Some of the nation’s leading occupational hygienists have been recognised for their outstanding successes in worker health protection, at a gala dinner and Scottish ceilidh held during Occupational Hygiene 2016, BOHS’s flagship annual conference, which took place at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow from 25 to 28 April 2016.

The gala dinner was attended by around 165 international delegates, drawn from a wide range of professional disciplines in the fields of worker health protection and exposure control.

Honours were presented for educational and professional accomplishments, including contributions to BOHS’ Breathe Freely campaign to prevent occupational lung disease in the construction industry, as follows:

• Helen Pearson, Director at Viridis Safety, is the 2016 winner of the BOHS/3M Young Hygienist Award, made by the Society to recognise talent and stimulate professional development in young hygienists. Helen has won a fantastic trip to the 2016 American Industrial Hygiene Conference & Exposition (AIHce) which takes place this year from 21 to 26 May in Baltimore, Maryland, as well as one year’s free membership of BOHS.
• Jennie Armstrong, Occupational Health Lead at the Mace Group, is this year’s recipient of the BOHS Trevor Ogden Award, created as part of BOHS’ 60th anniversary activities in 2013, in order to recognise and outstanding voluntary contribution by a BOHS member to the Society. Jennie Armstrong was nominated for this annual award by BOHS staff, in view of the valuable and significant inputs she has made, and continues to make, to the delivery of BOHS’ Breathe Freely campaign. Jennie was presented with a framed certificate and cheque for £1000, as her prize for the award.
• Rachel Pargeter, Industrial Hygienist at Astra Zeneca, won the BOHS David Hickish Award, made annually to the best candidate in the Diploma of Professional Competence in Occupational Hygiene Examinations. Rachel received a framed certificate and a cheque for £350.
• Andrew Young, Partner at Northern Environmental Monitoring Services, is the winner of the 2016 BOHS Ted King Award, awarded annually to the best candidate in the Certificate of Operational Competence in Occupational Hygiene Examinations. Andrew was presented with a framed certificate and a cheque for £350.

Announcing the awards, Steve Perkins, CEO of BOHS, said, ”There’s nothing quite like a ceilidh for a celebration, and in the spirit of this fine Gaelic tradition I would like to congratulate all those honoured, and applaud their success. Each and every winner has shown outstanding levels of talent, dedication and commitment in order to achieve excellence in the interests of worker health protection, and it’s fantastic to be able to take the opportunity to recognise this exceptional effort.”