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Chris Keen

Principal Occupational Hygienist

Chris Keen

Chris is technical lead for a team of nine occupational hygienists. The team conduct intelligence gathering to identify risk management benchmarks in support of HSE interventions and the production of technical guidance.

Previously, Chris has been involved in the creation and delivery of a range of occupational hygiene related training courses, and through HSE's commercial work has provided Health Risk Management consultancy to high profile global stakeholders.

Chris has worked across a range of industries, from chemicals manufacture through to manufacturing, construction and agriculture. She regularly presents on Health Risk Management topics to external audiences, and is currently president-elect of the British Occupational Hygiene Society, where she works at executive level to improve professional standards and broaden the reach and impact of the occupational hygiene profession.

Research Interests

  • Health Risk Management
  • Hazardous Substance
  • Exposure Monitoring
  • Hazardous Substance Control

Previous Projects

  • Exposure to hexavalent chromium, nickel and cadmium compounds in the electroplating industry
  • Dust and bioaerosol exposure at municipal waste handling sites
  • Exposure to substances hazardous to health in foundries
  • Developing the evidence base to reduce lung disease from exposure to respirable crystalline silica
  • Enhancing occupational health risk management at Heathrow Airport engineering department (externally funded)
  • The PROTECT COVID-19 National Core Study on transmission and environment

Notable Achievements

  • Chartered Occupational Hygienist from 2010
  • Co-chair of British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS)
  • Breathe Freely in Construction campaign 2018- 2021
  • Elected to BOHS Board of Trustees 2019
  • President-elect of BOHS 2021
  • President of BOHS 2022
  • Joint recipient of the BOHS Peter Isaac award in 2021 for 'an outstanding initiative that has contributed to the reduction of ill health at work' for work on the HSE Covid PPE taskforce
  • Presenter of a number of high profile events including the HSE Health Lungs Summit, The Health and Safety Expo and the Health and Wellbeing at Work Conference

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