BOHS (British Occupational Hygiene Society), the UK’s learned and professional society for the scientific discipline of occupational hygiene recently celebrated its 60th anniversary and grant of a Royal Charter by hosting a reception at The Royal Society in London. The event saw politicians and senior individuals from professional bodies, industry, academia and trade associations all gather in one room to celebrate and recognise the success of BOHS over the past 60 years.
BOHS was awarded its Royal Charter in recognition of its unique and preeminent role as the body representing the scientific discipline and profession of occupational hygiene in the UK.
Professor Sir John Beddington, Government Chief Scientific Adviser, who was the main speaker at the event, discussed the role of science in industry and in the protection of worker health.
“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. Through the application of science in this way, BOHS and its members have achieved many noteworthy successes over the past 60 years. The award of the Royal Charter is testament to the crucial role of the Society of protecting worker health as demonstrated by these significant achievements.”
Even though she couldn’t be there in person, HSE Chair, Judith Hackitt gave a recorded video speech in which she congratulated BOHS on their Royal Charter status and emphasised the important role the Society plays, as the leading authority in occupational hygiene and in occupational disease prevention.
Aside from the Royal Charter celebrations, BOHS unveiled its brand new logo and strap line; “The Chartered Society for worker health protection”, now recognising the chartered status they have been awarded and making it clear that occupational hygiene is concerned with protecting worker health.
Whilst there are many other professions and associated societies and bodies concerned with health and safety, BOHS is the only one with a sole focus on prevention of occupational diseases through elimination and control of exposures.
Commenting on the Royal Charter reception, Steve Perkins, BOHS Chief Executive said: “Entering our 60th year as a chartered body is most definitely a cause for celebration. We are delighted that so many of our stakeholders were able to join us on this special occasion.”
Steve carried on by saying: “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.”
With over 1600 members from 48 countries, the BOHS as a whole offers membership to anyone with an interest in creating a healthier work environment.
To find out more information please visit: http://www.bohs.org/