Occupational and Industrial hygiene

Industrial or Occupational Hygiene is defined as science dedicated to the anticipation, identification, analysis, evaluation, and control of environmental stressors in or arising from the workplace that may result in injury, illness, impairment, or affect the well-being of workers and members of the community.

Our approach

Our approach is based on the application of robust and validated scientific methodology, to find pragmatic and effective solutions.  This requires the overlaying the science with a risk based approach.  We advocate the use ISO 31000, which is the internationally recognised standard on Risk Management, this sees us applying our broad professional experience to identify hazards, determine the potential for exposures, and analysing and evaluating the risk in the workplace and community. These stressors are divided into the categories:

  • biological, 
  • chemical, 
  • physical, 
  • ergonomic, and 
  • psychosocial

The benefits

    The benefits of proactive Industrial/Occupational Hygiene are:

    • Improved worker health, morale, and increased life expectancy 
    • Decreased absenteeism and turnover 
    • Reduction in the number of people who need to leave employment early because of injury or illness 
    • Lower social and health care costs as well as maximized worker potential 
    • More efficient working processes with technological improvements and increased productivity, improved operational efficiency, increased capacity, and higher quality products 
    • Increased revenues, decreased costs, 
    • faster time to market, increased market share, and improved customer retention

    More than 30 years experience

      With more than 30 years experience CETEC are highly experienced in the field of Industrial and occupational hygiene. Examples of the type of services we offer:

      • Audits of workplaces to identify and risk assess occupational hazards
      • Sampling and identification of Biological Hazards - such as:
      • viruses, 
      • bacteria, 
      • fungi, 
      • molds, 
      • allergens, 
      • bloodborne pathogens, 
      • toxins from biological sources

      Sampling and identification of Chemical Hazards (solids, liquids and gases)

      • Testing of chemical residues on surfaces
      • Gas / vapor monitoring –  for compounds such as:
      • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)
      • Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH)
      • formaldehyde, 
      • acidic vapors and mists, 
      • carbon monoxide, 
      • carbon dioxide, 
      • nitrogen oxides (NOx), 
      • sulfur oxides (SOx), 
      • mercury 

      Sampling and identification of Physical Hazards

      • Indoor Air Quality monitoring
      •  Airborne dust and particulate monitoring – including:
      • crystalline silica, 
      • heavy metals, 
      • lead, and  
      • diesel particulates
      • Asbestos identification and air monitoring
      • Thermal stressors