Industrial Hygiene Monitoring Module

Streamline the collection and storage of quantitative sample data and perform comprehensive analysis to support the management and mitigation of exposures.

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Industrial Hygiene Monitoring Software

All-in-One IH monitoring toolkit designed specifically for industrial hygienists

Easily Record Sample Data

Record detailed sample data related to chemical, biological, and physical hazards.

Maintain Agent Hazard Standards

Leverage advanced tools, powered by Verisk 3E, to keep Occupational Exposure Limits (OELs) up-to-date.

Create IH Monitoring Reports

Run detailed monitoring reports and analysis using Cority’s Business Intelligence Tools.

Conduct IH Monitoring Activities

Track the progress of air & noise monitoring activities against pre-defined targets.

Integrate with IH Surveys

Conduct IH monitoring based on surveys created through seamless integration with our Survey Module.

Track Laboratory Results

Effectively track laboratory results with efficient data transfer via our Laboratory Requisition module.

Address Issues Quickly

Create, assign and track corrective and preventive actions to address IH issues through integration with our Findings & Actions Module.

Easy Noise Monitoring Tracking

Track noise monitoring specifics in a separate area.

How Cority’s Industrial Hygiene Monitoring Module Helps

Our Industrial Hygiene monitoring module assists your IH experts complete monitoring tasks more efficiently and accurately through a collection of easy-to-use and intuitive features.

  • Conduct, record and track IH air & noise monitoring data for personal, area, bulk, wipe, dosimetry and direct-reading samples
  • Associate monitoring results for multiple chemical, physical and biological agents under a ‘master sample number’ to streamline data tracking & analysis
  • Document sampling equipment & collection media used, as well as relevant sampling criteria such as noise exchange rate, flow rate, and sample duration
  • Record field notes and comments relevant to the sample, including associated tasks, conditions, control measures and PPE used.
  • Create and attached sampling questionnaires, checklists, letters or other documents to the sample record.
  • Integrate our Monitoring Module with our Laboratory Requisition module to maintain sample chain-of-custody and streamline sample routing for laboratory analysis
  • Automatically calculate monitoring results and compare them to applicable occupational exposure limits (OELs), including time-weighted average (TWA), short-term exposure limit (STEL), and ceiling limit (C) to assess legal compliance
  • Define & record unlimited OELs for any agent across multiple jurisdictions, and complete automated OEL reviews and updates through integration with Verisk 3E
  • Archive historical OELs that have been withdrawn to maintain a clear history of compliance
  • Utilize our Brief & Scala OEL reduction tool to adjust occupational exposure limits for extended work shifts
  • Record relevant findings (i.e. OEL exceedance, etc.) and create applicable corrective actions that can be automatically assigned and tracked to completion in real-time
  • Automatically create, view, and print/send notifications letters to applicable employees concerning their occupational exposures
  • Utilize monitoring results to adjust employee enrollment in applicable Similar Exposure Groups (SEGs).
  • Utilize common statistical calculations including mean, standard deviation, geometric mean, geometric standard deviation and coefficient of variance to derive meaningful insights from monitoring results
  • Perform additional advanced statistical analyses using Cority’s Lognormal, Bayesian analysis and AIHA Spreadsheet tools
  • Create customized reports & intuitive, visually-engaging dashboards to communicate results and meaningful insights to drive better decision-making using Report Writer, Query Builder & Data Cube tools in Cority’s Business Intelligence solution.
  • Robust reports can be run using Cority’s Standard Reports tool, including:
    • Reporting by numerous factors such as employee, location, process, task, job position, exposure group and percent of OEL (e.g., search for all results exceeding 50% of the OEL)
    • Personal and survey sampling results over time reports
    • View samples per employee by chemical in both numeric and graphic formats
     
  • Use Cority’s powerful Metrics tools to:
    • Record custom measures, such as company-defined targets, that can be compared to actual results
    • Quickly and dynamically analyze/graph number of samples taken and sample results by status, type, and various other dimensions

Our Monitoring Module integrates with these other modules within Cority’s Industrial Hygiene Software

Frequently asked questions

Industrial Hygiene is the science of anticipating, recognizing, evaluating and controlling workplace exposure to biological, chemical, physical and psychosocial hazards and stressors. Industrial hygiene relies on monitoring and analytical methods to detect and quantify the extent of workplace exposures, and control such exposures through the hierarchy of controls.

Whereas the term “industrial hygiene” is most commonly used in North America, the term “occupational hygiene” is most often used in Europe and other locations globally.

Cority’s Industrial Hygiene Monitoring module offers a comprehensive suite of market-leading tools to help organizations assess workplace exposures and take prompt, data-driven actions to reduce risk and preserve health.  Our module allows you to:

Easily Record Sample Data:  Record detailed sample data related to chemical, biological and physical hazards

Conduct IH Monitoring Activities:  Track the progress of air and noise monitoring activities against pre-defined targets

Integrate with IH Surveys:  Conduct IH monitoring based on surveys created through seamless integration with our Survey module

Maintain Agent Hazard Standards:  Leverage advanced tools, powered by Verisk 3E, to keep Occupational Exposure Limits (OELs) up-to-date

Create IH Monitoring Reports:  Run detailed monitoring reports and analyses using Cority’s Business Intelligence Tools

Track Laboratory Results:  Track laboratory results effectively with efficient data transfer via our Laboratory Requisition module

Address Issues Quickly:  Create, assign and track corrective and preventive actions to address IH issues through integration with our Findings & Actions module.

An Occupational Exposure Limit (OEL) represents the maximum acceptable concentration of a hazardous substance in air to which a worker can be exposed over a period of time without suffering harmful consequences.

OELs are normally established by professional bodies (i.e. ACGIH or NIOSH) or other federal or local authorities (i.e. OSHA) and enforced by regulation.

A given substance can have multiple OELs depending on the nature and duration of the exposure, including:

  • TWA:  Time-weighted average exposure to a substance, averaged over a given working shift, normally 8, 10 or 12 hours
  • STEL:  Short-term exposure limit is the maximum allowable concentration to which a worker can be exposed in any 15-minute period
  • C:  Ceiling Limit is the maximum allowable concentration to which a worker can be exposure at any time and for any duration whatsoever.

OELs are important tools not only in the determination of compliance to regulations, but also when assessing the risk of specific workplace exposure and when determining the need for, and efficacy of, control measures.

While occupational exposure limit (OEL) is a term generally used to describe the maximum allowable concentration of a hazardous substance in air to which a worker can be exposed in a given time period, similar terms are used by different authorities and professional associations and bodies globally to denote the maximum exposure limit to a given agent of concern.  Other commonly used terms include:

Permissible Exposure Limit (PELs) is the maximum allowable limit, set by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), to which an employee may be exposed to a chemical or physical agent in the workplace.

Recommended Exposure Limit (REL) is an occupational exposure limit established by the U.S. National Institutes of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) which it believes a worker can be exposed to throughout their working lifetime without adverse effects, when used in conjunction with recommended engineering and administrative controls and personal protective equipment.

Threshold Limit Value (TLV®) is the maximum level of a chemical substance below which it is generally agreed that a worker may be exposed daily throughout their working lifetime without experiencing adverse health effects.  TLVs are reserved for use by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH).  It should be noted that TLVs are not themselves a recognized and enforceable legal limit unless recognized as such by the local regulatory authority having jurisdiction.  

OELs are normally established considering results of epidemiological research and based on the known chemical properties of the substance under consideration.  Given the time period over which studies are conducted, it’s not uncommon for exposure limits established in regulation to remain static for many years before being revised.  In contrast, the ACGIH normally updates and publishes revisions to its Threshold Limit Values (TLVs) and Biological Exposure Indices (BEIs) on an annual basis.

Since these values can change at any time, it is imperative that organizations regularly source, research and review standards, regulations and guidelines applicable to their business to determine if OELs have changed.  Using inaccurate OELs can result in risk underestimation leading to potentially harmful worker exposures and/or legal non-compliance that could expose a business to regulatory citations and fines.

Cority has partnered with Verisk 3E to assist organizations track changes to OEL with greater speed and simplicity.  Learn more here.


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