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Another changing of the guard at OEM, this time during the COVID-19 pandemic
  1. Malcolm Ross Sim
  1. School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC 3004, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Professor Malcolm Ross Sim, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC 3004, Australia; malcolm.sim{at}

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After seven busy and very enjoyable, although sometimes challenging, years as editor-in-chief (EIC) of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM), it is time for me to move on and allow someone new to take over the leadership of the journal. The new EIC is my colleague and friend, Professor Hans Kromhout, from the Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. Hans will be very well known to OEM readers, having been an associate editor for many years, as well as leading a very active research programme in occupational and environmental health, with many international collaborations. I wish Hans well in taking over this very important EIC role at OEM.

I first became involved with OEM in 1994 as one of the international members of the editorial board, soon after the journal had changed its name from the British Journal of Industrial Medicine, which originally began in 1944. I had various roles, first as an associate editor, a short period as commissioning editor and then as deputy editor before taking over from Dana Loomis as EIC in 2013. This 26-year journey with OEM is not yet over as I will be moving to the editorial board, which will complete the full circle of roles.

When I became EIC in 2013, I outlined in my first editorial what …

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