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OHSI 28th Annual Conference
"Effective Occupational Hygiene Conversations - Get The Conversation Going!"
Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th February 2020

"Effective Occupational Hygiene Conversations - Get the Conversation Going!"

Workshop Facilitated by Ethos Empowerment
Duration 2:00-6:00pm
Wednesday 12th February 2020

The aim of this interactive workshop is to unlock the potential in occupational hygiene leaders; expanding their ability to cultivate successful safety cultures. Video, imagery and drama help visualise the impact of safety leadership, whilst role-play sessions will allow delegates to put leadership skills into practice, providing an opportunity for feedback in a coaching environment. This interactive workshop focuses on the latest behavioural coaching techniques and directly applying them to improving occupational hygiene safety.


OHSI Members €180
Full-time Students & retirees €50
Non-Members €250
Conference Dinner €35


12th February 2020 8.00 pm





Conference Opening Anne Moore OHSI Hon. President and Patricia Murray, HSA


Annual Tom O' Connor Lecture: 'Behavioural Coaching' Mark Allen, Ethos Empowerment
Behavioural Coaching is a technique used to achieve self-sustaining behavioural change. It focuses on identifying the potential in people and unlocking that potential through open and honest conversation. Occupational Hygiene interventions held in a coaching style are more effective as they make no assumptions, give people a chance to be heard and demonstrated a high level of care for the individual.


'Behavioural Safety' Patricia Murray, HSA
Using what we know from social and organisational psychology research about work and people to improve working life. Behaviours are born out of feelings and thoughts, influenced by experiences, wrapped in memories and encouraged by situational factors;  promoting safer healthier behaviours through better informed decisions.


Tea/Coffee Break


'Persistent organic pollutants in occupational and private environments' Dr. Nina Wemken, NUIG
Brominated flame retardants, such as polybrominated diphenyl ethers, hexabromocyclododecane, and perfluoroalkyl are substances listed as persistent organic pollutants under the Stockholm Convention. To fully characterise human exposure to these contaminants, an Irish human bio-monitoring (HBM) study, coupled with environmental surveys of indoor air, dust and drinking water in Irish microenvironments, has been completed. As part of this study (ELEVATE), private environments (homes and cars) and occupational environments (offices and schools) were sampled to measure not only different pathways but also to estimate human exposure in different surroundings.


'Local Exhaust Ventilation and aspects of usage error' Paul Lacey, P&M LEV Specialists
Understanding the hazards that need to be controlled which is crucial in ensuring that the appropriate engineering control (LEV) design and use is capable of achieving its objective.


Exhibitor Presentations
Meet the exhibitors.






"What makes a good OH Report" Shara Smith, HSA
Shara will discuss OH report writing from the eyes of an inspector and the clients perspective, giving examples of issues seen and information available on OH Report writing from the HSA.


'The One Day Survey' Kelvin Williams
Carrying out a suitable sampling exercise while assessing control measures, guessing what happens when you're not there and figuring out what advice would be most helpful, in the space of several hours on a one day visit - is a tall order. Yet this is the lot of many hygienists. The presentation gives advice for getting the most out of the day, correctly interpreting data and ensuring the client receives a helpful report.


Conference Close.
Anne Moore OHSI Hon. President


Dr Nina Wemken: Nina works in Exposure Science in the School of Physics and also a member of the NUIG Ryan Institute's Centre for Climate and Air pollution and Centre for One Health. Currently, a post-doctoral researcher on the SEAI funded ARDEN project. Nina has a B.Sc. in Forensic Science and Analysis and an MSc in Toxicology from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Her PhD included research on human exposure to Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in the Irish population on the ELEVATE project.

Paul Lacey: Paul Lacey is a director and joint owner of P&M LEV Specialists Ltd since its formation in July 2019. Prior to this Paul worked for a mechanical services company where as head of the LEV department he designed, supplied, installed and maintained local exhaust extraction systems in all industrial, educational and commercial sectors for over 20 years. Paul has vast experience in accessing processes and the hazards therein which require engineering control (LEV) and ensuring the appropriate LEV system is correct and fit for purpose.

Patricia Murray, Senior Organisational Psychologist/Inspector, HSA: Patricia is the professional Work and Organisational Psychologist at the Health and Safety Authority with responsibility for the workplace psychological health and wellbeing aspects of the Programme of Work. She joined the Authority 20 years ago and was the first incumbent into the newly developed role. She set up the stress and bullying programme areas and led HSA initiatives for the improvement of workplace systems for increased employee well-being, stress reduction, bullying resolution, mental health promotion and increased safety behavior, using evidence-based insights. She provides expertise on behalf of the HSA, to various national and EU bodies on Organisational psychology topics. Patricia is a long time part-time (occasional)lecturer on related post graduate courses in UCD, Trinity College and UCC.

Mark Allan: Ethos Empowerment: Mark has over 20 years' experience as a behavioural safety coach working in oil & gas, construction, water treatment sectors and chemical plants. He is a keen advocate of drama based training as an immersive and interactive medium in which to facilitate learning. His involvement in drama-based training has taken him across many parts of the globe including Oman, Netherlands and the Outer Hebrides.

Shara Smith: Shara Smith, MSc, has worked as an inspector in both policy and enforcement roles in the Occupational Hygiene Unit of the HSA since 2008. Recent policy work has included updating the 2018 Code of Practice for the Chemical Agents Regulations. Prior to her role in the HSA, she worked in the food and pharmaceutical sectors for several years. Shara is a member of the British Occupational Hygiene Society and an Honorary Council Member of OHSI.

Kelvin Williams: Kelvin Williams is an independent occupational hygiene consultant with over 30 years of experience providing a wide range of occupational hygiene services to clients in the public and private sectors. Prior to establishing his consultancy business in 2003, Kelvin's experience included roles as Head of Environmental Health and Safety at Stanger Consultants, Chief Occupational Hygienist at Wimtec Environmentaland Operations Director for the Occupational Health and Environment Divisions at National Britannia Ltd. Kelvin is a member of the BOHS Board and serves as Regional Organiser for the BOHS South Wales and South West England region.

Taking an exhibition stand?

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Conference Downloads

Presentation materials and resources from previous conferences are available for download below:

Previous Conferences

2017 - Occupational Hygiene – playing its part

2017 - Made to Measure

2016 - Who's in Control?

2015 - Risky Business

2014 - How Well do we Communicate?

2013 - Ill Health Prevention

2012 - Navigating Current and Future Challenges

2011 - Hygiene in the Stand

2010 - To Measure or not to Measure

2009 - Breathe Easy

2008 - REACHing for Control

2007 - Physical Agents and Industrial Hygiene

2006 - Detecting the Invisible

2005 - Other Life Forms at Our Place of Work