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Occupational and Environmental Safety

Industrial Hygiene Program Catalog


The Industrial Hygiene Program provides services to anticipate, recognize, evaluate and control health and safety hazards in teaching and research areas across all Clemson University campuses. This includes conducting chemical and physical hazard assessments, coordinating the Respiratory Protection, Hearing Conservation and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Programs, conducting chemical and noise monitoring and assisting with accident investigations. We also provide consultative and review services of regulatory requirements for general safety, evaluate engineered safety devices, and provide guidance during new building or lab construction. Below you will find additional information and resources.

3D Printer Safety


Ergonomics is the practice of fitting the job task to the individual, which can help prevent work-related musculoskeletal injuries. Examples of musculoskeletal injuries include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, and low back pain. The goal of the Ergonomics Program at Clemson University is to help departments and employees identify risk factors that can contribute to the development of work-related musculoskeletal injuries and provide solutions and guidance to eliminate or reduce these risk factors. Designing a work environment to fit the worker often increases productivity and efficiency best physically while reducing discomfort and fatigue.

Hazard Communication

OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard 29 CFR 1910.1200, requires employers to provide information and training to employees regarding hazardous chemicals in the workplace and the properties of these chemicals. This program provides information so that a worker understands how to properly handle, store, and protect themselves during normal use or upon accidental release.  Hazard Communication applies to all faculty, staff, interns, students, coops, apprentices, trainees, and all other temporary, part time, and full-time workers on any CU campus with the exception of those working in a lab area which are covered by the Chemical Hygiene and Lab Safety Plans.

Hearing Conservation Program

OSHA developed the Hearing Conservation Standard 29 CFR 1910.95 to protect workers against the effects of noise exposure.  The principal objective of the Clemson University Hearing Conservation Program (HCP) is to prevent permanent noise-induced hearing loss resulting from on-the-job noise exposure. The Hearing Conservation program not only provides noise assessments of a job task and work environment, but it also provides workers with the training, hearing screening, and  proper hearing protection devices for their work environment.

Indoor Air Quality

Clemson University is committed to providing a work environment that is free of recognized hazards. Good Indoor air quality (IAQ) describes the indoor air environment that protects the health and addresses the comfort of building occupants. CU Facilities is responsible for maintaining and operating each CU building in the condition which they are designed to operate that provides for adequate indoor air quality.  OES works in partnership with CU facilities to provide resources for the CU community on IAW and to address any concerns of the occupants.


Reproductive Hazards Guidelines

Respiratory Protection

Respirators offer additional protection when other controls prove insufficient to reduce an individual’s exposure to airborne hazards to within safe levels. Under federal OSHA requirements, respirators may only be worn after an individual has been medically cleared, completed respiratory protection training, and been fitted for a respirator. Training and fit testing must be renewed annually.

Please see the Respiratory Protection program page for more information.

Safety for the Arts

Additional OES Programs

Listed below are direct links to the pages of the OES program areas which include program specific content and training. These links can also be found in the menus at the top any OES web page.

Biosafety Programs

Please see the following program pages:

Lab Safety Programs

Please see the Lab Safety program page.

Radiation Programs

Hazardous Waste Programs

Please see the Hazardous Waste Management program page.

Health and Safety Programs

Please see the Health and Safety program page.

Asbestos Programs