Introduction to Industrial Hygiene

JULY 2022 – Industrial hygiene as a profession requires the recognition, evaluation and control of occupational health hazards within the work environment.

For the safety/health professional, occupational health nurse, the environmental manager, and others working in related areas, this course provides a basic understanding of these concepts.

Learn about the occupational activities that produce workplace hazards, the types of hazards and their physiological impact upon the worker, and methods of hazard reduction. Explore topics including personnel monitoring, identification of chemical and physical hazards, exposure standards, the relationship between exposure and health effects, industrial hygiene surveys and sampling, Cal/OSHA standards, and contemporary industrial hygiene issues. Gain new insight into the interrelationships between safety personnel, occupational health nurses, industrial hygienists and environmental managers to be able to recognize when the specialized skills of each are appropriate. Acquire the knowledge you need to assess the effectiveness of an industrial program.



The primary methods of instruction are through lectures presented by the instructor and discussion sessions involving participation of the students. Reading assignments are also an important part of the learning process.



Optional: Prior to attending class the student should be familiar with chapters 1, 2, 4, 6, 9 – 29 from Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene (6th edition), B.A. Plog, Editor.

Participants may, if they choose, bring a copy of Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene (6th edition), Plog, B.A., et al., National Safety Council – to download a pdf of the optional reading, the chapters may be purchased online from the National Safety Council for $134.40 at

Recommended: ACGIH: Threshold Limit Values for Chemical Substances and Physical Agents and Biological Exposure Indices (TLV Booklet), American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists; ISBN 1882417496.

*Participants must attend all sessions and pass a written exam to receive a certificate.*



  • Introduction, Course Objectives
  • Overview of IH
  • Toxicology
  • Governmental Regulations/OSHA
  • Air Sampling & Instrumentation
  • Review & Evaluation
  • Noise
  • Hazard Evaluation
  • Hazard Recognition: Ionizing and Non-ionizing Radiation; Heat/Cold Stress; Ergonomics
  • Solvents
  • Review & Evaluation
  • Hazard Recognition (con’t): Particulates; Biological Hazards
  • Occupational Health Management/ Programs
  • Methods of Hazard Control; Ventilation;
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Final Exam
*Subject to modification


Who Should Attend?

Health and Safety Professionals, Industrial Hygienists, Safety Engineers, Labor/Management Health and Safety Committee Members, Supervisors, Union representatives, Risk Managers, Loss Control Specialists. Ideal candidates have responsibilities that include safety from firms that recognize safety as a paramount function. It is designed for entry-level industrial hygienists/technicians, safety professionals, safety coordinators, managers, supervisors or others who may have industrial hygiene responsibilities.


Evaluation and Grading

Evaluation of Student Performance

Participation: 20%
Midterm*: 30%
Final Exam*: 50%

* Exam questions will be based upon the reading assignments and the information covered in class.

The midterm will be given in the middle of the week. The final exam will be given at the end of the last day.


Other Registration Options

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Payment Terms

(rev. 11/6/09):

Substitutions may be made without additional charge. Cancellations must be in writing. Refund schedule:

  • Cancellation 15 or more business days before the class 80% of registration fee
  • Cancellation 7-14 business days before the class 50%
  • Cancellation less than 7 days before the class and “no shows” No refund

If course materials such as books have been sent to course participants in advance, the cost of that material will be subtracted from the refund.

UCLA reserves the right to postpone an offering 7 days prior to the course date should minimum enrollment requirements not be met. If a program is canceled, you will be notified and your registration fee will be refunded in full, less the cost of course materials sent in advance if they are not returned in the condition in which they were received. The liability of UCLA is limited to the course fee.