Techniques, And Future Challenges Of Industrial Hygiene

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Techniques, and Future Challenges of Industrial Hygiene As reported by the Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Dr. John Howard, the challenge of industrial hygiene is always to ensure the safety of workers. However, changing technologies and times cause new challenges in workplace safety. Howard claims that “future industrial hygienists will be asked to solve problems of broader and deeper scope” (Rutkowski, p. 1). This is due to new manufacturing technologies like 3-D printing, sensor technologies and robotics. With advances in machinery and kinds of machines, Howard says this will cause a radical shift for industrial hygienists. One of the new kinds of challenges will be how to interpret and use vast amounts of data. For example, with new sensors that detect minor exposures of different compounds in the workplace, the sensors will report a massive amount of data that hygienists will have to make sense of. With advances in sensor technologies, workers will be able to use individual sensors that control their own exposures. The sensors from all workers will send data to a central storage space. Howard says the challenge will be managing and organizing all of that data. Will hygienists become known as “exposure data scientists”? (Rutkowski, p. 1). Rosner er al (2012) reports that there will be new challenges for industrial hygienists, which will require new assessment methods. New questions will be asked, which Rosner et al
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