Our Services

Working Environment Monitoring

What is working environment monitoring

Working environment monitoring is the measurement, sampling, analysis and evaluation of workplace environmental factors such as temperature, humidity, light, noise, dust, toxic gases… to determine the level of safety and hygiene of the working environment.
Environmental factors that need to be monitored include:
  • Physical factors: temperature, humidity, light, noise, vibration, radiation…
  • Chemical elements: gases, dust, vapors, dew and other toxic substances.
  • Biological factors: bacteria, mold.
  • Safety factors: protective equipment, signs, escape…
The purpose of monitoring the working environment is to ensure that the working environment meets the health and safety requirements of workers, contributing to improving productivity and work efficiency.

Why monitor the working environment?

There are many reasons why businesses need to implement environmental monitoring, specifically:
  • Ensuring health safety for workers: Unsafe working environment can cause many dangerous occupational diseases for workers. Environmental monitoring helps detect and timely remedy toxic factors.
  • Compliance with the provisions of the law: The Law on Occupational Safety and Sanitation stipulates that enterprises must conduct periodic monitoring of the working environment. Environmental monitoring is a mandatory monitoring measure.
  • Improve productivity and labor efficiency: A good working environment will reduce occupational diseases, helping workers feel secure and more productive.
  • Reduce the cost of occupational disease treatment and compensation for occupational accidents. When the environment is good, occupational diseases will be limited.
  • Build a responsible corporate image with employees, increase brand reputation.
Thus, monitoring the working environment is a necessary and mandatory job for every business.

Benefits of the working environment monitoring

Working environment monitoring will bring many benefits to both businesses and employees:
  • Reduce occupational accidents and occupational diseases for workers.
  • Workers are assured of working, productivity and work efficiency are enhanced.
  • Reduce the cost of occupational disease treatment and compensation for labor accidents for enterprises.
  • Enterprises comply with the provisions of the law on occupational safety.
  • Enhance the reputation and brand of the business with employees and society.
  • Early detection of environmental pollution factors to take corrective measures.
  • It is the basis for enterprises to plan to improve working conditions for workers.
Thus, monitoring the working environment both ensures the health and safety of workers and promotes sustainable development for business.

The factor of environment needs to be monitored.

Indicators that need to be monitored to assess the working environment include:
  • Physical factors: Temperature, humidity, light, noise, vibration, radiation.
  • Chemical factors: Dust, toxic gases (CO, CO2, SO2…). Steam, acid mist, alkali
  • Index of biological factors: Bacteria, fungi, allergens
  • Indicators of occupational safety: Incident lighting system, escape m.Bi alarm, safety guidance. Personal protective equipment. Explosion prevention equipment.
The specific targets will depend on the characteristics of the work and working environment at each enterprise.

Frequency of working environment monitoring

The frequency of monitoring the working environment depends on the level of danger of the work, specifically:
  • For work exposed to hazardous and toxic elements: at least every 6 months.
  • For work exposure to harmful factors: at least every 12 months.
  • Normal work: at least once every 24 months.
In addition, monitoring of the working environment should be carried out as soon as:
  • Transfer, transfer technology or change the production process.
  • After repair, renovate the production line and facilities.
  • When workers reflect on the working environment there are abnormal signs.
  • Have a work accident or show signs of serious environmental pollution.

The process of working environment monitoring

The process of monitoring the working environment usually involves the following steps:
  • Step 1: Select the appropriate location and sampling time, representing the actual working conditions.
  • Step 2: Measure the working environment parameters such as temperature, humidity, light, noise…
  • Step 3: Sampling air, dust, chemicals for analysis. The sample must be stored and transported properly.
  • Step 4: Analyze the samples at a recognized laboratory.
  • Step 5: Evaluate the results, compare with the permitted norms.
  • Step 6: Prepare a report on working environment conditions.
  • Step 7: Suggest improvement measures if the environment is not satisfactory.
Working environment monitoring procedures and costs
Working environment monitoring procedures include:
  • Enterprises sign contracts with units with monitoring functions.
  • The monitoring unit conducts a survey of production conditions, making an observation plan.
  • Deploy sampling, analysis and reporting in accordance with standards.
  • Announce the results to the business.
The cost of monitoring the working environment depends on the scale and nature of the work. Usually, the cost for a single observation of all parameters is about 5 – 10 million VND.

Legal regulations about the working environment monitoring

The main legal provisions on working environment monitoring include:
  • The Labor Safety and Sanitation Law of 2015 stipulates the responsibilities of employers in implementing measures to ensure working conditions, including monitoring the working environment.
  • Decree 44/2016 /ND-CP details the operation of monitoring the working environment. Accordingly, enterprises must plan and perform periodic monitoring at least once a year.
  • Circular 14/2016 /TT-BLĐTBXH guiding the monitoring of the working environment.
  • QCVN 01-138: 2018/BYT National technical regulation on occupational exposure to chemical factors.
  • QCVN 05: 2013/BYT regulates microporous germs in the working environment.
In addition, depending on the industry of production and business, enterprises must comply with their own technical standards on labor conditions.

Legal capacity of working environment monitoring services

In order to ensure objectivity and accuracy, organizations that monitor the working environment need to meet the following conditions:
  • To be granted a certificate of eligibility for operation of occupational safety and hygiene services.
  • There is a recognized laboratory capable of calibration and calibration of measuring instruments.
  • Technical staff are trained in the field of occupational safety and hygiene.
  • Compliance with standards, technical regulations on sampling, analysis of the working environment.
  • Subject to the inspection and supervision of state management agencies on monitoring service activities.
When choosing a unit to monitor the working environment, enterprises need to examine and carefully evaluate the conditions of legal capacity to ensure their legal rights.
Thus, the article has covered the basic content related to monitoring the working environment in accordance with the required layout. Hope the article will provide useful information on this issue.

Scroll to Top