Industrial hygiene is the science of anticipating, recognizing, evaluating, and controlling workplace conditions that may cause workers’ injury or illness. Employers have a duty to examine the workplace for potential hazards and the effects on workers and the surrounding community.
Respirators protect employees from inhaling harmful substances, including chemical, biological, and radiological agents. These substances can be in the form of airborne vapors, gases, dust, fogs, fumes, mists, smokes, or sprays.
Anywhere throughout the workplace where there is potential for falling, employers are required to assess all conditions and engineer safety solutions. The addition of fall protection devices may also be required in such work areas.
Gloves and sleeves help prevent cuts, abrasions, burns, and skin contact with chemicals and hazards in the workplace. Employers are required to provide workers with hand protection suited specifically for each work task that will provide the best protection possible.
Training and proper fitting of head and face protection is key to preventing injuries. Eye-wear must be selected specifically for and best suited to the tasks and potential hazards, such as chemicals, dust, fumes, or debris.
Employers are required to provide adequate hearing protection to employees exposed to high levels or prolonged duration of noise, which causes hearing loss and other harmful health effects. Employees must be properly fitted and trained on using correct hearing protection for the job.
From cleaning and repairing property, to properly identifying work zones and controlling traffic areas, facility maintenance comprises everything from the front reception area to the back loading docks.