Comprehensive Industrial HygieneFundamentals for Health and Safety Professionals

  • Online
  • July 1519, 2024
  • $2,200

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

Online 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. This online 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 industrial hygiene program will help you protect employees from workplace health hazards, improve employee safety, and increase productivity.

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

Concepts covered in this Industrial hygiene course include:

  • Health Effects of Toxic substances
  • Ergonomics
  • Exposure assessment
  • Radiation protection
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Respiratory protection
  • Contaminant Control 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.

1 Introduction to Occupational Health, NIEHS


Objectives & Highlights


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
  • Understand 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
  • Understand and Assess contaminant control ventilation systems
  • Select control measures specific to exposures

Credits and Logistics

Continuing Education Credit

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will grant 2.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for this program, equivalent to 24.75 contact hours of education. Participants can apply these contact hours toward other professional education accrediting organizations.

The American Academy of Health Physics will grant 8 Continuing Education Credits for completion of this course.

All credits subject to final agenda.

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

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The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has an Education and Research Center (ERC) funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).


Current faculty, subject to change.

Louis J. DiBerardinis, MS, CIH, CSP

Program Director

July 1519, 2024
Instructor in Industrial Hygiene
Department of Environmental Health
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Former Director
Environment, Health and Safety
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

John M. Price, PhD, CIH, CSP

Program Director

July 1519, 2024
Executive and Continuing Professional Education
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Adjunct Faculty
Department of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering
Northeastern University

Mark A. Bennett


July 1519, 2024
Associate Industrial Hygienist
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Corey W. Briggs, CIH, FAIHA, MSPH


July 1519, 2024
Senior Consultant
Colden Corporation

Diana M. Ceballos, CIH, PhD, MS


July 1519, 2024
Assistant Professor
Department of Environmental Occupational Health Sciences
University of Washington

Dara M. Feddersen, BS, PhD


July 1519, 2024
Technical Manager
Hollingsworth & Vose Company

Kristin Garland


July 1519, 2024

Thomas H Gassert, MD, MSc


July 1519, 2024

Justin Harpin, MS


July 1519, 2024

Victor Hillman, CIH, CSP, MS


July 1519, 2024
Instructor/Exposure, Epidemiology and Risk Program
Risk Control Services, Industrial Hygiene
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Senior Consulting Industrial Hygienist
Liberty Mutual Insurance

Martin R. Horowitz, MS, CIH, CSP


July 1519, 2024
IH Consultant
Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc.

Nicolas Kielbania, CHMM, CSP, MS


July 1519, 2024
Environmental Health & Safety
Boston Children's Hospital

James J. McDevitt, CIH, PhD


July 1519, 2024
Senior Scientist
9 Foundations

Nancy Long Sieber, PhD


July 1519, 2024
Adjunct Lecturer on Physiology
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Dilpreet Singh, ScD


July 1519, 2024
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Center for Nanotechnology and Nanotoxicology
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Jamie Tessler, MPH, MS


July 1519, 2024


July 15 – 19, 2024

All Times are Eastern Time (ET).

Monday, July 15, 2024
8:45–9:00 am Classroom Technology Orientation
9:00–9:30 am Program Introduction and Overview of Industrial Hygiene
9:30–10:30 am Recognition of Occupational Hazards
10:30–10:45 am Break
10:45–11:30 am Properties of Aerosols Important for Industrial Hygiene Practice
11:30 am–12:30 pm New Developments: Nanotechnology
12:30–1:00 pm Lunch
1:00–2:00 pm Portals of Entry: Pulmonary Deposition and Clearance of Particles
2:00–2:15 pm Break
2:15–3:15 pm Toxicity and Occurrence of Metal Fumes and Dusts
Tuesday, July 16, 2024
8:45–9:00 am Q&A / Speaker Introduction
9:00–10:00 am Occupational Exposure to Solvents
10:00–10:15 am Break
10:15–11:00 am Lung Disease from Mineral and Organic Dusts and Fibers
11:00–11:15 am Break
11:15 am–12:00 pm Occupational Asthma
12:00–12:30 pm Lunch
12:30–1:30 pm Measurement of Airborne Contaminants: Part I: Air Sampling Strategies
1:30–2:30 pm Measurement of Airborne Contaminants: Part II: Gas / Vapor Sampling
2:30–2:45 pm Break
2:45–3:30 pm Measurement of Airborne Contaminants: Part III: Particle Sampling
Wednesday, July 17, 2024
8:45–9:00 am Q&A / Speaker Introduction
9:00–9:30 am Discussion of Measurement of Airborne Contaminants
9:30–10:00 am Hierarchy of Controls
10:00–10:15 am Break
10:15–11:45 am Respirators
11:45 am–12:15 pm Lunch
12:15–2:00 pm Principles of General and Local Ventilation
2:00–2:15 pm Break
2:15–3:00 pm Preview of video demonstrations on Respirator Fit Testing and Ventilation Fundamentals
Thursday, July 18, 2024
8:45–9:00 am Q&A / Speaker Introduction
9:00–10:00 am Chemical Protective Clothing
10:00–10:15 am Break
10:15 am–12:00 pm Ionizing and Non-Ionizing Radiation
12:00–12:30 pm Lunch
12:30–1:30 pm Hazards in the Healthcare Industry and Workplace
1:30–1:45 pm Break
1:45–4:00 pm Principles of Noise Control and Hearing Loss
Friday, July 19, 2024
8:45–9:00 am Q&A / Speaker Introduction
9:00–10:00 am Ergonomics and Musculoskeletal Disorders in the Workplace
10:00–10:15 am Zane Break
10:15 am–12:00 pm Indoor Environmental Quality with Case Study
12:00–12:30 pm Lunch
12:30–1:30 pm Case Studies for the Practicing Industrial Hygienist
1:30–2:00 pm Program Closing and Evaluation

This agenda is subject to change.

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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
  • Biological, Radiation and Occupational Safety professionals
  • Management of health, safety, security, or industrial hygiene programs
  • Occupational health and medicine
  • Others involved in improving the work environment