The British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) and the Occupational Hygiene Society of Ireland (OHSI) have collaborated to organise the second two-day conference on Exposure Control and Containment (ECCII), following the success of their first joint event in 2014.

Taking place on 12 and 13 October 2016 at the Crowne Plaza in Liverpool city centre, the focus of ECCII will be on the specification, design, installation, testing, maintenance and operation of engineering control measures to minimise health risks in the workplace.

The event is aimed at people involved in all these aspects of exposure control, and will appeal to delegates from various industry sectors,  and organisations of any size, including: electronics; engineering; construction;  pharmaceutical;  fine chemicals;  oil and gas; education.

Keynote speakers at the conference will include Karen Clayton from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) who will discuss exposure control priorities in terms of the HSE’s new five year strategy #helpgbworkwell. Darren Arkins, of the Health and Safety Authority (Ireland), will talk about tackling dust exposures on Irish construction sites, from the Inspector’s point of view.

A theme of design and innovation will run throughout the conference, with strong emphasis on key subjects such as operations, containment performance and the effectiveness of control measures. In addition, various workshops and technical tours on offer will ensure a solid practical perspective.

The two days will offer a number of opportunities for networking, including an excellent conference dinner on the first day of the event, in addition to lunch and refreshment breaks each day.

As in 2014, a niche trade exhibition will run alongside the conference: some exhibitor packages are still available, at very competitive rates. Organisations that wish to raise their profile with this specialised target audience may also be interested in distributing company brochures or flyers, or alternatively sponsoring delegate gifts such as conference bags, memory sticks or pens.

Commenting on the event, Tracey Boyle, President of BOHS, the Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection, said, “Successful control of exposure relies on effective partnerships between a range of disciplines.  This conference presents an opportunity for individuals from different backgrounds to come together and build mutual understanding on the various facets of this complex and interesting topic.”

Anne Moore, President of OHSI, added, “We cannot rely on correct specification and design alone to ensure effective exposure control and containment, although this is of course essential. Performance may be impacted by a wide range of factors, from acceptance by the end-user, to the adequacy of maintenance arrangements, not to mention human factors. ECCII offers an opportunity to examine all these aspects in a variety of contexts, whilst always focussing on the overall aim – a healthy working environment for all.”

Further information, including delegate rates and exhibitor and sponsorship information, is available from the BOHS team: + (44) 1332 250713; conferences@bohs.org;  www.bohs.org/exposure-control-and-containment-ii/.

 

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