IH Study and Reference Materials

The most comprehensive texts available on the current practice of industrial hygiene.  Dr. Perkins has done an excellent job of editing the text so that there is minimal or no duplication between the chapters by the various authors.  The contributors and reviewers did a fantastic job of presenting the material in a clear and precise manner.  The texts present technical information important to the practicing industrial hygienist in a straight forward manner.  

Provides very basic information on most industrial hygiene topics. Relatively easy read. Do not recommend purchasing if you have a good library or already own The Industrial Environment: Its Evaluation and Control.

A must have. Excellent source of information regarding the CIH exam. Recommend reading it cover to cover. Don't try to memorize TLVs, but you should understand the basis for TLVs. It also provides information on many IH subjects.

A spiral bound book describing every equation on the previous exam formula sheet handout. Written by faculty at the Harvard School of Public Health. A quick reference to review specific formulas.

A new favorite toxicology text. Written in a clear and understandable style with the general public in mind, this book is an excellent introductory guide to the history, concepts, and practice of toxicology.

A great guide for statistics. Well written and easy to read. Very helpful for people with difficulty understanding statistical concepts.

This is considered to be the original "White Book." It was originally published by NIOSH and has been updated twice by the AIHA.

The basic reference for ventilation. Recommend reading the first five chapters. You can pass the exam without owning this manual, but you will probably want a copy if you stay in the field for any length of time.

I call this the "Little White Book." It is a short list of facts and information on each industrial hygiene subject. It is great for reviewing information, but it won't help much if you haven't studied the material in another text.


A great book describing health hazards in a variety of industries. Describes many of the industries where IH really got a strong start. Many of us no longer work in these industries, but there are still questions on the exam based on prevalent exposures in specific businesses. Recommend reading chapters on welding, abrasive blasting, and surface coatings.

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