Employee Health & Wellbeing
 
Occupational Hygiene
Occupational Hygiene is a process for the prevention of occupational illness.  It identifies and assesses potential health risks in the workplace environment, such as noise or dust and other substances that exist in a manufacturing workplace environment, and then develops recommendations for how to manage and reduce them. 
 
Occupational hygienists are science graduates with post-graduate training in occupational hygiene.  In Australia, they are certified by the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists and are required to undergo continuous professional development to maintain this certification.   
 
Using standard measurement techniques, the Alcoa occupational hygiene team identifies and assesses workplace exposures in consultation with employees.  They then evaluate the findings and compare them to authoritative exposure standards or limits.  Having done this, the team can then use the information to set internal targets and prioritise which areas to focus on to ensure that Alcoa is continuously reducing exposures in the workplace.  Alcoa’s internal standards always meet Australian regulatory standards and are sometimes more stringent.
 
The information collected by the occupational hygiene team is also used to help determine employee training requirements, standard work practices and safety induction processes and help Alcoa determine the need for targeted health surveillance. 


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