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Awards & Honours

3M Young Hygienist Award  

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We are pleased to announce that we are once again running this award in partnership with 3M. 

The award aims to recognise talent and stimulate professional development in young occupational hygienists.

The prize will be an expenses paid trip to the American Industrial Hygiene AIHcE Conference in San Antonio, America, in May 2014.
The winner will also receive one year's BOHS membership and attendance at one day of the BOHS Annual Conference in Nottingham in April 2014.

To enter you simply need to be aged 35 and under as at 31st December 2013, and based in the UK.
(To open the competion wider this year, we have removed the previous requirements for entrants to be existing BOHS members and to have worked in occupational hygiene for less than five years.)
This will once again be an essay competition, the title of the essay (1500 words) this year will be:
"Hygiene works"
Describe an occupational hygiene intervention you have implemented which has made a difference to worker health.
The essay should be something you played a significant role in, either as an individual or as part of a team. Suggested details to include:

  • What was the initial problem/risk, what was the intervention, and what impact did the intervention have?
  • What were the critical success factors?
  • Were there any lessons learned which might have wider implications for other workplaces, hygienists etc.

For full competition guidelines please click here
The competition is now open and will close on 30 November 2013.

Bedford Award

This was first awarded in 1978 and is named after the first President of BOHS, Thomas Bedford CBE. It's the Society’s prime honour, marking outstanding contributions to the discipline of occupational hygiene, either in the general field or in work for the Society. The recipient is presented with a medal at the Annual Conference.   The full list of winners can be found below.

Bedford Award Winners 

1978 D E Hickish
1978 W H Walton OBE
1978 C G Warner
1978 P C G Isaac
1978 R E Lane CBE
1979 D Turner
1980 C N Davies
1980 T F Hatch
1981 J S McLintock
1984 S A Roach
1986 G A Hedgecock
1986 J G Jones
1987 L Le Bouffant
1989 G W Crockford 

1989 D Doran
1990 E J King
1995 P J Hewitt
1995 J Steel
1996 C J Bradley
1997 J G Underwood
1998 J C McDonald
1998 A McDonald
1999 D W Robinson
2000 A Stewart
2002 M H Claydon
2002 H L Dalrymple
2005 T L Ogden
2011 M Piney 

Thomas Bedford Memorial Prize

Again named in honour of our first President, the Bedford Prize (as it is known) is BOHS's oldest award and is given every two years to the author or authors of the most outstanding paper published in the Annals of Occupational Hygiene during the relevant period. The winner or winners receive £500 (to be shared) and a Certificate (each), which is presented to the lead name at the Annual Conference.   The 2012 Bedford Prize  has been awarded to the prize to all four of the diesel exhaust papers published as part of ‘The Diesel Exhaust in Miners Study’ which appeared in issue 54/7 of The Annals..  The lead for this project, Dr P Stewart, received the prize for the paper at the BOHS Annual Conference in 2013 at Manchester. 

Ted King and David Hickish Awards

These awards recognise the best candidates in each year from those who have achieved the BOHS Certificate of Operational Competence in Occupational Hygiene and Diploma of Professional Competence in Occupational Hygiene, respectively. They are named in honour of two past Presidents, both of whom were also Bedford Award recipients. The prize for each is £250. 

Dr Damien Boyd was the winner of the David Hickish Award for 2012 and Andrew Simpson was the winner of the Ted King Award for 2012.

Working For A Healthier Workplace – The Peter Isaac Award

This is an annual Award which recognises a valuable contribution by an individual to the reduction of ill-health at work, and is open to any individual member of BOHS or any other POOSH organisation. The winner receives £1,000 towards attendance at any health and safety conference, the specially engraved Trophy for the year, and a framed Certificate to keep, presented at the Annual Conference Dinner. Also included is complimentary attendance for one day of the Conference and the Conference Dinner, and free BOHS membership for one year.

The Award was initiated to mark BOHS's Golden Jubilie in 2003, and the latest winner, is Chris Money of ExxonMobil, for his project 'Empowering Occupational Hygiene to those who need it".

Nominations for the 2013 Award are now open with a closing date of 30 September 2013.

Honorary Lifetime Membership 

As we are approaching the end of the year, it is time to  invite nominations for honorary lifetime membership  from all voting members of BOHS. Council have introduced a nomination form which can be downloaded from from the downloads box on the left hand side. The decision(s) will be made at the March 2014 Council meeting, and any Honorary Memberships  agreed will be backdated to the 1 January 2014.

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