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Indiana Department of Labor

DOL > IOSHA > Industrial Compliance Industrial Compliance

The Industrial Compliance Division (Safety & Industrial Hygiene) focuses on recognition of employee exposure to occupational safety and health hazards.

Safety & Hygiene Compliance Officers conduct workplace inspections to evaluate employee exposure to workplace hazards, including physical, chemical and biological hazards.

Safety Compliance Officers use a variety of testing instruments and focus on physical hazards related to machinery from hand tools and cranes to scaffolds, which can result in injuries ranging from skin irritations and abrasions to broken bones, amputations and death.

Industrial Hygiene (IH) Compliance Officers use various sampling devices and focus on health hazards related to chemical and noise exposures, which can result in reduction or loss of personal abilities such as hearing, memory, sight, muscular function and death.  The IH Compliance Officers address biological hazards such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and other living organisms which may cause adverse health effects.  They also cover chemical hazards (solids, liquids, gases, dusts, fumes and vapors) which carry toxic chemicals to workers through inhalation (breathing), absorption (through direct contact with the skin) or ingestion (eating or drinking).

Both Safety and Industrial Hygiene Compliance Officers look for hazards related to electrical, falls, fire protection, material handling, use and storage of materials and welding.