Jay D. Keough, CIH

Jay D. Keough, CIH

"The CIH was an essential element of my career in consulting and continues to be important today as an Executive Director in industry. The foundational elements of industrial hygiene prepared me for critical thinking and problem solving on a variety of topics.

In 2001 a client called and asked if I could go to New York City and figure out what to do in response to a situation at two television networks related to letters containing spores of Bacillus Anthracis. The clients were not asking for an Anthrax expert, rather someone who could evaluate and eventually control a workplace biological hazard, protect employees and communicate effectively in the midst of a media frenzy. I approached the problem as a scientist, using the principles of industrial hygiene to guide the development and implementation of a sampling procedure to identify contaminated areas of the facility and eventually formulate a decontamination procedure. The development and execution of the program required close collaboration with experts from the FBI, CDC and other agencies; the CIH was a recognizable credential that confirmed a basic level of competence.

Today as a manager of IH and safety professionals, the CIH is a touchstone, a reminder that we are scientists first. Business issues can be complex, but our mission is simple: to provide a safe and healthy workplace."