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Core Competencies in the Practice of Industrial & Occupational Hygiene Discussed in New Document

The American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) supports the release of this informative new joint document.


Recently, it was announced that a joint effort document from the Academy of Industrial Hygiene, American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), and the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) had been released.  The document, “Core Competencies for the Practice of Industrial/Occupational Hygiene,” discusses 17 core competencies used in the industrial hygiene profession.
It states, “Industrial hygiene is generally defined as the art and science dedicated to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, communication, and control of environmental stressors in or arising from the workplace that may result in injury, illness, impairment, or affect the well-being of workers and members of the community. These stressors are divided into the categories biological, chemical, physical, ergonomic, and psychosocial.”  The 17 core competencies individually listed included:

  1. Air Sampling and Instrumentational Analysis
  2. Basic Science
  3. Biohazards
  4. Biostatistics and Epidemiology
  5. Chemical Hazards
  6. Community Exposure
  7. Engineering Controls/Ventilation
  8. Ergonomics
  9. Health Risk Analysis and Hazard Communication
  10. Ionizing Radiation
  11. Management
  12. Noise and Hearing Loss Prevention
  13. Non-Engineering Controls
  14. Nonionizing Radiation
  15. Thermal Stressors
  16. Toxicology
  17. Work Environments and Industrial Processes

“ABIH was pleased to participate in this important document that was worked on by so many champions of the industrial hygiene profession,” reported Tracy Parsons, CIH, Administrative Program Manager at the American Board of Industrial Hygiene.  “As the administrators of the Certified Industrial Hygiene program, it is exciting to see that all 12 listed contributors to this important document are CIHs.  We encourage existing industrial hygiene professionals and those considering entering the profession to examine this informative online document.”  
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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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