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Chih-Chieh Chen|From “Occupational Health” to “Occupational Hygiene”

Date:2017-07-25Author:
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Chih-Chieh Chen

Professor

Ph.D.

Institute of Occupational Medicine and Industrial Hygiene

National Taiwan University


He obtained the bachelor degree of public health and the master degree of environment engineering from National Taiwan University, and received the doctoral degree of occupational hygiene from University of Cincinnati, USA in 1991. He worked at National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH, USA) from 1991 to 1993, then he went back to Taiwan and worked at National Taiwan University up to now. His research involves the respiratory protection and the aerosol technology, including aerosol generation, sampling, measurement and control. 

He was the first person in Taiwan obtaining the Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) by American Board of Industrial Hygiene. He has been active in the occupational hygiene profession, not only organized the academic exchange of occupational hygiene between the two sides of Taiwan Straits, but also established the Greater Chinese Section of International Society for Respiratory Protection. 

Previously, he served as the president of International Occupational Hygiene Association, the president of Taiwan Association for Aerosol Research, the president of Taiwan Occupational Hygiene Association, and the editorial board member of American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal (AIHAJ). Now he serves as the board member of Asian Network of Occupational Hygiene, the board member of International Society for Respiratory Protection, the member of International Advisory Board of Annals of Occupational Hygiene, and the associate editor of Journal of Labor and Occupational Safety and Health (Taiwan).  


Topic of Lecture: From “Occupational Health” to “Occupational Hygiene”


Abstract: Occupational Hygiene as defined by IOHA (International Occupational Hygiene Association) is the discipline of anticipating, recognizing, evaluating and controlling health hazards in the working environment with the objective of protecting worker health and well-being and safeguarding the community at large. Occupational medicine is the branch of medicine which deals with the maintenance of health in the workplace. While occupational medicine may involve a wide number of disciplines, it centers on preventive medicine and the management of illness, injury, and disability related to the workplace. Therefore, occupational health is a broader term. It includes two major professions: occupational medicine and occupational hygiene. From a historical perspective, occupational safety gained attention after the industrial revolution in the 18th century. The occupational medicine emerged in the 19th century because of the use the hazardous materials. Occupational hygiene arose in the 20th but only in well developed countries because this profession commits to protect workers and prevent occupational diseases from happening. Therefore, the visibility of occupational hygiene profession is an indicator of the economic and social development of a country.