Industrial hygiene is primarily concerned with the control of occupational health & safety hazards that arise as a result of work. Industrial hygiene is defined as a “science and art devoted to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation and control of those environmental factors or stresses arising in or from the workplace, which may cause sickness, impaired health and well-being, or cause significant discomfort among workers or citizens in the community”.
Industrial hygienists are certified by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (www.abih.org) with support and continuing education supplied by the professional society, the American Industrial Hygiene Association (www.aiha.org). The CIH is an internationally recognized certification.
The purpose of industrial hygiene is to improve the health and well being of workers, the community and the environment by using sound scientific principles and practices. This is done working alone or working with other safety professionals or environmental specialists.
Industrial hygienists are able to evaluate a situation that involves a hazardous agent, measure and document the amount of exposure to people caused by that hazardous agent, determine the level of concern that is required and develop or recommend corrective actions needed to control the hazardous agents.
Anyone can call himself or herself an Industrial Hygienist (IH) since there is no State licensing at the present time. But only about half of those can legally be called a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH).
A Certified Industrial Hygienist is a career professional who is devoted to the study and practice of industrial hygiene. To become certified in industrial hygiene the following requirements must be met and maintained through the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH).
The CIH is the only professional-level, comprehensive industrial hygiene certification in the United States and guarantees the following qualifications: