Industrial Hygiene

Industrial Hygiene

February 4, 2014

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Respiratory Protection
Hazard Communication
Workplace Exposure Assessment
Hazard Assessment Tool for Shops (HATS)
Personal Protection
Fume Hoods & Laboratory Ventilation

The Industrial Hygiene Program at UCLA has the fundamental concepts as its guiding principles. Those concepts are:

  • Anticipation and recognition of hazards in the workplace
  • Evaluation of hazards in the workplace
  • Control of hazards in the workplace

Hazards in the workplace encompass a wide variety of environmental and physical stressors, which include chemical hazards, physical hazards, ergonomic hazards, biological hazards.  Chemical hazards constitute a large percentage of occupational health hazards, whether in the form of vapor, gas or mist which can be breathed into the lungs, or as solvents, which can cause skin irritation or be absorbed through the skin. Physical hazards include excessive levels of nonionizing and ionizing radiation, noise, vibration and extremes of temperature and pressure. Ergonomic hazards include improperly designed tools, work areas or work procedures. Designing the tools and the job to fit the worker is of prime importance. Biological hazards are living organisms or properties of living organisms that can cause an adverse response in humans.

UCLA Industrial Hygiene Programs include the following:

  • Laboratory Safety – anticipation, recognition, evaluation and control of hazards to employees and students who work in laboratories on campus.  Programs which address laboratory safety exist in Chemical Safety, Biosafety, Radiation Safety, Ergonomics, and Worker Safety
  • Fume Hoods and Laboratory Ventilation
  • Hazard Communication
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Workplace Exposure Assessment – exposure assessments performed for chemical, physical, and biological stressors including noise, heat stress, non ionizing radiation, indoor air quality, permissible exposure limits for chemical substances and physical agents
  • Confined Space
  • Accident and Injury Prevention
  • Ergonomics
  • California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) programs