Industrial Hygienist

Industrial hygienists who are sometimes called “occupational health and safety specialists” are responsible for evaluating potential health and safety hazards in organizations and work places. They are responsible for ensuring that all state and federal health regulations and codes are being followed they take environmental samples to verify that conditions are within normal levels and they complete reports and surveys which document the overall condition of areas in which people work. According to the website industrial hygienists also provide training programs for employees so they are aware of the best safety methods and how to avoid health risks while at work. Besides making certain that hazardous conditions are kept under control in work places industrial hygienists also attempt to prevent work-related accidents from occurring. In order to qualify as an industrial hygienist it is essential to know the particulars of state and federal occupational health regulations know how to interpret occupational health codes and know how to test specific environments for contamination and toxins. Because industrial hygienists are responsible for collecting samples they must know how to operate maintain and monitor the equipment used to gather data. The minimum educational requirement for this career is a bachelor’s degree with a major in science chemistry or engineering. There are some colleges and universities that offer the specific major of “industrial hygiene.” While some employers do not require certification the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) offers this credential which usually opens more career opportunities and a higher salary potential. The website lists the median salary for industrial hygienists at $69103 per year.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $69103
High Salary: $79103
Low Salary: $59103
Tasks: Recognizes hazards in the workplace.
Evaluates health and safety regulations and codes.
Educates employees on safety and health hazards.
Develops safety training programs.
Also Called: Occupational Health Specialist
Safety Specialist
Occupational Hazard Specialist
Industrial Sanitary Specialist
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