ABC Radio interview Dr Julia Norris, Dr Barry Chesson and Candice Dix: What is occupational hygiene? Why does it matter to you?

We are becoming increasingly aware of our personal safety, especially in the workplace.

Gone are the days of ‘Lunch Atop a Skyscraper’ — the famous photo of 11 men sitting on a dangerously high beam of the half-constructed Rockefeller Centre in New York.

Gone are the days where you’d choose someone in your team to be a token OSH officer only to have them leave the ‘incident report book’ empty for the entire year….well, for some organisations anyway.

Certain sectors now have a dedicated occupational hygienist on hand mitigating risks in the workplace… and these engineers and scientists have been busier than ever before.

So what is occupational hygiene exactly? And why does it matter to you? And will practicing good occupational hygiene save us from a second wave?