Industrial Hygiene or Occupational Hygiene, as it is known in other parts of the world, involves the Recognition, Evaluation and Control of Occupational Stressors in the workplace.
These can take the form of chemical, biological, or physical elements that can adversely impact the health of personnel on a short or long-term basis.
Industrial Hygiene has been defined as:
“that science and art devoted to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of those environmental factors or stresses arising in or from the workplace, which may cause sickness, impaired health, and well-being, or significant discomfort among workers or among the citizens of the community.”
If not properly evaluated and controlled, these can ultimately lead to devastating health effects to personnel.
Industries and trades with these types of exposures include:
- Chemical Handling
- Manufacturing Facilities
- Laboratory Personnel
In addition to the resulting health effects, OSHA lawfully regulates these exposures, and if an inspection indicates an overexposure to personnel, the employer is subject to substantial financial penalties and potential criminal prosecution.
Peace Environmental will send a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) to properly evaluate the workspaces in question, and provide feedback in the way of a report identifying any and all potential exposures. Once this is achieved, the Hygienist can also function to recommend potential solutions to control these overexposures, so they are abated in accordance with Federal or State Regulations.