Industrial Hygiene (IH) is one of the most valuable Occupational Health and Safety sciences that organizations can practice to protect workers’ health and their bottom line. However, the business value of IH Programs can only be truly perceived and communicated to business leaders when effective data management of health hazard exposure and occupational disease risk is performed.
When we consult on industrial hygiene, we're trying to identify, evaluate, and control the factors that will affect people's health. To safely & effectively manage risk in the workplace, it's important to have an industrial hygiene program in place. An industrial hygiene program is needed for regulatory compliance with provincial and federal standards, non-regulatory standards, guidelines, and requirements, and public relations and reputation.
Before jumping into the elements of an industrial hygiene program, there are a few questions to ask yourself regarding your expectations for the program:
- What are your goals?
- Where do you want to focus your efforts?
- How do your work policies affect your reputation?
- Do you want to simply meet or exceed the legal obligations?