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Industrial Hygiene

According to the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH), this is the science of protecting and enhancing the health and safety of people at work and in their communities from hazards covering a wide range of chemical, physical, biological and ergonomic stressors. In addition to their social costs, workplace injuries and illnesses have a major impact on an employer's bottom line. It has been estimated that employers pay almost $1 billion per week for direct workers' compensation costs alone.

Occupational hazards include:

 

  • Many classifications of hazardous chemicals such as neurotoxins, immune agents, dermatologic agents, carcinogens, reproductive toxins and others.

  • Biological hazards like microorganisms and toxins produced by living organisms, blood-borne illnesses, infectious diseases, bacteria, mold and others.

  • Physical hazards involving environmental exposures like ergonomic risks, radiation, heat and cold stress, vibration hazards, noise hazards, and others.

 

To avoid these expensive but preventable risks, employers must be accurately advised by a qualified professional industrial hygienist. Intelligent investment in workplace safety and health can be expected to reduce fatalities, injuries, claims and illnesses. This will result in cost savings in a variety of areas such as lower workers' compensation costs and medical expenses, and OSHA penalties avoidance among others. 

Since the term Industrial Hygienist has not been restricted by law, anyone, regardless of knowledge and competency, can call themselves an “Industrial Hygienist”. This may result in:

 

  • Poorly executed industrial hygiene assessments

  • Inadequate interpretation of empirical data and/or laboratory analysis reports

  • Lost work time and/or property

  • Legal costs and bad publicity

  • Elevated and infructuous expenses

 

Zimmetry’s experienced professional industrial hygienists achieve proficiency by combining science-based educational background, continuing professional training, ongoing professional-level experience and state-of-the-art technology to provide building owners, architects and design engineers simplified guidance delivering confidential and precise information for efficient occupational health and safety decision-making involving, among others, the following areas:

 

  • Occupational Noise Exposures

  • Occupational Chemical Exposures

  • Industrial/Commercial Ventilation Assessments

  • Occupational Heat Stress Exposures

  • Environmental Noise Contamination

  • Radon Assessments