Comprehensive Industrial Hygiene

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We work with the slogan ‘no one gets hurt’ and the knowledge I gained at this program will assist us in keeping up that promise.
  • —Athar Shah, MB, MD
  • Medical Director, Saudi Aramco Mobil Refinery

Program Overview

Work-related injury and illness significantly impact both employee productivity and employers’ bottom line. Beyond these direct costs, public perception of an organization can be adversely affected by health, safety, and environmental issues. Comprehensive Industrial Hygiene: The Application of Basic Principles will help you address these challenges. The program focuses on how to anticipate, evaluate, prevent, and control a wide range of hazards in the workplace. The skills and strategies taught in this course will help you protect employees from workplace health hazards, improve employee safety, and increase productivity.

This program is designed both for professionals with direct responsibility for industrial hygiene and for those managing the health and safety function. As a participant in this continuing education course, you will learn the concepts critical to creating a safe work environment and hone your technical expertise in protecting employees from workplace health hazards.

Industrial hygiene concepts covered in this course include:

  • Ergonomics
  • Exposure assessment
  • Radiation protection
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Respiratory protection
  • Ventilation
  • Quality of the indoor environment
  • Noise reduction
  • Sampling and instrumentation

This course enables you to practice skills you can immediately apply to improve employee health and safety in your organization.

What is Industrial Hygiene and Why is it Important?

Organizations are responsible for the overall health and safety of the people they employ, from workers on the manufacturing floor through executives in their offices. Industrial hygiene is the science behind keeping workers safe through the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, communication, and control of environmental stressors in the workplace that may result in injury, illness, impairment, or otherwise affect the wellbeing of workers and community members.1

The ultimate goal of industrial hygiene is to protect employees from workplace hazards and dangers. While this minimum level of protection is required by law, industrial hygienists and the organizations that employ them can also look beyond protecting employees to promoting worker health. There is significant evidence suggesting that organizations can reap significant productivity benefits from employee health and wellness programs, often led by those in the health, safety, and industrial hygiene functions.

Build a Network of Your Fellow Health and Safety Professionals

Participants in this program will be health and safety professionals, those responsible for managing the health and safety function, and others focused on improving the work environment. By bringing together professionals from across industries, sectors, and functional backgrounds, this program offers a truly rich experience. During the program, you will network and engage with others working towards similar goals and exchange ideas on how best to solve problems you face every day.


1 What is Industrial Hygiene?, NIH

 

Objectives & Highlights

Curriculum

This program is designed for participants with direct responsibility for industrial hygiene, employee health, and safety. Participants will learn the concepts critical to creating a safe work environment and hone their technical expertise in protecting employees from workplace hazards.

Participants will explore topics including ergonomics, exposure assessment, radiation protection, personal protective equipment, respiratory protection, ventilation, quality of the indoor environment, noise reduction, and sampling and instrumentation.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize health hazards in occupational settings
  • Determine the physiological and toxicological effects of exposures to workplace hazards
  • Understand the physical and chemical behavior of aerosols and gas mixtures
  • Identify methods to measure and control exposure to noise in the workplace
  • Understand the effects of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation
  • Analyze and control risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders and design workplace ergonomics programs
  • Evaluate work practices and engineering control techniques for the prevention of occupational disease
  • Analyze contaminant control ventilation systems
  • Select control measures specific to exposures

Credits and Logistics

Please note: A laptop or other portable personal computing device is strongly recommended for course enrollees.

Accommodations

Program Check-in

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
FXB Building
651 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
617.432.2100

The program takes place at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, located in the heart of the Harvard Longwood Campus in Boston. Public transportation is also readily available to the city’s many shopping districts, museums, and restaurants.

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Continuing Education Credit

All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation upon completion of the program.

Who Should Participate

This course is for professionals directly responsible for the health, safety, and security of employees and the work environment. New and experienced health and safety professionals will benefit from a comprehensive review of the technical skills required for industrial hygiene practice. Industrial hygiene and safety program leaders will become more accustomed to the challenges facing professionals and become more effective managers of those with technical expertise in this functional area. Professionals with the following roles and responsibilities are encouraged to attend:

  • Employee health
  • Environmental health and safety
  • Facilities management
  • Human resources
  • Industrial hygiene/occupational hygiene
  • Management of health, safety, security, or industrial hygiene programs
  • Occupational health and medicine
  • Others involved in improving the work environment