Oil Workers State Safety Issues are a Primary Concern at Labor Talks
The American Board of Industrial Hygiene® (ABIH®) reminds workers and industry of the need to protect employees and the public from health and safety hazards.
Companies with CIHs on staff that are given the support and resources they need to be effective have a greatly enhanced level of health and safety for their workforce and surrounding communities.
Last week, the Los Angeles Times reported that too much pressure in a piece of equipment at a refinery in Torrance was the cause of an explosion that injured four contractors and jolted many people in the surrounding neighborhood. The explosion also released materials that settled on homes and cars in the area.
This most recent refinery incident was quickly sited by a large union that represents oil refinery workers, including thousands who are currently taking part in the first nationwide oil refinery strike in over 30 years. Those on strike and their union representatives are demanding improved safety conditions to protect workers and communities as one of their key demands.
The leading providers of occupational health and safety services that protect workers, communities and the environment are Certified Industrial Hygienists® (CIHs). CIHs work in many industries in addition to their leadership roles at numerous institutions and government agencies. When CIHs are utilized by industry, their knowledge and skills help to ensure that workers and the public are not exposed to potentially harmful situations and materials.
Core competencies for the practice of industrial hygiene and obtaining the CIH® credential include:
- Air Sampling and Instrumentational Analysis
- Basic Science
- Biostatistics and Epidemiology
- Chemical Hazards
- Community Exposure
- Engineering Controls/Ventilation
- Health Risk Analysis and Hazard Communication
- Ionizing Radiation
- Noise and Hearing Loss Prevention
- Non-Engineering Controls
- Nonionizing Radiation
- Thermal Stressors
- Work Environments and Industrial Processes
“Companies with CIHs on staff that are given the support and resources they need to be effective have a greatly enhanced level of health and safety for their workforce and surrounding communities,” said Nicole Greeson, CIH and Chair of ABIH. “CIHs have reached the highest level of professional achievement and recognition within the industrial hygiene community and are an invaluable asset to those companies who employ their services.”
To learn more about the American Board of Industrial Hygiene®, Certified Industrial Hygienist® credential or to locate a CIH® to perform industrial hygiene services, please visit www.ABIH.org, email abih@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. Currently, more than 6800 people are certified to use the CIH® designation.
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