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May 10, 2012

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BOHS announces occupational hygiene award winners

Three deserving recipients are celebrating being recognised in the annual British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) awards.

Richard Topliss has been presented the 2011 David Hickish Award, while Gavin Wellings and Frances Wright were confirmed as joint winners of the 2011 Ted King Award.

The awards recognise the best candidates in each year from those who have passed the Society’s Diploma of Professional Competence in Occupational Hygiene and its Certificate of Operational Competence in Occupational Hygiene, respectively.

After four years at the Institute of Occupational Medicine and five years with Severn Trent, Richard set up his own company, Croft Occupational Hygiene, which he has run since 1999. Of his David Hickish Award, he said: “The news kept me smiling through the long trip out to the North Sea for my first visit to another new workplace, an offshore oil rig. Thanks to everyone at BOHS for the award and for their continued services to the profession.”

Joint-winner of the Ted King Award, Gavin Wellings joined Environmental Evaluation in September 2007 as a trainee occupational hygienist, after graduating with a degree in pharmacology and physiology from the University of Leeds. He now provides comprehensive occupational hygiene monitoring programmes on a consultancy basis for a wide variety of clients and industries across the UK.

Fellow recipient, Frances Wright, is an occupational hygiene and environmental consultant and director of Wright Environmental Services. She is past president of the Occupational Hygiene Society of Ireland, an organisation with which she is still actively involved as a council member.

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