Industrial Hygiene Basics: Setting up and implementing an effective IH program

Publication Type: 
Conference Proceedings
Occupational Disease
Presented at 2016 WSN Mining Health and Safety Conference
Bryan Wilson
Associate, Senior Occupational Health and Safety Specialist
Golder Associates Ltd.
Industrial hygiene is generally defined as the art and science dedicated to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation and control of environmental stressors in, or arising from, the workplace that may result in injury, illness, impairment, or affect the well-being of workers.
Setting up and implementing an effective industrial hygiene program is one of the strongest tools to manage the health of workers. IH programs typically include roles and responsibilities, qualitative and quantitative risk assessments and depending on the workplace it will also have related programs such as ergonomics, hearing conservation, diesel particulate matter, respiratory protection and personnel protective equipment to name a few.