Understand and master safe handling of hazardous substances

Minimize the risk of hazardous substances and increase safety in the plant

Hazardous substances pose a serious risk

Hazardous substances include toxic, hazardous and explosive substances that, in the worst case, can cause significant damage to health, the environment, productivity and the company's image.

Many companies lack comprehensive expertise in the classification, labeling and risk assessment of hazardous substances. There is an urgent need for action here.

Our philosophy in the management of hazardous substances

In order to minimize the risk of hazardous substances in the company, we pursue three goals in consulting:

  • Comply with legal requirements for operational safety
  • Identify and eliminate health hazards
  • Maintain productivity

These goals can only be achieved if work processes and activities involving hazardous substances are designed to be as safe as possible.

To achieve this, our hazardous substances experts gain a thorough understanding of the processes involved so that they can then select the measures to be taken:

Before a hazard can be eliminated in the workplace, it must first be recognized as such. When dealing with hazardous substances, experts follow a three-step approach:

  1. Assess hazards in terms of (fire/ex,) inhalation and dermal hazards,
  2. carry out hazardous substance measurements,
  3. Recommend measures to eliminate hazardous substances or their effects.

Our hazardous materials experts are available to assist you throughout the process. They have industry-specific process understanding to identify and assess risks in various operating environments. Their interdisciplinary expertise enables them to propose tailored solutions that take into account all legal requirements, because only the independent assessment of health hazards from chemical substances or dusts in the workplace covers all consequences.

The highest priority is always the protection of people and the environment. Outsourcing hazardous substance assessment to an independent team of experts boosts public confidence and offers the positive side effect of allowing you to focus on your core business without worry.

Although hazardous substances can rarely be completely avoided, the key to safe operations is to handle them responsibly. With our free checklist "10 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Regarding the Use of Hazardous Substances in Your Company" , you will always maintain an overview and ensure long-term operational safety.

If hazardous substances cannot be avoided in the plant, they must be clearly labeled in any case. Correct labeling of containers, pipelines and waste is essential, as is consideration of the properties of the stored hazardous substances. You can find more information on hazardous substance labeling in our article Hazardous substance labeling: 9 pictograms

Infraserv Höchst is your independent measuring laboratory for hazardous substances, accredited to DIN EN ISO 17025. Our experts will determine and evaluate the concentration of hazardous substances in the air at your workplace and advise you on how to eliminate them.

Our teams consist of engineers, chemical technicians and chemical laboratory technicians who have many years of experience in the industry. The support of our technical expertise is crucial to select the right assessment method and measurement strategy and to derive the appropriate measures, taking into account regulatory requirements.

For a detailed description of this process, please refer to our article on risk assessment of hazardous substances .

Our portfolio of services for hazardous substances

Measurement of hazardous substances in the air at the workplace according to TRGS 402

  • Measurement planning, sampling, laboratory analysis
  • Report for exposure assessment
  • Data management via database and archiving
  • Ensuring compliance with the control measurement plan Hazard assessments for hazardous substances taking into account

    • the relevant hazardous substance and working material inventories
    • the customer-specific site details and measurement results
    • the local conditions for processing, research or e.g. storage of hazardous substances

Consulting on hazardous substances

  • Concepts for reducing exposure to hazardous substances at workplaces
  • Classification and labeling of hazardous substances, preparation of safety data sheets and hazardous substance labels
  • Preparation of occupational safety concepts for remediation or work in contaminated areas in accordance with TRGS 524

Work in contaminated areas according to TRGS 524 and DGUV regulation 101-004

  • Determination of the asbestos fiber concentration according to TRGS 519
  • Expert clearance measurement in accordance with DGUV regulation 113-004
  • Preparation of risk assessments for evaporative cooling systems and wet separators according to 42. BlmSchV
  • Determination of the carcinogenicity index of artificial mineral fibers