Industrial Hygiene

OUR SERVICES
  • Exposure Monitoring for Chemical and Physical Agents
  • Ergonomics Exposure Assessment and Controls
  • Airborne Contaminate Modeling for Planning or Forecast during Operations or Upset Conditions
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Hazard Assessment and PPE Selection
  • Respiratory Protection Needs, Equipment Selection, and Fit-Testing
  • Hazard Communication Program & SDS Authoring
  • Engineering Control Evaluation
  • Technical Staff Outsourcing
  • Litigation Support

Experienced Professionals to Support Your Environmental, Health and Safety Requirements

Industrial hygiene is a core competency within Emilcott. We are experts that provide comprehensive industrial hygiene consulting to assist clients to identify, manage and control chemical and physical exposures and their potential hazards to workers and the public. Emilcott’s IH staff are skilled in the state-of-the-art measurement methods used to define potential worker exposure and determine if these exposures exceed acceptable threshold levels. Our industrial hygienists are also skilled in defining and communicating the risks associated with these hazards to both workers and their employers.

Technical Expertise:  We are large enough to have all the main industrial hygienic skill sets in-house and small enough to be nimble and customer responsive.  Our staff consists of:

  • Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIH)
  • Certified Safety Professionals (CSP)
  • Certified Hazardous Materials Managers (CHMM)
  • Professional Engineers

Emilcott’s professional staff understands all levels of EHS requirements associated with industrial, manufacturing, utility, chemical, pharmaceutical, and R&D facilities. We are experienced in working with clients from steel mills to clean rooms, light fabricating to complex research institutions. Many of Emilcott’s clients have worked with us for decades and get the benefit of our breadth of experience to meet their operational needs and challenges.

Why Choose Emilcott?

Accuracy

Accurate and precise measurement of chemical contaminants and physical hazards that can be impacted by changing work practices, operations, and a host of other influences. We understand the best way to collect and interpret data using our scientific expertise to ensure both accuracy and action-ability.

Practicality

We have a reputation for providing successful, practical solutions to assist in the goal of having safe and efficient production. Our teams’ strive to effectively resolve industrial hygiene challenges while keeping in mind the company’s resources.

Peer Review

Our cross-business-unit peer-review process provides the broadest and deepest level of expertise to customers and often creates better solutions that are most effective and efficient.

In 2011, the World Health Organization concluded that 10% of all lung cancer deaths are closely related to risks in the workplace.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • Industrial hygiene is the science of protecting and enhancing the health and safety of people at work and in their communities. Health and safety hazards cover a wide range of chemical, physical, biological and ergonomic stressors. Those dedicated to anticipating, recognizing, evaluating and controlling those hazards are known as Industrial Hygienists. They are professionals dedicated to the well-being of people – at work, at home and in the community (as defined by the American Board of Industrial Hygienist)

  • Globally Harmonized System The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals or GHS is an internationally agreed-upon system, created by the United Nations. OSHA recently incorporated the GHS principles into the Hazard Communication Standard (29CFR1910.1200) with all aspects of the revised standard in place in 2016. It is designed to replace the various hazard classification and hazard labeling standards used in different countries with one consistent criteria for classification and labeling on a global level.

  • The top three sections are:

    Section 2 – details the identification of hazards of the substance. This section lists the hazard classification of the substance, signal words, hazard statements and hazard symbols (pictograms) as well as precautionary statements related to the hazards.

    Section 3 – lists the components in the substance. This list provides the industrial hygienist with specific chemical names and chemical abstract (CAS) numbers.

    Section 8 – provides component specific occupational exposure limits, engineering and work practice controls and personal protective equipment (PPE) required to minimize exposure.

  • An occupational exposure limit is an upper limit of an acceptable concentration of a hazardous substance in workplace air. There are many substances that have no established occupational exposure limits. In these cases, hazard banding or control banding strategies can be used to ensure safe handling.

  • OSHA posts on its website that it recognizes that many of its permissible exposure limits (PELs) are outdated and inadequate for ensuring protection of worker health. Most of OSHA’s PELs were published in the early 1970’s, and have not been updated since that time. Since 1970, OSHA published new PELs for 16 agents, and standards without PELs for 13 carcinogens. Recently, OSHA recommended that “employers consider using the alternative occupational exposure limits because the Agency believes that exposures above some of these alternative occupational exposure limits may be hazardous to workers, even when the exposure levels are in compliance with the relevant PELs”.