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Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Comprehensive Industrial Hygiene: the Application of Basic Principles

Jul 8—12
5 days
Boston, MA, USA
USD 1995
USD 399 per day

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Work-related injury and illness significantly impact both employee productivity and employers’ bottom line. Beyond these direct costs, public perception of an organization can be adversely affected by health, safety, and environmental issues. Comprehensive Industrial Hygiene: The Application of Basic Principles will help you address these challenges. The program focuses on how to anticipate, evaluate, prevent, and control a wide range of hazards in the workplace. The skills and strategies taught in this course will help you protect employees from workplace health hazards, improve employee safety, and increase productivity.

This program is designed both for professionals with direct responsibility for industrial hygiene and for those managing the health and safety function. As a participant in this continuing education course, you will learn the concepts critical to creating a safe work environment and hone your technical expertise in protecting employees from workplace health hazards.

Industrial hygiene concepts covered in this course include:

  • Ergonomics
  • Exposure assessment
  • Radiation protection
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Respiratory protection
  • Ventilation
  • Quality of the indoor environment
  • Noise reduction
  • Sampling and instrumentation

This course enables you to practice skills you can immediately apply to improve employee health and safety in your organization.

What is Industrial Hygiene and Why is it Important?

Organizations are responsible for the overall health and safety of the people they employ, from workers on the manufacturing floor through executives in their offices. Industrial hygiene is the science behind keeping workers safe through the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, communication, and control of environmental stressors in the workplace that may result in injury, illness, impairment, or otherwise affect the wellbeing of workers and community members.

The ultimate goal of industrial hygiene is to protect employees from workplace hazards and dangers. While this minimum level of protection is required by law, industrial hygienists and the organizations that employ them can also look beyond protecting employees to promoting worker health. There is significant evidence suggesting that organizations can reap significant productivity benefits from employee health and wellness programs, often led by those in the health, safety, and industrial hygiene functions.

Build a Network of Your Fellow Health and Safety Professionals

Participants in this program will be health and safety professionals, those responsible for managing the health and safety function, and others focused on improving the work environment. By bringing together professionals from across industries, sectors, and functional backgrounds, this program offers a truly rich experience. During the program, you will network and engage with others working towards similar goals and exchange ideas on how best to solve problems you face every day.

Objectives & Highlights


This program is designed for participants with direct responsibility for industrial hygiene, employee health, and safety. Participants will learn the concepts critical to creating a safe work environment and hone their technical expertise in protecting employees from workplace hazards.

Participants will explore topics including ergonomics, exposure assessment, radiation protection, personal protective equipment, respiratory protection, ventilation, quality of the indoor environment, noise reduction, and sampling and instrumentation.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize health hazards in occupational settings
  • Determine the physiological and toxicological effects of exposures to workplace hazards
  • Understand the physical and chemical behavior of aerosols and gas mixtures
  • Identify methods to measure and control noise stress in the workplace
  • Understand the effects of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation
  • Analyze and control risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders and design workplace ergonomics programs
  • Evaluate work practices and engineering control techniques for the prevention of occupational disease
  • Analyze industrial exhaust ventilation systems
  • Select control measures specific to exposures

Program Highlights

  • Explore the future of Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Health with past-president of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, former US Assistant Secretary of Labor, and director of OSHA, John L. Henshaw
  • Enhance your air sampling skills with sessions and breakouts on sampling and instrumentation

Who should attend

This course is for professionals directly responsible for the health, safety, and security of employees and the work environment. New and experienced health and safety professionals will benefit from a comprehensive review of the technical skills required for industrial hygiene practice. Industrial hygiene and safety program leaders will become more accustomed to the challenges facing professionals and become more effective managers of those with technical expertise in this functional area. Professionals with the following roles and responsibilities are encouraged to attend:

  • Employee health
  • Environmental health and safety
  • Facilities management
  • Human resources
  • Industrial hygiene / occupational hygiene
  • Management of health, safety, security, or industrial hygiene programs
  • Occupational health and medicine
  • Others involved in improving the work environment


Dr. Maher attended Lowell Technological Institute, Lowell, Massachusetts, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in electrical engineering and was commissioned in the United States Air Force in 1971. He received a Master’s degree in biomedical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Wo...
Mr. DiBerardinis received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University and a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Hygiene from Harvard University. He received his Certification in Industrial Hygiene and Certification as a Safety Professional. Mr. DiBerard...
In his position at Northeastern University, Jack Price runs programs in safety, radiation protection, industrial hygiene, biohazard assessment, and environmental engineering. He supervises staff in assessing worker exposure, conducting training in occupational health and safety, and designing eng...
Robert Herrick's educational background includes a BA degree in chemistry from the College of Wooster, an MS in Environmental Health Science from the University of Michigan, and a Doctor of Science in Industrial Hygiene from the Harvard School of Public Health. He is certified in the comprehensiv...
Corey Briggs has more than 31 years’ experience assisting clients from the private and public sector in resolving their most challenging technical and management problems related to industrial hygiene and employee workplace exposures; occupational health; personal and equipment safety; indoor env...
Occupational Health and Safety Professional 1973-2014. Currently retired Forty years of health and safety consulting experience with Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, including 35 years in the industrial hygiene specialty and 20 years in line management. Experience includes extensive direct, han...
Committed to improving the health and well-being of workers exposed to chemical and physical agents in their work environment, Dr. Ellenbecker teaches industrial hygiene in the Department of Work Environment at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. In his dual role as Director of TURI, he manag...
John L. Henshaw, as a safety and health professional with over 40 years’ experience in safety, health, environmental and quality assurance, is President of John Henshaw and Associates, Inc. a safety and health professional services firm of Florida. He was nominated by President George W. Bush on ...
Victor Hillman received his Master’s degree in Work Environment from UMass Lowell, with concentrations in Industrial Hygiene and Pollution Prevention. He manages Industrial Hygiene services provided to some of Liberty Mutual’s largest users of those services and mentors members of Liberty Mutual ...
Dara Feddersen graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a B.Sc. in Chemistry in May 2007. Shortly after, she joined Hollingsworth & Vose as a technician in the R&D department. After 1 year, she went back to school completing a Ph.D. program in Chemistry with a focus on atmosphe...


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