I Need An Industrial Hygiene Survey, What Do I Do?

If you need an Industrial Hygiene Survey as discussed in this article, call us at 1-800-344-4414 or email us at info@atlenv.com for details and a free estimate.

 

Written By:  Robert E. Sheriff, MS, CIH, CSP, President

October 24, 2018

 

We have over 40 years of experience in performing Industrial Hygiene Surveys for industry.  Also known as Occupational Health Surveys, the objective of such surveys is to identify and evaluate any potential health risks to workers in industrial locations, construction sites, or government institutions.

The first step is to identify the potential health risks that may be involved.  This can usually be determined in a walk-through inspection of each activity that is of concern such as welding, plating, chemical processing, metal casting, machinery, parts manufacturing, assembly, warehousing, grinding, sawing, painting, repair, refining, recycling, equipment operation, electronics, and many more.

Remember that an occupational health risk can also be noise, radiation, ergonomics, and heat/cold stress, and even biological exposures such as ticks, dust mites, legionella bacteria and mold.

Evaluation of the work environment can generally be quantified through worker exposure testing which involves actual sampling the individual using portable instruments and sampling devices.  Exposure can address maximum allowable exposures (often referred to a ceiling limit), Short Term Exposure Limits (STEL’s), and full shift exposure (8-hour time weighted average).

Where exposure measurements identify health risks or violation of a regulatory standard, (such as OSHA regulations), the Industrial Hygienist must be able to assist in developing corrective measures to reduce workers’ exposures.  There is a hierarchy of approaches to reading or eliminating excessive exposure—in order of importance—and effectiveness.

  1. Elimination of the agent.
  2. Substitution of a less hazardous substance.
  3. Isolate the exposure situation from the worker.
  4. Isolate the worker from the exposure.
  5. Local Exhaust Ventilation.
  6. General Ventilation.
  7. Personal Protection

It is important to note that the least effective method of worker exposure control is personal protection such as respirators.

A written Health and Safety Program is also essential to prevent exposures and regular evaluate the effectiveness of controls.

Qualified Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) must be an integral part of the Program efforts and evaluation of the physical workplace.

National organizations such as the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) are a valuable resource of qualified personnel, training, education, laboratory accreditation and regulatory assistance.

We have Certified Industrial Hygienists and industrial hygiene field personnel who can address every aspect of a working environment to identify health risks, evaluate the exposures, identify corrective measures, ventilation, develop written protocols, and assist in regulatory compliance.  Feel free to contact us at 1-800-344-4414 or info@atlenv.com.

 

Our primary service areas for Industrial Hygiene Surveys are:  NJ, NY, NYC, PA, CT, DE, (Boston) MA, RI, Wash DC, WI, MD, MI, (Chicago) IL, VA, IN, (Atlanta) GA, AL, NC, SC, TN, (Dallas, Fort Worth) TX, OK, DC, AR, we can service most other areas of the U.S. but with some added travel charges.