The goal Industrial Hygiene is to anticipate, identify, evaluate and control exposure to occupational health hazards, and thereby promote,
create, and maintain a workplace free of recognized health hazards (chemical and physical) for faculty, staff, students and visitors.
To accomplish this, SRS has developed an IH Policy which spells out IH support provided to UNM and UNM Health Science Center (HSC)
by our IH staff. This IH Policy in its entirety can be found in the IH section of the SRS Web Page here.
The primary IH services include:
- Construction, remodel plans review to minimize the potential for hazardous exposure to faculty, staff, students and visitors during normal use of a completed structure;
- Exposure assessment of physical and chemical health hazards involving faculty, staff, and student using hazardous substances or processes, to insure appropriate controls are in place, with special attention paid to particularly hazardous substances and processes;
- Construction, remodel and demolition contractor plan reviews to provide feedback on appropriate protection of faculty, staff, students, visitors, and the construction workers during these activities, with particular attention paid to silica dust control, coatings and hazardous materials use, welding fumes, noise, asbestos and lead, and modification of contaminated systems such as chemical sewers, waste treatment vaults, and local exhaust ventilation system modifications;
- Maintenance of UNM IH programs, and assessments conducted to evaluate their effective implementation, to protect the health of the UNM population, includes, but is not limited to:
- Respiratory Protection;
- Confined Space;
- Hazard Communications 2012 and Chemical Hygiene Plan;
- Compressed/liquefied gas safety;
- Exposure assessments for control of exposure to particularly hazardous materials;
- Local exhaust ventilation (LEV) testing and management plans;
- Non ionizing radiation (NIR) program;
- Laser program;
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) program; and
- IH training programs.
For more information on IH services available to UNM and UNMHSC through SRS, or to request such services, contact:
Eddie Enriquez, Safety Specialist,