BOHS, The Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection, is delighted to announce its latest Honorary Fellow, Steve Hails: Steve is the Director of Health, Safety and Wellbeing at Tideway – the organisation responsible for delivering the Thames Tideway Tunnel. Steve has more than 20 years’ experience in developing and implementing effective strategies, policies and systems in the engineering and construction sectors. He is a Chartered Member of IOSH; a Practitioner of IEMA; and has a Masters degree in Health, Safety and Environment.

BOHS’ Honorary Fellowships are offered to only a small number of respected individuals, who have demonstrated significant effectiveness in working, influencing and advocating for improvement in worker health protection at a national level.

Karen Bufton, immediate past President of BOHS, said:  “It’s only fitting that Steve has been honoured for the significant and valuable contribution he has made to BOHS and occupational hygiene during the past few years, especially in terms of his involvement in the Breathe Freely in Construction campaign. We are privileged to have benefited from his extensive experience and expertise, and his involvement in groups such as: Health in Construction Leadership Group, and Mates in Mind.  As a third sector organisation, BOHS is heavily dependent on assistance from volunteers to help us achieve our goals, so that we can continue to make a difference to worker health protection.”

Speaking about the announcement, Steve commented: “I’m delighted to have had the opportunity to contribute to the valuable work that BOHS undertakes, by supporting its Breathe Freely in Construction campaign. Breathe Freely has not only helped shine a much-needed spotlight on the health risks faced by construction workers, but also –  most importantly  –  it offers a wide range of free,  expert training materials and information: this is accessible to all and can be downloaded from the website, offering valuable resources for managers and supervisors in the construction industry. Tools such as these can make a significant contribution to helping both employers and employees understand health risks in a construction environment, and subsequently to improve working conditions and working practices via suitable, inexpensive, effective and practical exposure control measures.”  Steve continued: “I’m extremely pleased to have been involved with the Breathe Freely campaign, and to see the real and practical difference it can make to improving health in the construction industry.   As an experienced health and safety professional of over 20 years, I’m passionate about worker health protection, and I appreciate the chance of closely collaborating with BOHS to help make a real difference.”

Neil Grace, newly appointed President of BOHS for 2018 – 2019, also warmly welcomed the news: “It’s excellent that Steve has accepted our Honorary Fellowship: he is a great advocate for worker health protection.  His wide experience in the arena of health and safety, along with his drive to effect continuing improvements, will help benefit BOHS in terms of achieving our aims of a healthy working environment for everyone: also in reaching wider audiences via our collaborations with individuals such as Steve, the industry bodies he works with –  and companies such as Tideway.”

For more information about the Breathe Freely campaign, and to find out about roadshows, events, or how to get involved and support the campaign, please follow this link.