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The OHSI host various professional development events throughout the year. These events provide a discussion forum for those interested in occupational hygiene and encourage and facilitate greater contact amounts. Our Annual Conference and AGM are our main events which are scheduled around February/March. Watch this space for further details of our next OHSI event.

Working Together to Tackle Occupational Carcinogens
November 16th 2017
Clarion Hotel, Liffey Valley, Dublin

This seminar was hosted by the Occupational Hygiene Society of Ireland and supported by the Health and Safety Authority. The aim of this seminar was to share knowledge on current issues around work-related carcinogens and support the EU Roadmap on Carcinogens. Attendees heard from experts on a range of topics addressing key initiatives at EU and National level.

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Photos From the Day






OHSI President

Welcome Address


Elke Schneider

EU OSHA and work-related cancer & the Roadmap on Carcinogens


Darren Arkins

Health and Safety Authority strategy on work-related carcinogens


David Fenton

National Radon Control Strategy and workplaces



Coffee Break


John Cherrie

Practical steps to control exposure to workplace carcinogens.


Dr Martin Hogan

Challenges for Health Surveillance of Carcinogens



Lunch Break


Mike Slater

BOHS Breathe Freely - Controlling exposures to prevent occupational lung disease in manufacturing


Dr Barbara McGrogan /
Kevin O'Hagan

UV Radiation and the Risk of Skin Cancer in Outdoor Workers


OHSI President

Closing Address


End of Conference

About the Speakers

Elke Schneider works as a Senior Project Manager for the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA). Elke was involved in setting up the Agency's European risk observatory and managed the "Occupational Safety and Health in figures" project combining occupational health and safety statistics at the European and national level.

Darren Arkins works as a Senior Inspector in the Health and Safety Authority and manages the Occupational Hygiene Unit within the Chemicals and Prevention Division. The Unit has responsibility for both REACH and OSH chemicals enforcement, including asbestos & biological agents.

David Fenton is Manager of the Radon and Radiation Measurement Services within the Office of Radiation Protection & Environmental Monitoring at the Environmental Protection Agency. David has been a key contributor to the development and implementation of the National Radon Control Strategy (NRCS) and regional programmes for awareness raising and prevention of radon exposures.

Prof. John Cherrie is Principal Scientist within Research Division and Professor of Human Health at Heriot Watt University. Past president of BOHS. He has a wide range of research interests including human exposure assessment, environmental and occupational epidemiology, and John has recently been involved in health impact studies on occupational cancer for the HSE and EU.

Dr Martin Hogan an Occupational Physician working in industry, a founding Partner of Corporate Health Ireland (CHI), Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and a Board Member for the International Commission of Occupational Health. He is the President of the Organising Committee for ICOH 2018 to be held in Dublin.

Mike Slater a professional occupational hygienist and Director of Diamond Environmental. Mike is a Chartered Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Hygiene, with extensive experience in industry, lectures on BOHS modules and university courses. A past President of BOHS and has been instrumental in the success of the 'Breathe Freely' initiative in the UK primarily aimed at tackling the incidence of occupational lung disease in the construction industry.

Kevin O' Hagan is the Cancer Prevention Manager at the Irish cancer Society. Prior to this he was Programme Manager of the National Youth Health Programme. From 2000-2010 Kevin was Regional Manager for Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) with the Department of Education and Science. 

Dr. Barbara McGrogan works in the National Cancer Control Programme as a Research Scientist with a special interest in skin cancer prevention. Barbara has worked at the NCCP since 2009 and following the publication of the latest National Cancer Strategy 2017-2026 will be working with the Department of Health (Healthy Ireland), HSE and other organisations including ICS to help develop and implement a National Skin Cancer Prevention Action Plan.