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Welcome to the November issue of OHlearning News. This provides news about Occupational Hygiene Training Association (OHTA) and OHlearning. It also includes information from the awarding body, BOHS Faculty of Occupational Hygiene.
 

OHTA now registered as a UK charity

OHTA's application to become a charity has recently been approved by the UK Charity Commission.  OHTA’s registered charity number is 1168722 and details can be found on the Charity Commission website here.  
The organisation’s charitable object is:
To protect and promote the health of the public by advancing the study and science of occupational/industrial hygiene for the public benefit through the provision of training and education. 
While OHTA has always been a non-profit organisation, charitable status brings a number of benefits including increased public recognition and trust as well as tax relief. It is a fantastic step forward for the organisation. For further information please click here.

Hello to new members of the OHTA board
Over the past few months a number of new directors have joined the OHTA board. Highly experienced and well respected, they are all passionate about promoting better standards of occupational hygiene practice throughout the world. They are: Chris Laszcz-Davis, Sarah Leeson, Alan Leibowitz, Mark Milroy and Lynn O'Donnell. Details of  the background and experience of all the current board members can be found here.
awarding body update

2017 exam pricing

After a few years of freezing the fee, the exam fee for the international occupational hygiene modules will be £95.00 per student in 2017. This is a small increase on the 2016 fee.
 

Discount for developing countries

BOHS will continue to offer discounted exam fees to help promote the training of occupational hygienists in developing countries. In 2017 the discount for each candidate who attends a course in a developing country will increase from £5.00 to £10.00.
 

How to claim the discounted exam fee

The discount of £10.00 will be available for each candidate who attends a course in a developing country. The course must be a public course (not an in-house course), run in a developing country as listed by the World Bank.
Training providers are asked to confirm to BOHS that the discount has been given to the candidates so the amount can be deducted from the exam
fees invoice.

Meet the BOHS Qualifications team

It's always good to be able to put a face to a name ... so here are the members of the BOHS Qualifications team. 
From left to right: Rose Holden, Qualifications Administration Manager; Dave Proctor, Qualifications Officer Systems/Quality; Faisal Zeab, Customer Support Officer;  Shaster Arif, Customer Support Officer
Email: qualifications@bohs.org
Tel: +44 (0) 1332 29810

Award holders search facility

You can now search for any W201 and W500 series award holder via the OHlearning website. Just type in the first or last name of the candidate you're looking for and you'll be able to see the relevant qualifications.
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Congratulations to Roger Alesbury and Steve Bailey, winners of the 2016 Yant Award

This year Roger Alesbury and Steve Bailey, both founding directors of OHTA, received the prestigious William P. Yant Award, conferred by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) during their annual conference in   Baltimore, Maryland.
Roger and Steve were nominated by the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS), with support from the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (AIOH), in recognition of their contribution to the training and development of occupational hygienists worldwide, and in particular their work that led to the formation and development of OHTA. This mark of recognition comes only a year after Noel Tresider, also a longstanding director of OHTA, also received the Yant Award. See
here for further information. 

Welcome to new ATPs

6 ATPs have joined us since the March issue of the newsletter. A warm welcome to: EHS Global, IC Firth, Risk Marcker, Safety Training and Consulting (CT Safe), Sociedad Colombiana de Higienistas Ocupacionales (SCHO) and Sustainable EHS.

W502 Thermal Environment -
revised course materials

Following the editorial review, the revised course materials for W502 go live on 14 November 2016. From that date onwards, exams will be based on the new materials available here

New translations

Some new draft translations of course manuals have recently been added to the OHlearning website. We know how much work goes into these so a big THANK YOU to all those who were involved.
These are available for use but before they can be officially published, they need to be validated by professional occupational hygienists fluent in the particular languages. If you can help, please add comments and/or upload new version with 'track changes', or contact
roz.phillips@ohlearning.com

W501 Portuguese
W502 Spanish
W503 French
W505 Russian 

22 member associations ... and counting!

Earlier this year the Association of Hygienists of Argentina (AHRA) became the 22nd member of OHTA. AHRA is the first national association to join OHTA from within Latin America and we are delighted to have them on board. The Vietnamese Industrial Hygiene Association and Workplace Health Without Borders have also recently applied for membership. 
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