Through science and engineering, occupational hygienists identify, evaluate and control exposure to workplace hazards that may include chemicals, dust, fumes, noise, radiation, vibration and extreme temperatures, to name a few.
The aim is to understand workplace health risks and communicate advice on what needs to be done to prevent serious illnesses like cancer, asthma, skin diseases and deafness.
Often the risk from health hazards present in the workplace is not readily apparent, recognised or understood. They can cause serious ill-health over the longer term from repeated relatively low levels of exposure if appropriate controls have not been applied.
Clear communication to motivate workers and managers alike to take action is a critical skill in successfully managing the risks.