What is Industrial Hygiene?

Industrial Hygiene in the simplest terms is the health part of occupational safety. Industrial hygienists attempt to anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and control hazards that affect employee health.

  • They have knowledge of toxicology, epidemiology, safety, and other disciplines.
  • They are familiar with various workplaces and are knowledgeable of health hazards they present.
  • They survey each work process to recognize the hazards, look at Safety Data Sheets and other information, and evaluate the controls in place.
  • They test for employee exposures from those hazards using OSHA, and NIOSH methods.
  • They compare results with recognized occupational exposure standards.
  • They suggest and implement controls based upon the results which may include engineering, employee work practices, medical monitoring, training, and personal protective equipment.
  • They re-evaluate work processes on a periodic basis or whenever there is a significant change in the work environment.

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