“Industrial hygiene” (or “occupational hygiene,” outside of the U.S.) is the discipline of evaluating and controlling workplace hazards in order to protect the health and well being of workers and the community. This involves monitoring of work environments, evaluating exposures to hazards, and employing controls to prevent or minimize exposures and their effects. This module describes the job responsibilities of an industrial hygienist, discusses common workplace hazards, and details measures that can be used to control these hazards.
- Define the terms "industrial hygiene” and “ergonomics”
- Describe the responsibilities of an industrial hygienist
- List and describe common workplace hazards, including airborne contaminants, chemical hazards, biological hazards, and physical hazards, including noise hazards and ergonomic hazards
- Describe the different types of airborne contaminants
- Identify the components of a “worksite analysis,” including a comprehensive survey, change analysis, job hazard analysis, and regular inspections
- Identify and describe the components of the “Hierarchy of Controls”
- 29 CFR 1910.94-98: Occupational Health and Environmental Control
- 29 CFR 1910.101-126: Hazardous Materials
- 29 CFR 1910.132-138: Personal Protective Equipment
- 29 CFR 1910.211-219: Machinery and Machine Guarding
- 29 CFR 1910.241-244: Hand and Portable Powered Tools and Other Hand-Held Equipment
- 30 CFR 57: Air Quality, Radiation, Physical Agents, and Diesel Particulate Matter
44 Minutes (27 min. video + 17 min. test)
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