BOHS, The Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection, is delighted to announce that for the sixth consecutive year, 3M is partnering with them to promote the occupational hygiene profession to younger people: BOHS’ 3M Young Hygienist Award 2018 is now open for entries.

Aimed at young professionals working in the field of worker health protection, this award rewards talent and encourages professional development. It offers a fantastic prize, comprising:

  • A fully expensed trip to BOHS’ annual conference: the 2018 conference will take place in Stratford- upon-Avon from 16 – 19 April
  • £1,000 towards the cost of qualifications/training/continuing professional development (CPD) in occupational hygiene
  • One year’s free BOHS membership

Alan McArthur, Technical Supervisor,  Personal Safety Division, 3M said: “We are very pleased to once more support this award, which recognises the importance of occupational hygiene expertise. The arena of occupational hygiene is vital, given that the incidence of work related ill health remains so high – as reported in the latest health and safety at work statistics1 recently published by HSE.”  He continued: “The field of occupational hygiene i.e. using science and engineering to develop solutions to control risks to health, is a good fit with 3M – one of our aims being to ‘apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily’.  We look forward to once more offering the opportunity for a young person to benefit from assistance with their career progression and professional development.”

The winner of last year’s award, Robert Williams, HM Specialist Inspector of Health and Safety at HSE, commented “I’m delighted to have won such a prestigious award.  It’s  a great honour to be recognised by senior peers, and also to be published in BOHS’ Exposure magazine.  Attending the full conference for the first time since leaving university was a real privilege, and it was great to catch up with old friends.  I intend to use the prize money on developing my understanding about the science  – particularly the statistics – underpinning exposure modelling.”

This year, entrants are invited to submit an essay (of no more than 1500 words) discussing the question:  “The business case for occupational hygiene interventions is strong and convincing. So why are hundreds of thousands of people1 in the UK still made ill by their work each year?”

Simon Festing, CEO of BOHS, said: “Sadly, the incidence, and human cost, of work related ill-health remains disappointingly high. BOHS continues to focus on its work to raise the profile of the importance of occupational hygiene, and we know from experience that this can be greatly assisted by collaboration with other bodies – and companies such as 3M. We are very grateful that 3M is supporting us once more in our aim to stimulate and encourage young people working in the sphere of health and hygiene professions. Career progression  –  be it via extra qualifications, training, or CPD  –  can help promote engagement with both employees and employers to  remain committed to facilitating a healthy working environment for everyone: this award offers the opportunity for such professional development, and we look forward to receiving a high number of entries this year. ”

The competition is now open for entries and will close on 23 February 2018.  Full details of how to enter and who is eligible can be found here. The competition is open to all BOHS members in the UK: for anyone not currently a member who wishes to enter, details of how to join BOHS can be found here.