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April 8, 2010

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Net news – Portal to host OH training materials

A new website is being launched that will allow course materials for international occupational-hygiene training modules to be freely posted and accessible to anyone.

The Occupational Hygiene Training Association (OHTA), a new organisation working under the guidance of the International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA), says its new learning portal will provide links to participating IOHA member organisations, examining boards, and to approved course providers. Site feedback and updating of hosted materials will be facilitated by an open-access wiki.

Development of the training module scheme was started by a group of senior professionals from Fortune 500 companies. Preparation of the training materials was carried out by academics and practitioners, with support from the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) and the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (AIOH).

In addition, the BOHS and AIOH are among organisations from 11 countries that have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) committing themselves to promote development and implementation of the international training module scheme.

So far, seven training modules have been developed and presented as pilot courses all over the world, thanks to funding from BP and GlaxoSmithKline. These are: Measurement of Hazardous Substances; Thermal Environment; Noise; Asbestos; Control; Ergonomics; and Health Hazards of Substances.

Each module is a week-long course, comprising a student manual; PowerPoint slides, session tutor notes; overnight student exercises; practical workshop sessions; and student assessment. An open-book examination at the end of the course is part of the assessment process, which is currently available through the BOHS Faculty of Occupational Hygiene.

Information about courses, the international training scheme, and the collaborative wiki will be available at the new OHTA website, from 1 May.

What makes us susceptible to burnout?

In this episode  of the Safety & Health Podcast, ‘Burnout, stress and being human’, Heather Beach is joined by Stacy Thomson to discuss burnout, perfectionism and how to deal with burnout as an individual, as management and as an organisation.

We provide an insight on how to tackle burnout and why mental health is such a taboo subject, particularly in the workplace.


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