The News Team is responsible for the OHTA Global Link e-bulletin. This monthly newsletter was created to profile efforts and successes, increase communication and networking among associations in OHTA member countries, and enhance engagement with OHTA volunteers and stakeholders. It also serves to promote global recognition of the OHTA training modules, increase participation in the courses and identify opportunities to leverage learnings.

The News Team is jointly led by Deborah Dietrich and Jason Hodgkiss.

Mr Jason Hodgkiss

Jason has 29 years of experience in Occupational Hygiene and is registered in the UK Register of Expert Witnesses. His principal area of expertise is in asbestos. From 2003 Jason served as Director responsible for the Occupational Hygiene/Environmental offering of STATS Limited, a diverse company offering occupational hygiene, environmental, ground and civil engineering, geophysical surveying, materials in buildings, structural investigation, and laboratory services. In 2012 he established an independent consultancy On Advice Limited. Also in 2012 Jason became the BOHS Regional Organiser for the East Anglia region of the UK, although this role is being handed over in April 2019 due to other BOHS commitments, as he has been serving on the Faculty Board since 2018. As a personal profile, he played Rugby for 15 years, and is currently the Chair of Trustees of a local charity Norfolk Family Carers. Following on from 9 years service in the Retained Duty System for Northants Fire and Rescue Service, he is currently a Firefighter at his local training airfield. Additionally, he rides motorcycles for Norfolk Blood Bikes, a charity transporting blood products and urgent samples between hospitals and laboratories.

Ms Debbie Dietrich, CIH

Debbie Dietrich, CIH, served as Vice President and Corporate Industrial Hygienist for 35 years at SKC Inc. before her retirement in 2020. During her tenure, she provided training events globally on all aspects of air sampling both on-site and remotely for events sponsored by SKC or occupational hygiene associations. She also provided on-line technical support and prepared technical publications and training tools for use by hygienists around the world.