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Industrial Hygiene

Friday, September 27, 2019
Industrial Hygiene

 

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Chris Schneider

Industrial hygienists use environmental monitoring and analytical methods to detect the extent of worker exposure and employ methods to control potential health hazards. Our team of certified industrial hygienists (CIH) and industrial hygienists will identify those conditions and help eliminate or control them through appropriate measures. 1Source Safety and Health has performed thousands of industrial hygiene surveys and related services for clients and can help your company develop and implement programs to identify potentially hazardous exposures.

Please feel free to e-mail me and we can set aside some time to discuss how 1Source Safety and Health can assist you with Industrial Hygiene programs and sampling surveys.

Sincerely,
Chris Schneider, CIH, President


What is Industrial Hygiene?

What is Industrial Hygiene?

Industrial hygiene is the science of anticipating, recognizing, evaluating, and controlling workplace conditions that may cause workers' injury or illness. Industrial hygienists use environmental monitoring and analytical methods to detect the extent of worker exposure and employ engineering, work practice controls, and other methods to control potential health hazards. There has been an awareness of industrial hygiene since antiquity. The environment and its relation to worker health was recognized as early as the fourth century BC when Hippocrates noted lead toxicity in the mining industry. In the first century AD, Pliny the Elder, a Roman scholar, perceived health risks to those working with zinc and sulfur. He devised a face mask made from an animal bladder to protect workers from exposure to dust and lead fumes. In the second century AD, the Greek physician, Galen, accurately described the pathology of lead poisoning and also recognized the hazardous exposures of copper miners to acid mists.

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OSHA and Industrial Hygiene

OSHA and Industrial Hygiene

Under the OSH Act, OSHA develops and sets mandatory occupational safety and health requirements applicable to the more than 6 million workplaces in the U.S. OSHA relies on, among many others, industrial hygienists to evaluate jobs for potential health hazards. Developing and setting mandatory occupational safety and health standards involves determining the extent of employee exposure to hazards and deciding what is needed to control these hazards to protect workers. Industrial hygienists are trained to anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and recommend controls for environmental and physical hazards that can affect the health and well-being of workers. More than 40 percent of the OSHA compliance officers who inspect America's workplaces are industrial hygienists. Industrial hygienists also play a major role in developing and issuing OSHA standards to protect workers from health hazards associated with toxic chemicals, biological hazards, and harmful physical agents. They also provide technical assistance and support to the agency's national and regional offices. OSHA also employs industrial hygienists who assist in setting up field enforcement procedures, and who issue technical interpretations of OSHA regulations and standards.

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Industrial Hygiene Sampling Programs and Databases

Industrial Hygiene Sampling Programs and Databases

1Source staff has performed thousands of occupational health / industrial hygiene surveys and related services for clients in a variety of settings. These have ranged from one day sampling for a limited number of physical stressors and chemical substances to multiple-week sampling by a team of hygienists for a wide variety of chemicals and other exposures. We have helped clients develop and implement programs to identify potentially hazardous exposures. The bullets below identify some individual services.

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