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Industrial Hygiene: A Passion for Protecting People in the Workplace. What We’re Talking About. Defining Industrial Hygiene Examples of Workplace Hazards How Industrial Hygienists Help People Careers in Industrial Hygiene Resources for Learning About Industrial Hygiene.

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    1. Industrial Hygiene: A Passion for Protecting People in the Workplace

    2. What We’re Talking About • Defining Industrial Hygiene • Examples of Workplace Hazards • How Industrial Hygienists Help People • Careers in Industrial Hygiene • Resources for Learning About Industrial Hygiene

    3. What Is Industrial Hygiene? In the workplace, industrial hygienists: Anticipate Recognize Evaluate Control Environmental factors that might cause health and safety problems

    4. Who Are Industrial Hygienists? Industrial hygienists are workplace detectives, finding and fixing health and safety problems.

    5. Why Are Industrial Hygienists Important to Organizations? Industrial hygienists unite management and workers behind the common goal of having a healthy and safe workplace.

    6. The Bottom Line Industrial hygienists are the guardians of health and safety in the workplace

    7. Why Industrial Hygiene Is Important Every day, an average of 9,000 U.S. workers sustain disabling injuries on the job, 16 workers die from an injury at work, and 137 workers die from work-related diseases. (National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety) Five of every 100 workers will suffer an illness or injury from work this year. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

    8. More Reasons Why Industrial Hygiene Is Important On-the-job injuries cost $156.2 billion in 2003, of which $78.3 billion was wage and productivity losses. (National Safety Council) For every $1 invested in safety, a company saves between $3 and $6. (Liberty Mutual Research Institute)

    9. More Reasons Why Industrial Hygiene is Important Many health problems are things you can’t see – industrial hygienists are trained to solve these complex problems People need to be confident they are safe to do their best work and be productive

    10. More Reasons Why Industrial Hygiene is Important All organizations have a moral obligation to protect their workers

    11. The People Behind the Numbers Numbers and statistics don’t tell the whole story about industrial hygiene Let’s look at some of the people behind the numbers

    12. The People Behind the Numbers Workers had warned of combustible hazards at the plant for years, but nothing was done. He and five other workers didn’t survive the explosion. John Arsenaeu was a pipefitter at a steel manufacturing plant where an explosion occurred.

    13. The People Behind the Numbers Louis Harrell displays the plaque recognizing his “loyal and faithful service” to his employer as he dies from brown lung disease, contracted by working in a cotton processing plant. Louis Harrell

    14. The People Behind the Numbers The Welding Truck Mickey was a welder working in the midst of gigantic tanks of petroleum in a plant in Pennsylvania. The welding procedure caused a fire. The explosion flung the tanks into the air and across the yard where they landed on top of a trailer and crushed two workers. Mickey was on fire, and was found nearby later. She died soon after reaching the hospital.

    15. The People Behind the Numbers Bill fell off a roof while supervising a construction job. His wife, Elaine, has seen him through two comas, one amputation, and two years in a nursing home. Now Elaine must go back to work and Bill must try to find a new job that doesn’t require physical activity – a tough proposition in the construction industry.

    16. The People Behind the Numbers Roof falls are the leading cause of injury and death in coal mines. Butch Koptchak tests the torque on a coal mine expansion bolt. Two years earlier, his father died doing the same job.

    17. It’s About Life and Death Losing a co-worker is a tough experience. Industrial hygienists work hard to make sure that doesn’t happen.

    18. Industrial Hygiene Solutions Thanks to industrial hygienists, today’s coal mines include new safety features such as this machine that now installs expansion bolts in mine roofs, reducing the danger to workers.

    19. Industrial Hygienists Involved in Emergency Response Industrial hygienists were on hand after 9-11 at the site of the World Trade Centers collapse to test for environmental contamination.

    20. Don’t Take the Fall Part of industrial hygiene is instructing workers on the proper use of safety harnesses in dangerous work environments where falling is a risk.

    21. Laser Tag Was Never Like This Laser lights in manufacturing operations can damage eyesight. Industrial hygienists help ensure that proper safety precautions are taken.

    22. Down on the Farm A farm worker gets ready to dust a vegetable crop with pesticides as his son looks on. Farm workers are at high risk for injuries, lung diseases, hearing loss, skin diseases, and certain cancers associated with chemical use and prolonged sun exposure.

    23. Relief for Your Aching Back The extreme bending required to tie off these rebar joints on a bridge construction project was eliminated by industrial hygienists who developed a device to accomplish the same task from a standing position.

    24. Safety Education Begins with Teens Each year about 64,000 teenagers who work in fast food restaurants require treatment in hospital emergency rooms. Good safety practices in the workplace need to begin at an early age.

    25. Feeling the Heat Heat exposure can be a health and safety issue in many workplaces, both indoors and outdoors. Industrial hygienists can help develop solutions to keep workers safe from dehydration and heat stroke.

    26. The Kids Are All Right Industrial hygienists help protect workers and children in daycare settings, where infectious diseases can spread easily and children can be injured by improperly designed toys and play equipment

    27. Applying Safety in the Workplace This furniture finisher is exposed to vapors from petroleum-based varnish. His hands are also in direct contact with the wet varnish. Industrial hygienists can recommend ways to protect this type of worker, including wearing gloves and respiratory equipment.

    28. Industrial Hygiene in the Community Their health and safety recommendations go beyond the workplace and into the community. Industrial hygienists protect the public from environmental hazards.

    29. Industrial hygienists are important people! They help prevent sickness, death, and injury in the workplace.

    30. Dilbert Weighs InOn Health and Safety

    31. Skill Sets forIndustrial Hygienists Technical writing Creativity Curiosity Desire to Help and Protect People Engineering • Science • (Toxicology, Epidemiology, Microbiology, etc.) Interactive communication Common sense Judgment Listening

    32. Why Industrial Hygiene is Exciting • You use a variety of skills all the time • It’s positive work – you are solving problems and protecting people If you like the TV show CSI, you’ll love industrial hygiene It’s “applied science” – you can use what you learn in the classroom

    33. Health and Safety Issues that Industrial Hygienists Investigate and Solve • Mold • Asbestos • Airborne contaminants • Radiation

    34. Health and Safety Issues that Industrial Hygienists Investigate and Solve • Water quality • Ergonomics • Heat stress • Anthrax • Noise

    35. More Health and Safety Activities Hazard evaluation Exposure assessment Biological monitoring Accident investigation Inspection and auditing Environmental site assessments

    36. More Health and Safety Activities Hazardous waste handling and monitoring Laboratory health and safety Emergency response Meth lab investigations and cleanup Nanotechnology workplace safety

    37. Cool “Toys” forIndustrial Hygienists

    38. What It Takes to Be anIndustrial Hygienist • Undergraduate Degree in Industrial Hygiene (or at least a science-related major) • Graduate Degree in Industrial Hygiene (not required but can increase marketability and earning potential) • Practical Training • Internships

    39. What Kinds of Jobs Can I Get? • Corporate Industrial Hygienist • Government Industrial Hygienist • Consultant • Scientific Research Specialist • Academician Teaching Industrial Hygiene • Regulatory Official with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration

    40. Who EmploysIndustrial Hygienists? • Emergency response • Public utilities • Government • Space exploration • Labor unions • Research laboratories • Hospitals • Hazardous waste companies • Colleges and universities • Insurance companies • Consulting firms • Chemical companies • Manufacturing companies • Agriculture • National parks • Military And many more !

    41. What Are the Job Prospects? Excellent! Baby Boomers hired in the 1970s are all retiring – you can take their places!

    42. Career Advancement Opportunities • Industrial hygienists are at the center of the action for health and safety issues – they are well-positioned to become chief health and safety officers • Industrial hygienists know the science – if they have good management and communication skills they can advance within their organizations

    43. Scholarships Are Available! The American Industrial Hygiene Foundation has awarded more than $760,000 to more than 30 universities and 310 students in the past 13 years Each year the Foundation awards up to 10 scholarships of up to $5,000 each Contact Jennifer Steffan at 703-846-0768 or e-mail aihf@aiha.org for more info

    44. Show Me the Money! Industrial hygienists usually make $40,000 or more in their first job Salaries can top $100,000 with experience

    45. Are You Certifiable? Earning a certification in industrial hygiene can increase your knowledge (and your salary!) Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) Certified Safety Professional (CSP) Many Others

    46. 8. I can help workers return home safely today, next week, next month, next year, and for their whole lifetimes. 7. I can travel around the world because health and safety issues are everywhere. Top 10 Reasons to Be anIndustrial Hygienist 3. Everyone wants to know what an industrial hygienist does and I get to tell them. 1. Protecting people is important. 4. Industrial hygiene combines biology, chemistry, engineering, people skills, and fun into one profession. 5. Every day I can solve a new problem. 10. I get to play with cool toys! 6. Industrial hygiene is never boring and it contributes to the good of society. 2. The need for health and safety experts will never go away. 9. I can apply what I’ve learned in school to real work situations.

    47. Industrial Hygienists You Can Call Call any of these people to get a firsthand account of what industrial hygiene jobs are like • Carter Ficklen, CIH, NASA Langley Research Center757-864-3205 or c.b.ficklen@larc.nasa.gov • Jane Maslowski, Canadian Science Center for Human/Animal Health 204-789-7040 or Jane_Maslowski@hc-sc.gc.ca • Perry W. Logan, CIH, 3M Corporation 651-778-4630 or pwlogan1@mmm.com • Steven E. Lacey, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago 312-996-7344 or slacey@uic.edu • Dianna Bryant, CIH, CSP, Central Missouri State University 660-543-4971 or ihgoddess@hotmail.com • Neil J. Zimmerman, PhD, PE, CIH, Purdue Univ. School of Health Sciences 765-494-1439 or neil@purdue.edu