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What is Industrial hygiene

It is the science of anticipating,


recognizing, evaluating, and
controlling workplace conditions that
may cause workers' injury or illness.

What are Industrial


hygienists
Are scientists and engineers
committed to protecting the health
and safety of people in the workplace
and the community[1].

What are Industrial


hygienists
A person who by study, training, and
experience can:
Anticipate
Recognize
Evaluate
Control
Work place environmental hazards.

What is What is a Worksite


Analysis?
A worksite analysis is an essential first step that
helps an industrial hygienist determine what
jobs and work stations are the sources of
potential problems. During the worksite
analysis, the industrial hygienist measures and
identifies exposures, problem tasks, and risks.
The most effective worksite analyses include all
jobs, operations, and work activities. The
industrial hygienist inspects, researches, or
analyzes how the particular chemicals or
physical hazards at that worksite affect worker
health. If a situation hazardous to health is
discovered, the industrial hygienist
recommends the appropriate corrective actions.

The Industrial Hygienist,


through a site visit, can:
Identify health & safety problems in the
workplace
Conduct worksite sampling for exposure levels for
chemicals
Develop and /or recommend corrective measures
to eliminate hazards and prevent future problems.
Assist in developing mandated health & safety
programs
Consult on design of engineering controls and
work practices
Interpret material safety data sheets (MSDS)

What are examples of job


hazards tackled by an IHO

Psychological
Chemical
Biological
Physical
Ergonomic

Risk Assessment
Qualitative IH Assessment
Quantitative IH Assessment

Qualitative IH Assessment
Evaluation of potential personal
exposure to workplace chemicals,
physical, radiological, and/or
biological agents based on personal
experience and professional
judgment.

Purpose of Qualitative IH
Assessment
Use of a systematic, repeatable
assessment approach involving
knowledgeable employees
Making best use of resources (people,
time, & money)
A means to target areas or tasks of
greater risk for training, planning, &
budgeting
Help develop IH monitoring plans

Quantitative IH Assessment
Quantitative IH Assessment Evaluation of actual personal
workplace exposure to chemical,
physical, radiological, and/or
biological agents using accredited
numerical and mathematical
analysis.

Quantitative IH Assessment
The act of comparing exposure
measurements with exposure limits
is a fundamental aspect of risk
characterization which is the final
step in the risk assessment process.

Evaluation of health hazards


Environmental/area monitoring
Personal monitoring
Biological Monitoring & Medical
Surveillance
Employee Exposure and Medical
Records

Environmental/area
monitoring

Personal monitoring

REFERENCES
https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA
3143/OSHA3143.htm
http://www.ors.od.nih.gov/sr/dohs/about
DOHS/TAB/Pages/technical_branch_ih.as
px
https://www.aiha.org/ABOUTIH/Pages/default.aspx
http://ocw.jhsph.edu/courses/PrinciplesI
ndustrialHygiene/PDFs/Lecture1.pdf