Industrial Hygiene

Data driven industrial hygiene services, allowing your teams to manage risk

We provide exceptional industrial hygiene services to help you make informed decisions about your workplace safety. Our team of subject matter experts utilizes the latest research, planning, instrumentation, and analysis techniques to deliver accurate and actionable data. By partnering with us, you can streamline your decision-making process, prioritize worker health, and eliminate uncertainty. Let us help you create a safer and healthier work environment today.

What is Industrial Hygiene?

Industrial hygiene is a specialized field that focuses on protecting the health and well-being of workers in various industries. It combines scientific knowledge and practical expertise to anticipate, identify, assess, and control environmental factors that can pose risks to employees.

By closely examining workplace conditions, our industrial hygienists play a crucial role in evaluating potential hazards, such as physical, chemical, and biological agents, and determining their impact on workers’ health. They employ a range of strategies and controls to minimize or eliminate these risks, ensuring a safe and healthy work environment. With their expertise, Summit’s industrial hygienists contribute to creating a culture of safety and well-being within organizations, prioritizing the welfare of employees above all else.

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Our Industrial Hygiene Services Provide:

  • Real-time and field-gathered exposure data that helps identify specific project, facility, or process hazards.

  • Minimization of employee exposure to chemical, biological, and physical hazards.

  • Tailored exposure monitoring campaigns to identify and mitigate workplace hazards.

  • Documented exposure assessments that help protect your organization from OSHA regulators and worker claims.

  • Significant cost savings compared to attempting to resolve issues in-house.

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Investigations and Mold

Breathe easy with Summit’s IAQ and mold investigations. We get to the root of the problem, identifying sources of air contaminants and providing targeted corrective actions. Our experts meticulously evaluate environmental factors, including HVAC systems, building materials, and occupant sensitivities, using top-of-the-line instruments to diagnose the issue.

Common IAQ hazards we identify include:

  • Asbestos
  • Airborne Particulates
  • Building Dampness or Mold
  • Construction Activities or Remodeling
  • Chemical Use including Cleaning Agents
  • Radon
  • Poor Ventilation or HVAC Maintenance
  • Temperature Variation
  • Unpleasant Odors
  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Investigations and Mold

Summit investigates IAQ problems, determines the sources of air contaminants, and corrective actions. A detailed investigation of environmental factors, including Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC) characteristics, building layout, building-specific materials and furnishing, chemical usage, occupant sensitivities, airborne particulates, biological intrusion, or the use of instrumentation for diagnosis may be necessary.

Common IAQ hazards include the following:

  • Asbestos
  • Airborne Particulates
  • Building Dampness or Mold
  • Construction Activities or Remodeling
  • Chemical Use including Cleaning Agents
  • Radon
  • Poor Ventilation or HVAC Maintenance
  • Temperature Variation
  • Unpleasant Odors
  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

Monitoring and Assessing Chemical, Biological, and Physical Hazards

We provide thorough monitoring and exposure assessments for chemical, biological, and physical hazards related to processes, job classifications, tasks, or work locations. Our approach follows the guidelines set by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) to ensure comprehensive employee exposure analysis. This process helps prioritize hazards for corrective actions and determines the need for additional information or future reassessments.

Our assessments meet OSHA requirements for workplace safety, limiting liability for your organization and ensuring employee protection. We use a combination of direct-reading instruments and laboratory analysis to gather accurate data. Common examples of hazards we assess include:

  • Asbestos
  • Ammonia
  • Aluminum
  • Benzene
  • Beryllium
  • Cadmium
  • Chromium
  • Confined Space
  • Heat Stress
  • Lead
  • Lighting Levels
  • Manganese
  • Mold
  • Noise
  • Paints and Solvents
  • Particulates/Dust
  • Silica
  • Welding Fumes
  • Vibration
  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

Occupational Noise

Did you know that more than 30 million workers are exposed to hazardous occupational noise? Don’t let your organization be liable for expensive worker’s compensation claims for hearing loss that can reach up to $150,000 in some states. Protect your workers from harmful occupational noise levels with Summit’s expert occupational noise assessments. Our process is tailored to your organization’s specific needs, from physical work locations to job tasks and equipment. Using guidelines from the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), we fully characterize noise exposure and develop strategies to reduce exposure. 

Our services include:

  • Noise level measurements

  • Surveys

  • Developing OSHA-required Hearing Conservation Programs

  • Workplace control evaluation

  • Audiometric testing criteria

  • Exposure reduction strategies

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OSHA Program Development

At Summit, we understand the importance of having comprehensive OSHA programs that meet regulatory requirements and promote safe working environments. That’s why we specialize in developing written programs with a focus on industrial hygiene for both General Industry and Construction.

Our team works with you to create programs that are tailored to your organization’s specific needs and requirements. We’ll conduct an exposure assessment, if necessary, to ensure that the program addresses all relevant hazards.

Our expertise covers a wide range of OSHA written programs, including:

  • Asbestos
  • Benzene
  • Bloodborne Pathogens

  • Cadmium
  • Confined Space
  • Hearing Conservation

  • Lead

  • Medical Surveillance

  • Programs

  • Respiratory Protection

  • Silica

Project Support and Project Staffing

We offer comprehensive and flexible industrial hygiene project support, both on-site and remotely. Whether you’re facing a multi-week facility shutdown, a complex maintenance turnaround, or rotational work, our team can help. We provide expert oversight and subject matter expertise to help your organization navigate any challenge.

Our project support and staffing solutions are designed to meet your unique needs. We can provide specific oversight for projects, serve as subject matter experts for specialized scenarios, or even augment your organization’s safety department. Some common applications of our project support and staffing services include:

  • Auditing and Inspections
  • Building Characterization and Hazard Assessments
  • Confined Space Support and Permitting
  • Exposure Monitoring/Assessment
  • Remediation Support
  • Respiratory Mask Fit Testing (Quantitative Testing Only)
  • Permitting
  • Project Initiation, Planning, Execution, Monitoring, Control, and Closure Deliverables
  • Training
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Why Invest in Industrial Hygiene?

Are you wondering why it’s worth investing in industrial hygiene? The answer is simple: your employees’ safety and your organization’s liability depend on it.

OSHA regulations require exposure assessments for workers who may come into contact with hazardous materials. Accurately assessing these hazards is crucial to identifying the right controls to protect your employees, including eliminating or substituting hazardous materials, implementing engineering or administrative controls, and providing personal protective equipment.

But be warned: shoddy industrial hygiene assessments can underestimate exposure levels, putting your employees in harm’s way. Conversely, overestimating exposure levels can lead to unnecessary and costly mitigation controls.

The effects of chemical, biological, and physical hazards can ripple across entire teams or departments. If exposure levels aren’t properly quantified, you could be putting your employees at risk and increasing your organization’s liability. Don’t take the chance – invest in industrial hygiene to protect your employees and your bottom line.

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