Strategy Workshop International Training and Qualifications Global Occupational/Industrial Hygiene Certification Programmes (IOHA) - 2012 • 28 member organizations • 19,569 members worldwide • 10 recognized certification programmes • 7868 certified professionals • 352 technical certificate holders • • • • • • • • • • • Australia Canada France Italy Netherlands Norway South Africa Switzerland United Kingdom United States Sweden (recognized 2010) 2 The Challenges In many western countries, the number of occupational hygienists is static or decreasing US Data • “Our Professions is not only graying … it is poised for a dramatic decline – U.S. and Globally” • “Other safety and health professional organizations are competing to capture market share” Source: John Henshaw, AIHce 2009 Emerging Economies Increasing need for OESH risk management as countries industrialise Blind spot on chronic & insidious risks Limited recognition of OH professions Global burden from risks at work* • 318,000 deaths due to Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease • 102,000 deaths due to lung cancers and leukaemia • 38,000 deaths due to asthma • 30,000 deaths due to pneumoconiosis • 9% of all lung cancers • 2% of all leukaemia • 13% of Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (bronchitis) • 11% of Asthma • 100% of pneumoconiosis • 16% of all hearing loss • 37% of back pain NB Each year there are 2 million deaths due to occupational injury and illness (312,000 due to injuries) (*data derived from: Fingerhut, M, et al, SJWEH Suppl 2005;no 1:58-61) Demand for Occupational Hygienists • Number of hygienists related to economy and working population • Potential demand can be estimated at ~45,000 certified professionals across 118 countries China With current 1.32 billion pop., if developed to western levels, would need 16,000 professionally qualified hygienists and association membership of 26,000 (Tresider, 2012) 6-year evolution of a new international scheme for education, training and qualifications in occupational hygiene 2009 data Shared Vision Aim to reduce the global burden of ill health from the work environment • building occupational hygiene capabilities where there is a need • promoting consistent quality of training • encouraging transferability of skills & qualifications • fostering a global community of hygiene practitioners • creating a sustainable business model for training • engaging stakeholder organisations as partners Key Partners Collaboration with - professional bodies - employers - training providers - other voluntary organisations Occupational Hygiene Training Association (OHTA) Ltd • a not-for-profit organisation of volunteers • dedicated to improving protection of people worldwide from the risks of the working environment • manages the global training and qualifications scheme in occupational hygiene • supported by the International Occupational Hygiene Association and its members • provides free access to educational materials through its website (www.OHlearning.com) Making the Training Accessible The OHTA website • has information on careers, training and qualifications • allows students to find training providers, course dates and locations • provides free access to the training materials • lists the award holders • links to the global OH community • has Community pages for your own projects www.OHlearning.com Sponsors and supporters All time and effort is provided by volunteers and supporters. Operating costs are funded through sponsors and organisations that share our aims Supporters: Sponsoring companies: The Intent Leadership skills Senior hygienists Advanced qualifications Hygiene professionals Intermediate modules Hygiene technical staff Principles module Safety specialists, engineers etc. Awareness Managers and employees Available Now Advanced modules Intermediate modules Principles module • Available through university postgraduate study leading to masters degree • Specialist modules under development • Seven 1-week modules based on practical aspects of occupational hygiene • One module for each topic area • Leads to international certificate • 1-week module • Covers the whole breadth of occupational hygiene at an introductory level Training Professional 4 Intermediate 3 Foundation 2 Qualifications Achievements so far • • Over 85 courses run in 28 countries (April 2012) Over 800 International Occupational Hygiene Module examinations taken of which: – 223 W501 Measurement of Hazardous Substances – 164 W201 Basic Principles of Occupational Hygiene (only launched in Oct. 2010) – 130 W505 Control of Hazardous Substances • Nearly 30,000 website visitors from 170 countries (April 2012) Where Next? Bring hygiene to a wider audience OHTA Goals Grow professional capabilities Development Level Leadership Developing countries Advanced Intermediate International organisations Principles Awareness Developed countries Professional bodies Q1. How is the scheme going? • your experience so far • recommendations for improvement Q2. What are the priorities? • Awareness courses or advanced and leadership courses? • Professional development or outreach to developing countries? • Something else? Q3. What opportunities do you see for growing • funding or sponsorship? • volunteer support?