AIHA Laboratory Accreditation Program

Mark Forster, LFOH

Occupational Hygienist

Areas of Expertise:
  • Occupational Hygiene Monitoring
  • EHS Inspection
  • BOHS Certificate of Operational Competence in Occupational Hygiene
  • NEBOSH General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

After attaining a BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences, Mr Forster began his professional career working as an Environmental Health Technician for the Royal Air Force.  As part of his initial training he studied a Foundation Degree in Environmental and Occupational Health, which incorporated significant elements to EHS and occupational hygiene, preparing him for the diverse number of working areas encountered in aviation maintenance and austere oversees operational environments, including Afghanistan. 

Working as a sole operative for multiple RAF Stations, his UK based operations required undertaking EHS inspections of work areas that specialised in; welding, paint spray, wood/ metal workshops, various adhesive applications, military transport and battery charging operations.  These inspections would often identify requirements for establishing occupational hygiene monitoring programs, which became a primary focus for his development.  His overall experiences include; personal exposure monitoring for hazardous substances, LEV testing, noise monitoring, heat stress assessments, thermal comfort assessments, lighting surveys, water sampling, field water treatment and provision, food hygiene inspections and pest control.  His work required collaboration with Senior Officers, aiming to prevent the spread of disease and injury and where necessary, investigate outbreaks and advise and assist on the implementation of appropriate intervention options.