The University of South Carolina's Industrial Hygiene Program, founded in 1974 and accredited in 1993 by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), is firmly committed to the education of students in industrial hygiene and related fields at the Masters and Doctoral levels. The program is one of three tracks in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, the others being Environmental Quality, and Hazardous Materials Management. The Department is set within a fully accredited School of Public Health, which provides a rich environment for interdisciplinary teaching and research. The goal of the Industrial Hygiene Program is to improve the quality of the occupational environment by training professionals in industrial hygiene; by conducting relevant research on the causes and prevention of diseases and injuries related to occupation, and on the evaluation of the work environment; by direct service to workers, employers, occupational health professionals, and the community. Our principal educational objective is to provide our students with a solid foundation in the fundamentals of industrial hygiene --anticipation, recognition, evaluation and control of hazards in the occupational environment. We achieve this objective using a multidisciplinary faculty and a wide range of training methods. Significant progress was made during the project period in the development of curriculum and other training opportunities for students, including new courses in ergonomics, the founding of a student chapter of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, and the development of an ergonomics training laboratory. Progress in research was also significant. The most important research areas during the project period were: performance evaluation and development of diffusive samplers; the application of computational fluid dynamics to simulate workroom contaminant distribution and investigate fundament assumptions in industrial hygiene practice; absorption of noble gases from humid air; and development of a method for assessing environmental exposure to a volatile organic compound when only sparse data is available.
University of South Carolina, School of Public Health, Columbia, South Carolina