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OHSI 17th Annual Conference
REACHing for Control

Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th February 2008

Site Visit and AGM Tuesday 19th February 2008


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Conference Programme

08.30 Registration

09.00 Conference Opening Ms Frances Wright OHSI Hon. President

09.05 Annual Tom O'Connor Lecture: "Hygiene: The Value Strategy"
Bernard D. Silverstein, TVS Associates, AIHA Value Strategy Committee.

Competing for limited resources in the current economic environment requires the Occupational Hygienist (OH) to demonstrate the value of their health and safety interventions. The AIHA Value Strategy is a comprehensive process where the OH aligns risk management with business objectives and promoting stakeholder values.

09.50 “REACH and CLP Regulations - Update”

Louise Conway, HSA.
Update on REACH and CLP Regulations following the first registration and reclassification/ notification dates. Latest information on identification of SVHCs, candidate list, future restrictions and the new SDS regulation will be provided.

10.35 Tea/Coffee Break

11.00 “The Role of PPE Standards” Elizabeth O’Ferrall, NSAI.
This presentation explores the PPE Directive and explains how it links with and drives the associated standards for the various categories of PPE. The role of the NSAI in developing these standards will also be presented. The various standards will be examined in detail, particularly the RPE standard EN259.

11.45 “Advanced REACH Tool (ART)”

Patricia McDonnell, NUI Galway and Jody Schinkel, TNO Quality of Life.
Overview of the ART, and results of validation and reliability studies. The presentation will involve a live demonstration of using the ART mechanistic model and of the Bayesian update facility, whereby the model exposure estimates can be updated with available measurement data.

12.30 Open Forum

12.45 Business Networking Session
Meet and greet other occupational hygiene professionals

13.00 Lunch

14.00 OHSI AGM – all members welcome.

14.20 “Silica Exposure in Stone Masonry”

Catherine Healy, NUI Galway.
This project aims to investigate the level of knowledge and awareness of the hazardous effects of respirable crystalline silica among stonemasons in Ireland. Results from a large survey of exposure to silica among stonemasons working in the restoration and maintenance of historic monuments will be presented.

14.35 “Occupational Hygiene from a HSA standpoint”

Darren Arkins, HSA.
Overview of the HSA’s Strategy Statement (2010-2012) and Programme of Work for 2011 in relation to Chemicals and Occupational Hygiene. An update will also be provided on relevant national legislative proposals and developments, including European initiatives.

15.20 “Local exhaust ventilation and effective controls.”

Alvin Woolley, Alvin Woolley and Associates.
This presentation will explore the new LEV guidance in detail and examine familiar problems and controls which are regularly encountered in the workplace.

16.15 Conference Close Patricia McDonnell OHSI Hon. President


Marie McCarthy, Senior Inspector has worked as regulatory toxicologist with the Health and Safety Authority for a number of years. She has been actively involved in the negotiation of REACH at EU level and in the development of technical guidance to support REACH through the European Commission’s Interim Strategy.

John P. Farris, CIH, President & CEO, SafeBridge Consultants, Inc. SafeBridge is a professional technical firm of health professionals and other scientific consultants providing EH&S services to pharmaceutical, fine chemical, and biotechnology industries.  John’s expertise includes executive management, industrial hygiene, laboratory safety, control of potent pharmaceutical compounds, environmental protection and environmental remediation. 

David O’Malley FFOH is an Occupational Hygienist for 30 years with experience in industry and consultancy, and currently runs Genesis Environmental Ltd. Originally trained as an Engineer, David has considerable experience in the design of engineering controls, including LEV. David is the Registrar of the FOH.

Steve Bailey works for GlaxoSmithKline as Vice President of Environment, Health and Safety.  He has worldwide responsibility for development of corporate strategy and policy on emerging EHS issues. Steve is President-Elect of the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) and is a past president of the former Institute of Occupational Hygienists (now the Faculty of the BOHS). 

Patricia Mc Donnell is currently studying for a PhD at NUI Galway in the area of Occupational Hygiene. Prior to commencing the PhD, Patricia has worked in occupational hygiene consultancy and research at the Air Quality Technology Centre, also at NUI Galway.
Patricia has an Honours degree in Microbiology and an MSc in Occupational Health and Safety and Ergonomics. 

Colin Doyle is a Physics graduate who converted to a career in acoustics. Based in Denmark with Bruel & Kjaer he provided technical support for advanced noise and vibration applications. Colin has travelled extensively in India providing acoustics and vibration measurement support for university, industrial, military and space research customers. On returning to Ireland he established ANV Technology in 1995 to provide advanced sound and vibration measurement and consultancy services.

John Walsh is MD of Quantum Scientific Ltd.  He is a graduate from London University with a General Degree in Chemistry and Mathematics. QSL specialises in the sales and service of gas detection and other IH equipment for the past 20 years.

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