What is an Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH)?
An industrial hygienist, as defined in Wikipedia, is a professional who is dedicated to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, communication and control of environmental stressors in, or arising from, that may result in injury, illness, impairment, or affect the well being of workers and members of the community. The stressors that an industrial hygienist evaluate are biological, chemical, physical and ergonomic. In a nutshell: an industrial hygienist uses expertise in the areas of biological, chemical, physical and ergonomic to help you keep your employees safe and healthy. A certified industrial hygienist is a key player in a saavy organization that values its employees and reinforces proactive health and safety measures as a matter of good business.
The American Board of Industrial Hygienists (ABIH) certifies an industrial hygienist as a CIH when they demonstrate a working knowledge of the Industrial Hygiene body of knowledge through both education, experience and have successfully passed the CIH exam.
Mark Close is a CIH and has the following education and experience:
- Master of Science in Industrial Hygiene
- Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH)
- AHERA Asbestos Building Inspector
- 25 years helping clients achieve OSHA and WISHA compliance. Mark has experience working with most industries in the Puget Sound area.
What should you expect from a CIH?
A good CIH brings much to the table. A certified industrial hygienist utilizes a strict methodology and brings extensive experience and expertise to determine potential hazards, exposures or risks in the workplace and environmental studies. A certified industrial hygienist can review and/or design and develop health and safety programs based upon the scope of work, site walk through and hazard evaluations. A certified industrial hygienist is able to help with everything from asbestos to ventilation.
Mark Close has over 25 years experience helping clients throughout the Puget Sound area and the Pacific Northwest bring their written health and safety programs and work place practices into compliance with OSHA/WISHA standards. Mark has a freakishly comprehensive knowledge of the Washington Administrative Codes (WAC) as well as an ability to translate this knowledge into practical working solutions. Mark Close's expertise goes well beyond the traditional CIH realm..
Most certified industrial hygienists have unique specialties. Mark Close's unique area of specialty is fire service and the hazards associated with the emergency responder community.
When should you bring a Certified Industrial Hygienist onto a project?
Before the project, during the project and after the project. A CIH provides a nationally recognized level of competency to your project. Many contracts require that there is a Certified Industrial Hygienist of record. Whether a CIH is required by the contract specifications or you decide to bring a CIH in on an in-house issue, you can rest assured that you are receiving the assistance from a "ABIH Board Certified" Health & Safety Professional.
Read on to find out more about Mark Close and the type of Certified Industrial Hygiene services he offers.
Mark Close, CIH, MS
Certified Industrial Hygienist
25+ years experience helping clients with their health and safety needs.