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Occupational Hygiene

 

Occupational hygiene is a niche area in the field of occupational health and safety. Occupational hygiene assessments are conducted by experts called occupational hygienists, to conduct specific risk assessments and identify solutions targeting specific hazards in the workplace, where workers are at risk of being exposed by the hazard. Such hazards for workers can include being exposed to asbestos or a hazardous substance, or being exposed to excessive levels of noise throughout the work day.

The types of workplace hazards can include:

  • Noise
  • Asbestos and hazardous materials
  • Indoor air quality
  • Vibration
  • Radio Frequency Radiation (RFR)
  • Thermal extremes
  • Mould
  • Ambient air quality and
  • Industrial air quality

Health effects from these workplace hazards can range in severity dependent on the length of exposure, the route of entry of exposure and the exposure source. To reduce the potential of exposure to any workplace hazards the occupational hygienist would recommend a control strategy from the hierarchy of controls. Control measures can include engineering controls such as removal of the source of the hazard or encapsulation of the hazard to reduce the potential for exposure or through administrative controls such as management systems and relevant training programs.

Prensa has an experienced and qualified team of consultants who are members of the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (AIOH) who are able to undertake all types of work within the field of occupational hygiene to provide advice, assessments and recommendations tailored to individual sites and large portfolios with varying types of workplace hazards.