Industrial Hygiene at Notre Dame includes the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, prevention and control of hazards in the workplace. Hazards in the workplace include chemical hazards, physical hazards, ergonomic hazards, biological hazards. Chemical hazards can be breathed into the lungs, cause skin irritation or be absorbed through the skin. Physical hazards include excessive levels of nonionizing and ionizing radiation, noise, vibration and extremes of temperature and pressure. Ergonomic hazards include improperly designed tools, work areas or work procedures. Biological hazards are living organisms or properties of living organisms that can cause an adverse response in humans.
Look for more to come as Risk Management and Safety builds the industrial hygiene management system.