Occupational Health and Safety: A Pioneering Past and a Bright Future

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As a former postgraduate of NUI Galway, Noelle Dromgoole was delighted to attend the conference “Occupational Health and Safety: A Pioneering Past and a Bright Future” on the 14th and 15th June 2013. The conference celebrated 21 years of Occupational Health and Safety postgraduate study at NUI Galway and the achievements of postgraduates. In addition the conference reviewed current developments and challenges within Occupational Health and Safety across all industries.

Ruairi Ward, a former Senior Occupational Hygienist at health friendly airTM and a graduate of NUI Galway, was a guest speaker at the conference. Ward is currently a Senior Occupational Hygiene Consultant with HSE Australia and is a Technical Manager of a consultancy operation whose clients are derived mainly from the Mining Industry in Western Australia. Ward gave an insightful synopsis on working as an Occupational Hygienist in Australia entitled ‘Global Challenges with the View from Down Under’.

Contact Graeme Tarbox if you have any questions on the issues raised in this article and how we can add value to your company: gtarbox@airmidhealthgroup.com

About health friendly airTM
The Health Friendly Air Division of the airmid healthgroup is a specialist organisation of medical specialists, occupational health & hygiene specialists, and scientists who audit and monitor the parameters in indoor air most likely to adversely impact on human health. The aim of these services is to protect health and mitigate organisational risk. The integrated approach helps ensure optimum health, productivity and legal compliance through

  • Indoor Air Quality Testing
  • Investigations of complaints of indoor air quality issues (sick building syndrome)
  • Ventilation System Hygiene Assessments with biological sampling
  • Air and Surface Sampling for Mould, Bacteria and Allergens
  • Chemical Risk Assessments and Exposure Monitoring for dusts, fumes, gases and vapours
  • Noise and Light Assessments
  • Home Testing Kits to assess House Dust Mite Exposure



About NUI Galway
NUI Galway offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and diplomas of international standard, which provide students with opportunities for personal and academic development, as well as giving them the knowledge and skills they need to pursue successful careers. The University holds a distinguished reputation for teaching and research excellence. In 2009 NUI Galway was named the Sunday Times University of the Year for 2009/10, while in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking, the University has jumped almost 250 places in two years to rank 243rd in the world.



About Noelle Dromgoole

Occupational Hygienist

<span class=airmid healthgroup” width=”94″ height=”125″>Noelle has responsibility for the occupational hygiene and workplace environmental monitoring for the airmid healthgroup health friendly airTM programme and develops and delivers tailored quality indoor air sampling strategies for enclosed settings. Following completion of a science degree in Environmental Health in Dublin Institute of Technology, Noelle went on to complete a Masters in Occupational Health & Safety & Ergonomics in the National University of Ireland, Galway.

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