Chris originally qualified in biochemistry and worked in several hospital laboratories where he assisted with research projects concerning cystic fibrosis and other inborn metabolic conditions. After a spell in manufacturing industry he developed an interest in occupational health and safety.
In 1979 he gained the MSc in Occupational Safety and Hygiene at Aston University. Subsequently, he worked in the University’s consultancy unit, gaining experience of practical occupational safety, health and hygiene. In 1983 he was appointed lecturer (later, senior lecturer) in occupational health and safety at the former South Bank Polytechnic (now university). He rejoined Aston University in 1989 and was course manager for the Postgraduate Diploma for Health and Safety Executive inspector trainees. Chris’s research has focused on expertise in hazardous substance risk assessment and in 2000, jointly with Professor Richard Booth, he was awarded the IOSH Academic Journal Award for best paper.
Chris is also the author of a textbook on occupational health risk management published by the UK Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (2005). From 1993 to 1999, he was Chief Examiner in occupational health and hygiene for the UK National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH). From 1997 to 2003 he was External Examiner for the MSc in Occupational Health and Ergonomics at the National University of Ireland (Galway). Chris regularly works for several universities, principally Aston, Surrey and Loughborough, lecturing and supervising postgraduate student projects. He is the author of a current postgraduate distance learning module in Occupational Health Management for Loughborough University. He has recently delivered a series of occupational health risk management training courses for clients in Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.
He has extensive experience in the investigation of exposure to hazardous chemical and physical agents and he has carried out technical surveys of workplaces to evaluate occupational exposure. Here are some examples of Doctor Hartley’s work:
- Tesco plc and Berwin Leighton: Prepared a report following a major air pollution incident at a large supermarket.
- Herbert Wilkes: Prepared a report for the claimant regarding injury resulting from occupational exposure to substances hazardous to health in construction work.
- Olver and Rawden(Consulting and Forensic Engineers): Prepared an inspection and air monitoring report in a case where claimants had allegedly suffered injury resulting from occupational exposure to substances hazardous to health, in a motor vehicle manufacturing plant.
- Moseley Chapman and Skemp: Prepared a report for a claimant alleging noise induced hearing loss arising from occupational exposure to noise.