News Updates

ICOH Congress Dublin 2018 – a great success!

It is pleasing to announce that the Congress in Dublin, which closed on Friday 4th May, was a great success! Over 2200 delegates attended and participated in:

  • 42 keynote presentations
  • 196 special and abstract sessions
  • Over 700 posters
  • 852 academic presentations in the parallel sessions
  • Over 300 hours of educational content
  • 4 worksite visits and a historical walking tour of Dublin
  • A tour of the Irish Naval vessel LE WB Yeats
  • Over 800 attended the Congress Gala Dinner

In addition, there was a lively exhibition area and we are grateful to all of our sponsors including IOSH and Cardinus Risk Management. The conference app proved to be a valuable tool for delegates allowing them to interact with speakers using the Q & A and polling functions. It also facilitated the planning of personal programmes and provided daily updates to complement the Congress daily newsletter. The global policy forum was very well received and facilitated the development of a Dublin Statement on Occupational Health: New Avenues for Prevention of Occupational Cancer and Other Severe Occupational Health Hazards. This was signed off at the closing ceremony. All submitted abstracts were published as a supplement to the Occupational and Environmental Medicine journal and this is available online. A big thank you goes to all those who assisted with the administration and supported the running of the event in the CCD during the week – including Conference Partners International. See you all in Melbourne, Australia in 2021!

Editors of OEM Journal add a new interactive session

The organisers of ICOH 2018 are pleased to announce that an exciting new early bird session has been added to the programme:  Getting your paper published: perspectives from the Editors of OEM.  The session will be suitable for early and mid-career researchers and practitioners with an interest in research. The presenters will be Prof Malcolm Sim, Editor-in-Chief of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) and Dr Lesley Rushton and Dr Geoff Calvert, Deputy Editors of OEM.

This interactive session will provide some insights about what to do and not to do to increase the chances to publish your paper in a scientific journal.  It will cover important things to consider when writing your paper, how best to present your findings, the submission and review process and responding to peer review comments.  There will be a panel at the end for questions and answers.

The session will take place on Wednesday 2nd May at 07.15 – check the programme on our website for further details.

ICOH 2018 Approved by EACCME for CME

We are pleased to announce that our application for EACCME® accreditation has been approved and the Congress has been granted 28 European CME credits (ECMEC®s).

ICOH 2018 Programme Published

As organisers of ICOH 2018, we are pleased to announce that the scientific programme for the forthcoming Congress has been published on our website. The programme has as its theme ‘occupational health: research into practice’ and includes 11 plenary and 32 semi-plenary invited presentations. A record number of abstracts has been received generating over 70 oral abstract sessions along with over 100 special sessions organised by the ICOH scientific committees. These sessions encompass a broad range of multi-disciplinary OSH topics and represent over 900 presentations and 300 hours of educational content. In excess of 800 posters have been submitted and the popular student poster competition, with various prizes available, has attracted over 50 entrants. Four worksite visits to major organisations in the Dublin area as well as an historical architectural walking tour are also on offer. A special feature and major component of the Congress is the expert Global Policy Forum on the theme of ‘Preventing Occupational Cancer – global policies and strategy’. A range of leading experts in the field including WHO and ILO along with expert views from the regions will discuss relevant policies and strategies for the future.
In addition to the above, the Safety and Health Exhibition will showcase the latest technology, equipment and ideas related to OSH. We are also grateful for the support of our sponsors and also a range of supporting organisations including the Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the Health and Safety Authority, Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland, Occupational Health Nurses Association of Ireland, Irish Society of Toxicology, Occupational Hygiene Society of Ireland, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Irish Ergonomics Society and the Irish Society of Occupational Medicine. ICOH 2018 abstracts will be published in advance of the conference by the Occupational and Environmental Medicine journal. Delegates will also have access to a dedicated conference app that will enhance their experience and for physicians, European CME/CPD accreditation [EACCME] has been applied for.

OHNAI Occupational Health Nurses Global Networking Event at ICOH 2018

The Committee and members of the Occupational Health Nurses Association of Ireland OHNAI are delighted to be able to host a unique global networking event among international colleagues and leaders within Occupational Health Nursing, during the Dublin ICOH Congress 2018.

This will be a fantastic opportunity to collaborate with frontline specialists in the field of Occupational Health Nursing and share first hand experiences of evidence based best practice at an international level.

Delegates will include representatives and members from:

  • International Commission of Occupational Health (ICOH), Scientific Committee of Occupational Health Nursing (SCOHN), including Chair Ms. Susan Randolph,
  • the Federation of Occupational Health Nursing of the European Union (FOHNEU) including  President Dr. Henrietta Hirdi.
  • INMO Occupational Health Nurse Committee.
  • UK RCN Public Health Forum.
  • UK Occupational Health Nurse Forum.

The event will be held on Tuesday 1st May 2018 at 18.00 in the Convention Centre Dublin. All occupational health nurses are invited to attend and the event is free. Please contact before 19th March if you wish to attend.

The Irish Society of Toxicology Poster Prize

The Irish Society of Toxicology is delighted to announce that it will present a poster prize in the Occupational Toxicology category at the ICOH 2018 conference. The prize of €500 will be awarded to the best general poster in this category, which will be decided by members of the Irish Society of Toxicology and will be presented by the current President of the Society, Assoc. Prof. Tara McMorrow.

About the IST: Founded in 1985, it has over 100 active members from industry, academia and governmental agencies who are involved in toxicology-related activities. The organisation aims to increase knowledge and awareness of toxicological issues facing society. The IST was a founder member of the European Societies of Toxicology (EUROTOX) and is also a member of the International Union of Toxicology (IUTOX). Find us on @IrishSocTox

Dr Leslie Nickels

The local organisers of ICOH Dublin 2018 were sorry to learn of the passing of Dr Leslie Nickels, Chair of the ICOH Scientific Committee on History of Prevention of Occupational and Environmental Diseases. We were very much looking forward to having Leslie join us for the Congress where she was due to run a number of sessions on the themes of global occupational and environmental health. During many decades, Leslie made an invaluable contribution to both ICOH and WHO on the development of global occupational health and safety and the protection of workers. A full tribute can be found at the following: . Our sympathy and thoughts are with her family, colleagues and friends at this sad time.

Prof Ken Addley
Chair, Dublin 2018 Local Scientific Committee

WHO Collaborating Centres for Workers’ Health

Dr Ivan Ivanov [Team Leader, Worker’s Health, Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health, World Health Organisation, Geneva] visited the Faculty of Occupational Medicine in Dublin on 14th November 2017. The Faculty and the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland are pleased to be able to assist the WHO in facilitating the 11th Meeting of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Workers’ Health. This will be held in the College, Kildare Street, Dublin [April 26-28 2018] in conjunction with the ICOH Dublin 2018 Congress. This confirms a long tradition where the WHO global network meetings have been held in conjunction with the ICOH triennial world congresses. This active commitment of WHO in ICOH events is extremely important to draw attention to OSH issues, globally. It is one of ICOH’s strategic goals to keep this strong and productive relationship active both now and in the years ahead.

Photo: Dr Ivan Ivanov, World Health Organisation with Prof Ken Addley, Faculty of Occupational Medicine and Chair of ICOH 2018 Local Scientific Committee

Abstract Review Process Completed

The ICOH 2018 Organising Committee are pleased to announce that the abstract review has now been completed. Our session organisers and teams of reviewers have done a great job in completing the various task within the time schedule allowing us to notify authors by the agreed date. A big thank you to all of them! We would also like to commend our Conference Partner team here in Dublin for their excellent professional input. We also thank all of those who submitted abstracts – we have had over 1500 submitted which is a record number. We now look forward to having an excellent collection of high quality abstract oral and poster sessions at the Congress next year.

Congress Update – 35 Weeks to go!

There has been exceptional interest from those wishing to actively participate at ICOH 2018. With 35 weeks to go to Congress, the following provides an update:

  • 11 Keynote Plenary & 32 Semi-plenary speakers have already agreed to give presentations;
  • Abstract submission is now closed with over 1500 abstracts received
    across a range of relevant themes;
  • It is our intention to deliver over 180 Special & Oral Abstract Sessions;
  • There will an expert Global Policy Forum on Preventing Occupational Cancer – global policies and strategy;
  • Over 700 General Posters have been submitted and the popular Student Poster Competition with various prizes available will be run again;
  • We will be offering 4 Worksite Visits to major organisations in the Dublin area as well as an Historical Architectural Walking Tour;
  • Delegates will have access to a dedicated Conference App that will enhance their experience;
  • Registration is open currently – EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT ENDS 15TH November 2017;
  • There are discounted registration rates for ICOH Members, Students and delegates
    from Developing Countries;
  • There will be a full accompanying Social Programme and Gala Dinner;
  • Application will be made for European CME/CPD accreditation [EACCME].

More detail on these offerings is available through our website. So, don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit Ireland and participate in a fantastic educational and networking event

Professor Tar-Ching Aw

The Organising and Scientific Committees for Dublin 2018 were saddened to learn of the recent sudden death of their esteemed colleague and friend, Prof Tar-Ching Aw. He had many affiliations including being a Fellow of the Irish Faculty of Occupational Medicine and played a major global role over very many years improving and protecting the health of workers. A gifted academic, he held many positions including Professor & Chair, Department of Community Medicine, College of Medicine & Health Sciences, UAE University and Professor of Occupational Medicine, University of Kent, UK. Tar-Ching was also an adviser to the WHO and ILO and had served as an ICOH Board member for two terms. There were many personal and professional achievements and he was widely published. His most recent post was Chief OH Adviser for ADNOC in Abu Dhabi. His quiet good humour and warm personality will be missed by his colleagues in the fields of both occupational and public health and beyond.

We offer our sympathy and condolences to his family. RIP.

The UK SOM are arranging for donations to support a research fund in Tar-Ching’s memory please use the following link:

Prof Ken Addley, Chair of the Dublin 2018 Scientific Committee

Congress Global Policy Forum theme announced: preventing occupational cancer – global policies and strategies

ICOH President Dr Jukka Takala, General Secretary Prof Sergio Iavicoli, Prof Jorma Rantanen and officers attended an update meeting with local organisers in Dublin on 2nd/3rd July. It was noted that much progress has been made and that the preparations for next years Congress were well advanced. At the meeting it was also announced that the Global Policy Forum will be dedicated to the the theme of preventing occupational cancer. A range of leading experts in the field will be invited to discuss relevant policies and strategies for the future. This session will be a major component of ICOH 2018 providing a variety of opportunities for audience participation using social media and the conference app. Further details will be announced on the website in due course.

ICOH 2018 Book of Abstracts to be published by OEM Journal

Organisers of the 2018 Congress have declared their intention to publish the conference proceedings in the OEM journal. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, a BMJ journal, is an international peer reviewed journal covering current developments in occupational and environmental health worldwide. Further details will be posted in due course on the website.

Chair and CEO of IOSH meet with ICOH 2018 organisers

The Chair and CEO of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and their local representatives met with ICOH 2018 organisers in Dublin on 30th March 2017. With around 47,000 members, IOSH is the world’s biggest professional health and safety membership organisation and works with its members and other health and safety organisations across the globe to keep people safe and healthy in all areas of their work. Further information on IOSH can be found at:

IOSH is a supporting organisation for ICOH 2018 and the meeting provided an opportunity to update their delegation on progress in preparations for the Congress next year. In addition, discussion of ongoing support for ICOH 2018 and wider partnering issues was also facilitated.

Prof Ken Addley (Dublin 2018), Bev Messinger (CEO, IOSH), Dr Bill Gunnyeon (Chair, IOSH), Liam Howe (Chair, Ireland Branch IOSH), Norita Robinson (Development Manager, IOSH Ireland), Dr Martin Hogan (Dublin 2018)

ICOH Mid-Term Meeting Florence 13th March 2017

The ICOH Board received an update on preparations for the ICOH Congress Dublin 2018 from the Chair of the Scientific Committees and ICOH Vice President Dr Marilyn Fingerhut; the Chair of the Chair of the Local Organising Committee Dr Martin Hogan; and the Chair of the Local Scientific Committee Prof Ken Addley. Members heard about the registration system, abstract submissions and programme of special sessions. Local organisers will be sending out regular information about the Congress on a monthly basis to all those who are registered with them and this includes all ICOH members. It is possible to register to receive these updates – check the home page of this website. Those who are not yet ICOH members are encouraged to join: The organisers also encourage the submission of abstracts and registration for the conference.

Attending the ICOH mid-term meeting (l – r):
Prof Seong-Kyu Kang (Vice President ICOH), Dr Martin Hogan (Board Member ICOH & Dublin 2018), Dr Jukka Takala (President ICOH), Dr Marilyn Fingerhut (Vice President ICOH), Prof Ken Addley (Dublin 2018), Prof Malcolm Sim (Board Member ICOH & Melbourne 2021)

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