Sam has been with Chemsafety since 2013 and is a Senior Occupational Hygienist and our Occupational Hygiene Team Leader. He has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.
Fully trained in all areas of Occupational Hygiene Sam including asbestos surveying he gained extensive experience in air monitoring and surveying following the Christchurch earthquakes. He shares this knowledge with our clients through the asbestos awareness seminars.
He can also help with workplace environment monitoring and is fully trained in heights and confined spaces.
Developing controls is very much a collaborative approach. By talking with the people who do the work day to day and using our knowledge of other workplaces we can develop practical solutions. In one instance, wood wool (wood shavings) were used in a cool store to pack around live seafood product. The wood was in bags beside the packing line for the packers to grab and tease apart before placing into the polystyrene crates.
During monitoring, visible amounts of dust could be seen in the air and on the operators' clothing. The operators were wearing P2 respirators due to the dust levels but were also observed to remove the respirators periodically as they were uncomfortable. Exposure monitoring for wood dust was undertaken. That monitoring showed dust levels at six times the Workplace Exposure Standards.
The solution costs the the business nothing but time. Before using the wood wool, the packing operator simply wet down the material. Repeat monitoring showed a reduction (by 12 times) in the exposure to workers and the operators no longer needed to wear respirators.