Industrial Hygiene I Common Workplace Hazards

Common Workplace Hazards

and Industrial Hygiene Solutions


Every workplace, regardless of industry, has the potential for hazards that can threaten employee health and safety. Industrial hygiene plays a crucial role in identifying, evaluating, and controlling these hazards, creating a safer and healthier work environment.


The leading professionals in industrial hygiene at IOH Solutions explore some common workplace hazards and how we can leverage our expertise to implement effective solutions to prevent them.


Exploring the Various Workplace Hazards Involving Industrial Hygiene

Industrial Hygiene


  • Chemical: Exposure to chemicals in various forms, whether dust, fumes, vapour or liquids, is a major concern across industries. Manufacturing, construction, and cleaning services are particularly at risk. At IOH Solutions, we can conduct industrial hygiene surveys to assess chemical exposure levels and recommend appropriate control measures, such as ventilation systems, personal protective equipment (PPE), and safe work practices.


  • Physical: These encompass a wide range of threats, including noise, vibration, extreme temperatures, slips and falls. Construction sites, factories, and even offices with loud machinery can expose employees to excessive noise. We can measure noise levels and recommend hearing protection or engineering controls to reduce noise at the source. Similarly, we can assess thermal stress risks and advise on heat acclimatisation programmes or cooling systems.


  • Biological: Hospitals, healthcare facilities, and laboratories are susceptible to exposure to viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens. Our professional team can help develop and implement biohazard control plans, including proper disinfection procedures, waste disposal protocols, and vaccination programmes.


  • Ergonomics: Work activities involving repetitive motions, awkward postures or heavy lifting can lead to musculoskeletal disorders. Offices with poorly designed workstations and manual labour jobs are particularly prone to ergonomic risks. We can conduct ergonomic assessments to identify risk factors and recommend solutions like workstation adjustments and proper lifting techniques.


The Power of Industrial Hygiene Solutions


At IOH Solutions, we offer a comprehensive portfolio of services to empower businesses to create a safe and healthy work environment, for example:


  • Workplace Assessments: A thorough evaluation of potential hazards is the first step. To identify and characterise risks, we will conduct detailed surveys, including air quality monitoring, noise level measurements, and ergonomic assessments.


  • Hazard Control Strategies: Once hazards are identified, we will work collaboratively with our clients to develop and implement effective control measures. This may involve engineering controls to eliminate hazards at the source, administrative controls like work procedures and job rotation, or the selection and use of appropriate PPE.


  • Exposure Monitoring: Regular monitoring is crucial for certain chemical or biological hazards. We can implement exposure monitoring programmes to assess employee exposure levels and ensure the effectiveness of control measures.


  • Compliance Assistance: Exploring the complex path of occupational health and safety regulations can be a challenging process. At IOH Solutions, we keep our finger on the pulse of the latest industrial hygiene standards. We can help our clients ensure their compliance with regulatory institutions. Our services are available in the Western and Eastern Cape provinces as well as Gauteng.


Investing in a Safer Tomorrow with IOH Solutions


By implementing a comprehensive industrial hygiene programme facilitated by IOH Solutions, businesses can significantly reduce the risk of workplace injuries and illnesses. This not only protects employee health and well-being but also converts into numerous benefits like reduced absenteeism, improved employee morale, better productivity and lower worker compensation costs.


At IOH Solutions, we are registered and approved by the Department of Employment and Labour to address all of your industrial hygiene needs. Contact us today for an obligation-free consultation.