Occupational Hygiene in a Changing World

A few weeks ago I had my first experience of delivering a webinar. Although I spend a lot of my time teaching face to face, and have regularly run telephone/web tutorials with small groups of students, I’ve never given a presentation over the Internet to a larger group.

I’d decided I’d like to give it a try as a way of engaging with BOHS members based overseas as part of the “tour of the Regions” that’s one of the responsibilities of the BOHS President Elect. Meeting members all over the country has been one of the most enjoyable aspects of being President Elect. But I was conscious that we have a significant number of members who live outside the UK and I wanted to find a way to engage with them too. So we thought we’d give the webinar a try.

I took as my theme “Occupational Hygiene in a Changing World” examining some of the major economic and cultural developments and giving a personal view of how they are affecting the occupational hygiene profession and how we might need to respond. These included

  • the impacts of globalisation
  • the changing world of work and the impacts on occupational health
  • emerging issues in occupational health and hygiene
  • new causes of traditional problems

I felt that the webinars went well and we’re intending to run it again in April after the BOHS Conference. And I hope that this will be the beginning of a series webinars on topics that will appeal to members in the UK and overseas.

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