2014 Industrial Hygiene Award given to Roads and Grounds

For 18 months, Roads and Grounds Department members have been wearing monitoring equipment to help ensure that workers are not overexposed to chemical and physical hazards. Photo: Reidar Hahn

For 18 months, Roads and Grounds Department members have been wearing monitoring equipment to help ensure that workers are not overexposed to chemical and physical hazards. Photo: Reidar Hahn

Every year the Industrial Hygiene Group nominates an employee or employees for the annual Fermilab Industrial Hygiene Award. The award is given in recognition of those who advance Fermilab’s Industrial Hygiene Program, which is concerned with the control of occupational health hazards that arise as a result of doing work.

The Roads and Grounds Department has been awarded the 2014 Industrial Hygiene Award for their cooperation over the past year and a half in helping the Industrial Hygiene Group characterize the occupational exposures during summer lawn care maintenance and prescribed prairie burn operations.

In assisting the Industrial Hygiene Group, Roads and Grounds employees wore monitoring equipment to detect both chemical and physical hazards. This allowed the Industrial Hygiene Group to obtain data they needed to ensure the workers were not being overexposed.

With the participation of Roads and Grounds, the Industrial Hygiene Group has now collected more than 140 samples relating to their work operations, with more expected in the coming years. Maintaining the lab’s natural areas takes a great deal of detailed job planning and hard work by a large group of dedicated workers. Therefore it is only fitting that this year’s award be presented to all the members of the Roads and Grounds Department.