Comprehensive Industrial Hygiene Review

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Date:             April 28 to May 2, 2014

Sorry! There will be no 2017 course.

Please send expression of interest for this course to Lydia Ma.


This week-long intensive review course focuses on key areas relevant to the professional practice of industrial hygiene.

The course provides a comprehensive review of industrial hygiene topics and assists with preparation for the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) and Canadian Registration Board for Occupational Hygienists (CRBOH) certification exams. This is the only course offered in Canada and in a traditional classroom setting that allows for immediate feedback and interactions with instructors and other participants.

Course faculty from the University of British Columbia (UBC), the University of Washington (UW) and practitioners with extensive experience in industrial hygiene and safety will guide learning with extensive course notes, problem-solving exercises, and practical examples from the field. The course is organized into sessions that address ABIH subject areas. This may facilitate participants in identifying areas of strengths and weaknesses for self- and/or group study or as part of their exam preparation strategy. Course participants will also have the opportunity to use the latest version of exam preparation software during the course for hands-on learning.

A two-hour session on ethics in this course will meet the ABIH requirement for applicants to have completed coursework in ethics.

Who should attend

This course is designed for practicing industrial hygienists who require a refresher or for those preparing to take the ABIH/CRBOH examinations as a review of the rubrics (subject areas). It is not intended for entry-level industrial hygienists. Attendees must have basic knowledge of mathematics, statistics, and chemistry.


Air Sampling & Instrumentation
Analytical Chemistry
Community Exposure
Engineering Controls – Ventilation
Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Health Risk Analysis & Hazard Communication
Management and Ethics
Ionizing Radiation
Non-engineering Controls
Noise & Vibration
Non-ionizing Radiation
Thermal Stressors
Work Environments & Industrial Processes

Course Faculty

George Astrakianakis, BEng, MEng, PhD.  Assistant Professor, School of Population and Public Health (SPPH), University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver BC

Karen Bartlett, MSc, PhD.  Professor and MSc-OEH Program Director, SPPH, UBC, Vancouver BC

Marty Cohen, ScD, CIH, CSP.  Senior Lecturer and Director of Field Research and Consultation Group, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS), University of Washington (UW), Seattle WA

Gerry Croteau, MS, CIH.  Research Industrial Hygienist, Field Research and Consultation Group, DEOHS, UW, Seattle WA

Hugh Davies, PhD, MSc, CIH.  Associate Professor, SPPH, UBC, Vancouver BC

Rick Gleason, MSc, CIH, CSP, CET, CHMM.  Lecturer, DEOHS, UW, Seattle WA

Victor Leung, MSc, CIH, ROH, CRSP.  Director and Senior Occupational Hygienists, Core Extension Health and Safety Co. Ltd., Vancouver BC

Chris McLeod, PhD, MA.  Assistant Professor, SPPH, UBC, Vancouver BC; Associate Scientist, Institute for Work & Health, Toronto

Mona Shum, MSc, CIH.  Occupational Hygiene and Safety Team Lead, AMEC Environment and Infrastructure, Vancouver BC

Craig Smith, MSc. Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, UBC, Vancouver BC

Catherine Trask, PhD.  Assistant Professor, Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture (CCHSA), University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon SK


Comments from a few of our 2012 course participants:

The overall course was very beneficial.  Having experts in different areas provided really helpful information that aided my study.”

It gave me a general idea of which topics I need to cover in my studies.  I am glad to now be able to hone in on areas in which I am weak.”

Practice with test questions was very helpful.”

It really identified my gaps in knowledge and gave me a much better idea on study options.  Having gone through this course sparked my enthusiasm!!  Great to meet others in the course.”

I really can’t think of anything ‘least beneficial’ from this course!  The course was intense but excellent.”

“This course allowed me get a realistic determination where my understanding and knowledge is prior to applying to write the CIH exam. By taking the prep course prior to starting my studying, I was able to plan my studying accordingly and be more efficient. Based on my experience, I recommend taking this course at least 6 months prior to writing the exam because the course is a realistic measuring stick of where one’s understanding is of industrial hygiene.” 


Certification Maintenance

The American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) has previously awarded CM credit for this course.  The current course contains 36 continuing education contact hours which can be claimed for CM credit.

The Board of Canadian Registration Board of Safety Professionals (BCRSP) has previously awarded CM points for this event.  The current course contains 36 technical hours and may be eligible for BCRSP CM points.  See BCRSP website for CM point criteria.

Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP):  This course contains 36 continuing education contact hours which CSP certificants may claim for credit.  Please see BCSP website for CMP criteria.

Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygienists (CRBOH):  5.0 Registration Maintenance (RM) points; award #2014-02

Certified Health and Safety Consultant (CHSC) designation holders can claim 36 CHSC maintenance points with the Canadian Society of Safety Engineers (CSSE).