Silica exposure in construction

On Monday this week the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) announced that they were launching a two-week inspection blitz focusing on poor conditions likely to lead to ill health on construction sites, a sector in which occupational hygiene controls have, for too long, been overlooked. Last year there were 39 fatal injuries to workers inContinue reading “Silica exposure in construction”

Reducing the occupational cancer burden

On Tuesday I was at the Safety and Health Expo at the ExCeL exhibition centre in London Docklands where I was contributing to the BOHS Worker Health Protection Arena. During the afternoon I spoke with Leslie Rushton of Imperial College London on Occupational cancer – what you need to know. Lesley is is a medicalContinue reading “Reducing the occupational cancer burden”

The future of occupational hygiene?

Last week I was over at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exhibition (AIHce) in San Antonio, Texas. It was my first time at this event and it was a great experience. This year is the 75th anniversary of the American Industrial Hygiene Association so this was an opportunity to look back on what theContinue reading “The future of occupational hygiene?”

Dust Exposure

There are many common industrial processes which cause workers to be exposed to a wide range of toxic and harmful dusts. Although official statistics are hard to come by, John Cherrie of the Institute of Occupational Medicine has estimated that in Great Britain almost 10 million workers are exposed to dust at work. Handling ofContinue reading “Dust Exposure”

Raising the profile of occupational hygiene

I had a busy couple of days at the beginning of last week trying to raise awareness of occupational hygiene and the profile of BOHS amongst safety specialists. On Monday I travelled over to Northern Ireland for the day (only a short flight from Liverpool) to make a presentation to a meeting of the NorthernContinue reading “Raising the profile of occupational hygiene”

Suffering for art

  I always like to think that “there's more to life than occupational hygiene” and make sure that I find time for other things that I enjoy. So last Saturday we drove over the Pennines to visit the Yorkshire Sculpture Park to take a look at the new art works on display and also toContinue reading “Suffering for art”

Health and Construction

On Monday this week a worker on a construction site in central London, a former US naval building in Grosvenor Square, died after the building he was working on partially collapsed. At least one other person had to be treated treated for minor injuries. Accidents on construction sites are all too common. In the periodContinue reading “Health and Construction”

BOHS Conference 2014

I’ve just about recovered from attending this year’s BOHS (British Occupational Hygiene Society) Conference that took place in the Hilton Nottingham on Tuesday to Thursday last week. In fact, the conference effectively started on Monday for me as like the last few years, I was running a Diploma exam “taster” day as one of theContinue reading “BOHS Conference 2014”

Reducing the Burden of Occupational Disease

On Tuesday I was at the NEC in Birmingham attending the “Health and Wellbeing at Work” event. BOHS had a stand in the exhibition but were also running the series of presentations on “Occupational Hygiene, Toxicology and Environmental Health”. I’d been asked to chair the sessions and also made two presentations – one in theContinue reading “Reducing the Burden of Occupational Disease”