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3M™ Monitor Badge Analysis Service


Identifying and measuring potential hazards in the workplace as part of your risk assessment is crucially important and the first of four steps in the Path to Protection. With this knowledge, you can be confident that the right health and safety strategy can be put in place and, when required, appropriate Respiratory Protection Equipment (RPE) chosen.

3M Monitor Badges allow you to monitor the exposure of workers to a large number of common volatile organic substances used in industry. Occupational hygiene monitoring will help you to comply with the law and select appropriate Respiratory Protective Equipment for your specific hazard levels.

What the legislation says

1. Monitoring needs to be carried out when it is deemed ‘requisite’ so as to be certain that a Workplace Exposure Limit (WEL) or any self-imposed (in-house) working standards are not exceeded.*

2. When monitoring is required, 'the employer shall ensure that the exposure of employees to substances hazardous to health is monitored in accordance with a suitable procedure'*

* Regulation 10 of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (CoSHH) Regulations 2002 and supporting ACoP (Approved Code of Practice) guidance.

What is the 3M™ Monitor Badge Analysis Service?

3M monitor badges are lightweight and simple to use. They are based on the principle of passive diffusion, containing an activated carbon substrate to which a large number of volatile organic substances can adsorb to. The badges are worn in the wearer’s breathing zone whilst they carry out their work, to replicate the personal exposure they are exposed to. The badges are then sent back to 3M where they are analysed by our experienced scientists, in our dedicated in-house UKAS accredited Occupational Hygiene laboratory.

Four clear benefits:

  • No need for expensive consultants – the badges are simple to use and come with comprehensive user instructions.
  • Accurate and reliable results - Analysis is carried out in-house at our dedicated UKAS accredited laboratory (UKAS NO: 1568).
  • Cost effective - No need to rent or buy expensive sampling equipment that may not be re-used, each badge purchased with prepaid analysis comes complete with the analysis of up to three different substances.
  • Support & technical advice - All results come with a test certificate and explanation of results report to help you effectively use your results. This is all backed up by knowledgeable support staff that are just a phone call or email away.

Guidance for 3M Monitor Badge Occupational Hygiene Monitoring

3M Monitor Badges Substance List

A full list of what can be monitored using 3M Monitor Badges can be found in the link below.

3M Monitor Badges Sampling Guide

Follow this guide to ensure you get the right results first time.

Quality Control - Field Blanks

When sampling with 3M Monitor Badges field blanks must be gathered with every set of samples taken; their submission is a quality control requirement. Without the required number of blanks, sample results may be unreliable.

A blank sample is a Monitor Badge of the same type as those that are being used to monitor with, but which have not been exposed to the contaminated environment. The purpose of the blank is to detect contamination that may have either pre-existed in the equipment, or was inadvertently introduced during shipping or storage. The required number of blanks is influenced by the different substances that are being analysed, the types of device being used to monitor and the number of different days on which the monitoring takes place.

Follow the guidance in the link below to calculate how many field blanks you will need.

To register your interest click here, contact our 3M Safety Services Coordinator on 0845 601 3457, or email us on safetyservices.uk@mmm.com

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