Expertise

ALARA staff are highly trained occupational hygienists, certified by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene. In addition to postgraduate training in occupational hygiene and chemistry, our staff have training in, psychology, microbiology, business management, computer science and ergonomics. We have more than three decades of experience in all aspects of occupational hygiene. As a consequence we can provide a very extensive range of health, safety and environment related services and training.

We maintain our professional competence by ongoing research and study. We stay abreast of developments in hazard recognition, evaluation and control through attendance at regular training courses, seminars, and international conferences.

We own and are experienced with the operation of an extensive range of personal monitoring and area air sampling equipment and other instrumentation. We are well equipped to evaluate worker exposures to the majority of workplace hazards. We use the services of internationally recognized, accredited laboratories with recognized expertise in chemical, biological and physical analysis.

The Importance of Professional Registration and Certification

When you engage the services of an industrial hygienist / occupational hygienist, it is important to ensure that the one you choose has the professional qualifications and ethical standards you have every right to expect. Most people would not seek treatment from a medical practitioner without an MD, nor would they engage an engineer for an important project who did not have a PEng designation. Similarly the workplace health of your employees should not be put at risk by hiring a consultant without internationally recognized qualifications which involve a pledge to adhere to a code of professional ethics.

Whether you choose ALARA, or another consulting company, it is important that you ensure the person who comes to your facility has professional qualifications in occupational hygiene. In Canada, these qualifications are either the ROH (registered occupational hygienist) granted by the Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygienists or CIH (certified industrial hygienist), granted by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH). Both of these require that the holder of the qualification have at minimum a 4-year degree in science or engineering plus 5 years experience working under the direction of a professional hygienist, followed by successful completion of examinations covering all aspects of occupational hygiene. Designations other than these two may not be as stringent. We strongly urge anyone looking for a hygiene consultant to seek a suitably qualified individual by visiting the websites of the Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygienists (crboh.ca) or the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (abih.org). Both provide lists of consultants with their respective qualifications, listed by location and both require that the holders of these qualifications renew the qualification every five years through attendance at seminars, conferences and professional development courses. They also demand that holders of the qualification adhere to a code of professional ethics that places their obligations to both the health and safety of workers and to their clients ahead of all other considerations in the performance of their professional work.

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ALARA Industrial Hygiene Services Ltd. 103 Parkview Hill Crescent, Toronto, ON Canada, M4B 1R5
(416) 759-9579           info@alaraihs.com