Technical, chemical & biological working environment
The physical working environment covers all that has to do with the physical surroundings in which you carry out your job. Physical work environment includes exposure to chemicals and particles, exposure to noise and vibration, indoor and outdoor climate, and lighting.
Good lighting and fresh clean air increase your ability to focus and concentrate on carrying out your work. This applies to office stations, production facilities, hospitals, and classrooms. The physical working environment, the workspaces, and the production methods should always be implemented and taken into account during the first steps when planning, designing or expanding the physical surroundings of your workplace. Did you know for example that thorough insulation puts high demands on ventilation or that architecturally impressive open corridors may cause acoustic challenges?
In a healthy and safe working environment, the workspaces and working and production methods have been designed and implemented in a way that makes it possible for workers to carry out their work in a safe way.
Hazardous substances come in many forms. Some buildings may contain hazardous materials that were not considered harmful at the time the building was constructed. Materials such as lead, asbestos, and PCB may cause cancer or other illnesses.
In order to assess the potential risks in a building, it is important to use a qualified consultant to perform a hazardous materials survey prior to renovation or construction.
Almost all workplaces make use of chemicals on a daily basis – either directly in production or for cleaning purposes. It is legally required that a substance or material which may be dangerous or otherwise compromising the health and safety should if possible be substituted with a non-hazardous or less dangerous substance or material. A chemical risk assessment should be carried out for processes involving chemicals. Dust and fumes from production processes may in the worst case result in explosion risks.
Machines and the physical working environment
Sharp edges, hot surfaces, and moving parts. The use of machines at work often comprise a risk. In order to prevent accidents and risks arising from the use of machinery, machine safety is of the highest importance: this means ensuring that sufficient information and guidelines for the use of machinery are provided, and that the workplace is designed to create a safe working environment with the use of machinery in relation to e.g. ergonomics, ventilation, and noise.
We provide services in the following areas of physical working environment:
Acoustics and noise
ATEX – explosive atmospheres
Biological working environment
Hazardous materials survey