Introduction to Industrial Hygiene

Employees, supervisors, and managers

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Expected Duration
60 minutes

All employees should expect to work in as safe an environment as possible, whether they work in an office building, a factory, or a nuclear power plant. Since ancient times, medical professionals, social activists, and philosophers have observed and written about the various dangers associated with the work people do. In modern times, governments and industry professionals have stepped up and taken responsibility for creating legislation that protects workers from various types of hazards. The field of study that has emerged out of the need to create safe and healthy work environments is called industrial hygiene. All employees should be aware of the hazards they face, as well as steps they can take to minimize the risk of injury and disease. All supervisors should be aware of the regulations they must follow to ensure workers’ exposure to dangerous chemicals and hazards is below legal limits. It is the role of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to educate both workers and their supervisors in the limits OSHA has set for exposure to various workplace hazards. This course gives a general introduction to the work of the industrial hygienists. It also explains the types of hazards that workers may face, the health effects of such hazards, and measures that are taken to limit exposure.


Defining Industrial Hygiene

  • identify the definition of industrial hygiene
  • identify the agency that enforces the principles of industrial hygiene
  • match types and forms of exposure limits to their definitions

Hazards in the Workplace

  • match routes of exposure with examples
  • recognize examples of situations that could cause injury or enable hazardous substances to enter the human body
  • classify examples of hazards
  • categorize examples of controls used to minimize exposure to workplace hazards
  • identify the main types of controls used to minimize exposure to workplace hazards





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