I’m Dr Mark Piney a retired professional occupational hygienist. My children, when young, called me “Dr Dust”, which I like. I know an awful lot about ‘dusts’ and how to control exposure!

I practiced for about 37 years including 22 years as an HM Principal Specialist Inspector with the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE). I specialised in control of substances hazardous to health, and compliance with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations. I led two national HSE projects. The first on control of isocyanate exposure in Motor Vehicle Repair (MVR) bodyshops, and the second on improving local exhaust ventilation (LEV) controls in the UK

I have an MSc in Safety and Hygiene, a PhD in occupational hygiene, and am a Member of the Faculty of Occupational Hygiene, Specialist Grade MFOH(S) Retired.

I have won the British Occupational Hygiene Society’s (BOHS)Thomas Bedford Memorial Award, twice, for the quality of my thinking, argument and writing, in the Annals of Occupational Hygiene.

I have also won the Thomas Bedford Memorial Prize for the quality of my work.

And, finally, I won the Society’s Peter Isaacs Award for the impact of my work improving control of isocyanate exposure.

The last thing I did before I retired from HSE was to develop a BOHS-Endorsed Course, “Practical Management of Local Exhaust Ventilation Controls”.I ran this Course for HSE’s Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) – link with John Saunders (HSL Principle Scientist)

Here is some guidance on selecting, fitting and using respirators which I posted on 22nd February 2020. It’s temporarily on this page. I will move it when I know more about WordPress!


Choosing, fitting and using respirators Mark Piney 12.2.20

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