According to the Occupational Health and Safety Act of 1993, it is the responsibility of the employer to create and maintain, as far as is reasonable, a work environment that is safe and without risk to the workforce.
Together, the employer and employee must work as a team to make the workplace a healthy and safe environment.
Lancet Laboratories’ SANAS accredited Occupational and Industrial Health Unit offers a comprehensive testing, monitoring and consulting service for mining and industry throughout Africa. Our team has extensive experience in the design of new protocols for the bio-monitoring of new compounds, not specified in the South African Occupational Health and Safety Act of 1993, as well as the specified range of Table 3 substances.
For more information on Lancet’s Occupational and Industrial Health services, please contact a member of our team
Lancet Laboratories can partner with you to provide the following services:
The goal of biological monitoring is to monitor the worker for exposure to potentially harmful agents. During analysis we measure the actual levels of suspected chemicals, their metabolites or the products of its reaction with certain natural compounds in the body, such as proteins. Testing is done on blood and body fluids.
Risk of developing an occupational-related disease may result from a combination of factors. Exposure to chemicals, age, sex, genetic background, nutrition and lifestyle all contribute to each individuals risk profile.
Lancet’s health professionals are able to test for exposure to 20 of the most common metals including lead, manganese, copper, chromium, mercury and vanadium as well as the most common solvents including benzene, hexane, MEK and toluene.
Drugs of abuse testing
Drugs of abuse testing can be done using a rapid system (qualitative) or Tandem Mass Spectrometry for accurate quantitative analysis. Turnaround time will be linked to the specific method used ranging from one hour to seven days.
Alcohol abuse testing
Alcohol levels as well as the CDT (carbohydrate deficient transferrin) and gamma GT tests offered by Lancet assists with the diagnosis of chronic alcohol use and alcoholism.
Lancet Laboratories’ GeneXpert (Cepheid®, Xpert®MTB/RIF) rapid test, recently endorsed by the World Health Organisation (WHO), provides patients throughout South Africa and Africa with an accurate and early diagnosis of TB within twenty four hours, compared to other testing methods that can take up to three months.