BOHS has opened its call for a multidisciplinary-based range of papers for Occupational Hygiene 2017, the UK’s premier international conference in the field of worker health protection, to be held at Harrogate International  Centre in the beautiful spa town of Harrogate in North Yorkshire, from 24 to 27 April 2017.

Following the success of BOHS’s annual conference in 2016 in Glasgow, which brought together a global audience of over 350 delegates, BOHS will once again deliver an exciting programme, which combines inspiring and thought-leading plenary sessions with scientific and technical sessions, in addition to a range of interactive workshops and case studies.

OH2017 will bring together researchers, practitioners, regulators and other experts from around the world to discuss the very latest in issues that affect health at work.

The organisers of the annual conference welcome papers on any aspect of worker health protection, but are especially keen to see submissions covering topics in the following areas:

  • Good practice in occupational hygiene and work-related health, including practical workplace experiences and methods to assess and control risk
  • Physical agents such as noise and vibration, lasers and thermal stress
  • Risk management strategies
  • Human factors and behavioural science
  • Controls
  • Exposure science
  • Future workplace hazards and emerging risks
  • Chemical safety, including regulation and product stewardship and emergency or incident management
  • Ergonomics and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)
  • Legal compliance and best practice, including regulations, approved codes of practice (ACOPs) and standards
  • Case studies on electromagnetic fields (EMF) and radiation.

BOHS has also highlighted that practical workshops and case studies are always popular – so abstracts for these types of presentations are very much encouraged.

In addition, abstracts are invited for technical papers, posters, and themed sessions.

Presenters may also like to consider the Ignite format, during which speakers are given the opportunity to deliver a 5 minute presentation on any suitable topic, with a slide deck that auto advances every 15 seconds – usually with memorable results.

Professional  Development Courses (PDCs) are planned to run on Monday 24 April 2017, prior to the start of the conference on Tuesday, and BOHS also invites presenters to submit proposals for these PDCs.

Opening the call for papers for OH2017, Steve Perkins,  Chief Executive of the Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection, said, “This year our annual conference will draw on the wealth of experience we enjoy within the occupational hygiene profession in the UK and abroad, as well as that of people with wider backgrounds in other related fields. This multidisciplinary approach includes those who can offer alternative perspectives from which we can learn lessons, that can usefully be applied to the prevention of occupational ill health and disease.

“We therefore look forward to submissions from a diverse range of presenters who can offer insights into a variety of settings,  and who would like to share with delegates their knowledge and expertise, as we highlight and debate the most critical current issues in worker health protection.”

Points for prospective presenters to note

  • Abstracts for workshops, case studies, technical papers, posters and themed sessions can be submitted electronically via the OH2017 website at Submissions close on 14 October 2016, and speakers will be notified by the end of November 2016.
  • Invitations to submit an Ignite presentation will follow shortly on the OH2017 website at
  • Proposals for professional development courses should be submitted by 14 October 2016. Submissions that are accepted or declined will be notified by email during November 2016. Further information about this can be accessed at