Industrial hygiene is the science and art of identifying, evaluating and controlling workplace hazards. It includes human exposures to chemical and physical agents as well as faulty or unsafe work practices.
The REM Industrial Hygiene section exists to ensure compliance with general industry and construction regulations. We provide support in recognizing, evaluating and controlling chemical and physical hazards in the work environment. REM oversees the Hazard Communication (Right-to-Know), Confined Space and Laboratory Safety Programs. We can also provide technical assistance in evaluating exit and fire safety requirements, heat stress, respiratory protection needs, laboratory safety, ventilation, hazardous materials exposure assessment and indoor air quality problems.
If you have any questions or concerns for the Industrial Hygiene section contact Heath Bentley.
Hearing Conservation and Respiratory Protection Programs
In September 2014 REM started sending Request for Occupational Medical Services forms (form 89) for Purdue University Fire Department (PUFD) and Police Department (PUPD) for hearing tests and respirator physicals. For all other departments REM will work with supervisors to schedule hearings tests and send form 89s for respirator physicals. Exceptions to the ‘annual’ rule may apply based on the age of an employee or their job title. Please contact REM Industrial Hygiene section if you have questions.
Hearing Conservation Program participants (with the exception of PUPD & PUFD) will have their baseline, annual, and follow-up hearing tests conducted at the new Lyles-Porter Hall (LYLE), located at the northeast corner of University and Harrison streets. Respiratory Protection Program physicals will continue to be performed at the Regional Occupational Care Center (ROCC) located on Creasy Lane in Lafayette.
Non-compliance with the Hearing Conservation and Respiratory Protection programs will result in loss of Integrated Safety Plan (ISP) certification. Employees whose job tasks require Hearing Conservation Program participation will be expected to have a baseline and annual hearing tests. Employees whose job tasks require Respiratory Protection Program participation will be expected to have a baseline and annual respirator physicals.
GHS Modification to the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom/Right-to-Know)
The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS, for short) was adopted by OSHA in 2012. Since then, we have seen the introduction of pictograms and their meanings, the transition from material safety data sheets (MSDS) to safety data sheets (SDS) and updated container labeling, and a flurry of awareness-level training. These changes were meant to create a consistency of format among suppliers and increased information and better understanding of material hazards and precautions for employees. Total compliance with this regulation is expected by June 1, 2016. There are many resources available to Purdue staff to help facilitate the changes and ensure compliance both during the transition phase and to meet the target date for completion. You can either check our website for the latest information or contact Stephanie Rainey or Heath Bentley.
Chemical Hygiene Plan: Policy and Online Training
In July 2014 REM the most recent update to the Purdue University Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) was published. This document contains all the pertinent information for employees working in a laboratory setting and includes the definition of what constitutes an area that should comply with the CHP and the necessary procedures to achieve and maintain regulatory compliance. The official version of the document is available here:
- Chemical Hygiene Plan
- Chemical Hygiene Plan Online Training (You will need your Purdue Career Account login, password, and ID number to access the training.)