Industrial Hygiene

Circular diagram showing the flow of the industrial hygiene process.

The Industrial Hygiene is the science and practice devoted to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of those environmental factors or stresses arising in or from the workplace that may cause sickness, impaired health and well being, or significant discomfort among workers and may also impact the community.

The Industrial Hygiene Section of the Columbia University's Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) Department, addresses the potential occupational health hazards that impact faculty, staff and students or community. This department ensures compliance with all applicable Federal, State, and City regulations. 

The Industrial Hygiene addresses issues pertaining to asbestos, chemical fume hoods, chemical exposure monitoring, ergonomics, indoor air quality (IAQ), laser, lead, Safety Data Sheets (SDS), non-ionizing radiation, personal protective equipment (PPE), noise, thermal stress, water quality, and other such issues.