Industrial Hygiene Services

You may be wondering what an Industrial Hygienist does.

Industrial Hygiene (IH) – Definition:

IH is generally defined as the art and science dedicated to the Anticipation, Recognition, Evaluation, Communication and Control of environmental stressors in, or arising from, the work place that may result in injury, illness, impairment, or affect the well being of workers and members of the community.

AES works with a wide variety of IH issues, for example:

A client wanted to work with hydrazine (rocket fuel) in their lab and asked if this was a good idea. How could they work with it safely? Anticipation and Recognition.

Another client was working with spent rocket tubes. They needed help in characterizing the hazards of the residual scale in the tube. Recognition and Evaluation was needed in order to describe the contaminant. In fact, the study we prepared for them was later published by the DOD.

Due to a new OSHA standard, clients with welding operations on stainless steel asked for help to Evaluate chromium 6 exposure and Control excessive exposures.

Many of our clients have requested help with training and management programs regarding work with things like cadmium, lead, asbestos, and lab chemicals. Communication.

Clients often call with employee health concerns and symptoms. We Anticipate and Recognize issues in their workplace which may contribute to the  reported symptoms .

AES offers the services of three certified industrial hygienists with years of experience in a wide variety of work health issues.

For more information about our evaluation services, click on the Air/Lead and Physical links below.

Air/Lead | Physical

Air Sampling/Lead Services

AES evaluates exposures for a wide variety of airborne chemicals, both in industrial settings and in offices. We utilize both OSHA and NIOSH methods for OSHA compliance purposes. We use a variety of evaluation instruments including sampling pumps, passive dosimeters, direct read instruments, electronic data logging instruments and personal sampling medias. Our studies have included:

· Welding fume sampling (toxic metals)
· Solvent sampling (full scans)
· Dusts (full scans and simple gravimetric)
· Airborne silica
· Oil mists
· Acid mists
· Gasses (hydrogen sulfide and others)
· Mercury (airborne and spill tests)
· Toxic metals (arsenic, beryllium, lead, etc.)
· Microbiological hazards (bacteria, molds, endotoxins)
· Formaldehyde (both building and hospital exposures)
· Waste anesthetic gasses
· Carbon monoxide (Forklift tests and general air)
· Isocyanates
· Confined space gas measurement
· HUD lead inspections
· Lead clean-up testing services

We are often presented with the problem of “my staff is working with XYZ product – is this safe?” We use a graduated approach including a review material safety data sheets, identification of any hazardous and regulated chemicals, and development of a sampling strategy for the client.

Noise and Physical Hazard Sampling

Noise, radiation, electromagnetic fields, heat stress and ergonomic factors can impact your employees’ health. Our experienced staff can help you with the following:

Noise Studies
· Noise level readings in areas with a type 2 sound level meter
· Cumulative exposure studies with audio dosimeters
· Noise profiles with octave band analyzers
· Community noise evaluation

Heat Stress - Evaluated with:
· Simple temperature and humidity
· Evaluations of physical work load
· Wet bulb globe temperature measurements (with radiant load)

Electromagnetic Fields – analyzed with:
· Low frequency field meter - (power lines)
· Broadband RF Field meters – (microwave welding, cell towers, broadcast towers)
· UV light exposure studies in sterilization equipment

· Contamination surveys with a standard Geiger-Mueller instrument

Ergonomic Studies
· Office and work space lighting
· Work station ergonomic evaluations


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