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April 5, 2011

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Occupational-hygiene expert wins American honour

The British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) has led the applause for Dr Trevor Ogden, following his recognition by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA).

Dr Ogden will be presented in May with the Association’s 2011 William P Yant Award, which is presented annually to an individual residing outside the United States who has made outstanding contributions in occupational hygiene, or allied fields.

A former president of the BOHS, Dr Ogden has been chief editor of its flagship international scientific journal, Annals of Occupational Hygiene, since 1997. In 2007, he chaired the Health Canada Chrysotile Asbestos Panel, a diverse group of international experts on the health risks of white asbestos, and he is currently the British co-chair of the joint BOHS-NVvA (Dutch occupational hygiene society) working group on sampling strategy, which has drafted guidance on how to test compliance with workplace exposure limits.

BOHS chief executive, Steve Perkins, said: “All of us at BOHS who know Trevor – and that’s a lot of people – are delighted that his achievements and influence have been recognised in this way, and we extend our congratulations for an award well-deserved.”

Commenting on the AIHA award, Dr Ogden said: “Of course, I’m very pleased at the personal honour, and pleased, too, at the recognition of British occupational hygiene.  Health risks at work are often much less obvious than safety hazards, and the effects are often long-term, so control of health risks is vulnerable in this time of cut-backs. Skilled occupational hygiene can often save money by delivering cost-effective control, and it is vital that we continue to promote this message.” 

Trevor has had a distinguished career in occupational-hygiene research, first at the Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM) in Edinburgh, and later at the Health and Safety Laboratory, and Executive.

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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