More Articles – Tectonic EHS Your One Stop Resource For EHS Test Prep Wed, 09 Aug 2017 01:40:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 What is a Certified Industrial Hygienist? Mon, 27 May 2013 22:36:22 +0000 Ask the average person on the street what a “Certified Industrial Hygienist” is and you will likely get a blank stare followed by some comment about big toothbrushes. The truth is, most people have no idea what a CIH is let alone what they do. As an industrial hygienist, you have an opportunity to educate people everyday about the profession and help everyone realize the important role you play in ensuring workplace health and safety. If you are not sure yourself how to summarize the profession in a way that is easy for others to understand, the information below may be helpful.

Industrial Hygienist can be thought of as “exposure scientists” that focus on protecting the health of employees in the workplace. Industrial Hygienist evaluate both physical and chemical exposures that may have a negative impact on employees. When most individuals walk into an industrial facility they might notice that it is loud or that there is a “funny” odor in the air. It is the role of the industrial hygienist to determine how loud it really is, and what effect that might have on employees, or to identify the chemical causing the odor and evaluate if it is hazardous. Industrial Hygienist play an important role in most major industries, private consulting firms, healthcare institutions, and even state and federal governments.

So what does it mean to be “certified”? The designation of CIH is the highest level a mastery an Industrial Hygienist can receive. To obtain the CIH designation, an individual must meet several professional criteria including a minimum number of years experience and education. Prior to receiving a CIH, an individual must prove their technical competency by also passing a difficult comprehensive examination known as the CIH exam. The CIH exam is prepared and given by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene, or ABIH. Many people may “say” that they are an Industrial Hygienist, but it is the CIH certification that sets the professionals apart!

So what is a “Certified Industrial Hygienist”? It is a technical professional that has proven their competency and is dedicated to ensuring the health and safety of employees in the workplace. It is also a very rewarding career that is high in demand!

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The Right Thing to Do – What is Industrial Hygiene? Tue, 30 Apr 2013 04:58:18 +0000 AIHA came out with this video last year and I think it does a really good job of explaining the profession of Industrial Hygiene.

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Preparation for Occupational Health and Safety Exams Wed, 27 Mar 2013 05:06:36 +0000 In today’s competitive job market, nearly everyone is looking for ways to boost their resume or stand out. In the field of occupational health and safety, a professional certification is a great way to do this.

Tectonic EHS is designed for EHS professionals preparing for professional certification.  The site focuses primarily on the CIH, CSP, and ASP exams although this information may be of use to individuals sitting for other exams as well.

As you begin your preparation to sit for any of these exams, you will have a variety of questions from how to best prepare, to what you should expect test format to look like; you may even be looking for recommendations on study material.  Tectonic EHS will provide you with the information and preparation material you are looking for!

If you have made the decision to sit for a professional CIH, CSP, or ASP exam, then you have come to the right site!  If you are still unsure if professional certification is right for you, a few minutes on will help you to see the  many benefits that come with being certified.

What is the CIH Exam? Why take it? Fri, 22 Mar 2013 03:43:53 +0000 The CIH exam stands for the Certified Industrial Hygienist Examination.  It is the highest-level industrial hygiene test that professionals must pass to receive the designation of Certified Industrial Hygienist or CIH.

There are many reasons to consider getting your CIH.  For many individuals, it is the culmination of years of study, and it represents a mastery level understanding of industrial hygiene.  For many others, the CIH designation can be a means to a better job or career advancement, which is especially true for consultants.  Many potential clients may be looking specifically for a “certified” industrial hygienist to complete a project.  This certification can be very valuable to your clients if they are ever involved in a legal proceeding and the company has made decisions based on your work or recommendations.

For industrial hygienists working in fields other than consulting, the CIH designation can provide your company with a valuable internal resource.  Having an in-house CIH can save a company thousands of dollars in consulting costs and can ensure all IH work is reviewed or completed by a board certified industrial hygienist.

The exam is comprised of one hundred questions that cover three general domains and an array of topics from sixteen categories.  Domains covered on the exam include I) Exposure Assessment Principles and Practices, II) Control Selection, Implementation, and Validation and III) Risk Management.  The individual rubric categories tested are:

1)   Air Sampling and Instrumentation

2)   Analytical Chemistry

3)   Basic Science

4)   Biohazards

5)   Biostatistics & Epidemiology

6)   Community Exposure

7)   Engineering Controls/Ventilation

8)   Ergonomics

9)   Health Risk Analysis & Hazard Communication

10)  IH Program Management

11)  Noise

12)  Non-Engineering Controls

13)  Ionizing Radiation & Non-ionizing Radiation

14)  Thermal Stressors

15)  Toxicology

16)  Work Environments & Industrial Processes