Monitoring & testing

The Australian National University conducts monitoring and testing to ensure the effectiveness of the WHS MS in controlling risks associated with specific hazards.

Work Environment Group provides monitoring services across a range of hazards, including, but not limited to the following:

Type of hazard

Tests

Testing frequency

Acceptable exposure level and reference source

Biological

Fungus

As requested

Refer Chemical management procedure

 

Animal allergy dusts

As requested

Refer Chemical management procedure

Chemical

Volatile organic compounds

As requested

Refer Chemical management procedure

 

Combustible gases

As requested

Refer Chemical management procedure

 

Ozone

As requested

TWA 0.1 ppm

Workplace exposure standards for airborne contaminants

 

Solvents

As requested

Refer Chemical management procedure

 

Isoflurane

As requested

Refer Chemical management procedure

 

Formaldehyde

As requested

TWA 1ppm

Workplace exposure standards for airborne contaminants

 

Glutaraldehyde

As requested

TWA 0.1ppm (peak) Workplace exposure standards for airborne contaminants

 

Phenol

As requested

TWA 1ppm

Workplace exposure standards for airborne contaminants

 

Carbon dioxide

As requested

TWA 5000ppm

Workplace exposure standards for airborne contaminants

 

Carbon monoxide

As requested

TWA 30ppm

Workplace exposure standards for airborne contaminants

 

Hydrogen sulphide

As requested

TWA 10ppm

Workplace exposure standards for airborne contaminants

 

Crystalline silica

As requested

<1%

Workplace exposure standards for airborne contaminants

 

Asbestos

As requested

0.1f/mL

Workplace exposure standards for airborne contaminants

 

Beryllium

As requested

0.002mg/m3

Workplace exposure standards for airborne contaminants

 

Lead

As requested

0.15 mg/m3

Workplace exposure standards for airborne contaminants

 

Office dust

As requested

Refer Chemical management procedure

 

Photocopier/paper dust

As requested

Refer Chemical management procedure

 

Wood dust

As requested

Refer Chemical management procedure

 

Welding fume

As requested

Refer Chemical management procedure

 

Soldering fume

As requested

Refer Chemical management procedure

 

Metal powders

As requested

Refer Chemical management procedure

 

Ceramic glazes

As requested

Refer Chemical management procedure

 

Cadmium

As requested

TWA 0.01mg/m3

Workplace exposure standards for airborne contaminants

 

Mercury

As requested

Dependent on compound type refer to Workplace exposure standards for airborne contaminants

 

Isocyanates

As requested

TWA 0.02mg/m3

Workplace exposure standards for airborne contaminants

 

Chromium

As requested

Dependent on compound type refer to Workplace exposure standards for airborne contaminants

 

Creosote

As requested

Refer Chemical management procedure

 

Pentachlorophenol

As requested

TWA 0.5mg/m3

Workplace exposure standards for airborne contaminants

 

Thallium

 

TWA 0.1mg/m3

Workplace exposure standards for airborne contaminants

Ionising radiation

Ionising radiation

Personal radiation monitoring devices, issued by ARPANSA tested quarterly

20mSv/ year for radiation worker, 1mSv/year for member of Public     (Refer Radiation safety procedure )

 

Non-ionising radiation

Non Ionising Radiation

As Requested

refer Radiation safety procedure

 

Eye testing

prior to work with Class 3B or 4 lasers

refer Radiation safety procedure

Other hazards

Noise

 

Commencing employment and 12 monthly or on a transfer to an area requiring testing

<80dB (University limit and 55dB in offices)

 

<85dB over 8 hour day or a peak of 140dB (standard) refer Noise management procedure

 

 

Light

As requested

Varies per task

offices>320lux

general purpose areas>160 lux

 

Vibration

 

As requested

Not defined refer Noise management procedure

 

Humidity

As requested

Not defined

 

Temperature

As requested

Sedentary work (20oC to 26oC)

 

Pulmonary function (lung)

As requested

Medical Practitioner to define per person

Note: TWA is the time weight average over an 8 hour monitoring period

Requests for monitoring and testing of hazards in the work environment should be directed to the Work Environment Group