Industrial Hygiene

“Industrial hygiene is the science of anticipating, recognizing, evaluating, and controlling workplace conditions that may cause workers’ injury or illness.” – OSHA

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By state and federal laws, USC is duty-bound to evaluate and control potential occupational exposures for its employees. This is accomplished by the following Industrial Hygiene Programs:


Asbestos Management

The Asbestos Management program is an effective plan that manages and controls known and presumed asbestos-containing materials at the University and minimizes exposure to airborne asbestos fibers.

  • Annual Asbestos Notification (Connelly Act, AB 3713)
  • Asbestos Inventory –  email for more information


Confined Space Entry

The Confined Space Entry program offers procedural guidelines to protect the safety and health of anyone that enters a confined space for any reason, including inspection, maintenance, cleaning, emergency response, or rescue.


Hearing Conservation

The Hearing Conservation program provides guidance in guarding against occupational noise-induced hearing loss. Engineering controls (e.g., sound absorption materials, silencers, barriers and acoustical enclosures) are the first order of protection; hearing protective devices, the last order.

  • Hearing Conservation Program
  • Hearing Conservation Program Flowchart
  • Fact Sheet – coming soon


Industrial Hygiene (IH) Monitoring

The IH monitoring program is designed to determine the adequacy (or need) of controls in preventing occupational exposure. Personal and area sampling are used to measure and compare airborne contaminant levels to permissible exposure limits (PELs) established by Cal-OSHA.


Indoor Air Quality

The Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Program is a proactive and systematic approach to identifying and removing (or controlling) sources of indoor air pollution at the university.


Lead-Based Paint Management

This action plan is necessary and required for USC project managers to effectively identify and remove lead-based paint at USC locations.


Respiratory Protection Program (RPP)

The RPP educates potential respirator users on accepted practices for respirator use, provides guidelines for training and respirator selection, and explains proper storage, use, and care of respirators. Respiratory protection equipment is the last resort in preventing harmful exposures to employees and not a substitute for other feasible control measures.