From Deputy CSO Jeremy Sawyer: Newly certified industrial hygienists at Fermilab

I am pleased to announce that Fermilab has two new Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIH) in the industrial hygiene group. Steve Carlson and Rob Bushek passed the CIH exam on November 19, 2021. Preparation for the CIH exam requires not only many months of studying, but also years of service in the field before being accepted as an applicant.

Industrial hygienists are scientists committed to protecting the health and safety of people in our workplace and the community. The industrial hygienist is part of a broader family of professionals often referred to collectively as the practice of occupational and environmental health and safety. A CIH has met the extensive requirements for education and experience, and through examination, has demonstrated a level of knowledge and skills in many subject matter areas including air sampling and instrumentation, analytical chemistry, health risk analysis and hazard communication, engineering controls/ventilation and toxicology, among others.

The Fermilab industrial hygiene group can be found working on many different projects and activities for the various divisions across the lab. Some of their recent endeavors include assisting with the disposition of Nevis blocks, revising/developing and implementing the HAZCOM and Chemical Hygiene programs, assisting PIP-II with radio frequency (RF) investigations and performing numerous welding fume assessments in various locations. The IH team is a resource for work planning for potential sources of exposure to chemicals, nano-particles, etc.

Please reach out to our IH team if you would like a review of your work or operation.

Jeremy Sawyer is Fermilab’s deputy chief safety officer.