On October 11—12, 2016, IIHA, in partnership with Center for Assessment and Application of Occupational Health and Safety (known as Pusat Kajian dan Terapan Keselamatan dan Kesehatan Kerja (PKTK3) Fakultas Kesehatan Masyarakat Universitas Indonesia), held our very first workshop on Heat Risk Assessment and Chemical Risk Assessment at Gedung Rumpun Ilmu Kesehatan Universitas Indonesia.
The workshop was presented by Prof. Dino Pisaniello, FAIOH, FSIA, FRACI, lecturer from School of Public Health, The University of Adelaide, as well as the External Board Advisor of IIHA.
The workshop was opened by a welcoming speech by Mrs. Elsye As Safira, SKM, MKKK, MSc, CIH, President of IIHA. Then it proceeded with a pre-test session and a nano lecture before focusing in two explanatory lectures. The lectures were not only focusing in theory but also case studies, group discussions, and practice.
Heat Risk Assessment Workshop was held on the first day. The suggested workshop outcomes were:
- Outline the occupational health significance of heat stress;
- Characterize sources of heat stress within the working environment;
- Understand the nature of heat strain on the body;
- Understand procedures for the assessment of a hot environment through appropriate measurement and other means;
- Evaluate the likely risk from exposure to heat stress;
- Suggest appropriate control approaches for the hot environment.
Chemical Risk Assessment Workshop was held on the second day. The suggested workshop outcomes were:
- Outline the occupational health significance of chemical hazards;
- Describe the main routes by which hazardous chemicals can enter the body, and the factors which influence their absorption;
- Describe relevant sources of information on hazardous chemicals and processes;
- Understand the role of epidemiology and toxicology in chemical health risk assessment;
- Describe the general approach to health risk assessment, including the role of atmospheric monitoring and dermal exposure assessment, and biological monitoring;
- Select appropriate equipment to measure selected airborne contaminants and devise a suitable sampling strategy;
- Understand reporting guidelines for health risk assessment purposes to enable management to comply with relevant legislation;
- Suggest appropriate control approaches for chemical exposure.
In the lecture, Prof. Dino Pisaniello emphasized that it is important for hygienists and hygiene students to not only think about the technical risk assessment issues, but also appreciate the epidemiology and perceptions of both workers and professionals. He also encouraged the participants to share their own experiences in industrial hygiene and discuss them with the whole class.
The workshop was attended by a total of 27 people from various industries or backgrounds. For added fun, door prizes were given away at the end of the workshop. The winners were handpicked by Prof. Dino Pisaniello himself.