Industrial Hygiene

At VCU our Industrial Hygiene programs are designed to assist faculty, staff and students from potential exposures to chemical, biological, and physical hazards that can cause adverse health effects when appropriate engineering controls or personal protective equipment is not available.

Industrial hygiene is the science of protecting and enhancing the health and safety of people at work and in their communities. Health and safety hazards cover a wide range of chemical, physical, biological and ergonomic stressors. Those dedicated to anticipating, recognizing, evaluating and controlling those hazards are known as Industrial Hygienists. They are professionals dedicated to the well-being of people at work, at home and in the community.

American Board of Industrial Hygiene


Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) refers to the air quality within and around buildings and structures, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of building occupants. IAQ characteristics can include temperature, humidity, poor ventilation (lack of outside air), mold from water damage, or exposure to other chemicals. Currently, OSHA has no indoor air quality (IAQ) standards but it does provide guidelines about the most common IAQ workplace complaints. VCU is committed to providing students, faculty, and staff, with a work environment free of recognized hazards. Reports of poor indoor air quality are investigated on a case-by-case basis.

Standard Operating Procedure for Indoor Air Quality Investigations

To request an Indoor Air Quality Investigation, please submit an:

IH Service Request

Contact Industrial Hygiene

For assistance accessing information related to our programs,
please contact Industrial Hygiene Specialist:

Holly Monger