Presented at 2016 WSN Mining Health and Safety Conference
Industrial Hygiene Basics: Setting up and implementing an effective IH program
Associate, Senior Occupational Health and Safety Specialist
Golder Associates Ltd.
As more and more focus is being placed on the health side of health and safety, employers are actively looking to minimize worker exposures to hazardous environments in the workplace. 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. An effective industrial hygiene program will provide the foundation to prevent hazardous exposures and to protect 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.