BERENICE ISABEL FERRARI GOELZER, born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, on 1 January 1940; Civil Engineer by the Federal University of RGS (Brazil), Master in Public Health and Industrial Hygiene by the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, USA), certified as CIH (Comprehensive Practice) by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene, USA (since 1974), and by the Brazilian Association of Occupational Hygienists ABHO (in 2003).


Main positions (from 1964): professor at the University of RGS (Brazil), 1964-1969; responsible for Occupational Hygiene at SESI-RGS (Brazil); Chief of Occupational Hygiene at FUNDACENTRO (Brazilian National Foundation for Occupational Safety and Health), São Paulo, and visiting professor at the School of Public Health of the University of São Paulo, Brazil (1970-1972); researcher at the University of North Carolina, 1973-1974 (Chapel Hill, USA); Scientist, responsible for Occupational Hygiene at the international level, in the World Health Organization, Geneva (for 25 years; 1974-2000). Presently: occupational hygiene consultant; editor of the Newsletter of the International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA).


Awards Received: The William P. Yant Award (from the AIHA, USA) in 1996, and the Lifetime Achievement Award (from the International Occupational Hygiene Association - IOHA), in 2002.


Examples of publications: Two last publications in WHO (responsible for, co-author and co-editor): Hazard Prevention and Control in the Work Environment: Airborne Dust (1999) and Occupational Exposure to Noise: Evaluation, Prevention and Control (published in 2001). Examples of publications outside WHO: Occupational Hygiene: goals, definitions, general information and practice (author), and Air Pollution Management (co-author), in the ILO Encyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety, ILO, Geneva (1998); Occupational Hygiene in the International Setting,chapter in: International Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Editors: Herzstein, J. A. et al., Mosby (1998); Occupational Hygiene, chapter in: The Workplace, Volume 1: Fundamentals of Health, Safety and Welfare, Scandinavian Science Publisher (1997); La Higiene Ocupacional en América Latina: Una Guía para su Desarrollo (co-author and co-editor), PAHO/WHO (2001); A Contribuição da Higiene Ocupacional para a Redução e Eliminação da Nocividade do Trabalho (The Contribution of Occupational Hygiene for the Reduction and Elimination of Hazardous Work), chapter in Patologia do Trabalho (Work Pathology), René Mendes, editor, Atheneu, Brazil (2002); Substituição como Medida de Prevenção e Controle de Riscos Ocupacionais (“Substitution as a Prevention and Control Measure for Occupational Hazards”), publication by ABHO (2002).


Member (or previous member) of the following professional associations:

Brazilian Association of Occupational Hygienists (ABHO);

American Industrial Hygiene Association - AIHA, USA (member of the International Affairs Committee);

American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists - ACGIH, USA (member of two Committees, namely Air Sampling and International Committee);

American Academy of Industrial Hygiene (USA);
British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS), UK;

Société Suisse d' Hygiéne du Travail (Switzerland);
ón Mexicana de Higiene Industrial (AMHI), Mexico;

International Occupational Hygiene Association - IOHA (special adviser to the IOHA Board for 6 years; IOHA Board Member for 3 years).




William P. Yant Award (AIHA, USA) in Washington, D.C., 1996

Yant Award Lecture: The Harmonized Development of Occupational Hygiene - a Need in Developing Countries�


Life Achievement Award, from the International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA), in Bergen, Norway, 2002

Life Achievement Award Lecture (English): The Making of the Occupational Hygienist

Life Achievement Award Lecture (em português, publicada na revista da ABHO): �Fazendo� Higienistas Ocupacionais�


Jeffrey S. Lee Lectureship, AIHCE 2004, Atlanta