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ARPANSA scientist Dr Ken Karipidis joins international commission

14 January 2021

ARPANSA is proud to announce that Dr Ken Karipidis has been admitted as a member of the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH), specifically the Scientific Committee on Radiation and Work.

The committee provides expert advice on safety of radiation exposure in occupational settings including ionising radiation and non-ionising radiation, electromagnetic fields and optical radiation. The committee also facilitates a multidisciplinary network of experts for sharing knowledge on adverse health effects and regulation in the protection of workers from radiation.

‘This is a great opportunity for ARPANSA to share its valuable knowledge on health and radiation protection in an international context, and to collaborate with ICOH’s many partners, including the World Health Organization, the International Labour Organization, the International Atomic Energy Agency and the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection,’ said Deputy CEO, Dr Gillian Hirth.

‘Involvement in the committee allows us to engage with other experts in the field to advise on occupational radiation protection,’ said Dr Karipidis.

ICOH will host its 33rd International Congress on Occupational Health in Melbourne in February 2022.

‘We look forward to sharing our experience and expertise with the international community at this important event next year’, said Dr Karipidis.

About ICOH:

The International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) is an international non-governmental professional society whose aims are to foster the scientific progress, knowledge and development of occupational health and safety in all its aspects. 

It was founded in 1906 in Milan as the Permanent Commission on Occupational Health. Today, ICOH is the world's leading international scientific society in the field of occupational health with a membership of 2,000 professionals from 105 countries.

About Dr Ken Karipidis

Dr Ken Karipidis is Assistant Director of ARPANSA’s Assessment and Advice Section, providing expert advice and information on radiation protection to government, the public and other stakeholders.

With more than 20 years of experience in the radiation protection field, Dr Karipidis has published multiple research papers and has been a member of numerous national and international committees including the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, the World Health Organization’s Environmental Health Criteria Task Group on Radiofrequency Fields, the New Zealand Ministry of Health’s Interagency Committee on the Health Effects of Non-Ionising Fields and the Australian Government’s Committee on Electromagnetic Energy Public Health Issues. Dr Karipidis has completed a Bachelor of Science (Honours), Master of Science (Physics) and is a Doctor of Philosophy (Epidemiology).