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Industrial Hygiene Monitoring

Industrial hygiene testing helps to anticipate, recognize, and evaluate hazards and recommend controls to protect the health and well-being of workers and the environment. In addition, industrial hygiene testing assists employers with determining the extent of employee exposure to hazards and deciding what control measures to implement. The purpose of an industrial hygiene study is to help protect personnel from exposures and to ensure exposures are within Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) permissible exposure limits (PELs).

Laboratory Testing — To help ensure compliance, an American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) accredited laboratory is used to obtain all laboratory analysis results.

Industrial Hygiene Report — JNH authors an industrial hygiene report for each study containing a description of monitoring conducted, observations, chains of custody, laboratory analytical results, results, regulatory information, conclusions, and recommendations. It is an employer's responsibility to ensure that no employee is exposed to airborne contaminants above OSHA PELs (measured as 8-hour time-weighted average and/or ceiling values). OSHA recognizes that many of its PELs are outdated and inadequate for ensuring the protection of worker's health. Most of OSHA's PELs were issued shortly after the adoption of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act in 1970 and have not been updated since that time. OSHA recommends using alternative occupational exposure limits as well as they may serve to better protect workers. To ensure regulatory compliance, JNH compares monitoring results to all applicable OSHA PELs within the report. If your state does not have an OSHA-Approved State Plan, comparisons will be made to OSHA limits stated in Z-Tables of 29 CFR § 1910.1000, et al. To better protect workers, JNH will compare monitoring results to all applicable National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Recommended Exposure Limits (REL) and American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) Threshold Limit Values (TLV) within the report. JNH will provide two (2) comb bound hard copies of the report to the facility.

Notification letters — JNH authors a notification letter for each employee who was monitored and/or area as a result of industrial hygiene testing. The notification letters feature the facility's letterhead, a summary of the results, and relevant OSHA PELs to help fulfill applicable requirements.

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