Industrial Hygiene / Occupational Health Services
Occupational health and safety, also known as industrial hygiene, is the science of determining possible health and well-being risks in the workplace and controlling the environment to minimize or eradicate any hazards. Industrial hygienists are trained to recognize current hazards while anticipating future issues so that they can make valuable recommendations and put improved procedures in place. The ultimate objective is to establish a work environment that promotes healthier, happier and more productive employees.
When our team of certified industrial hygienists arrive at your facility, we will perform a survey of the jobs, the operations, and the facility itself to identify any possible hazards. This process includes looking for potential exposure to chemical or physical hazards, taking air samples to assess indoor air quality, evaluation of noise or temperature extremes, and a workplace ergonomics. After our professionals perform their industrial hygiene analysis, we will provide a suggested occupational health program in order to improve conditions to both meet the OSHA requirements and enhance employee satisfaction. Plans will be determined by your facility’s unique conditions, however common proposals include operation adjustments, introduction of new technologies, personal protective equipment, and the substitution of less toxic substances.
Common Workplace Hazards
Enlisting a certified industrial hygienist is crucial in order to guarantee a comprehensive evaluation of the environment for any and all hazards whether they be chemical, biological, physical, or ergonomic. Common effects of the environmental factors and irritants that industrial hygienists work to eliminate include sickness, diminished health and well-being, or simply marked discomfort. Here are a few prevalent hazards in the workplace:
- Chemical hazards such as asbestos and carcinogens
- Dust, fumes, and fibers
- Bloodborne pathogens
- Ergonomically harmful workstations or required movements
- Physical hazards like noise, vibration, and illumination
- CO and CO2
- Fungi and bacteria
- Relative humidity and temperature extremes