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Seminar List for Sunday 26 April 2015

09:00 - 17:00

Biological Monitoring for Chemical Exposures at Work – An Introduction

Cost: £228.00
How to Book: Email conferences@bohs.org

Biological monitoring is a useful tool for occupational hygiene and health professionals. It is based on the analysis of hazardous substances or their metabolites in urine, blood or breath, and is used to assess chemical exposures by inhalation, ingestion and absorption through the skin. Biological monitoring for workers significantly exposed to lead is compulsory in many countries. For other substances, biological monitoring is usually voluntary (country-dependent) but it has roles in exposure assessment and reduction, for example under CoSHH. Biological monitoring is particularly valuable where substances may be absorbed through the skin or where control of exposure relies on personal protective equipment. It can also be used to investigate the behavioural aspects of exposure controls. A further benefit is the 'personal' nature of biological monitoring: results can be used to give workers reassurance about their exposure and risk of ill health.

This workshop is an overview of biological monitoring and how it can enhance the service that occupational hygiene and health professionals offer. It will cover the role for biological monitoring in exposure assessment, the practicalities of setting up a biological monitoring programme and how to interpret and act on results. It will use case studies and practical sessions to reinforce learning.

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09:00 - 17:00

Effective Industrial Hygiene Management of Petrochemical Turnarounds and Related Projects

Cost: £228.00
How to Book: Email conferences@bohs.org

Many industries utilize large-scale preventive maintenance activities of operating units including petrochemical plants, electric utilities, shipbuilding, and construction, commonly termed a turnaround or outage. Potential hazards include process and cleaning chemicals as well as mechanically generated exposures (e.g. welding, grinding, burning, etc.). Worker location, often in confined spaces, increases the difficulty in controlling these hazards. These projects involve a large influx of workers and specialty contractors who may be unfamiliar with facility hazards while introducing their own hazards. The challenge to H&S professionals is the timely evaluation and control of numerous exposures occurring simultaneously at varied locations. This involves significant planning, on-the-spot hazard assessment, and control implementation requiring interaction with contractors, consultants, and management.

Successful strategies are discussed for hazard identification, field procedure development, and resource management. Participants will learn methods integrating these elements into an efficient and effective H&S plan including the use of job aids and checklists to assist in managing exposure evaluations and selection of engineering and PPE controls.

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09:00 - 17:00

Introduction to the Evaluation and Control of Waterborne Pathogens

Cost: £228.00
How to Book: Email conferences@bohs.org

This PDC will provide the basic framework for understanding the principles of the management, evaluation and control of waterborne pathogens (such as Legionella, Pseudomonas, Klebsiella, etc.) in various water systems for the purposes of infection control. The main emphasis of the course will be placed on technical strategies for environmental exposure and risk assessment in order to provide an understanding of data collection and interpretation in support of environmental source identification. Particular attention will be paid to environmental sampling and evaluation techniques and chemical or physical treatment approaches designed to control waterborne pathogens in water systems. A combination of in-depth discussion, lecture, hands-on exercise with real data sets, and review of case studies will equip the attendees with a breadth of resources to meet learning objectives. International standards and guidelines will also be covered along with a review of the current research involving waterborne pathogens.

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09:00 - 17:00

Leadership for the Occupational Hygiene Profession and your Future!

Cost: £228.00
How to Book: Email conferences@bohs.org

Surveys from business and organizational executives confirm that employers want strong leadership and communication skills in their EHS professionals in addition to sound technical/scientific attributes. Understanding key principles for building leadership skills and teamwork are what make the difference in achieving organizational and individual success.

This PDC will focus on strengthening leadership skills and attributes critical to leading teams, programs and business. The course content and interactive elements are based on concepts from the AIHA “Future Leaders Institute (FLI)” and the top rated “Functional Leadership” PDC. The integrated workshops will focus on understanding personality styles and the basics of teamwork critical to increasing the leadership, communications and organizational alignment skills of the EHS professional at any point in their career. The skills illustrated in presentations, group discussion and workshops are critical to optimize individual effectiveness and being a valued member of your enterprise.

Experiences shared by individuals throughout presentations and during workshops play an integral part of learning necessary to make good things happen in today’s demanding and complex work environment.

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09:00 - 17:00

Occupational Exposure Banding and Control Banding in the Workplace

Cost: £228.00
How to Book: Email conferences@bohs.org

Chemicals are being introduced into commerce at a rate which significantly outpaces the development of authoritative Occupational Exposure Limits (OELs). Practitioners often rely on authoritative OELs to support the implementation of the hierarchy of controls, from identifying chemicals for elimination or substitution to targeting necessary engineering controls. Occupational Exposure Banding uses available toxicological data to create a range of concentrations or an Occupational Exposure Band (OEB), to control chemical exposures. The objective of this session is to examines 1) The proposed NIOSH OEB approach as well as alternate approaches to derive an OEB 2) the application of the OEB in control banding applications.This course will highlight the array of different sources and types of OEBs and control banding, their uses and limitations, and the linkage betwe en them. Together the available tools provide a continuum of resources and tools that can assist occupational risk assessment needs. This course will also provide users guides and hands on training on resources available for IH professionals, including training in small groups facilitated by experts and designers of the OEB and Control Banding methodology.

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09:00 - 17:00

Testing Compliance with Occupational Exposure Limits for Airborne Substances (with focus on the BOHS-NVvA Guidance)

Cost: £228.00
How to Book: Email conferences@bohs.org

In this PDC attendees will learn how to analyze series of measured exposure data collected in the workplace air for comparison with an exposure limit. Different approaches such as the shift-based Similar Exposure Groups (SEG) and task-based in Exposure Scenario’s (ES) will be clarified. Finding the right Exposure Limit for the specific situation according to a hierarchy will be an important topic. Basic training in understanding the lognormal distribution and the necessity for statistical inference will be covered. The NVvA-BOHS Guidance (2011) ‘testing Compliance with Occupational Exposure Limits for Airborne Substances’ is a major focus of the PDC, and the new version of the BWStat Excel tool, which to implements these recommendations, will be shared with the attendees and used in practical examples.

Finally, a short review of current other computer tools for industrial statistics will be presented.

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