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Principles of Biosafety - International Course

Lundi, 13 septembre, 2021 - 00:00 to Lundi, 27 septembre, 2021 - 00:00

Registration open for the international course Principles of Biosafety

This intensive course, organised by the University of Antwerp and the Institute of Tropical Medicine of Antwerp, in collaboration with Ghent University, University of Namur, Free University of Brussels, Sciensano and Perseus, provides a comprehensive review of all essential elements of assessing and managing biological risks. Theoretical aspects will be combined with diverse topics focused on daily practice.

De positieve kracht van ventilatie op COVID-19

Lundi, 10 mai, 2021 - 14:00 to 17:00
Dat COVID-19 een enorme impact heeft op de mensen op de werkplek is een feit. Vanuit Flanders’ FOOD en Fevia ism VITO, UGent en WTCB zijn we ervan overtuigd dat de expertise die we de afgelopen jaren hebben opgebouwd rond “ventilatie” in onze smakelijke sector, een deel van de oplossing is om in te zetten op het positieve effect rond het “welzijn” van de medewerkers.

Coronavirus in luchtstromen

Mardi, 4 mai, 2021 - 10:00 to 11:30
Ventilatie met verse lucht is niet altijd mogelijk in bepaalde ruimtes. Hoe kan je in dat geval maatregelen nemen om de verspreiding van het coronavirus zo veel mogelijk in te perken? In het webinar van 4 mei ilustreren we welke maatregelen effectief zijn ter preventie van de verspreiding van het coronavirus en hoe deze in te zetten. Dit doen we door luchtstromen in beeld te brengen.

BSOH-BBP Webinar: Biological agents, where the biosafety coordinator and the occupational hygienist meet

Vendredi, 30 avril, 2021 - 08:30 to 12:30
online webinar

In the footsteps of our previous joint meeting in 2017, BSOH and BBP again joined forces to organize an event. This year, we will focus on where and how the occupational hygienist and the biosafety coordinator can collaborate. By means of practical cases, the roles of both functions and the opportunities for collaboration will be highlighted.

Due to COVID, the event will be online.

The Silica-Tuberculosis Link: Updating the Relationship and Prevention Practices

Jeudi, 15 avril, 2021 - 16:00 to 17:30
online webinar

The International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) Subcommittee on Silica Dust Exposure and TB in coordination with the Mining Occupational Safety and Health (MinOSH) Scientific Committee presents a webinar highlighting the relationship between silica dust exposure and Tuberculosis (TB) risk and exploring strategies to reduce exposures. This webinar is open to all ICOH members and all interested parties at no cost by registering in advance at this link:

BSOH Webinar "SARS-CoV-2, a biological hazard in the workplace"

Vendredi, 12 février, 2021 - 08:30 to 13:00

En février 2020, le directeur général de l'Organisation mondiale de la santé a déclaré une urgence de santé publique de portée internationale (USPPI) suite à l'épidémie en cours de maladie respiratoire COVID-19. Des mesures exceptionnelles pour la protection des travailleurs contre l'infection par le SRAS-CoV-2. Les hygiénistes du travail sont les spécialistes par excellence dans le domaine du contrôle de l'environnement de travail car c'est précisément leur domaine de travail spécifique. Dans cette qualité ils sont les mieux placés de tous les spécialistes pour élaborer des directives nécessaires et utiles pour la prévention de la transmission de ce virus dans l'environnement de travail.
Notre équipe de séminaire a sélectionné quatre conférenciers éminents, experts dans leur propre domaine, pour élaborer en profondeur sur le virus, la maladie, l'exposition et sur la prévention de la transmission.

Event postponed: BSOH on the road: Benchmarking good practices

Jeudi, 29 octobre, 2020 - 08:45 to 17:30
Ajinomoto OmniChem - Wetteren (Oost-Vlaanderen)

En raison de lévolution de plus en plus défavorable de la pandémie COVID-19, cet événement a été reporté à 2021. (mise à jour du 19/10/2020)

Seminar of the Contact Group Health and Chemistry : Super spreading events and the development of the COVID-19 pandemic: what is the role of indoor air quality?

Jeudi, 17 septembre, 2020 - 09:30 to 13:00
online (those who register on time will receive a link)

Recent studies of super spreading events have demonstrated beyond any reasonable doubt that viruses are released during exhalation, talking and coughing in microdroplets small enough to remain airborne and pose an exposure risk when carrying a high virus load. However, the contribution of aerogenic transmission remains a controversial topic in the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. In March-April 2020 there were reports of certain events where many persons were linked to the same source of infection. Such super spreaders were linked to après-ski-bars in Austria, Karaoke bars in South Korea, churches and other gatherings where many persons meet in confined poorly ventilated rooms. After the first wave households and certain workplaces were reported to be hotspots. Large groups of hundreds of workers in certain production facilities like slaughter houses, fish factories, textile sweat shops and cooled sorting and storage of fruits were reported as hot spots of infections in the aftermath of the first wave. In these settings airborne transmission may not always be the only transmission route but certainly an important explanation of the spatial patterns of group infections. On July 6th 2020 a group of 239 scientist published an open letter ‘It is Time to Address Airborne Transmission of COVID-19’ in Clinical Infectious Diseases (see The next day the WHO announced to take this message seriously and study the possibility of this third route of transmission in addition to transmission by direct contact and by fomite.

PDC Fundamentals in Industrial Ventilation On the Belgium

On the Belgium

Fundamentals in Industrial Ventilation
October 11–15, 2021

Huis van de Bouw
Tramstraat 59
9052 Ghent, Belgium

35 Education Contact Hours to earn CIH CM credits
and/or BCSP recertification points

Hands-on training from industrial ventilation experts Gregg Grubb, CIH and Jonathan Hale, MPA, ACGIH's Fundamentals in Industrial Ventilation & Practical Applications of Useful Equations (FIV) course covers both basic and advanced topics related to industrial ventilation and related calculations including:
  • The behavior of air and chemical contaminants in the air
  • Industrial process exhaust system design (including ACGIH calculation methods)
  • Make-up and supply air ventilation systems
  • Dilution ventilation systems
  • Selection and design of exhaust hoods, ducts, and fittings
  • Fans and air cleaners (including Fan Laws)
  • Troubleshooting and testing of existing systems
  • Hands-on testing and measurements
  • Calculation and estimation approaches related to airborne contaminants
  • TLV and TWA
  • OA for dilution, fans, system testing, sound and noise, heat stress, radiation, ventilation, statistics, chemistry, etc.
  • A calculations lab in which participants work in a team environment

Each student receives:

Gregg Grubb, CIH graduated with a BS in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University in 1986; he went on to serve the State of Michigan in environmental and industrial hygiene capacities from 1986 until 2017. He currently is the owner of Grubb Industrial Hygiene Services, LLC, which provides comprehensive industrial hygiene field and educational services.
Jonathan F. Hale, MPA is the founder and owner of Air Systems Corporation, an innovator in the industrial pollution-control industry. Mr. Hale has also worked as an EPA inspector and permits engineer.
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