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K-State Today

June 3, 2013



New industrial hygienist at the university

By Steve Galtizer

Habib Khan recently joined the department of environmental health and safety at Kansas State University as an industrial hygienist.

The National Institutes of Health defines industrial hygiene as "the art and science dedicated to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, communication and control of environmental stressors in, or arising from, the work place that may result in injury, illness, impairment, or affect the well-being of workers and members of the community. These stressors are divided into the categories biological, chemical, physical, ergonomic and psychosocial."

Prior to coming to K-State, Habib worked as an industrial hygienist for a geothermal facility in Southern California and brings two years of experience with industrial hygiene, safety and training. He has had the opportunity to work with a variety of professionals, skilled and unskilled labor forces. He has developed materials for programs for all levels of presentation and at all levels of comprehension. He is excited to work at the university as an industrial hygienist and fulfill the department's mission. Habib will work to educate, assess and enforce compliance laws to ensure the health and safety of all students and employees.

Habib grew up in St. Charles, Mo., and holds a Master of Public Health in environmental and occupational health from St. Louis University. Habib speaks several languages. He workss in the occupational safety unit and reports to the manager of that unit, Lisa Linck. Among his current duties, he will help develop classroom and online training in various areas of worker safety.