Avoid This Industrial Hygienist

Ever been frustrated by an industrial hygienist who just didn’t seem to get it?  The dude comes in with his air tubes, calibrators, gizmos and gadgets, but barely says a peep to the workers.  I’m not talking about the talented IH’s out there—who understand that talking to the exposed workers is an integral part of their job. 

No, I’m talking about the kind of IH who’s called in by management to hit the shop floor, but doesn’t venture too far away from his sampling pumps.  If workers’ symptoms persist, management resurrects those certified lab results to convince you that there’s no problem here—the IH told us so.  Now, get back to work.

Mark Catlin found an amazing clip on YouTube from a 1952 television show.   I call it “Avoid This Industrial Hygienist”; also known as Industrial Hygienist on Mars. (00:51 seconds)   If you don’t laugh out loud, you’ve luckily not crossed paths with this species of IH. 

Celeste Monforton, MPH knows dozens of exceptional IH’s and respects their work to protect workers’ from health hazards.  It’s the bad apples in the bunch who can rot the whole barrel.


  1. #1 Mark
    June 18, 2008

    Thanks Celeste,

    And if folks like this clip, they should check out the other 84 clips at my YouTube channel at: http://www.youtube.com/user/markdcatlin


  2. #2 revere
    June 18, 2008

    LOL. It took my headache away.

  3. #3 Celeste Monforton
    June 18, 2008

    Headache? I thought you had a fever.