Policy and Program Guidance


Industrial Hygiene

What is Industrial Hygiene? It's a science devoted to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, prevention, and control of those environmental factors or stresses arising in or from the workplace which may cause sickness, impaired health or well being, or significant discomfort among workers or citizens.

Occupational Health and Medical Programs

The purpose and goal of the Occupational Health Program is to identify, evaluate, manage, and reduce potential health risks associated with workplace hazards throughout the Department of the Interior. Medical surveillance is a critical component of effective occupational health programs and involves the evaluation of health risks associated with an individual’s exposure to hazardous agents. The initial evaluation establishes a baseline of an individual’s health and potential exposure risks. Subsequent annual updates and periodic reviews are then performed to assess an individual’s changing risks.

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