Collecting IH Samples
Industrial hygiene (IH) is the science of protecting and enhancing the health and safety of people at work and in their communities. An IH laboratory analyzes samples collected to evaluate potential chemical exposure and exposure risks.
Air samples can be collected to evaluate inhalation exposure and surface/wipe samples collected to assess the potential for dermal absorption.
The chemical properties of the sampling target define all aspects of sampling and analysis, starting with the choice of appropriate sampling media, collection procedures, proper sample handling to maintain integrity after collection, and laboratory analytical techniques for analysis. Sampling and analytical methods are typically developed and published by public agencies, such as OSHA and NIOSH, or developed and validated internally by the Maxxam Laboratories.
Partnering with Maxxam
We have more than 50 years of experience in providing IH analytical services to a broad range of industries.
The Maxxam Industrial Hygiene Laboratories are accredited to ISO 17025 through the AIHA Laboratory Accreditation Program (AIHA-LAP, LLC). Two of the three industrial hygiene laboratories have been accredited in the IH programs since 1974 and the third laboratory since 1999. Our complete scope for each laboratory facility can be found under the Accreditations information or by going to the AIHA-LAP web site at www.aihaaccreditedlabs.org.
Our industrial hygiene laboratory staff includes:
- Three Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIH)
- Three Ph.Ds
- One Professional Geologist (P.G.)
The staff has more than 40 years of experience in routine analyses and research-oriented projects, including method development, and this expertise supports the broad range of tests offered.
We are a full-service laboratory, offering analysis for more than 2,000 chemicals. You can check our online sampling guide, noting that we are continuously adding new capabilities, so contact us if you cannot find a test that you need. The common tests we provide include:
- Active pharmaceutical materials
- Crystalline silica
- Elemental carbon
- Hexavalent chromium
- Isolated process intermediates
- Organic solvents
- Particulates, total, respirable, and inhalable
- Polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)
- Process surrogates
- Sterilizing and cleaning agents
- Sulfur compounds, including mercaptans
You can use the sampling guide to search for detail on your sampling targets, or contact our client services representatives to obtain guidance on the appropriate sampling media, flow rates, air volumes and compatibilities for multiple chemicals on one sample.
The Resources section has links to IH methods published by OSHA, NIOSH and EPA.