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Royal Charter for workplace hygiene specialists

The body leading advances in workplace hygiene such as exposure to airborne particles has received a Royal Charter to mark its 60th anniversary.

The work of the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) was praised by Sir John Beddington, Government Chief Scientific Adviser, when the charter was launched at The Royal Society in London.

“It is extremely positive news that a society like BOHS is being recognised for its work. Occupational hygiene is about applying science in an area with substantial potential for public good as well as for economic benefit.

“The award of the Royal Charter is testament to the crucial role of the society of protecting worker health.”

Airborne particles are a particular hazard in many areas of the waste sector.

BOHS logo

BOHS, which also launched a new logo, left, was awarded its charter in recognition of its unique role as the body representing the scientific discipline and profession of occupational hygiene in the UK.

In a statement delivered by video, Health and Safety Executive chair Judith Hackitt said the society was the leading authority in occupational hygiene and in occupational disease.

BOHS chief executive Steve Perkins said: “We hope that Royal Charter status will help us in our efforts to raise awareness of the issues of occupational exposures and continue working towards our vision of achieving a healthy working environment for everyone.”

  • Pictured above are: Professor Sir John Beddington, Dr Bob Rajan (BOHS President), Steve Perkins

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