The history behind Industrial Hygiene Surveying
Occupational exposures began to be quantified and related to workplace health and risk in the 1920’s. The result was the implementation of exposure limit values. By the 1950’s environmental concerns such as air and water pollution were being discussed and tested. Waste site clean-up was put into practice. OSHA standards were established by the early 1970’s and continue to be refined and updated today.
What is an Industrial Hygiene Survey?
Industrial hygiene surveys are conducted to accurately assess worker exposures to chemical, physical and biological agents in the workplace and to provide recommendations for their reduction or elimination.
What are potential job hazards?
Examples of job hazards:
- Air Contaminants
- Chemical Hazards
- Biological Hazards
- Physical Hazards
- Ergonomic Hazards
How is a g2ci Industrial Hygiene Survey conducted?
When conducting an industrial hygiene survey, G2’s industrial hygiene team utilizes all available resources to determine the best sampling methods.
Several questions are asked in preparation for preforming accurate sampling, such as time and the technique, for sample collection based on the environment being surveyed. We identify and quantify contaminants, investigate worker complaints and evaluate the effectiveness of your engineering controls.
G2 will conduct a preliminary assessment of the area (qualitative sample), including an interview with building occupants who have the complaint.
A walk through inspection of the area shall be conducted. During the walk through, G2 will identify building ventilation systems and possible sources of contamination. Monitoring, (using a direct read monitor) for carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, temperature, and relative humidity may be conducted if found necessary (quantitative sampling).
We also look at all compliance issues when conducting an industrial hygiene survey.
A Time Weighted Average (TWA) is determined based on employee shifts and exposure.
G2 looks at all aspects of your environment. We survey the physical layout of your building or plant, assess how your processes work, observe environmental noise, identify what chemicals are present as well as raw materials and by-products.
In addition to testing for indoor air quality and chemical exposure, G2’s specialists survey for microbial contamination, noise contamination, physical and ergonomic hazards. G2 can be your full service industrial hygiene partner. Simply contact us to get started.