Despite the name “heavy,” metals can actually be as light as air. They may even be in the air you breathe. While contamination is commonly associated with exposure to large quantities, even light exposure to some heavy metals can cause serious health conditions. Even though some types of heavy metal contamination are often invisible and hard to detect, even minute exposure to some metals can toxic and potentially deadly. No wonder OSHA has strict guidelines on 35 heavy metals that can be present in workplaces. Whether you work in a lab, an office building, a school, in a mine, or on a construction site, heavy metals in the air must be regularly monitored and kept below legal levels of contamination.
Many people are familiar with the health effects of lead. After all, lead testing has been around in some form for hundreds of year. In the modern world, lead exposure is most common in construction, mining, manufacturing, wholesale trade, transportation, and recreation industries. Lead contamination is also a common concern in workplaces using rechargeable batteries, lead bullets, or radiators. Old buildings and old painted surfaces are also common sources of lead contaminations.
However, lead is not the only concern. Many other types of heavy metals also present significant risks. The most commonly found heavy metals include arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, and mercury. All of these substances are extensively regulated, but they are still used in a variety of common materials, including pressure treated lumber, telecommunications, plastics, solar energy, paint, metals, fluorescent lighting, and more.
As a result, almost every workplace has some level heavy metals present, but most are contained, and the resulting exposure is well below the industry requirements.
Industry requirements vary. Sussex Environmental Consultants can assess elements based on a variety of specifications, including USP 232, ICH Q3D, EMEA, and BPOG for the following elements and heavy metals:
Additional testing and analyses are also available to detect the following:
Our team of experienced professionals is here to help business owners not only comply with health and safety and environmental requirements. We also want to rectify environmental challenges in ways that keep you and your people safe today and far into the future. That’s why SEC not only assesses and samples for heavy metals, we also recommend responsible compliance procedures.
A thorough and accurate diagnosis is critical for insurance purposes and in order to begin effective remediation. When it’s time to assess your property, call the experts at Sussex Environmental Consultants. We have helped countless businesses in Lewes, Sussex County, Southern Delaware, and throughout the mid-Atlantic, and we’re ready to help you.