Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists hosted 31st international conference about the science and practice of protecting workers health. The Conference program has covered all four fundamental principles of occupational hygiene. The notable group of local and international speakers have delivered keynotes, plenaries and CES presentations on traditional and emerging issues, as well as the latest research and advancements, aiming to achieve better health and safety outcomes in the workplace.
Occupational hygienist main activity is the assessment and control of physical, chemical, biological or environmental hazards in the workplace or community that could cause injury or disease. Physical hazards may include noise, temperature extremes, illumination extremes, ionizing or non-ionizing radiation, and ergonomics. Chemical hazards related to dangerous goods or hazardous substances are frequently investigated by occupational hygienists. Other related areas including indoor air quality (IAQ) and safety may also receive the attention of the occupational hygienist. Biological hazards may stem from the potential for legionella exposure at work or the investigation of biological injury or effects at work, such as dermatitis may be investigated.
The Conference theme reflected the four pillars: Anticipation Recognition Evaluation and Control. AIOH2013 has been held in Sydney from 30th November to 4th December 2013. This provided the NSW members with the opportunity to experience a world-class, scientific conference.
The Australian Institute of Occupational Hygiene (AIOH) has accredited professional occupational hygienist through a certification scheme. Occupational Hygienists in Australian certified through this scheme are entitled to use the phrase Certified Occupational Hygienist (COH) as part of their qualifications.
Written and photographed by Darius Peczek
For more information visit Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists Inc