Comprehensive Industrial Hygiene Review

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Date:             April 28 to May 2, 2014

Time:            8:00 am – 5:30 pm  [April 28 to May 1 Monday to Thursday]    
                       8:00 am to 12:30 pm [May 2 Friday]

Location:     UBC School of Population and Public Health (SPPH), 2206 East Mall, Vancouver BC – Room 143


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


Course Fee

$1,295 by April 7, 2014                      $1,450 after April 7, 2014

Course fee is in Canadian currency and includes course materials, the latest edition of TLVs® and BEIs® ACGIH® booklet, refreshment breaks, a welcome dinner, and individual use of an exam preparation software* for the duration of the course.

Please note:  Payment by cheque is accepted in Canadian or in US currency of the same fee amount.


*Registrants must bring their own laptops to run the exam preparation software.  System requirements are:

COMPUTER:  Computer with a CD drive (internal or external CD drives will work) and capable of running Windows.  MAC computers need a Windows operating system installed on it in order to run the program.  The CD needs to be in the CD drive in order for an individual licence CD to run.


OPERATING SYSTEM:  Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7

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).



 A block of guest rooms have been reserved at St. John’s College, a residential graduate college on the UBC campus.  Please book by April 7, 2014 and use group code “UBC SPPH IH Review” at the time of booking.  A credit card is required for room guarantee.

St. John’s College

2111 Lower Mall, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

For reservations and inquiries, please call St. John’s College at (604) 822-6522 or  For additional details on rates and room cancellation policy, please go to

Other on-campus lodging options (in alphabetical order):

Carey Centre
5920 Iona Drive (UBC)

Green College
6201 Cecil Green Park Road (UBC)

5835 Thunderbird Blvd), UBC

West Coast Suites
5961 Student Union Boulevard UBC

Please refer to the above individual websites for more information, including rates and availability, and to make a reservation.

If you wish to stay off-campus (e.g. in downtown Vancouver), please contact Lydia Ma for downtown accommodations that offer special rates to our course participants.

Cancellation policy

The cancellation policy is in effect once online registration is submitted.  Should cancellation be necessary, it must be submitted in writing by email ( or postal mail (UBC SPPH, 2006 East Mall, Vancouver BC, Canada, V6T1Z3).  Refunds, less a cancellation fee of CAD200, will be issued up to ten (10) business days prior to the start of the course.  Cancellation received after April 14, 2014 is non-refundable (sorry, no exceptions).  Participant substitutions are permitted with 48-hour notice without additional fee. UBC and UW reserve the right to substitute speakers and/or cancel this course as necessary.  If the course is cancelled for any reason, UBC and UW assume liability limited to a refund of the registration fee paid only.

Please direct course inquiries to Lydia Ma.