What Is Industrial Hygiene?


Definition of Professional Industrial Hygienist

A professional industrial hygienist is a person possessing either a baccalaureate degree in engineering, chemistry, or physics or a baccalaureate degree in a closely related biological or physical science from an accredited college or university, who also has a minimum of three years of industrial hygiene experience. A completed doctoral in a related physical, biological or medical science or in related engineering can be substituted for two years of the three-year requirement. A completed master's degree in a related physical or biological science or in related engineering can be substituted for one year of the three-year requirement. Under no circumstances can more than two years of graduate training be applied toward the three-year period.


While this definition does not include certification, the American Industrial Hygiene Association recognizes the need for such certification by every professional industrial hygienist as an appropriate hallmark by one's peers and strongly urges all eligible members to obtain American Board of Industrial Hygiene certification.


The American Board of Industrial Hygiene has established that successful candidates for certificates shall attain the status of Diplomate of the American Academy of Industrial Hygiene subject to compliance with requirements established by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene.



Industrial Hygienists: Dedicated to Protecting People in The Workplace And The Community.


Industrial hygienists are scientists and engineers committed to protecting the health and safety of people in the workplace and the community. Industrial hygiene is considered a science, but it is also an art that involves judgment, creativity and human interaction. The goal of the industrial hygienist is to keep workers, their families, and the community healthy and safe. They play a vital part in ensuring that federal, state, and local laws and regulations are followed in the work environment.



Typical Roles of the Industrial Hygienist Include:


Investigating and examining the workplace for hazards and potential dangers.


Making recommendations on improving the safety of workers and the surrounding community.


Conducting scientific research to provide data on possible harmful conditions in the workplace.


Developing techniques to anticipate and control potentially dangerous situations in the workplace and the community.


Training and educating the community about job-related risks.


Advising government officials and participating in the development of regulations to ensure the health and safety of workers and their families.


Ensuring that workers are properly following health and safety procedures.