Industrial Hygiene Primer: Understanding Industrial Hygiene

Monday, October 28, 2013
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS)
Policy Labs A & B
University of British Columbia
2260 West Mall
Vancouver BC V6T 1Z4


Course Overview:

This overview course introduces participants to the field of industrial hygiene and facilitates understanding of the first of three essential elements to the practice of industrial hygiene: anticipation and recognition of hazards in the workplace. Lectures, exercises, small-group activities and quizzes will facilitate learning and understanding of key concepts.

With the completion of this course series and beginning with this overview course, participants can expect to gain foundational knowledge and skills to become more effective members in their organization’s occupational and environmental health and safety team.

Course Outline:

  1. Introduction
  2. What is industrial hygiene?
    • History of industrial hygiene
    • Who are industrial hygienists?
    • Review of types of work industrial hygienists conduct
    • Role of occupational hygienists in occupational health and safety
  3. Recognition
    • Overview of different types of occupational health hazards
    • Introduction to toxicology (route of exposure, biological dose, dose response curve, methods of toxicity)
    • Walk through survey
    • Methods for identifying potential health hazards and tracking down sources of exposure
    • Hazard prioritization methods
  4. Exposure evaluation
    • Basics of exposure assessment
    • Exposure assessment drivers
    • Types of exposure monitoring
    • Sampling strategy development
    • Basics of exposure measurement
    • Types of monitoring devices
    • Measurement units
    • Limits of detection
    • Exposure measurement observations
    • Selecting a qualified laboratory
    • Analysis of exposure monitoring results
    • Comparison of results with applicable health and safety regulations and guidelines
  5. Exposure control methods
    • Hierarchy of exposure controls
    • Examples of exposure control options
    • Case study – evaluation of exposure control options


Note:   While Course 1 is not a prerequisite for Course 2, it is highly recommended that Course 1 be taken prior to Course 2 in order to have a fuller understanding on fundamental concepts of industrial hygiene.  Subsequent courses in this series build upon knowledge and skills gained from the previous ones.

Please note principle and concepts covered in Course 1 will not be repeated in subsequent courses.  Participants of Course 2 only will be expected to already have the background knowledge equivalent to what is covered in Course 1 (see syllabus above).



Applications for certification maintenance (CM) points have been made to the following organizations:

Industrial Hygiene and Safety:

Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP):   0.5 CMP ; Approval #13456    

Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygienists (CRBOH):  1.25 maintenance points; Award #2013-132

Canadian Society of Safety Engineers (CSSE):  8 CHSC maintenance points

This course contains 7.5 continuing education contact hours which CIHs may claim for credit.  See American Board of Industrial Hygiene website for CM criteria.  ABIH no longer issues approval numbers.

Public Health:

Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI)

Information on CM points will be posted here as it is updated.



This policy is in effect once online registration is submitted. Cancellation and delegate substitution must be notified in writing. Refund, less a cancellation fee of CAD100, can be issued up to 10 business days prior to the start of the respective course date. All cancellations received thereafter are non-refundable (sorry, no exceptions). Participant substitutions are permitted with 48-hour notice without additional fee. UBC School of Population & Public Health reserves the right to cancel this course or to substitute instructors as necessary. If the event is cancelled for any reason, UBC assumes liability limited to a refund of the registration fee paid only.



A number of on-campus lodging options are available.  Please contact Lydia Ma for further information.