Occupational Hygiene is the discipline of anticipating, recognising, evaluating and controlling health hazards in the working environment. The objective being to protect worker health by preventing injury, illness or impairment, both for the workers and members of the community.
Workplace hazards are normally divided into the categories Biological, Chemical, Physical, Ergonomic and Psychosocial. Occupational Hygienists assess these hazards using their knowledge and training in science, engineering and safety to measure the extent of worker exposure. Once understood appropriate control strategies are designed and implemented to prevent ill health caused by the working environment.
Occupational Hygienists are committed to protecting workers from workplace hazards.