CMC Safety Division


CMC Safety Division

Industrial Hygiene

Industrial Hygiene is the anticipation, recognition, evaluation and control of occupational health hazards. 

Examples of occupational health hazards are:

  • Exposure to chemicals (asbestos, carbon monoxide, cadmium)
  • Physical agents (heat, hazardous noise, radiation, lasers, vibration)
  • Biological hazards (bacterial, fungal, and viruses)
  • Ergonomics

The Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) and its subordinate medical facilities are charged with providing occupational health and industrial hygiene services to the Marine Corps. 

The Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center located in Portsmouth, Virginia is the Navy and Marine Corps technical agent for all occupational health and industrial hygiene.

IH News

NOISE & LEAD AT FIRING RANGES: NIOSH released an Alert addressing prevention of exposures to lead and noise at indoor firing ranges.  The Alert examines firing range operations, exposure assessment and control methods, existing regulations, and exposure standards and guidelines.

OSHA FIELD MANUAL UPDATE: OSHA has revised its Field Operations Manual (CPL 02-00-148, dated 26 March 2009). This manual, formerly called the Field Inspection Reference Manual, provides OSHA compliance officers with a single comprehensive resource of updated guidance in implementing the agency's health and safety mission.
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While outside the Marine Corps command structure, i.e. a medical treatment facility resource, industrial hygienists are direct partners of the Marine Corps safety and occupational health program. Their mission is to protect the health and well-being of Marines, Sailors and civilians from chemical, biological and physical health hazards present at or coming from, the workplace.  

The industrial hygiene surveys or reports are sent officially via mail or electronically to Commanding Officers or Officers In Charge.  An industrial hygiene report includes recommended actions that can reduce or eliminate risks to occupational health hazards.  The standard industrial hygiene report will include an executive summary, tables summarizing recommended medical surveillance, occupational health hazards and controls. Also, the report includes specific work center/shop forms containing brief descriptions of work center demographics; work processes; anticipated health hazards; health hazard controls; health hazard recommendations; and medical surveillance.  It is the Commander's responsibility to ensure his supervisors and employees receive and understand their specific workcenter industrial hygiene findings and recommendations as well as abate identified occupational health hazards.