Hamey awarded MBE for services to the regulation of pesticides

York scientist Paul Hamey, who was awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours list, says the accolade is as much a thank you to talented and supportive colleagues as to him.

Paul Hamey
Paul Hamey

Hamey is Head of the Exposure Branch in the Health and Safety Executive’s Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD), and was awarded the honour for services to the regulation of pesticides.

A specialist in human exposure to pesticides, particularly in the agriculture sector, he is recognised as a world-leading regulatory scientist. He has been with HSE since CRD was formed in 2008.

Hamey has been instrumental in developing a harmonised European guidance on non-dietary pesticide exposure assessment which in layman’s terms will increase protection for those who come into contact with potentially harmful pesticides through work or their environment.

This long term project that began in 1992 involved working with experts from other member states – the guidance came into effect on 1 January. The work builds on research from the now defunct Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in the late 1980s.

He said: "It was a complete and utter surprise and seemed rather unreal at first.

"It is a tremendous honour to be so recognised for doing a job that I enjoy. I have had the good fortune of having a fulfilling public service career that has enabled me to contribute to the protection of public health at national and international levels.

"I am very grateful for the support given by many talented colleagues from within the service and the wider regulatory community over what is now nearly three decades. It has been a very interesting, and sometimes challenging, path to steer as pesticide regulations have developed first nationally and then internationally.

"I hope this recognition will highlight to others the worth of the work of CRD and it will also provide a useful example promoting the values of public service to others in earlier stages of their careers."

Originally from Worcestershire, Hamey, 57, attended the University of York, then what is now Cranfield University, before moving to Hertfordshire after graduating and taking up his first role. However he returned to York to set up home in 1994 and has lived there ever since. He has a partner and two daughters aged 21 and 23. 

Several other industry figures also received honours in the list.

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