Industrial hygienist are committed to protecting the health and safety of people in the workplace and the community. They investigate and examine the workplace for hazards and potential dangers, make recommendations on improving the safety of workers and the surrounding community. They develop techniques to control or eliminate possible dangerous situations in the workplace and the community. They train and educate the community about job-related risks; advise government officials in the development of regulations to ensure the health and safety of workers and their families; and ensure that workers are properly following health and safety procedures.
Industrial hygienist work for consulting firms, government agencies, private industry, and manufacturing and environmental agencies.
Workplace safety is a growing concern for employers and employees. Complex automated machinery and stricter government guidelines will increase the need for industrial hygenists. The need for this career will increase in the future.
Employment of health and safety engineers is projected to grow 9 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
Health and safety engineers are employed mainly in construction, manufacturing, state and local government, and engineering and consulting firms. As buildings, products, and processes continue to become more complex and new regulations are created, these engineers will be needed to reduce costs, save lives, and produce safe consumer products.
Industrial hygienist generally have a college degree in one of the sciences or engineering. Most have graduate degrees in occupational safety and health, environmental health engineering, physical or natural science, or environmental health sciences.
Licensure is not required in the state of Connecticut.
American Board of Industrial Hygiene
6015 West St Joseph, Suite 300
Lansing, MI 48917
American Industrial Hygiene Association
3141 Fairview Park Dr, Suite 777
Falls Church, VA 22042