The safety and health professional is typically the individual who receives the employee complaint about a certain strong smelling chemical being used at the facility. Many professionals immediately respond and start conducting air sampling for the particularly pungent chemical that is irritating the employeeâ€™s olfactory senses. The result of this â€œknee-jerkâ€ response is that the industrial hygiene program is being managed by the â€œcomplainersâ€ at the facility. The companyâ€™s air sampling strategy becomes an employee â€œcomplaint-drivenâ€ program.
Ultimately, industrial hygiene is the anticipation, recognition, evaluation and control of workplace health hazards. Spending more time in the â€œrecognitionâ€ step of the industrial hygiene process can help you properly manage your IH program. Managing the program requires proper planning and using your limited safety and health resources wisely. There is a logical planning sequence that needs to be followed.