DescriptionThis online lecture, presented by Dr. Kim Anderson of the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota, shows how industrial hygiene protects worker health. Dr. Anderson provides a thorough review of the four basic principles of industrial hygiene. She then reviews three different types of hazards typically addressed by industrial hygienists and provides an overview of tools for assessing worker exposure to each of these different hazards.
In this online lecture, Dr. Kim Anderson begins by describing the role of industrial hygiene in protecting worker safety. She then discusses the four basics principles of industrial hygiene:
Dr. Anderson then reviews three different types of hazards facing workers:
- Gases and vapors,
- Aerosols, such as dust, fumes, smoke, mist, haze and fibers, and
- Physical hazards, such as noise and ergonomic issues.
For each of these hazards, she identifies common sources of the hazard, the health effects of the hazard, and appropriate sampling tools for assessing exposure for each of the hazards. Finally, she provides some real-world case studies to discuss the complexities of determining the full range of hazards in different workplaces.
Upon completion of the module, the learner with be able to:
- Describe the work of an industrial hygienist
- Understand the four basic principles of industrial hygiene:
- Recognize the three different types of hazards and their sources
- Gases and vapors
- Physical hazards
- Identify the appropriate tools for assessing exposure for each of the three types of hazards