What is Industrial Hygiene?
Industrial hygiene, also referred to as occupational health and safety, is a practice devoted to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of environmental factors and stresses arising in or from the workplace, which may cause sickness or impair the wellbeing of workers & citizens of the community.
Industrial hygiene is vital to the success of the modern organization. More workers than ever before are taking their health and safety into account and prioritizing their personal wellbeing over potential benefits. When a workplace can provide comprehensive occupational health services, workers are drawn in, feel valued, and are inclined to stay.
Industrial Hygienists in the Digital Age
On Twitter, you’ll find the trending hashtag #IamIH, a digital exploration of the lives of EHS professionals in the industrial hygiene field. Occupational Health & Safety is listed in the top 10 U.S. Job Growth areas, and these professionals make up 40% of OSHA compliance officers. Increasingly, these professionals are embracing software solutions to streamline IH programs, and simplify occupational health and safety.
From conducting assessments and monitoring workplace hazards, to reporting and analyzing exposure levels – industrial hygienists do it all, monitoring workplace health & safety risks in every industry across the board. Their jobs keep the backend of businesses running. If employees are not able to keep up with their work duties, there’s really nothing that can be done, and that’s what industrial hygiene officers are here to prevent.
The Future of Industrial Hygiene
Workplace technology is changing rapidly, meaning that managing workplace health & safety is changing too. From changing workplace demographics to new substances & common practices, industrial hygiene is evolving rapidly to adapt.
Navigating such a delicately balanced, highly individualized field is a challenge for anyone, especially in the technologically complex and multilayered modern day.
A few examples of technology paving the future of the Industrial Hygiene field:
- Digital Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Digital PPE saves time and improves productivity through connectivity, live updates and remote communication
- Predictive Analysis. Forecast and plan.
- Smart Sensors. Sensors provide real-time monitoring, and also provide visibility to improve processes.
Here’s our guide to the technologies, challenges and opportunities facing professionals in the IH field today: