BOHS, the Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection, is the UK’s professional society representing qualified occupational hygienists. At its Annual Conference this year in Nottingham, researchers, practitioners, regulators and business leaders from around the world came together to discuss issues - current and on the horizon - that affect health at work. At this event, the chosen charity was The Lighthouse Club and we are delighted to have raised a fantastic £1,368.13.
What is occupational hygiene?
Occupational hygiene is the discipline concerned with protecting worker health, by controlling hazards to health in the workplace, such as dusts, fumes, chemicals, noise and vibration. Every year thousands of people die or are made ill because of exposures in the workplace. But with good occupational hygiene science and practice, occupational health risks can be eliminated or at least brought under control. It is possible, today, to be a healthy miner; the ill health effects of working with or near asbestos, and how to avoid them, are well understood; silicosis amongst pottery workers can be prevented. These are just some of the major achievements of occupational hygiene.
Workers however continue to be exposed to health hazards in their workplaces, and these risks will always need to be properly understood and managed, through good occupational hygiene practice.
In construction, for example, large numbers of people are still employed, and exposure hazards such as harmful dusts and respirable crystalline silica need to be properly controlled.
Occupational hygienists help employers to understand the risks to health in their workplaces and importantly, how to control them.
To find out more about BOHS, please visit www.bohs.org