OH in Government
Government enforcement is a critical element in ensuring good standards of occupational hygiene
Enforcing inspectors visit businesses to check compliance with regulations and can bring legal action when problems are found. Inspectors are often health and safety generalists, who call in specialist occupational hygienists when help is needed to carry out surveys and provide advice.
Senior hygienists may also be involved in making national policy and regulation which can include
- Serving on national and international committees
- Liaising with many national scientific, industrial and academic bodies
- Commissioning or conducting research
- Collating data for standard setting
- Producing guidance on the whole spectrum of prevention and control issues
- Drafting and reviewing legislation
Some countries provide state occupational hygiene services, through central institutes of occupational health. These services may have research, enforcement or advisory roles, and are often laboratory based.