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Sustainability at PPG

Environment, Health and Safety


Safety and Health - Industrial Hygiene

PPG's Industrial Hygiene process is one that anticipates, recognizes, evaluates, communicates and controls potential exposure to chemical, physical, and biological agents to prevent occupational illness and disease in its operations.

PPG manages an industrial hygiene (IH) program that: 

    PPG associates are participating in a hands-on equipment workshop during the two day IH Sampling Training class in Uithoorn, Netherlands.

  • Establishes global requirements for the management of occupational health.
  • Evaluates occupational exposures to chemical and physical hazards, including noise, to ensure a safe and healthy work environment.
  • Implements a global in-plant chemical hazard labeling process.
  • Provides information and training about workplace hazards and appropriate handling procedures for using chemicals in the workplace.
  • Implements controls to reduce occupational exposures to chemicals, including:
    • Material substitution
    • Engineering controls such as enclosing the process or using local exhaust ventilation
    • Reducing the exposure through job rotation
    • Providing personal protective equipment such as gloves, respirators, safety glasses and protective clothing.

PPG takes a proactive approach to managing workplace hazards and complying with regulatory requirements. In addition, PPG has established global requirements in areas such as hearing conservation, exposure monitoring, respiratory protection, ventilation, hazard communication, and hazardous chemicals in laboratories.

Annually, PPG’s American Industrial Hygiene Association accredited industrial hygiene laboratory analyzes more than 8,100 samples collected by trained facility IH coordinators, with over 39,000 analytes, from 154 locations worldwide.

PPG conducts comprehensive training globally about its Industrial Hygiene process including, hazard recognition, sampling methodologies, and hazard control.

PPG’s Industrial Hygiene sampling results are communicated to employees and captured in an internally developed central database.

PPG developed and implemented a global, internal hazardous chemical labeling system to communicate the health, flammability, and reactivity hazards of chemicals.

PPG utilizes American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists Threshold Limit Values (TLVs®) to establish internal permissible exposure limits. PPG has started to use Nanotechnology, an exciting new way of enhancing product performance; however, because no established exposure limits are available, PPG uses a risk assessment protocol based on control banding to ensure our employees are protected.