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ACGIH - American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, Inc.
- The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, Inc., ACGIH, is an organization open to all practitioners in industrial hygiene, occupational health, environmental
health, or safety. Their web site is http://www.acgih.org/.
Industrial hygiene deals with the protection of the health of those involved in industry. This classifies it as a form of preventative medicine.
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ACGIH publishes over 400 titles in occupational and environmental health and safety. They are most famous for their Threshold Limit Values publication which lists the TLV's® for over 700 chemical
substances and physical agents, as well as 50 Biological Exposure Indices (BEI's®) for selected chemicals.
There was considerable controversy concerning the regulatory implications of TLV's, and the ACGIH was sued by a manufacturer's association in December 2000. See the links below for more information.
- "2009 TLV's and BEI's: Based on the Documentation of the Threshold Limit Values for Chemical Substances and Physical Agents & Biological Exposure Indices ...", Spiral Bound, 2009. Estimated price $100.00. Info and/or order .
- "2009 Guide to Occupational Exposure Values", Spiral Bound, 2007. Estimated price $114.83. Info and/or order.
- "Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene, Fifth Edition", Hardcover, 2001, 1,100 pages. Estimated price $196.07. Info and/or order .
- "Supervisors' Safety Manual, Tenth Edition", Hardcover, 2009, 628 pages. Estimated price $138.85. Info and/or order .
- "Safety and Health for Engineers", Hardcover, 2005, 758 pages. Estimated price $82.60. Info and/or order .
You will most commonly see the term ACGIH mentioned with respect to Threshold Limit Values. Such exposure values can provide terrific guidance as to the hazards and risks posed by a particular chemical. Always be sure to read scan the MSDS for such information before using that material for the first time...and then take the appropriate steps to keep your exposure as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA).
The ACGIH or any member thereof is a good resource when you have questions or concerns about occupational and environmental health.
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See also: AIHA, ASSE, ASTM, Threshold Limit Values (TLV)
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