More confidence in our occupational health surveillance framework

Our clinical guidance and protocols have been externally validated by two occupational health experts, in addition to their previous validation by B&CE’s Occupational Health Steering Group. These clinical guidance and protocols underpin our framework and we want them to be as robust as possible.

What are our clinical guidance and protocols and why are they important?

Well, they’ll underpin our whole framework. They set out the requirements for how B&CE accredited occupational health service providers (OHSPs) will carry out health surveillance assessments under our framework. And they’re based on HSE Regulations and Approved Codes of Practice and guidance, best practice and research.

Why did they need to be externally validated?

We want our framework to be as robust as possible – so we want to gather as many views and expert opinions as we can.

When it comes to health surveillance, it’s a legal requirement and the impact on workers’ lives is so great that the clinical guidance and protocols underpinning it must be right. By seeking the opinion of occupational health experts, we can make sure that what we’re doing will help as many workers as possible stay fit and healthy for longer.

Which experts validated them?

Our clinical guidance and protocols were externally validated by two experts in the occupational health field:

  • Dr Hazem Gallagher-Alagha is a Consultant Physician in Occupational Medicine, and current head of the Occupational Health Department at Qatar Airways Group in Doha. He is also an Honorary Lecturer in hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) and Lead at the University of Glasgow.
  • Professor Paul Cullinan is a Professor in Occupational and Environmental Respiratory Disease at the National Heart and Lung Institute, and Honorary Consultant Physician in Respiratory Medicine at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London.

About Dr Hazem Gallagher-Alagha

Hazem graduated from Marmara University in Istanbul, before moving to the UK to train in surgery and specialise in cardiothoracic surgery. He subsequently retrained in occupational medicine under Professor Ewan MacDonald.

Hazem completed his training in the Glasgow and Barrow-in-Furness shipyards, providing occupational health to BAE surface ships and submarines. It was there that he worked with hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) and wrote his membership of the faculty of occupational medicine dissertation on HAVS in the shipyards, which won the Society of Occupational Medicine’s Sandy Elder Award for best dissertation.

Hazem then moved to AXA PPP Occupational Health to head their health surveillance team before he was headhunted to establish a new occupational health department for Qatar Airways Group. He continues to lecture at the University of Glasgow and at the Weill Cornell Medical College in Doha on HAVS and Lead.

About Professor Paul Cullinan

Paul’s research interests centre around the distribution, cause and effects of respiratory disease with an emphasis on their occupational and environmental relationships. Most of his work with occupational disease has been in workplace asthma, the most common occupational respiratory disease in the UK. But he’s recently extended his interests to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and asbestos-related conditions.

As far as environmental work is concerned, Paul has concentrated on early-life determinants of childhood asthma, in the UK and elsewhere, and on the effects of traffic exposures. His other interests include the epidemiology of interstitial lung diseases and cystic fibrosis and the respiratory effects of industrial or environmental disasters.

Paul works as an adviser to several government bodies in his specialist field of occupational and environmental causes of lung disease.

When can you read them?

Our clinical guidance and protocols will be available to all our accredited OHSPs when our new occupational health management scheme launches.