BOHS, the Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection, is delighted to unveil a dynamic programme for Occupational and Environmental Exposure of Skin to Chemicals (OEESC 2016), a major conference which will take place from 19 to 21 September 2016 at the Manchester Conference Centre. The conference – the event’s 7th edition – will be organised and hosted by BOHS.

The first OEESC Conference took place in Washington in 2002. Since then, this conference has rapidly become recognised as the premier platform for exchange of new scientific discoveries, and practical ideas on skin exposures to chemicals in the occupational and environmental contexts. During this time, a significant result has been that the communication between multidisciplinary participants from all corners of the globe facilitated at OEESC has evolved to play an important role in enabling significant progress in prevention of ill health due to skin exposures.

Announcing the three-day conference programme, BOHS says delegates can expect inspiring plenary sessions as well as scientific and technical presentations, in addition to more practical workshops and discussion panels.  This varied programme is designed to support of the aim of reducing ill health due to skin exposures, both within and outside of the workplace.

The esteemed panel of keynote speakers at the conference will talk about the following:

  • Professor Thomas Diepgen of the Department of Clinical Social Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Dermatology at the University Hospital of Heidelberg in Germany, who will speak on UV radiation – the most important cause of skin ageing and skin cancer
  • Dr Fred Frasch, Research Physical Scientist and Coordinator of the Infectious, Immune and Dermal Cross Sector at the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, who will speak about the systemic uptake of chemicals from dermal exposure
  • Dr Majella Lane, Director of the Skin Research Group at the School of Pharmacy at University College London (UCL) who will discuss percutaneous penetration and skin exposure
  • Diane Llewellyn, HM Specialist Inspector at the Health and Safety Executive who will look at new developments in prevention of skin exposure
  • Professor Dr Swen Malte John, Head of Department for Dermatology and Environmental Medicine at the University of Osnabrueck in Germany, who will discuss harmful exposures and skin diseases
  • Chris Packham, Director of EnviroDerm Services (UK) Ltd who will examine practical aspects of controlling skin exposure

For organisations that wish to raise their profile in the occupational and environmental skin exposures arena, some sponsorship opportunities are still available, as are competitive packages for exhibitor stands at the event.

Commenting on the event, Steve Perkins, Chief Executive of BOHS, said, “We look forward to welcoming a wide range of visitors to Manchester at OEESC 2016 –  from researchers, practitioners, regulators and dermatologists, to health and safety professionals, occupational health advisors and occupational hygienists. As we examine the very latest issues that affect skin exposure management during the 24-hour day, we hope to increase communication between the occupational and non-occupational fields. In this way, OEESC 2016 will continue to serve as a platform for sharing expertise and raising awareness of the importance of skin exposures, ultimately reducing the extensive suffering of those affected by skin diseases and the tremendous financial and social burdens borne by society as a whole in this regard.”

Registration is now open for OEESC 2016 at, including sponsorship and exhibition information.