The Occupational and Environmental Health Section is the departmental home of the Industrial Hygiene Program. Created in 1973, this section set out to establish educational and research programs in occupational health and safety as well as ergonomics, and to provide rural Colorado, the Western Great Plains and the Eastern Rocky Mountain regions with occupational health and safety services.
Environmental Health comprises those aspects of human and ecosystem health, including quality of life, that are determined by physical, chemical, biological, social, and psychosocial factors in the environment. It also refers to the theory and practice of assessing, correcting, controlling, and preventing those factors in the environment that can adversely affect the health of present and future generations.
The section contains a comprehensive industrial hygiene education program with a strong ergonomics education
component as well as extensive service and research programs. Investigations are performed in numerous
• aerosol science
• air sampling and analytical methods development
• industrial ventilation control
• nonionizing radiation
• noise control methods
• indoor air pollution
• hazardous waste
• personal protective equipment.
Current research projects are described on faculty members' individual webpages
The section has a full range of industrial hygiene laboratory facilities,
including a complete ventilation laboratory, wind tunnel, quantitative respirator fit testing chamber,
aerosol chambers and a computer laboratory for students.
Multiple internship and employment opportunities are available for our students and graduates. Potential employers regularly contact the faculty and CSU, providing an array of career opportunities to consider.
Mountains & Plains Education and Research Center - The Mountain and Plains Education and Research Center (MAP ERC) is one of 17 Education and Research Centers funded by the Centers for Disease Control/National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (CDC/NIOSH). Spanning from the borders of Canada to Mexico, the MAP ERC will help to meet the occupational health education needs of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota and Sound Dakota. The mission of the MAP ERC is to improve occupational and environmental health and worker safety through education, research, and public health partnership. The major objective of the Center is to educate trainees in five graduate and post-graduate programs at University of Colorado and Colorado State University. Multidisciplinary educational opportunities teach how to address real-world problems facing industry, labor, workers, and communities. The MAP ERC works in partnership with public health and other community stakeholders.
Areas of Study
CSU IH T-Shirts on Sale
The IH Student Section has been working extensively on community and international outreach efforts. The RMS-AIHA-SS will be selling t-shirts to raise the necessary funds to aid us in fulfilling our core initiatives. Each shirt will cost $17.00 and we humbly ask that checks are made out to the Rocky Mountain AIHA Student Section and sent upon order. *See the designs*
Industrial Hygiene is the science and art devoted to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, prevention, and control of workplace contaminants and stressors that may cause sickness, injury, impaired health or impaired well being among workers or among citizens of the community.
Ergonomics is the application of scientific information concerning humans to the design of objects, systems and environment for human use. Ergonomic principles are applicable to virtually everything that humans do with intention in or out of the workplace. Work systems, sports and leisure, health and safety should all embody ergonomics principles if well designed.