OSHA hygienists seek to enhance occupational health

December 7, 2004

Thirty-four industrial hygienists from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) met in Washington in October to develop ways to enhance workplace occupational health.

One of OSHA's Strategic Management Plan goals calls for improving the agency's impact on occupational health outcomes. Four internal work groups were formed to develop a program to achieve that goal.

The work groups are focusing on four areas developed jointly with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). These areas are: emphasize the importance of industrial hygiene; improve the quality of industrial hygiene services; improve the industrial hygiene targeting process; and improve OSHA's health outcomes measurement.

The work groups, comprised mainly of OSHA field industrial hygienists, will meet over the next six months and develop work plans for eventual agency implementation.