Industrial Hygiene Study
Quantitative IH Assessment - Evaluation of actual personal workplace exposure to chemical, physical, radiological, and/or biological agents using accredited numerical and mathematical analysis
Exposure assessment entails the identification, characterization, estimation, and evaluation of workplace exposures and is a primary mechanism for decision-making in the prevention of occupational injury and illness. Exposure information is critical for determining if a chemical contaminant poses a risk to workers. The success of any exposure assessment is related to its design and inherent sampling strategy. Proper advance planning minimizes sampling and measurement errors and maximizes the likelihood of obtaining useful information. This should include developing a written sampling plan with sufficient detail to describe the purpose(s), objectives, methodologies, how results will be interpreted and communicated, and how data will be managed. The following sections provide information on the elements that should be included in a plan.