Occupational hygienists

The recognition of environmental factors associated with work and work operations which may adversely affect health.

Occupational Hygiene involves:

  • the recognition of environmental factors associated with work and work operations which may adversely affect health
  • the evaluation of environmental and human factors and their ability to impair health and well-being, and
  • the determination of methods to eliminate, reduce, or mitigate such factors when necessary to alleviate their adverse effects.
Occupational hygienists are qualified to recognise and evaluate all, or some, of a range of hazards likely to be encountered in the workplace. These include hazardous chemicals such as gases, vapours, mists, fumes, dusts and bulk materials; ionising and non-ionising radiation, noise and vibration, lighting, thermal stress, biological hazards and musculoskeletal stressors.
 
Occupational hygienists require a knowledge of toxicology, physiology, occupational diseases, epidemiology, ergonomics and work health and safety law. They also require an understanding of the principles of hazard control including process modification, ventilation and personal protective equipment and associated administrative measures. Many hygienists are able to provide work health and safety training to others so that everyone in the workplace can become a better team member in the campaign to achieve a healthier workplace.
 
What if I need an Occupational Hygienist?
 
The Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists represents occupational hygienists in Australia. The Institute provides information on the services offered by its consultant members.

Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists
Unit 2, 8-12 Carrick Drive,
Tullamarine VIC 3043
Ph: (03) 9335 2577
Email: admin@aioh.org.au
Website: www.aioh.org.au

[Last updated 5 June 2018]

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