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Senior ExxonMobil health professional elected BOHS President

19 July 2011

Dr Alex Bianchi, Manager of ExxonMobil’s Occupational Health Centre of Excellence (Europe, Africa and Middle East), has been elected President of the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS).

Dr Bianchi says of his Presidency, which runs until April 2012, “It is a great privilege to take over from a succession of Presidents who have served the office of BOHS President with diligence and commitment, as well as being beacons and captains for BOHS as a whole.  Much of what we have in place today that is commonly regarded as successful and world-leading is in part down to their vision and determination. In my presidential year I will be focussing particularly on the means by which we in BOHS can both promote and sustain leadership in Occupational Hygiene, particularly for those who are in the early stages of their career and are interested in exploring and/or developing their leadership skills.”  

Alex holds a first degree in Chemistry and Environmental Science, focusing on Organic Chemistry, and a PhD in Organic Biogeochemistry, and alongside the BOHS Certificate of Operational Competence and Diploma of Professional Competence in Occupational Hygiene, also holds separate qualifications in radiation protection. He is a Fellow of the BOHS Faculty, a Chartered Chemist and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health. 

Alex has worked for ExxonMobil (then Esso) since 1975 where, following a number of years as a site-based Industrial Hygienist, he then started to receive part-time assignments to specific projects and work teams across Europe, including incident investigation specialist teams, building extensive experience across different areas of Industrial Hygiene. He was appointed to his current post by the Global IH Manager in late 2003.    

He has been a member of BOHS for over 20 years, and says of his membership, “BOHS has served as a critical focus for training and professional development as well as providing a ‘home base’ for all Occupational Hygienists with broadly shared views, aims and objectives. I expect I might have ended up on a different career path but for the influence of BOHS”.

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