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Newsletter – January 2022

 1. Membership for 2022

The Society needs your support more than ever in these times. If you are already a member please visit www.isrpeurope.com to renew your membership by credit card payment.

If you wish to join for the first time the best route is via the main website, www.isrp.com.You need to create a personal data field there as a member of the European Section to obtain access to the Society databases. When payment is requested ask to pay “off-line”. You will be directed to www.isrpeurope.com where you register with the section and submit payment to us.

If you cannot use online credit card facilities for payment please contact the section secretary and we will send an invoice so you can pay via our bank. We will be sending out invoices shortly to those who paid by this route last year.

2. International Online Conference 2022 – CALL FOR PAPERS

The Society is organising an International on-line conference for May 10th to 12th 2022. In addition there will also be an educational session which could be used for CPD purposes on May 9th.

We are looking for papers – the accompanying flyer has a link to Ex Ordo – the website that we are using to collate them and distribute them to reviewers. Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis until 28 February 2022 at https://isrp2022.exordo.com.

If you are registered on our parent website, www.isrp.com, you will be sent further emails when the details have been finalised.

Sessions will be timed so that at least two of the time-zone regions (Americas, Europe and Far East) can participate live without having to be awake in the middle of the night. Sessions will be recorded.

There will be a registration fee for the conference and there will be opportunities for sponsorship. Obviously, protection against infectious disease will be a major theme of the conference.

3. European Section Webinars 2022

Following the sections successful 2021 webinar programme, we are pleased to announce the schedule for 2022. The European section will be hosting the following webinars this year:

1. Basics of Respiratory Protection – What, Where and Why?

  • Date: provisionally Spring
  • Presentations including the basics of respiratory physiology, fundamentals of filtering- and breathing apparatus- RPDs

2. Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS)

  • Date: provisionally Late Summer
  • Including presentations on what is RCS? Occupational hazards & physiological effects of RCS, and case studies on the latest RPE technologies and procedures for mitigating against RCS.

3. Welding: The multi-hazard process.

  • Date: provisionally Autumn
  • Including presentations on welding fabrication processes, occupational hazards, and RPE/PPE requirements

4. Asbestos: The Latent Killer

  • Date: provisionally Early Winter
  • Including presentations on What is Asbestos? Origins, hazards & European regulations, and case studies on the latest RPE technologies and procedures for mitigating against Asbestos. 

If you are registered on our parent website, www.isrp.com, you will be sent further emails on the webinars when the details have been finalised.

4. Membership Updates

To continue supporting our membership and encourage the Exchange of Information within our organisation, we will be continuing with our ISRP – MEMBER Introduction slots within each of the webinars listed above. Therefore, if any member would like to volunteer to give a 10-15-minute elevator pitch of their company, latest technology and/or relevant research, we would very much welcome abstract submissions. Please contact either the section chair or secretary for further details.

Please Note that there was no December Newsletter.

Dave Crouch at
Chair isrp European Section

Mike Williams at
Secretary isrp European Section
January 7th 2022

Newsletter – November 2021

1. European Webinar – Radiological Hazards

Our last webinar of the year is on the 9th December at 2 PM GMT. It is a joint meeting with The Society for Radiological Protection.
Speakers are:

  • Christopher Jones, Head of Corporate RPA on behalf of SRP/AWE
    Basics of Radiological Hazards
  • Peter Hiller, Technical Authority (Characterisation), National Nuclear Laboratories
    Case Study - Radiological RPE Requirements in Decommissioning - Particulate Hazards
  • Paul Cooper, Operational lead CBRN Support, Atomic Weapons Establishment
    Case Study - Radiological RPE Requirements in Operational Use - Gaseous / Vapour Hazards

This is free to members and non-members alike. Please visit the following link to reserve your place:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/4116358597372/WN_Ji4B8LQSQYujWa_iOYu7Yg

The series will continue next year and we are looking for suggestions for subjects or speakers that we could approach. Please contact the section chair () or secretary (). 

2. International Online Conference 2022 – CALL FOR PAPERS

The Society is organising an International on-line conference for May 10th to 12th 2022. In addition there will also be an educational session for CPD purposes on May 9th.

If your details are correct on our parent website, www.isrp.com, you should have been sent an Email about this event last week that will seem to have come from Gabriele Troescher, who is running the technical committee. If you didn’t get this Email and think that you are a paid-up member let me know. In the meantime I will place details of the event on www.isrpeurope.com shortly.

There will be a registration fee for the Conference and there will be opportunities for sponsorship. Obviously, protection against infectious disease will be a major theme of the conference. 

3. Journal

I need to remind you that the ISRP Journal went entirely paperless a couple of years ago.
It is available at: https://www.isrp.com/the-isrp-journal

Some of the papers are open access and can be read by anybody but most of the recent and historical content is for members only.

Mike Williams at 
Secretary ISRP European Section
November 10th 2021

Newsletter – September/October 2021

1. European Webinars

Registration is now open for the next webinar Confined Space – ‘The Hidden Hazard’ will take place on the 7th of October 2021 at 14.00 UK time. Speakers are:

  • Stewart Ayrey of 3M Advanced Application Engineering Specialist, “Basics of Confined Spaces”
  • Laurent Herve of Sanofi, “Confined Space Case Study”

This, and the other 2021 webinars, are free to members and non-members alike. We apologise for the short notice for booking. Please visit the following link to reserve your place:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/2516327778482/WN_zT4QoBkvQu eecfYxJuiWTQ

2. Subsequent Educational Webinars 2021

We have one more event this year, on the 9th December 2021 - Radiological Hazards. The full programme can be found at: https://www.isrp.com/news/335- isrp-2021-webinar-series

The series will continue next year and we are looking for suggestions for subjects or speakers that we could approach. Please contact the section chair () or secretary ().

3. Member Support

Chris Dobbing of Cambridge Mask (ISRP Corporate Member) is looking for a guest blogger to write some mask related content for their website to help educate their customers. This could be a one-off, or a series of posts over a period which would be paid at an agreed rate tbd. If any member is interested in this please contact or  directly

4. Online International Conference 2022

The Society is planning an International on-line conference for May 10th to 12th 2022. The details of how this will run are currently being decided but it is intended that there will be sessions of maybe 3 hours long to occur at different times to best suit the various sections of the Society. Obviously there is no one slot that will suit all so recordings will be made available. It should be possible to set timings so that they take place at a convenient time for at least two of the geographical areas where we have Sections.

There will be a registration fee for the Conference and there will be opportunities for sponsorship. We will be calling for papers on any topic to do with respiratory protection shortly. Obviously, protection against infectious disease will be a major theme.

Mike Williams at
Secretary ISRP European Section
September 28th 2021

February 25 2020 Newsletter

1. Spring Meeting and AGM, Lodz, Monday 16th March 2020


Under three weeks to go to our Spring Meeting. We have a full complement of speakers.

Krzysztof Makowski CIOP – PIB – Title to be confirmed

Malgorzata Okrasa CIOP – PIB - Title to be confirmed

Robert Gregorczyk KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. “Work safety managment in terms of Glogow Smelter workers exposure to harmful factor on the lead bearing materiał.”

Mike Clayton 3M Respirator fit testing as part of your RPE programme’

Karl Wenzelewski The work of TC79

Wolfgang Drews. ISO-Standard 17420 for Respiratory Protective Devices

Jolanta Walusiak-Skorupa Institute of Occupational Medicine, Łódź

Respiratory health hazards at the workplace – prophylactic care of the worker

Presentations may not be in this order but we shall start with Krysztof or Malgorzata as hosts.

The Section AGM will be held before lunch. All are welcome to attend the AGM but only paid-up members (members “in good standing”) can vote on any resolution. If there are any items that members wish to put forward for discussion at the AGM let  know.


The full address is of CIOP-PIB is:
Centralny Instytut Ochrony Pracy – Państwowy Instytut Badawczy (CIOP-PIB)
ul. Wierzbowa 48, 90-133 Łódź.

The booking site is open at www.isrpeurope.com. There is only one price, £20. Book through www.isrpeurope.com. The meeting is free for speakers.
Some are staying at the Novotel. Krzysztof also recommends Hotel Ambasador Premium,
Campanile, Holiday Inn and Qubus Hotel

2. New Chair for the Section.

Professor David Crouch, of 3M and Cranfield University, has put his name forward to be our new Chair. David is involved in many groups and has considerable experience in the field of respiratory protection.


David Crouch is global subject matter expert for defence and public pafety for science-based technology company, 3M. He is a professional chemist, with more than 25 years’ experience in the fields of materials science, respiratory and CBRN protection. A chartered chemist and fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, David is currently global application engineering lead on all 3M Hazard management programs, for both the civil and military markets. He is a visiting professor at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom (Cranfield University-Defence & Security), Convener of CEN/TC391 Societal & Citizen Security Working Group 2 (CBRNe) and is the former chairman of CBRN-UK (www.cbrn-uk.com), the UK industry’s specialist CBRN interest group. David is a member of the Emergency Planning Society - CBRN Professional Working Group and also represents BSI on the national PH/004 (Respiratory Protection) & CBRN (BS8468) standard committees. As well as internationally on the ISO TC94 SC15 Working Group 7 CBRN committee.

3. ISRP International Conference, Oxford, September 2020 – Reminder.

Papers

It’s time to submit abstracts for Conference Papers. Send them to for assessment. We hope to give a quick response. Rememer to check the rules for the Bob Bentley Bursary on isrp.com to see if you are eligible for financial support.

Registration

Book to attend the conference via https://www.isrp.com/events/next-international-conference. You will be directed to our partners, Conference Care, who are handling the bookings for the meeting. We are operating an honesty policy. You do not have to renew your membership for 2020 before you book but you must have done it before the conference. I shall check your membership in the summer and you will find it is cheaper to be a member than to pay the excess. See below for 2020 membership rates for the European Section.  Payments will be taken against credit card unless you need an invoice. It could take a week for an invoice to be issued by Conference Care. If there are any problems or undue delays please contact .

Accommodation

Conference Care are not handling the bookings for the rooms in Pembroke College or for Hotels. You will be sent an Email with a link to Pembroke College to book accommodation and a password. Their rates for Bed and Breakfast at are very reasonable for Central Oxford. We have guaranteed to fill 50 rooms from Sunday 27th night to Wednesday 30th night. There are some rooms available at Pembroke before and after the conference but we haven’t guaranteed them so they are subject to availability as are rooms above the 50 guaranteed. Most of the rooms are single rooms in a modern block but there are some double rooms available in older buildings. There is Wifi but no TV. Unfortunately Pembroke do not allow children to stay in College. I have been told that the cut off age is 16.

4. Memberships for 2020

We take credit card payments for membership through www.isrpeurope.com. If you go to www.isrp.com first you will be asked to pay “offline” via isrpeurope.com. If you need to pay against an invoice please contact me and I will send one. If you have forgotten passwords or log-in details or are having any other problems with either site then contact me. I can see log-in details and can re-set passwords (but I don’t see them or any credit card details).
Corporate/Organisational members should be aware that although they can only have two named members in any Section, they can send an unlimited number of employees to the International Conference at the member rate.

 


Mike Williams at
Secretary ISRP European Section.

November 2019 Newsletter

1. Report on Neuss Meeting, 13th November.


The Neuss meeting was a great success. We had 22 attending with nearly half of these from Mainland Europe and two guest presenters from the Americas Section. We always welcome guests from other Sections.
We had six technical presentations and an update on the Oxford Conference in 2020. I have placed five of these on the members section of the isrp.com website. They are copy protected but not print protected. If you need more detail then approach the presenters, either directly or through myself. I attach a photograph of the speakers, from the left we have Greg Olsen, myself, Stephanie Lynch, Leo Steenweg, Gabriele Troescher, Graham Clements and Maxine Dolloway.

Greg and Stephanie described two different methods of fit-testing, which led to a lively discussion to say the least. Maxine talked about the practical aspects of training for Fit-2-Fit based on her experience, Gabrielle covered developments in European standards, Graham talked about how BSI were planning to respond to BREXIT, when/if it happens, and described the potential outcomes of the forthcoming General Election in the UK. I talked around the implications of test regimes that look for a failure level in terms of concentration where many chemicals are classified in terms of dose.

2. Spring Meeting and AGM, Lodz, Monday 16th March 2020


We now have three presentations for our 2020 Spring meeting and AGM at Lodz, Poland. The Meeting will be on Monday March 16, 2020. Our thanks to Krzysztof Makowski for this. We have chosen this site and date to collocate with meetings of CEN/TC 79/WG 4 and 6 Working Groups. That meeting is scheduled for March 17-20, 2020.
We are still looking for presenters for this meeting. If you have work that you want to tell the meeting about please let me know. Presenting here will not prevent you presenting the same work at our International Conference in September at Oxford.
For those of you from the UK there is a direct flight from Stanstead by Ryan Air on every day of the week except for Tuesday. Otherwise there are many flights to Warsaw.

3. ISRP International Conference, Oxford, September 2020.

The booking site for the International Conference should be open at the start of December. Book via https://www.isrp.com/events/next-international-conference. You will be directed to our partners, Conference Care, who are handling the bookings for the meeting. We are operating an honesty policy. You do not have to renew your membership for 2020 before you book but you must have done it before the conference. I shall check your membership in the summer and you will find it is cheaper to be a member than to pay the excess. See below for 2020 membership rates for the European Section. There are benefits for Corporate/Organisational members thinking of sending more than 2 delegates.
Payments will be taken against credit card unless you need an invoice. It could take a week for an invoice to be issued by Conference Care. If there are any problems please contact me.
Conference Care are not handling the bookings for the rooms in Pembroke College or for Hotels. You will be sent an Email with a link to Pembroke College to book accommodation. Their rates for Bed and Breakfast at are very reasonable for Central Oxford. We have guaranteed to fill 50 rooms from Sunday 27th night to Wednesday 30th night. There are some rooms available at Pembroke before and after the conference but we haven’t guaranteed them so they are subject to availability. Most of the rooms are single rooms in a modern block but there are some double rooms available in older buildings. There is Wifi but no TV. Unfortunately Pembroke do not allow children to stay in College. I have been told that the cut off age is 16.

4. Memberships for 2020


We have opened the website for 2020 memberships. It did not make sense to keep the 2019 membership registration open once there were no more events in the year. The new memberships will last until the end of 2020. At the last AGM it was decided unanimously to increase the fees to £75 for individuals and £400 for corporate/organisational members. This is the first increase since 2001, if not earlier, during which time the amount that the Section has to send back to the International Society has risen until, by 2018, it consumed a high proportion of the money that we took as fees locally.
Corporate/Organisational members should be aware that, under the rules of the International Society, though they can only have two named members in any Section, they can send an unlimited number of employees to the International Conference at the member rate.


5. Society Posts that need filling – Volunteers please.


Leo and Andy are co-chairs of the Section this year but will be stepping down at the next AGM. So we need volunteers to be Section Chair for 2020. There is no “job description” for this role but it involves taking decisions on future policy, meetings and working with the International Society. We also have a vacancy for an International Board Member. This post involves attending International Society Board meetings if possible or dialling in to them if possible. The meetings usually take place in the USA but there will be one associated with the Oxford Conference in 2020. I have been a Board Member for a long time and have only been to the meetings in Dublin and Prague. I have been dialling in on a regular basis.


6. Bob Bentley Bursary


The European Section of the Society promotes the Bob Bentley Bursary. In keeping with Bob Bentley's passion for the support of young scientists/engineers, the bursaries are intended particularly for young persons who are relatively new to the field of respiratory protection, but there is no fixed upper age limit. Young people who may not otherwise be able to attend the conference are encouraged to apply for bursaries.


Mike Williams at
Secretary isrp European Section.

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