14. Monitoring

Introduction

Workplace monitoring involves the checking of all measures used to control hazardous substances in the workplace.  This includes the monitoring of airborne contaminants, but does not include biological monitoring which is an element of health surveillance.

Monitoring for airborne contaminants involves the periodic and/or continuous sampling of the air in the workplace.

14.1  General Guidelines

The need for monitoring may be indicated by the outcome of a risk assessment.  It may also be required as part of the risk assessment process itself, so that quantitative estimates of exposure can be obtained and/or the effectiveness of control measures can be evaluated.

Refer to Section 11 - Risk Assessments.

Other situations where monitoring is required can be found by referring to technical literature, such as Australian Standards, Codes of Practice and Guidance Notes.

14.2  Persons Responsible

A person may conduct monitoring if they have sufficient knowledge, skills and experience in the following techniques and procedures:

  • when and how monitoring is done;
  • the sampling procedures and analytical methods to be used;
  • sites and frequency of sampling;  and
  • how the results are to be interpreted.

Where the results of monitoring show that an employee's exposure exceeds or is likely to exceed the exposure standard, immediate action should be taken to minimise the risk to health.  Control measures must be introduced or improved by applying the hierarchy of control (see Section 11 - Risk Assessments).

The University must ensure that results of the monitoring are recorded and that employees who may be exposed to a hazardous substance which is subject to monitoring are provided with the results of monitoring. Health & Safety Representatives must have ready access to monitoring records.

Periodic review of the risk assessment should be undertaken to ensure that exposure is controlled as far as is practicable.

Those risk assessment reports indicating a need for monitoring must be kept by USQSafe for at least 30 years from the date of the last entry.  Records of the results of any monitoring and/or health surveillance must be kept by USQSafe for at least 30 years from the date of the last entry.

14.3  USQSafe contact

Manager (USQSafe)

14.4  Status

Published October 1998
Reviewed October 2009
Reviewed November 2012

14.5  References

Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Qld)
Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011 Hazardous Chemicals (Qld)
Hazardous Chemicals Code of Practice 2003