Industrial Hygiene

Your employees may have workplace exposure including chemicals, biological hazards and infectious agents, and noise and other physical hazards. To ensure they are protected against skin hazards and air quality hazards, you need to know what they are exposed to and you need to have effective controls.

Janet Keyes, our Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) explains sound level monitoring grab samples to a worker.Knowing what chemicals or sound levels to which your employees are exposed is essential to controlling those exposures and ensuring your employee exposure is below OSHA’s Permissible Exposure Limits and ACGIH’s Threshold Limit Values®. OSHA requires baseline and ongoing air monitoring for employees who work with methylene chloride, commonly used in paint strippers; lead, found in solders, ceramics, and plastics; hexavalent chromium, used in paints and plating and produced in stainless steel welding; and many other chemicals. Exposure monitoring is needed to determine what type of hearing protection or respirators, if any, are required, and to know when to change respirator cartridges or what noise reduction rating for hearing protection is needed.

Our nationally recognized Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) is an expert in the science of anticipating, recognizing, evaluating, and controlling workplace conditions that may cause workers' injury or illness. We can provide the baseline or ongoing exposure monitoring required by OSHA, to determine if air contaminant levels are below Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs) or action levels. We can help you develop effective control measures, which could include substitution of less hazardous materials, installation of effective ventilation systems, or selection of appropriate respirators, hearing protection or chemical-resistant gloves.

Our comprehensive range of industrial hygiene services include:

  • Air monitoring (for compliance with PELs, TLVs, and other exposure limits)
  • Employee exposure assessments
  • OSHA compliance programs for hazardous chemicals such as lead, cadmium, chromium, etc.
  • Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Plans and Infection Control Programs
  • Safety Data Sheets (SDS) development
  • Noise / sound level monitoring
  • Online safety data sheet management system (SDS Links)
  • Recommendations for switching to less hazardous materials
  • Written respirator programs, including respirator selection and change-out schedules
  • Selection of appropriate personal protective equipment
  • Right to Know / Hazard Communication Training

The CHESS team of occupational safety and health consultants, led by our Certified Industrial Hygienist, serves clients in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and other areas.

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