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Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology
Volume 19 (2008), Issue 2, Pages 165-168
Special Article: Stanier Symposium

Hygiene at Work: An Engineering Perspective on the Development of Hygiene Science

Peter J Pityn

OSHTECH Incorporated, London, Ontario, Canada

Received 16 October 2007; Accepted 2 November 2007

Copyright © 2008 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The present article examines the work of contemporary hygiene practitioners. Discussion converges from a broad examination of hygiene at work in our society serving the common good to occupational hygiene in the workplace. The article considers the expanding role of hygiene today, juxtaposed against the lack of awareness and perceptions of hygiene. It considers some of the current social challenges facing hygiene, perceptions of risk and problems specifically encountered by occupational hygienists.