Regulations provide that some risks can also be assessed through instrumental measurements.
Over the years, we have specialised in risk assessment for diversified production sectors: our systemic approach and our knowledge of technical aspects and of all matters related to safety in the workplace make our structure a top level technical partner for employers and consultants.
Noise risk assessment
Noise risk assessment has historically been one of the areas of measurement where the greatest amount of literature has developed and where professionals have gained extensive experience. That said, hearing loss continues to be among the diseases that most affect workers. In recent years, significant changes have been made in the sampling limits and methods and sizing of hearing protection devices.
Our approach to noise risk assessment is rigorous and is based on the concrete application of regulatory requirements, in particular ISO 1999:2013 for the calculation of workers exposure levels, UNI EN ISO 9432:2011 and UNI EN ISO 9612:2011 for measurement campaign design, the management of uncertainty and the sizing of hearing protection devices.
We also have all the tools and expertise necessary to propose and develop a Business Plan to Reduce Noise Emissions in accordance with standard UNI/TR 11347/2010, useful in cases involving workers with higher exposure than the higher levels of action.
Mechanical vibration risk assessment
We develop and carry out measurement campaigns according to the requirements of UNI EN ISO 5349: 2004 for the calculation of workers’ exposure levels to hand-arm system vibrations, and of UNI EN ISO 2631:2008 for the calculation of workers’ exposure levels to whole-body vibrations.
The assessment of risk related to the exposure of workers to mechanical vibrations transmitted to the hand-arm system or to the whole body still presents objective difficulties, not so much in terms of the execution of the measures, but especially with regard to the ability to realistically sample various activities.
Electromagnetic field risk assessment
Directive 2013/35/EU has repealed previous Directive 2004/40/EC. We use compliant instrumentation which then applies the weighted peak technique for the assessment of risk related to the exposure of workers to CEM.
The assessment process involves an initial screening of sources and their characterisation as “Justifiable” or “NON-Justifiable” in accordance with the requirements of standard EN 50499. For the latter only, we carry out specific measurements for area zoning and for the definition of level of risk for workers.
The risk assessment reflects the characteristics and modalities provided by specific norms for the calculation of exposure levels of workers to low frequency electromagnetic fields and high frequency electromagnetic fields.
Over the years, we have worked for companies in sectors that are particularly sensitive to the risk of exposure to electromagnetic fields, gaining high level experience and professionalism.
Artificial optical radiation risk assessment
Our organisation deals with the assessment of risk in accordance technical reference standards, proceeding first with a census of coherent (LASER) and non-coherent sources, characterising them as “Justifiable” or “NON-Justifiable”.
Our technicians have proven experience in the management of non-justifiable LASER sources and can offer valuable help to employers or consultants with specific risk assessments and in the concrete application of current technical standards.
For non-coherent “non-justifiable” optical radiation sources, we carry out measurements with adequate equipment and, above all, in compliance with the main technical reference standards, including EN 14255-1:2005 for calculating worker exposure levels with respect to ultraviolet radiation and EN 14255-2:2008 for calculating worker exposure levels with respect to visible light and infra-red radiation. Moreover, in all our relationships we also perform PPE sizing in accordance with EN 169:2003 for welding filters, EN 170:2003 for ultraviolet filters and EN 171:2003 for infra-red filters.
Microclimate risk assessment
Often the assessment of microclimate risk is neglected or not addressed because it is considered necessary only for particular work environments. In reality though, even under moderate working conditions, microclimate risks affect workers’ senses and have repercussions on personnel management, as well as on work-related stress.
We carry out microclimate assessments through measuring stations able to evaluate both global and local discomfort parameters in accordance with the main sector technical standards such as EN ISO 7730:1997.
Microclimate risk assessment also allows us to identify technical measures that can reduce energy consumption in buildings with the same level of comfort or even with improved worker comfort.
Lighting risk assessment
The technical lighting design of workplaces is now an important task, though it is not always accompanied by validation of the design and construction of systems.
Our instruments and our skills help us verify the suitability of natural, artificial and emergency lighting present in the workplace, in accordance with UNI 12464-1:2004.
In addition to ensuring the health and safety of workers, lighting verification and adaptation also has interesting repercussions on worker productivity and efficiency.
Chemical, biological and asbestos risk assessment
We tackle chemical and biological risk assessments with the utmost rigour: after an initial screening aimed at verifying compliance in the management of chemicals, biological agents and asbestos, we perform an initial assessment, applying the main algorithms recognised internationally such as MOVARISCH for chemical risks and BIORITMO for biological risks.
Based on the results and above all their interpretation by our experts, we perform personal or environmental sampling using the best applicable technologies in order to verify the limits set by the main international regulations. Our important strength during this phase involves our presence on the field of personnel able to adapt sampling methodologies to the business situation to guarantee high measurement repeatability and representability.