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Doo Yong Park:Hansung University

Date:2017-07-03Author:Ben
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Doo Yong Park

DrPH  CIH

President of IOHA 


He is a Professor at the Department of Mechanical Systems Engineering, Hansung University. 


He graduated from School of Public Health, Seoul National University and received his Doctoral degree from the School of Public Health, University of Michigan. 


He is currently the President of International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA) and the Korean Industrial Hygiene Association (KIHA). He is one of the pioneer in Industrial Hygiene in both South Korea and Asia. He is also the past Director General of the Occupational Safety and Health Research Institute for the Korean Occupational Safety and Health Association (KOSHA). 


Over the past decade, he has been co-working with Hygienist from many Asian countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and India for the development and enhancement of Industrial Hygiene in various ways. He was a member of the International Advisory Panel (IAP) to the Ministry of Manpower, Singapore. 


He played a key role in building the Asian Network of Occupational Hygiene (ANOH) which was established in 2014. The ANOH will provide a platform to connect IH in Asia to help each other and to explore the “Asian Way”. He is serving as the President of the ANOH and he is eager to expand the network to all Asian countries for further collaborations.


  

Past, Present and Future of Asian Occupational Hygiene and Role of China


Occupational hygiene has been increased due to the rapid industrialization of Asian economies. However, there is a lot at stake and the challenges are great because we are facing the whole range of issues from old-fashioned, well known health hazards in traditional industries to emerging, complex and still poorly understood health hazards in hi-tech industries. Short resources and experience are another limiting factor. 


In the past, it was simply imported and adopted a great part of industrial hygiene knowledge and methodology from western to Asian countries. It seems that it worked well because the most of IH problems were relatively simple and clear. 


Recently it has been realized that something is not working well especially in the view point of field implementation and intervention. It might be because the measures we were adopting lacked an Asian perspective. Occupational hygiene is generally defined as ‘part science and part art’. The science is transferable between societies but then to implement measures it requires the art of understanding cultural and social context. To resolve this will require practitioners to consider the circumstances that are unique to each Asian country, such as high population, lower economic status, labor-intensive work, dynamic and rapid change, a health divide between rich and poor, diversity, a relationship-based society and high context language. To achieve the ultimate goal of occupational hygiene, it needs to explore an Asian way with the Asian perspective. 


We are also facing a number of newly emerging issues for which there are no countries to learn the solutions because they emerge globally simultaneously. China is challenging by all these issues; traditional and newly emerging issues, limited resources and increased multiple demands, western methodology and oriental cultural and social context. It is believed that role of China in the occupational hygiene would be getting more important in the future. It will greatly influence to Asian society as well as whole world. Therefore, international collaborations from the initial development of Chinese occupational hygiene is extremely important and significant.