by Courtney Enderle, CSP
Project Manager

Industrial hygiene and diversity and inclusion are two important concepts that play a significant role in creating a safe and inclusive workplace environment. Industrial hygiene refers to the science of identifying, assessing and controlling workplace hazards that could cause illness, injury or damage to the health of employees. Diversity and inclusion, on the other hand, refers to creating a workplace culture that is accepting, respectful and supportive of individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Industrial hygiene and diversity and inclusion may seem like separate concepts, but they are interconnected in many ways. We will discuss the importance of industrial hygiene and diversity and inclusion and how they contribute to a safe and inclusive workplace.

Importance of Industrial Hygiene
The importance of industrial hygiene cannot be overstated. Hazards in the workplace can cause serious health problems for employees, such as respiratory diseases, skin disorders and even cancer. Employers have a legal and moral obligation to provide a safe working environment for their employees. This includes identifying and controlling hazards that could harm employees.

Industrial hygiene involves the use of various methods, such as air monitoring, noise measurement and hazard identification to assess workplace hazards. Once identified, employers can take steps to control and minimize the risk of exposure to these hazards. These steps may include implementing engineering controls, providing personal protective equipment and developing safe work procedures.

By prioritizing industrial hygiene, employers can prevent workplace accidents and illnesses, reduce workers’ compensation costs and improve employee morale and productivity.

Importance of Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity and inclusion are essential in creating a workplace culture that is accepting and supportive of all employees. In a diverse workplace, employees come from different backgrounds, cultures and experiences. Embracing diversity means that everyone’s unique perspectives and ideas are valued and respected. Inclusion means that everyone is given equal opportunities to participate and contribute to the workplace.

Diversity and inclusion are not only the right things to do, but also good for business. Diverse teams have been shown to be more innovative, make better decisions and achieve better results. Inclusive workplaces also have higher employee morale, retention rates and productivity.

The Intersection of Industrial Hygiene and Diversity and Inclusion
The intersection of industrial hygiene and diversity and inclusion lies in creating a safe and inclusive workplace for all employees. Employers must consider the different hazards that may affect diverse employees. For example, some employees may be more sensitive to certain chemicals or have respiratory conditions that could be worsened by exposure to air pollutants. Employers must ensure that workplace hazards are controlled and minimized for all employees, regardless of their backgrounds or health conditions.

Employers must also consider the unique needs of diverse employees when developing workplace safety policies and procedures. For example, safety training materials may need to be translated into different languages to ensure that all employees understand the hazards in the workplace and how to protect themselves.

Diversity and inclusion can also play a role in improving industrial hygiene practices. By including employees from diverse backgrounds in safety committees or hazard assessments, employers can gain a more comprehensive understanding of workplace hazards and how to control them.

Industrial hygiene and diversity and inclusion are two important concepts that play a critical role in creating a safe and inclusive workplace. Employers must prioritize both industrial hygiene and diversity and inclusion to create a workplace that is free of hazards and welcoming to all employees. By doing so, employers can promote employee health, safety, and well-being, and also achieve better business outcomes.

How We Can Help
EI’s experienced industrial hygiene staff includes Certified Industrial Hygienists, industrial hygiene technicians, environmental scientists and mechanical engineers with a diverse range of regulatory compliance experience in the workplace environment. We know that you have specific and demanding concerns regarding these issues and EI is prepared to consistently meet your needs, whether within the United States or abroad. Our staff works hard to monitor the indoor environment to protect the health and safety of today’s workforce. Should you have any questions regarding EI’s industrial hygiene service capabilities or diversity and inclusion, please contact Courtney Enderle, CSP at (704) 516-0446 or [email protected].