About the German Occupational Hygiene Society
(Deutsche Gesellschaft für Arbeitshygiene DGAH)
The German Occupational Hygiene Society (DGAH) represents
a group of occupational health and safety experts, devoted
to the promotion and development of occupational hygiene.
Occupational hygienists practice their profession to protect
the working people and the public from chemical, biological
and physical hazards. According to the concept of the World
Health Organization (WHO), occupational hygiene is the
discipline of anticipating, recognizing, evaluating and controlling
health hazards in the working environment with the objectives
of protecting workers' health and wellbeing and safeguarding the community at large.
The occupational hygienist is an indispensable member of
the occupational health and safety multidisciplinary team,
which includes professionals with different backgrounds and
training, such as the occupational physician, health physicist,
nurse, safety engineer, toxicologist, chemist, ergonomist and psychologist.
The German Occupational Hygiene Society (DGAH) is member
of the International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA).
In the frame of this partnership, the DGAH participates in the
global activity on occupational health and safety.
This includes the cooperation with the International Labour
Organization (ILO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
New technologies do continue to present new risks, thus
challenging the occupational hygienist to develop effective
solutions. Therefore, an essential part of DGAH's activity is
the adaption of occupational health-measures at the changing
technological world and at the variations of socio-economic conditions.