Dec 13, 2023 | Featured Articles

The Occupational Hygiene Society of Ireland (OHSI) and the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) are calling on professionals and stakeholders in the field of occupational hygiene to actively participate in the triennial Scientific Conference of the International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA) 2024 on 9-13 June in Dublin.

Set to take centre stage at Dublin’s National Convention Centre, the IOHA 2024 conference aims to bring together a diverse spectrum of occupational hygienists, public bodies, policymakers, academic scientists, and researchers from associated sectors.

It will seek to facilitate a robust platform for the exchange of ideas and experiences, with a primary focus on promoting occupational hygiene and safeguarding worker health protection globally. Occupational hygiene is the preventative part of occupational health, i.e. the science of protecting worker health to prevent serious work-related illnesses such as cancer, asthma and communicable diseases.

Dr Alison Connolly, Chair of the Scientific Committee for IOHA 2024, thanked the occupational hygiene community for an overwhelming response for the abstract call. “The whole committee is already working tirelessly to arrange a brilliant programme for the conference, including excellent keynote speakers, an engaging scientific programme, and memorable social events.”

The conference theme will be ‘Protecting Workers from Health Hazards: Advancing in this Changing World’ and the programme promises a rich array of activities such as plenary sessions, keynote lectures, parallel talks, workshops, poster presentations, networking opportunities, and social functions.

Nuala Flavin, Chair of the IOHA Organising Committee and Former President of the Occupational Hygiene Society of Ireland (OHSI), said “This is the first time this conference has been hosted in Dublin, and we plan to have an outstanding event with excellent scientific content, together with practical presentations by experienced occupational hygienists.”

Samantha Connell, President of IOHA, said that IOHA2024 will be the platform for OH professionals from around the globe to come together, learn from each other and move forward as a profession. “The scientific and organising committees are doing a fantastic job to ensure a world class programme. It is encouraging to see two of our member organisations working together to make the event happen.”

OHSI President Shara Smith, commented: “The conference will bring practising occupational hygienists up to date with the latest research across a wide range of topics, through attending professional development courses, workshops and talks. We aim to motivate key government policymakers, employers and workers globally to bring about improvements in the protection of workers from real-world health hazards.”

BOHS President, Alex Wilson, said “There’s a wider and more diverse range of sessions, professional development courses and other activities at an IOHA Conference. It really emphasises how much health at work has become an increasing focus across the globe, the continuing challenges and the opportunities to make a difference. This is the essential forum for scientific research to impact real-world practice and for those involved in workplace health to learn how they can have bigger impact.”

For further details and booking information visit www.ioha2024.org/.

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