Occupational Hygiene – What is it all About?
According to the International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA), occupational hygiene is defined as a discipline, not just a function or a job. The IOHA describes occupational hygiene as follows: “… the discipline of anticipating, recognising, evaluating and controlling health hazards in the working environment”. The purpose of this is to ensure that employees have access to a work environment that is both healthy and safe. This is not just to protect the best interests of the employee, but also the future of the business and in some instances, the surrounding community and environment as well.
With that understanding, business owners and the managers that run businesses should concern themselves with their impact on the environment, their employees and the surrounding community. In some work environments, safety and health risks are serious issues to be addressed and without the correct systems, processes and procedural set-up in place, your business could be faced with hefty fines, expensive downtime, lack or productivity and, in some cases, potential closure and litigation. While you might understand the ins and outs of your industry, it is not always easy to set systems in place that ensure your business is compliant with industry and government-imposed standards and regulations. That is where the professional consultants at IOH Solutions become useful to you. We can assist with setting a system and procedures in place to get your business up to standard and to ensure that it remains compliant with regulations that are in place now and as they change.
We focus our occupational hygiene services on the industrial market and we consider our services to be so comprehensive that you can have all of your health and safety issues handled and monitored all under one roof. Our services include, but are not limited to, health risk assessments, noise monitoring, hazardous chemical substance control, asbestos management, indoor air quality, thermal stress, ergonomics, illumination, chemical compatibility, ventilation, vibration, hazardous biological sampling and water sampling. We also offer occupational health and safety management systems.
We are passionate about health, hygiene and the environment. We are not just “doing our job” when we assist companies to protect their people and the environment; we are making sure that we play our role to help in any way possible, not just for the sake of our business (and yours) but for the sake of others and the environment as well. IOH Solutions is a registered and accredited Inspection Authority recognised by the South African Department of Labour and the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS). We are used to working with large African companies and due to our networking abilities and long term relationships with various business associates, agents and correspondents in the industry, we are able to deliver a high-quality of service to our clients and keep our rates affordable at the same time.
If you would like to learn more about what is included in our professional occupational hygiene services, we would be happy to explain the process and provide you with advice based on your specific situation and requirements. For more information and advice, contact IOH Solutions today.