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LEV conference targets industry cooperation

A joint industry conference held by the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) and the Institute of Local Exhaust Ventilation Engineers (ILEVE) focussed on cooperation between industries, as it brought together engineers and hygiene specialists to discuss law and best practice.

The conference on 7-8 February was the second such event to take place after the 2016 Conference was brought back by popular demand, and aimed to increase cooperation and understanding between the allied professions in order to enable closer working.

With a packed schedule the first day was geared towards Occupational Hygienists; with technical and best practice presentations on LEV covering issues such as retro-fitting, the hierarchy of control, real-time air monitors and LEV control from a health and safety perspective. The day was rounded off by a Q&A session featuring panellists from the Health & Safety Laboratory.

The second day was the turn of the engineers, who were given presentations from a health and safety perspective, featuring: How to insure a power station, the health and safety view on ventilation and in-use case studies of ventilation best-practice. It is hoped that the discussions on the two days will help both professions understand each other’s work better, and enable them to work more closely.

Jane Bastow, Chair of ILEVE, said: “It was fantastic to see so many people this year after the success of the first event, and it was exciting to hear so many constructive and productive conversations all round over the two days.

“So much is said about the importance of collaboration in engineering, but it’s hard to achieve when two professions don’t speak the same language. Bringing hygienists and engineers together to help them understand each other’s jobs, their concerns and their ideas goes a long way to bridging that gap.”

Steve Perkins, CEO of BOHS said “We are delighted to have worked in partnership with ILEVE to deliver this event once again, building on the success of the 2016 event. As the Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection, our aim is simple, A Healthy Working Environment for Everyone. We can only aspire to achieve this aim by collaborating with others who have a role in protecting the health of workers. 

“Bringing together engineers and occupational hygienists at this event enables them to learn from each other and build stronger relationships, which ultimately should help ensure a better outcome for the workers whose health we are aiming to protect. We look forward to continuing to work with ILEVE to build on the momentum we have gained.”

The two-day event ‘LEV: Extracting the Best Practices’ was held in Hinkley Island, Leicestershire on 7-8 February 2017.