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31st Annual Conference & Exhibition | Hilton Sydney Hotel | 30th Nov - 4th Dec 2013



The Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists annual conference is the premier event of its type in the SE Asian region. The conference promotes the science and practice of protecting worker health. The conference brings together researchers, practitioners, regulators, new hygienists, and those working on the periphery of occupational hygiene to discuss issues that affect health at work.

The theme for AIOH2013, is:

Anticipation | Recognition | Evaluation | Control

The conference program is structured around the Four Pillars Theme. Each session of the conference will be focusing on each of the areas – Anticipation, Recognition, Evaluation and Control. The final session of the conference will be focusing on profession issues such as communication and professional development. There will also be a discussion panel on the future of Occupational Exposure Limits consisting of both local and international member.

The conference will be held in the capital city of New South Wales, Sydney, at the Hilton Hotel in the heart of the CBD.
Keynote speakers




Impact of climate change on occupational hygiene – Tord Kjellström. He leads the research group with a special focus on heat and work within "Climate change and global health", attached to UCGHR as senior guest professor. He brings in expertise in environmental and occupational epidemiology now focusing on health impacts of climate change, health equity and urban health. Professor Kjellstrom is affiliated to National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.




Ototoxics, becoming a more widely recognised issue in hearing loss - Dr Thais Morata NIOSH. Thais Morata is an audiologist who has been working in the area of hearing loss prevention since 1982. Dr. Morata has worked at the Swedish National Institute for Working Life as a Guest Researcher from 1997 to 1998, and is currently back at NIOSH. She collaborates with several international occupational health institutes in the area of hearing loss prevention. She is the Associate Editor for the International Journal of Audiology.




Approaches to Evaluation of Nano Exposures – Ken Martinez NIOSH (to be confirmed). Ken has had a 33 year career with NIOSH, he has served as a research engineer assessing and developing engineering techniques for control of worker exposure to harmful chemical and biological agents, and an industrial hygiene team lead conducting and coordinating hazard evaluation studies. More recently, he has served as the Acting Associate Director for the NIOSH Emergency Preparedness and Response Office and as the Deputy Director of the NIOSH Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies. Mr. Martinez primary area of research during these years was bioaerosol exposure, characterization, and health effects. He is now the team leader for the NTRC Field Studies Team whose primary objective is to assess workplace processes, materials and control technologies associated with nanotechnology and conduct on-site assessments of potential occupational exposure to a variety of nanomaterials. This provides NIOSH with the opportunity to observe and better understand the variety of work processes used in nanomaterial workplaces, and to determine whether or not various nanomaterial processes release nanomaterials, and subsequently characterize occupational exposures.




Control Banding with REACH - Martin Tischer BAuA. Martin is a senior researcher with the Germany BAuA group and serves on many panels and committees overseeing the implementation of REACH in the EU.


Speakers will include the Presidents from the BOHS (David O'Malley) and AIHA (Barbara Dawson).

Continuing Education Seminars


The conference will offer Continuing Education Seminars (CES) on Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December 2013. These courses will be conducted by experienced practitioners and provide additional training in specialised areas of occupational hygiene. The CES will attract AIOH certification maintenance points and selected ones will attract ABIH certification maintenance points.

Topics that will be covered this year include:

  • Ventilation – Pete Roy – An evergreen and highly rated for both newcomers and old hands.

  • Direct Reading Instruments – Rob Golec & Aleks Todorovic – A day of hands-on experience using the latest in direct reading instruments.

  • Occupational hygiene and climate change - Tord Kjellström – An international expert on the topic.

  • Ethics & moral challenges for Hygienists – Brian Eva and others - A thorny topic that deserves greater discussion, for corporate and consulting hygienists alike.

  • Exposure modelling, EU style – Martin Tischer – EU regulations and exposure modelling methodology, such as REACH, are driving the new exposure standards.

  • Evaluation of hearing conservation intervention programs – Thaïs Morata An international expert provides an insight into programs the hygienists have been using.

  • Occupational cancer – John Cherrie – A well known and respected expert in the field

  • Regulators view on asbestos and management of naturally occurring asbestos – Rosalie Mayo-Ramsey – A senior regulator provides an insight on the issues of natural occurring asbestos.

  • Media management/Communications – Rob Lang – A half-day session to give hygienists an insight to more effective communication skills.

Site Visit Education Sessions

  • Hygiene Management in a Steelworks – Port Kembla Steelworks, hosted by BlueScope Steel

  • Hygiene Practices in a Dirty Place (Underground Coal Mining) – Woonona Mines Rescue Station, hosted by Coal Services

  • Radiation Health and Safety – OPAL Nuclear Research Reactor, hosted by ANSTO

Venue and Location


Hilton Sydney Hotel

The venue for the conference is the Hilton Sydney Hotel - located in the heart of the city. With exceptional facilities for business or leisure, Hilton Sydney is superbly located right in the heart of the city, with magnificent views and convenient access to Sydney's favourite attractions, including Darling Harbour, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Bondi Beach.

For more information on the Hilton Sydney Hotel click here.

Sydney, New South Wales

Sydney, best known as the harbour city, is an Australian icon and continues to be popular with domestic and international visitors. Sparkling both day and night, the city reflects the Australian character - extroverted and a bit cheeky, but warm, outgoing and friendly - and this vibrant city sure knows how to party! Sydney offers something for every visitor including first class hotels, restaurants, beaches, theatre, sightseeing, and stunning, iconic landmarks and architecture. Also known for its dazzling nightlife, watch the city come alive and the music pump up as the sun goes down.
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Call for Papers


The Conference has been structured to cover each of the fundamental principles of occupational hygiene, The Four Pillars: Anticipation, Recognition, Evaluation, and Control.

We especially want to encourage papers in the following areas:

  • Standards setting and OELs
  • Control by design
  • Leadership in occupational hygiene
  • Occupational Hygiene in the SE Asian region
  • Impacts of climate change
  • Emerging issues: nanoparticles, bioaerosols, diesel exhaust, ototoxins, fracking
  • Emerging technology (e.g. Apps)
  • Interpretation of occupational hygiene data

The Committee also welcomes papers describing practical hygiene experience and assessment, including those demonstrating the implementation of controls and evaluating their effectiveness. Papers on interventions which did or did not work as expected are also welcome.

Click here to download the AIOH2013 Call for Papers

Call for Sponsors


Sponsors are an integral part of the AIOH Annual Conference & Exhibition!

Without the support and contribution of the sponsors, our conference wouldn't be the same.

The organising committee are calling organisations to be a part of the success of this event by considering our sponsorship options.

Click here to download the AIOH2013 Conference Sponsorship Prospectus

Mark your calendar
Register your interest

  • Call for Papers deadline 5th July 2013
  • Final peer reviewed papers due 2nd August 2013
  • Earlybird registration closes 15th August 2013
  • Final non peer reviewed papers due 4th October 2013
  • Final poster papers due 4th October 2013
If you are planning on attending the conference be it as a delegate, exhibitor or sponsor register your interest below..

Please note that this is not the final booking or registration. The early registration brochure can be downloaded here.