The basis of industrial hygiene is to protect worker health
and in turn reduce the liability to employers through recognition, evaluation,
and control of exposures to workplace hazards. Our industrial hygiene team
members are trained professionals with extensive experience in the recognition,
evaluation, and control of workplace hazards. All industrial hygiene projects
are performed under the direct supervision of professionals Certified by the
American Board of Industrial Hygiene (CIH).
Process Review & Preliminary IH Assessment
The industrial hygiene process begins with the discussion and review of the manufacturing process; understanding the process flow; identifying the hazardous components of raw materials, products, and by-products or wastes; identifying worker interface with the contaminants; determining the nature or extent of complaints; and defining a sampling strategy to determine the exposures.
The method or methodologies for properly collecting and analyzing the contaminants are determined by the IH and CIH in conjunction with the laboratory and current industry/government standards. Depending on the nature of the process and contaminant in question, sampling may include full-shift, short-term, task-specific, area, and/or grab or instantaneous sampling.
Reporting and Recommending Controls
We provide detailed, quality reports to clients. The reports include an executive summary, background information, criteria or regulatory references, descriptions of tasks performed, conclusions or findings, and recommendations designed to control the environmental factors. Daily monitoring sheets with field notes, actual laboratory analytical results, relevant MSDS, CADD quality drawings depicting sample locations as well as process layout, posting tables, summary tables, and other pertinent data are part of the written industrial hygiene reports. AM H&S can provide the experience of design engineers to assist in the development of practical, workable local exhaust ventilation system design or noise control design. AM H&S works closely with the client to incorporate the most practical method or combination of methods (engineering, administrative and/or personal protection) to reduce exposures.
IH Staff Augmentation and IH Analyses
For clients having industrial hygiene departments or managers, we can provide our experienced industrial hygienists to supplement a client’s needs. An example may be providing a professional to only collect exposure samples at the direction of the client.
In addition, due to the quantity of samples we collect, the laboratory fees we obtain from our 3rd Party, American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) accredited labs are low. These reduced rates can then be offered to our clients for samples collected by the client. We can also offer a field QA/QC for client - collected samples to insure proper collection.