What is Industrial Hygiene?
Industrial Hygiene (IH) is the science and art devoted to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, prevention, and control of workplace contaminants and stressors that may cause sickness, injury, impaired health or impaired well-being among workers or among citizens of the community.
What Does an Industrial Hygienist Do?
An Industrial Hygienist has many roles.
- Investigates and examines the workplace for hazards and potential dangers.
- Makes recommendation on improving the safety of workers and the surrounding community.
- Conducts research to provide data on possible harmful conditions in the workplace.
- Develops techniques to anticipate and control potentially dangerous situations in the workplace and the community.
- Trains and educates the community about job related risks.
- Advises government officials and participates in the development of regulations to ensure the health and safety of workers and their families.
- Ensures that workers are properly following health and safety procedures.
What Does an Industrial Hygienist Deal With?
- Indoor air quality
- Environmental lead exposure
- Emergency response planning and community right-to-know
- Occupational disease (AIDS in the workplace, tuberculosis, silicosis)
- Potentially hazardous agents such as asbestos, pesticides and radon gas
- Cumulative Trauma Disorders (repetitive stress injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome)
- Hazardous waste management
- Radiation (electromagnetic fields, microwaves)
- Potential occupational hazards such as noise, radiation and illumination