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The industrial hygienist's viewpoint.

Miller FA
NIOSH 1977 Jul; :79-83
Health and safety teamwork is emphasized in this brief outline of some functions of the industrial hygienist. It is brought out that the industrial hygienist recognizes potential health problems in a plant by industrial hygiene and safety inspections, referrals from government inspections, reports from workers' visits to the plant medical department, reports from surveys conducted by the plant physician, and operator complaints. Steps in making evaluations of data from these sources are mentioned. Industrial hazards can be controlled by substitution of less toxic agents for ones in current use, use of local exhaust ventilation designed by a competent ventilation engineer, use of general exhaust ventilation, job rotation, improved housekeeping and handling procedures, personal protective equipment, enclosure of equipment, and education of workers. To carry out a good occupational safety and health program it is necessary to have available the services of a toxicologist, health physicist, chemist, safety engineer, physician, human factors specialist, design engineer, nurse and industrial hygienist. The objectives and functions of an environmental health team as part of preventive occupational health program are described. Sources of help for small industries lacking an industrial hygiene group are listed. (Contract No. 210-76-0118)
NIOSH-Contract; Contract-210-76-0118; Health-engineering; Detection; Industrial-health-programs; Medical-personnel; Health-care-personnel; Scientific-personnel; Control-measures; Prevention; Protective-measures; Health-services; Preventive-medicine; Information
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DHEW (NIOSH) Publication No. 77-179; Contract-210-76-0118
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Occupational Safety and Health Symposia 1976, Division of Technical Services, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio
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