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Free Basic Industrial Hygiene Training Course online

Take this free  Industrial Hygiene training course online and learn all the fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene easily. This is one of the best free online industrial hygiene courses that you can find anywhere.

What is Industrial Hygiene?

Industrial Hygiene is the scientific discipline that protects the health, safety and well being of workers in industry. Many industrial workplaces may have hazards that may adversely affect workers while carrying out their job. These hazards may be Physical, Chemical, Biological, Ergonomic, Radiological or Psychological.

Industrial Hygiene seeks to prevent illness, diseases, or injury.  by managing environmental factors including (but not limited to) air quality and hazardous materials.

How does Industrial Hygiene protect workers?

The discipline of Industrial Hygiene seeks to anticipate, identify, evaluate and mitigate hazards in the workplace, thus protecting them from illness or injuries caused by these hazards.

Mitigation may involve several methods including but not limited to Engineering controls, Work practice controls, Administrative controls and other ways. It is not just about wearing the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment, although it is important as it is the last line of defense of the worker against workplace hazards.

Industrial hygienists recognize that engineering, work practice, and administrative controls are the primary means of reducing employee exposure to occupational hazards. Engineering controls minimize employee exposure by either reducing or removing the hazard at the source or isolating the worker from the hazards.

An Industrial Hygiene program may involve some of the following measures.

Engineering controls: Examples include either eliminating  hazardous and toxic chemicals and replacing them with less hazardous ones,  or enclosing work processes or confining work operations, to minimize exposure to within permitted limits and installing general and local ventilation systems.

Work practice controls: Examples include changing the way  in which a particular task is performed by  modifying the standard operating procedures, so that they that minimize exposures while operating production and control equipment.

Administrative controls: Examples include controlling employees’ exposure by scheduling production and workers’ tasks, or both, in ways that minimize exposure levels.

What is Occupational Hygiene?

Occupational Hygiene is another word for Industrial Hygiene. Both refer to and mean the same thing.

Why is Industrial Hygiene important?

Every employer is bound by law to provide a safe and conducive workplace for their workers. In the US, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has several rules and regulations related to Industrial Hygiene.

Similarly in other countries and jurisdictions, maintaining Industrial Hygiene is legally mandated and regulators can penalize an employer who does not do so.

Who is an Industrial Hygienist? Who is an Industrial Hygiene professional?

An Industrial Hygienist or an Industrial Hygiene professional is either a scientific or engineering professional, who is specially trained in the discipline of Industrial Hygiene.

More than 40 percent of the OSHA compliance officers who inspect America’s workplaces are industrial hygienists. OSHA relies on, among many others, industrial hygienists to evaluate jobs for potential health hazards.

It involves determining the extent of employee exposure to hazards and deciding what is needed to control these hazards, thereby protecting the workers. Industrial hygienists, or IHs, are trained to anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and recommend controls for environmental and physical hazards that can affect the health and well-being of workers.

Is this a Certified Industrial Hygienist course?

NO, this is a Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene Course. After completing this course, if you wish to be a Certified Industrial Hygienist, you need to take the Abhisam Industrial Hygiene Professional course. This fully online training course covers everything that you need to become a competent Industrial Hygienist.

It includes sample worksheets for workplace hazard identification, examples of calculations such as sizing of ventilation required to reduce exposures, case studies of Industrial Hygiene projects and more.