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NEW LEARNING RESOURCEFOR OCCUPATIONAL HYGIENE
An excitingnew learning resource has been developed for Occupational Hygienists or thosewith an interest in the recognition, evaluation and control of physical,chemical, biological and ergonomic hazards in the workplace.
Therecently formed Occupational Hygiene Training Association (OHTA) has created awebsite to respond to the booming global demand for trained OccupationalHygienists, a boom created as the world seeks to address issues attached toasbestos, hazardous chemicals, noise, radiation, thermal stress and a myriad ofother workplace hazards.
Its website www.ohlearning.com provides free, high quality, downloadable training materials forstudents and training providers. Thesite provides a wealth of information on the discipline of occupational hygiene,approved training providers, an international qualifications system andprofessional development opportunities. It also features a collaboration centre through which practitioners,both experienced and inexperienced, can network to share ideas and resources.
The OHTA beganas an informal collaboration between dedicated occupational hygieneprofessionals who wanted people around the world to enjoy the benefits ofhealthy working environments. It hasmatured into an international framework supported by many national occupationalhygiene organisations and the International Occupational Hygiene Association. The Australian Institute of OccupationalHygienists has been a major financial contributor and prominent supporter ofthe project.
Thetraining and development opportunities outlined on the website will appeal to experiencedoccupational hygiene professionals, as well as those who may have a morelimited interest – such as doctors, nurses, safety professionals, engineers andmanagers. The internationalqualifications scheme allows individuals to study at a level that suits them.There are no formal educational requirements to get underway. The front page of the website hasdemonstration tab that is a good starting point in understanding what thisinitiative has to offer.
Furtherinformation is available from the Australian Institute of OccupationalHygienists (www.aioh.org.au).