Course 161 Industrial Hygiene: Basic

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Modules: 2
Hours: 1
Sectors: All Industries

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Course 161 Industrial Hygiene: Basic

Key Topics

  • Definition of Industrial Hygiene
  • Role of the Industrial Hygienist
  • Worksite analysis
  • Recognizing and Controlling Industrial Health Hazards
  • Indoor and Outdoor Air Quality
  • Overview of Chemical Hazards
  • Routes of exposure
  • Biological hazards
  • Physical health hazards
  • Ergonomics

Target Audience

  • Employees
  • Supervisors

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


What is Industrial Hygiene - AIHA

Industrial Hygiene is a science and art devoted to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, prevention, 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 citizens of the community. (AIHA)

Industrial hygienists analyze, identify, and measure workplace hazards or stresses that can cause sickness, impaired health, or significant discomfort in workers through chemical, physical, ergonomic, or biological exposures. Two roles of the industrial hygienist are to spot those conditions and help eliminate or control them through appropriate measures.

Modules and Learning Objectives

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Module 1 - Industrial Hygienists, Air Quality, and Hazardous Chemicals

Learning objectives in this module include:

  • Define industrial hygiene and role of the industrial hygienist in protecting employees.
  • Describe the worksite analysis process.
  • Identify the hazard and exposure control strategies within the "Hierarchy of Controls."
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of hazard and exposure control strategies.
  • Describe the factors affecting indoor and outdoor air quality.
  • List at least five air contaminants common in the workplace.
  • Define "toxic," and describe the factors that cause chemicals to be considered toxic.
  • List and describe the four primary routes of chemical exposure.

Module 2 - Biological and Physical Health Hazards

Learning objectives in this module include:

  • Describe common biological hazards workers might be exposed to in general industry and construction.
  • List and describe biological agents, including anthrax, avian flu, bloodborne pathogens and botulism, causing disease.
  • List the common physical health hazards to which workers are exposed.
  • Describe the two common forms of radiation and give examples of how employees might be exposed.
  • Define "noise" and OSHA's permissible exposure limit (PEL) and "Action Level."
  • Give one example of reducing noise through engineering controls, administrative controls, and personal protective equipment.
  • Describe OSHA's recommendation for temperatures and humidity in the workplace.
  • Define "ergonomics" and give examples of ergonomic solutions for injuries due to repetitive motion and vibration.

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