Work Environment Measurement
What Is Work Environment Measurement
Work Environment Measurement (WEM) is a process of measuring the magnitude, frequency, and duration of exposure to physical and chemical hazards.
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In a workplace exposed to ionizing radiation, harmful rays of light, noise, and vibration, high/low temperatures, high humidity, etc. in addition to harmful chemical substances such as organic solvent, lead and its compounds, specified chemical substances, etc., and harmful substances such as dust as a cause of pneumoconiosis, etc., the measurement must be made according to the working environment measurement standard. Furthermore, the measurement by a working environment measurement expert is obliged in six designated workplaces. It is specified that depending on the workplace, the measurement result must be evaluated, and proper measures for improvement must be taken. The working environment measurement will be evaluated by three classifications (management classifications No. 1, No. 2, or No. 3) depending on the working environment status.
Places Requiring Working Environment Measurement, Types of Measurement
The management classifications are the evaluations of the environment of each workplace based on the measurement result, and there are three classifications as follows.
Management Classification No. 1
It is judged that the working environment management is appropriate.
→ Make efforts to maintain the current status.
Management Classification No. 2
It is judged that there is more room for improvement in the working environment management compared to the Management classification No. 1.
→ Check the equipment, works, etc., and make efforts to take measures for improving the working environment.
Management Classification No. 3
It is judged that the working environment management is not appropriate.
→ It is necessary to make improvements immediately.
Check the equipment, works, etc., and make efforts to take measures for improving the working environment.
As an emergency measure and a last resort, use an effective respirator.
Take measures necessary for maintaining the good health of workers by implementing a medical checkup, etc.
- Places requiring working environment measurement, types of measurement, etc.
Dust, Organic Solvent, Specified Chemical Substances, Metals
- Measurement and evaluation of dust concentration
- Measurement and evaluation of organic solvent concentration
- Measurement and evaluation of specified chemical substances
- Measurement and evaluation of metals
Noise, Summer Heat, Atmospheric Environment
- Measurement of noise in workplaces
- Measurement of summer heat in workplaces
- Measurement of the atmospheric environment in workplaces (carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, formaldehyde, etc.)
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