Although there are many aspects to Industrial Hygiene work, the most known is in determining or estimating potential or actual exposures to health hazards. Several methods can be applied in assessing the workplace or environment for exposure to a known or suspected hazard.
The term "chemical exposure monitoring" typically means the measurement of employee exposure to airborne vapors or particles of hazardous chemicals. EHS maintains several pieces of specialized exposure monitoring equipment in order to monitor employee chemical exposure to a large variety of toxic substances.
EHS will provide, upon request, an evaluation of the potential for airborne exposure to toxic chemicals. The evaluation may include actual air sampling to determine the exposure concentration and dose. Evaluations regularly conducted by EHS industrial hygiene staff include those for formaldehyde, waste anesthetic gas, solvents, asbestos and lead.