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Sue Davies Prize 

Award for best-performing ICertOH student

Annual prize

The Sue Davies Prize is awarded annually to the best-performing International Certificate in Occupational Hygiene (ICertOH) student.  It has been established to commemorate the invaluable contribution of the late Sue Davies to OHTA. In the association’s early years, Sue was a driving force and wise counsel to those trying to establish the international training scheme and qualifications framework.

The overall aim is to develop the people with potential to progress to a career in occupational hygiene in their country, and be a catalyst for the development of the occupational hygiene profession in their own country.

The prize is attendance at one of the following conferences: 

• Australian Institute of Occupational Hygiene (AIOH), or

 British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) conference, or

 American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (AIHce)

Conference fees, accommodation and economy air fare (including travel insurance) will be paid up to the award value of US$5,000.

The Sue Davies Prize provides an excellent opportunity to experience a major international occupational hygiene conference. These events bring together individuals with an interest in occupational hygiene from around the world and enable delegates to expand and share knowledge in a sociable environment. 


  • Candidates must have successfully completed the   International Certificate in Occupational Hygiene (ICertOH).
  • Those permanently resident in a country considered a developing economy (with less than 25% US GDP per capita, and without an industrial hygiene association that is a member of IOHA) will normally be given priority by the judging panel. (Please note this does not exclude other candidates holding the ICertOH from applying.)
  • Candidates must have a valid passport and meet the visa entry requirements of U.S.A., U.K. and Australia. 
  • Candidates must not have attended any of the above conferences before.

Pinky Bhatt, the inaugural winner of the Sue Davies Prize, receiving the award at the BOHS conference in Brighton, UK on 3 April 2019.
Left to right: John Dobbie, Pinky Bhatt, Dr Brian Davies AM

Application process

Candidates must submit an application form including an essay between 800 and 1,000 words (in English) on why they should be considered for the prize. The essay should include the following:

a. What benefits winning the prize will bring to both the applicant and the advancement of the profession in their country?

b. What are the career plans of the applicant in regard to the occupational hygiene profession?

c. Which conference would the applicant wish to attend and why?

d. The applicant will submit a budget for the trip outlining how the money would be spent. No cash payments will be made directly to the successful candidate, and all expenses will be paid directly to organization providing the service, e.g. accommodation, airline, conference, etc.

The application period runs from 1 April to 30 September each year.  

After the closing date of 30 September, a judging panel of OHTA stakeholders and board members makes a decision based on exam results throughout the six modules, ICertOH oral exam, essay, and the person who is considered to have the most potential. The winner is notified in December.

For further information including full details of how to apply, please download these documents:

Award Guidelines  

Countries of residency that are given priority

Application Form

Agreement between OHTA and successful applicant