Outstanding occupational hygienists have been recognised by BOHS, the Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection, at an award ceremony during the Society’s annual conference Occupational Hygiene 2017.

BOHS’ annual event is the leading international conference in the field of worker health protection in the UK, focusing on occupational hygiene and the prevention of occupational ill-health and disease: this year’s event took place in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, from 24 to 27 April 2017. Each year at the conference, a number of awards are presented to celebrate a variety of achievements in the field of worker health protection.

This year’s prestigious awards were presented at the conference’s gala dinner, with winners being honoured for a variety of achievements in the field of worker health protection.  This year’s successes included:  remarkable leadership in occupational hygiene; exceptional service to the Society; professional young talent; research excellence; and top examination results.

  • The BOHS Peter Isaac Award is made annually for an outstanding contribution to the reduction of ill health at work. This year the award was presented to Mike Slater of Diamond Environmental , for his extensive work in raising awareness of occupational hygiene and his outstanding leadership in the planning and delivery of BOHS’ Breathe Freely initiatives, to prevent occupational lung disease
  • The BOHS Thomas Bedford Prize is named after the first President of BOHS. This year’s prize was presented to Erik van Deurssen of RPS Analyse BV for his important paper, published in the Annals of Occupational Hygiene, on the effectiveness of a multidimensional randomised control intervention to reduce quartz exposure among construction workers
  • The 3M Young Hygienist Award aims to recognise talent and stimulate professional development in young hygienists. The recipient of this year is Robert Williams of the Health and Safety Executive
  • The BOHS Trevor Ogden Award was introduced to mark the Society’s 60th year anniversary and to honour exceptional voluntary contribution to the Society. This year’s award was presented to Kate Jones of the Health and Safety Laboratory, in recognition of the key role she plays as Chair of the BOHS Conference Committee
  • The BOHS David Hickish Award is presented annually to the best candidate in the Diploma of Professional Competence in Occupational Hygiene Examinations. This year’s award was won by Lee Heffernan of BP Shipping
  • The BOHS Ted King Award is presented to the top candidate in the Certificate of Operational Competence in Occupational Hygiene Examinations. This year’s award was presented to Kieran Collin of Iqarus

Congratulating this year’s winners, Steve Perkins, CEO of BOHS, said, “Once again this year, we are immensely proud to formally recognise these excellent professionals, who have demonstrated remarkable achievements in key areas. In the UK, there is the sense that finally, our Society’s message of the importance of worker health protection, is gaining prominence, and this progress we are seeing around work-related ill health is thanks to a great deal of hard work, not only by BOHS, but also very much by individuals. The BOHS awards are a wonderful means of recognising and rewarding the ongoing leadership, service and excellence displayed by our professional colleagues and members – to further the aim of reducing the burden of occupational ill-health and achieving a healthy working environment for all.”