Biological contamination in the workplace may present a risk or increase harm to the employees or contractors on the work site.
Elevated levels of biological contamination may be found in a number of areas such as;
- Potable water
- Cooling towers and air conditioning plants (Legionella)
- Evaporation ponds
- Dams and waterways
- Rainwater tanks
Airborne sampling of biological contaminants can also determine the presence in air of pathogens such as bacteria and fungi.
Health Safety Environment Australia understand the risk and the symptoms to the health of the employee or contractor and the effect any long term exposure may have on the body.
Complying with “duty of care” obligations employers should understand the working environment of employees and contractors and the investigation and subsequent monitoring is an important and necessary component of both the initial risk assessment and on going air quality investigation.