Certified Industrial Hygienists Offer Help Following Colorado Flooding
American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) supports the efforts of industrial hygiene professionals helping in the wake of extensive flood damage.
Following what some have called a thousand year flood in parts of Colorado, many residents have begun the arduous process of rebuilding their lives. According to the Colorado Office of Emergency Management, 17 counties experienced flooding and over 11,000 people were evacuated due to the historic flood waters. A preliminary report by the agency estimates that 17,500 homes have been damaged and over 1,500 wrecked by the floodings. In addition, countless businesses have also been damaged or destroyed.
In some areas, people have already begun the process of rebuilding their homes, businesses and communities. Residents have been advised to be aware of a number of potential health and safety hazards as a result of the flooding. These issues range from mold growth and microbial contamination from flood waters to lead, asbestos and other household hazardous chemicals during cleanup and remediation. Altered work environments and industrial processes in damaged facilities could also lead to potential hazards not recognized before the flooding.
Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIHs) are able to help with these and other issues due to their comprehensive knowledge of many potential hazards faced by flood victims. CIHs are uniquely qualified to anticipate, recognize, evaluate and control health hazards, both seen and unseen.
“Following almost any natural disaster, CIHs can bring their special expertise to the general public, businesses, institutions and government agencies,” reported Tracy Parsons, CIH, Administrative Program Manager at ABIH. “ABIH applauds the efforts of so many CIHs and industrial hygiene professionals working to help residents who have lost so much. They offer crucial support in managing the risks associated with rebuilding and their knowledge of air sampling, biohazards, community exposure, health risk analysis and work environments are all critical skills during these challenging times. Companies and people in need of contacting a CIH can easily locate them using a Roster search on the ABIH website.”
To learn more about the American Board of Industrial Hygiene or the CIH program, please email abih@ABIH.org , visit http://www.ABIH.org, or call (517) 321-2638.
About the American Board of Industrial Hygiene
Since 1960, ABIH, a not-for-profit corporation, has been the world’s largest, premier organization for certifying professionals in the practice of industrial hygiene. ABIH is responsible for ensuring high-quality certification including education, experience, examination, certification maintenance and ethics enforcement.
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