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January 21, 2016

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60th Anniversary of the Annals of Occupational Hygiene

The British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) has announced that its influential publication, the Annals of Occupational Hygiene, is celebrating its 60th volume at the beginning of 2016.

The Annals is one of the world’s leading, peer-reviewed scientific research journals in the field of recognising, quantifying, removing or controlling hazards and risks to health from work. BOHS and its publication are unique in their key focus on occupational hygiene i.e. the scientific discipline that protects people against the wide range of health risks that can arise from exposures at work. To influence standards of exposure and control remains central to the aims of BOHS and the Annals, and to this end, the Annals publishes original articles that explore:

  • Recognition and quantification of exposure and risk, and their relationship;
  • Management and communication of risks; and
  • Control techniques and development of standards of control.

For more than 50 years, the Annals has published research that focuses on not only improved control of workplace exposures, but control which is better focused on the causes of the disease – and is therefore more cost-effective. Specific and influential research has included:

  • A seminal paper in 1960 on personal sampling which led to the modern approach to risk quantification for airborne substances in the workplace, worldwide;
  • Influential papers from the 1970s to 1990s on the basis for control by local exhaust ventilation (LEV);
  • Important articles during the 1970s to 1990s on the concept and instrumentation for methods of measurement of inhalable dust, which have led to better-targeted quantification of risk;
  • In 1998, a series of papers central to the early development of the control banding approach, which is now applied in the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Essentials regime, and other control banding approaches used worldwide; and
  • In 2000, the paper which now underpins the HSE asbestos standard, which is widely applied worldwide.

Chief Editor of the Annals, Professor Noah Seixas, reflects on the milestone of the 60th volume: “Almost ten years ago, my predecessor, Trevor Ogden, wrote his ‘tour de force’ review of the first fifty volumes of the Annals, and in fact of of the history of occupational hygiene sciences (Ogden 2006), which I highly recommend to those interested in understanding the changes in our field, and in scientific publishing over the past several decades. Over the decade, in volumes 50 – 59, we’ve published almost 900 articles, including original research, reviews, commentaries and editorials on the subject of occupational hygiene. Our journal impact factor (JIF) has steadily risen from just over one in 2005, to better than two over the past several years.”

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