Occupational Hygiene Management Plans & Programs
An Occupational Hygiene Risk-Based Management Plan is a document that identifies potential occupational exposure risks for workers and documents the process by which an organisation manages these risks, documents controls and also the process by which efficacy of controls is confirmed.
Greencap has particular experience in the planning space for occupational hygiene from exposure assessment plans, risk based management plans through to organisational wide occupational health and hygiene standards and policy.
The Occupational Hygiene Risk-Based Management Plan should be authorised by a competent person such as a Certified Occupational Hygienist (COH).
As part of establishing the occupational hygiene exposure assessment program (strategy), the following processes may require establishing in order to ensure an effective OH program.
The Occupational Hygiene Plan should address five main requirements:
- Defining the exposure assessment process
- Developing a process for managing and reporting exceedance investigations
- Establishing data retention and storage requirements and processes
- Defining and implementing a data reporting and communication process (who, when, how)
- Establishing the reassessment criteria (such as frequency and change management)
Typical categories you might require in an occupational hygiene program could include
- Health and Safety Policy
- Management Responsibilities
- Hazard Communication
- Chemical and Equipment
- Exposure Assessment
- Indoor Air Quality
- Ergonomics (Human Factors)
- Ionizing and Non-ionisiing Radiation
- Hearing Conservation
- Toxic Gases
- Biological Hazards
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Incident Investigation
- Emergency Response
- Inspections and Audits
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the role of an occupational hygienist?
Occupational hygienists are practitioners that identify, evaluate and control hazards in the workplace that can affect the health and safety of workers, their families and those in the community . The role comprises a combination of identifying hazards, measuring exposures, providing advice and health risk assessments. Their role can be proactive and reactive, following a decision-making framework of Anticipate, Recognise, Evaluate, Control and Confirm (ARECC).
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