Industrial Hygiene Services
The professionals at Dolphin are scientists and engineers committed to protecting the health and safety of people in the workplace and the community.
The science and art devoted to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, prevention, and control of those environmental factors or stresses arising in or from the workplace which may cause sickness, impaired health and well being, or significant discomfort among workers or among citizens of the community.
Who are Industrial Hygienists?
Industrial hygienists are scientists and engineers committed to protecting the health and safety of people in the workplace and the community.
How do we protect people?
The goal of the industrial hygienist is to keep workers, their families, and the community healthy and safe. They play a vital part in ensuring that federal, state, and local laws and regulations are followed in the work environment.
The typical roles of the industrial hygienist include:
-Investigating and examining the workplace for hazards and potential dangers
-Making recommendations on improving the safety of workers and the surrounding community
-Conducting scientific research to provide data on possible harmful conditions in the workplace
-Developing techniques to anticipate and control potentially dangerous situations in the workplace and the community
-Training and educating the community about job-related risks
-Advising government officials and participating in the development of regulations to ensure the health and safety of workers and their families
-Ensuring that workers are properly following health and safety procedures
Industrial hygienists deal with the health and safety challenges facing people everywhere including:
– Indoor air quality (sick building syndrome, second-hand tobacco smoke)
– Evaluating and controlling environmental lead exposure
– Emergency response planning and community right-to-know
– Occupational disease (AIDS in the workplace, tuberculosis, silicosis)
– Potentially hazardous agents such as asbestos, pesticides, and radon gas
– Cumulative Trauma Disorders (repetitive stress injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome)
– Radiation (electromagnetic fields, microwaves)
– Reproductive health hazards in the workplace
– Setting limits on exposure to chemical and physical agents
– Detection and control of potential occupational hazards such as noise, radiation, and illumination
– Hazardous waste management
Industrial hygiene services are provided by highly experienced and specially trained loss control professionals. National Institute of Safety and Health and Occupational Safety and Health Administration methods and guidelines are followed. State-of-the-art, calibrated equipment is utilized. All analytical work is conducted by American Industrial Hygiene Association accredited laboratories.
Exposure assessments are used to determine the adequacy of engineering controls and work practices along with selection of the least hazardous materials that meet performance needs. For facilities without an established process, a thorough review of Material Safety Data Sheets is usually a key part of this service. Both qualitative and quantitative methods are used. Qualitative methods alone are often sufficient without actual exposure measurements, based on contaminant characteristics, controls, proximity and duration of potential exposure. Assessments for personal protective equipment can also be a part of this process while generating the written documentation that is required by OSHA.
How do we monitor the air quality?
Air contaminant monitoring is conducted to address employee complaints, OSHA inquiries, or to establish a baseline of the exposure. Air contaminant monitoring usually involves a comprehensive pre-assessment, including plant tour, meetings with specific personnel to acquire necessary exposure information, and review of Material Safety Data Sheets. Full shift representative air contaminant monitoring is then conducted.