of nitrous oxide and/or anaesthetic agent personal sampling tubes to the workplace.

– Detailed instructions for how to use the tubes with additional telephone support, if required.

– Conducting monitoring in the workplace at the optimum time for you.

– Quality in-house analysis following completion of monitoring for rapid feedback.

– A full report detailing all results. This includes interpretation of the findings in comparison with Workplace Exposure Limits (WELs) as well as conclusions and recommendations for further action to be taken where necessary.

Interested in our personal sampling service?

Just call our workplace exposure monitoring team on 0333 015 4345 for full details of our service and a quote.

Our Blog

Greenwashing in Healthcare – How to Take Effective Action

In recent years, growing numbers of healthcare providers have…
Net Zero NHS

A Net Zero NHS: Plans for a Sustainable Tomorrow

The NHS, like many large organisations, is taking a proactive…

What is a Clean Air Zone: Which Hospitals Are In Clean Air Zones?

Local authorities are introducing clean air zones in towns cities…

DAS 2024 – Decontamination and Sterilisation Conference

Is DAS 2024 already in your calendar? If you are a decontamination…
Hospital indoor air quality

Health and Wellbeing and Indoor Environmental Quality in Buildings – A Guide to BS 40102-1:2023

BS 40102-1:2023 – Health and Wellbeing and Indoor Environmental…

Acetic Acid Medical Uses, Hazards and Exposure Limits

Acetic acid is a clear and colourless organic liquid with a strong…