4th Edition

Principles of Occupational Hygiene An Introduction, Fourth Edition

Edited By Sue Reed Copyright 2025
    664 Pages 182 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    664 Pages 182 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Now in its fourth edition, this book allows for early career occupational hygienists and occupational health and safety professionals or students to develop their basic skills and knowledge to anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and control workplace hazards that can result in injury, illness, impairment, or affect the well-being of workers and members of the community. Principles of Occupational Health and Hygiene: An Introduction, Fourth Edition offers a comprehensive overview of occupational health risks and hazardous environments encountered in a range of industries and organizational settings.

    This new edition offers information on the current techniques and equipment used in assessing workplace hazards. Methods of assessment are developing at a rapid rate due to the new technologies now available. Featuring new chapters on occupational hygiene statistics and psychosocial hazards and fully updated throughout, leading industry professionals and educators explain how to identify key workplace hazards including chemical agents such as dusts, metals and gases; physical agents such as noise, radiation and extremes of heat and cold; and microbiological agents. The book highlights assessment procedures and processes for identifying exposure levels and explains how to evaluate risk and follow safety guidelines to control and manage these hazards effectively. Highly illustrated, up to date with current Workplace Health and Safety legislation and written in a jargon-free manner, this book will be a bible to any student or professional.

    Principles of Occupational Health and Hygiene: An Introduction, Fourth Edition is an essential reference for students, early career Occupational Hygienists professionals and anyone in an Occupational Health and Safety role.




    Editor biography 

    Author biographies


    Abbreviations and definitions

     1. The hazardous work environment: the hygiene challenge
    Charles Steer, Melanie Windust and Kate Cole, OAM

     2.Occupational health, basic toxicology and epidemiology
    Martyn Cross and Geza Benke

     3.The concept of the exposure standard
    Robert Golec and Ian Firth

     4.Occupational Hygiene Statistics
    Peter Knott and David Lowry

     5.Control of workplace health hazards
    Kerrie Burton and Kelly Johnstone

     6.Industrial ventilation
    Elaine Lindars and Anthony Bamford

     7. Personal protective equipment
    Mark Reggers and Terry Gorman

    Linda Apthorpe and Jennifer Hines

     9.Metals in the workplace
    Ian Firth and Ron Capil

    10.Gases and vapours
    Aleks Todorovic and Michael Logan

     11.Biological monitoring of chemical exposure
    Greg O'Donnell and Martin Mazereeuw

     12.Indoor air quality
    Michael Shepherd and Claire Bird

     13.Biological hazards
    Margaret Davidson, Ryan Kift, Ken Martinez, and Joshua Schaffer

     14.Noise and vibration
    Beno Groothoff and Jane Whitelaw  

     15.Radiation—ionising and non-ionising
    Geza Benke and Martin Ralph           

     16.The thermal environment
    Ross Di Corleto and Jodie Britton

    SoYoung Lee, Dino Pisaniello and Bruno Piccoli

     18.Occupational hygiene tools and sources
    Sue Reed, Linda Apthorpe, Adelle Liebenberg and Ian Firth



    Sue Reed is a Fellow member of the AIOH (FAIOH) and a Certified Occupational Hygienist (COH)®, a retired CIH and a past President of the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists. Sue has a PhD, a Master of Science (Occupational Hygiene), a Master of Engineering Science and Bachelor of Science (Textile Engineering).  Sue has over 45 years’ experience in occupational hygiene as a consultant, in government roles, and 35 years as an academic. She is a Honorary Associate Professor at Edith Cowan University, Perth, and a director of a small occupational-hygiene consultancy. Sue has published over 50 scientific papers and technical reports on a range of topics including chemical exposure assessment and control, noise, indoor air quality and OHS education.