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ACGIH Announces Return of Fundamentals in Industrial Ventilation Course

Jan 08, 2013

Credit: Colt Group.

Air quality is an important part of OSHA and sustainability requirements. No matter what type of manufacturing facility you work in, proper ventilation and air quality controls must be maintained. To help industrial businesses develop both basic and advanced skills related to industrial ventilation, ACGIH (American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists) recently announced the return of its popular continuing education course, Fundamentals in Industrial Ventilation & Practical Applications of Useful Equations on April 22-26 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The week-long certification course has been a well-regarded event for ACGIH for more than 10 years, according to Ryan Peltier, the association's science and education manager.

The course is targeted toward all levels of industrial hygienists, Peltier says, as well as HVAC (heating, air conditioning and ventilation) engineers, and even plant managers who wish to learn more about industrial ventilation issues, solutions, and management. College students and those looking to retrain are also welcome to attend. Up to 50 individuals can attend the class.

Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, ACGIH is a "member-based organization that aims to advance occupational and environmental health." The group is best known for its work establishing the Threshold Limit Values (TLVs) for chemical substances and physical agents and Biological Exposure Indices (BEIs).

The course is a mixture of academic lecture and hands-on work. "As the students learn, they work at the lab with instructors and take measurements," Peltier says. Attendees will determine air flow rates, perform flow calculations and handle pressure measurements.

The first part, Fundamentals in Industrial Ventilation, will teach attendees the behavior of air and chemical contaminants in the air. It will also explore industrial process exhaust system design (including ACGIH calculation methods), the make-up and supply of air ventilation systems, and troubleshooting techniques.

Practical Applications of Useful Equations will closely follow Quantitative Industrial Hygiene: A Formula Workbook, a reference guide published by ACGIH, to assist in the understanding and application of the many industrial hygiene formulas and relationships. The workbook will be supplied to participants.

Attendees will receive other work by ACGIH, such as Industrial Ventilation: A Manual of Recommended Practice for Design, 28th Edition; Industrial Ventilation: A Manual of Recommended Practice for Operation and Maintenance; an ACGIH Velocity Pressure Method Calculation Spreadsheet for performing calculations and equations taught in the course.

This course contains 32 hours of instruction and may be eligible for ABIH CM credit. The course may also qualify for 3.2 BCSP Continuance of Certification (COC) Points for Certified Safety Professionals. Certificates of Completion will be presented at the conclusion of the course.

In addition to the April dates, Fundamentals in Industrial Ventilation & Practical Applications of Useful Equations will also be held Sept. 16-20 and Nov. 4-8.