ACGIH® Certificate Program in Biomonitoring

Module 1 – Introduction to Biomonitoring (COMPLETED)

September 12, 2017

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Central Time
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Mountain Time
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pacific Time

Module 2 – Biomonitoring Guidance Values (COMPLETED)

September 19, 2017

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time 
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Central Time 
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Mountain Time 
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pacific Time

Module 3 – Practical Considerations of Biomonitoring

September 26, 2017

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time 
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Central Time 
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Mountain Time 
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pacific Time


In response to the expanding recognition of the central role of biomonitoring in the assessment of environmental and occupational exposures, the ACGIH® Biological Exposure Indices (BEI®) Committee has developed a new Certificate Program. This course consists of three modules, each presented as 1 1/2 hour webinars, and a case study.

Module 1 – Introduction to Biomonitoring – provides the basic knowledge necessary to set up your own workplace biomonitoring program. An overview of the absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion (ADME) of an exogenous substance in the human organism is given to understand internal dose (exposure biomarker). Absorption depends not only on job exposures and physical and chemical properties of the substance, but also on the route of exposure, especially via the lungs and the skin. A biological marker reflecting the internal dose brings us closer to understanding systemic adverse effects than traditional industrial hygiene measurements do. The internal dose of the toxic agent is used in monitoring workers’ exposures (biological exposure indices – BEIs®). Sampling strategies, especially the timing of the biological sample, are of critical importance; therefore, factors affecting sampling strategies such as half-life of the substance and its metabolites, exposure variability, and inter-worker variability will be discussed.

Module 2 – Biomonitoring Guidance Values – reiterates the value of biological monitoring to assess worker exposures by all routes. The majority of the module explores the different types of guidance values and regulations that exist worldwide to help interpret biomonitoring data. These include regulations from U.S. OSHA, and a wide variety of guidance values from many countries and organizations including ACGIH® BEIs®, and guidance values from Germany, the UK, Finland, France, Japan and the European Union (SCOELs). The module describes the derivation and use of guidance values using the ACGIH® BEIs® as examples. The basis of BEIs® as well as practical considerations such as analytical methods, which samples to collect and when, as well as a discussion of the notations that are essential for the interpretation of biological monitoring data are included.

Module 3 – Practical Considerations of Biomonitoring – is a “how to” guide on designing and conducting biological monitoring in the workplace. The module has been created and is presented by personnel who have decades of industrial biological monitoring experience. The student will receive practical guidance on what should be considered when faced with an exposure scenario that should be evaluated using biological monitoring. At the conclusion of this session, students will have the knowledge and tools to conduct biological monitoring.

In addition to the three course modules, attendees will be asked to complete a self-paced chemical substance biomonitoring case study.

To earn this Certificate, attendees must:

  • Successfully complete the three program modules and their tests
  • Successfully complete a self-paced case study using the ACGIH® BEI® Documentation

Learning Objectives

After successful completion of the Certificate Program, attendees will better understand:

  • The basics of biomonitoring, including when biomonitoring is appropriate
  • International biomonitoring standards and guidance values, how they are developed, and how to apply them
  • ACGIH® BEIs®, notations, and how they are developed
  • Practical issues of setting up a biomonitoring program including sampling, analysis, informed consent, and ethical issues
  • Laboratory considerations, communications, data analysis and how to report findings
  • How to develop a biomonitoring program for chemicals in the absence of published guidance values

Who Should Attend?

  • Industrial Hygienists
  • OHS Professionals
  • Occupational Health Nurses
  • Occupational Physicians
  • Environmental Health Officers
  • Environmental Health Specialists
  • Toxicologists
  • Epidemiologists

What is an ACGIH® Certificate Program?

ACGIH® is dedicated to providing quality, scientific, educational events. One method of doing this is to offer distance-learning opportunities. This Certificate Program will consist of three webinars and a self-paced biomonitoring case study. A webinar, short for Web-based seminar, is a presentation, lecture, or seminar that is transmitted over the Internet. A key feature of a webinar is its interactive elements — the ability to give, receive and discuss information. Webinars are as effective as on-site presentations without the travel expense. Each module in this program is approximately 1½ hours in duration and consists of a presentation given via the internet with an audio telephone link similar to that of a conference call. The self-paced case study should take approximately 1½ hours to complete.


This Certificate Program contains 6.0 contact hours and may be eligible for ABIH CM credit. See the ABIH website ( for CM credit criteria. This webinar may also qualify for BCSP recertification points for Certified Safety Professionals. Participants seeking a Certificate from ACGIH® for continuing education purposes must attend the live modules or view the archive and submit the final tests and evaluation, as well as submit a complete case study. Certificates will be issued in a timely manner after receipt and completion of these items.