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Industrial Hygiene Survey Program

(adapted from Manual 230 - Updated: 12/05/2005)
Industrial Hygiene (IH) is the scientific discipline devoted to protecting the health and well-being of people at work by anticipating, recognizing, evaluating, and controlling adverse environmental conditions or stresses in the workplace.  The IH process looks at chemical, biological, and physical potentially hazardous conditions that can cause adverse effects on the safety and health of humans or the environment.  Ventilation and ergonomics are also included in IH.  The program is required by 29 CFR, Part 1960, Basic Program Elements for Federal Occupational Safety and Health Programs, and 29 CFR, Part 1910, Occupational Safety and Health Standards, whose purpose is to ensure, so far as possible, safe and healthful working conditions.

It is the Agency’s policy to take appropriate actions to correct hazardous situations, ensure compliance with all appropriate Federal/REE standards/programs, and optimize the benefits of the Occupational Medical Surveillance Program (OMSP). Employee exposure to toxic substances and other hazards shall be controlled to nonhazardous levels or eliminated through engineering controls, changes in work procedures, or, only as a last resort, through the use of protective equipment.  Positive action will be taken at all management levels to ensure this policy is carried out.

The RL may request an Industrial Hygiene evaluation for specific air quality or industrial hygiene issues through the Midwest Area Office. An alternative may be to request assistance from the University of Wisconsin Industrial Hygiene staff for Industrial Hygiene issues. UW Industrial Hygiene staff can be reached through UW Safety at 262-8769.

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Last Modified: 3/12/2010
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