First Candidates Achieve Six OHTA Modules


BOHS has just announced the first two candidates to achieve the six Occupational Hygiene Modules necessary to progress to the International Certificate under the OHTA international training scheme. The scheme was only launched in May 2010, so this is a significant achievement.

Mirash Mambetov and Amankeldi Zhailaubai (pictured left), both work for Agip KCO (AKCO) in the Health Services Department in Atyrau, Republic of Kazakhstan. Eleven AKCO staff have so far participated, taking from between one to a maximum of six Modules. Health Services Manager,

Dr. Abelardo Chacon, indicated; “Our company had committed to running the series of six Modules after having made a successful application to become an Approved Training Provider. We had the capability within our department to run the courses and the OHTA scheme linked our ethos of empowerment of national staff with externally accredited, high quality learning outcomes. We commend the OHTA scheme, the BOHS Faculty and organisation highly for making these objectives achievable.”

Joe Hughes, BOHS member and Member of the Faculty, started and coordinated the scheme in AKCO, with excellent lecturing support provided by colleagues Mark Holehouse, also a Member of the Faculty, and Dion Froes. All of these individuals are British trained professional occupational hygienists. Occupational Physician, Dr Rory O’Connor, provided valuable lectures in the anatomical, physiological and pathological aspects in lectures throughout the series.

An Eni subsidiary, Agip KCO is responsible for the execution of the first phase of development of the giant Kashagan field which holds some 35 billion barrels of oil in place and reserves of over 11 billion barrels beneath the Kazakhstan section of the north Caspian Sea.

The photo shows: Top row (left to right): Dion Froes (W502 & W505), Mark Holehouse (W503) and Joe Hughes (W501, W506 plus W507 – as co-leader with Dr. Rory O’Connor). Bottom row (left to right): Mirash Mambetov and Amankeldi Zhailaubai.