WHWB Video

Here is a link to the WHWB video produced in the summer of 2013. This link is also listed under Resources in the navigation bar above.

We are interested in speaking to any WHWB members with skills in video production who are interested in preparing or helping in the production of promotional or instructional video materials. If you are interested, please contact info@whwb.org.

Zoom 101

If you are interested in using Zoom for video conferencing or mentoring, either as a mentor or mentee, you may wish to check out the tutorials and webinars being offered by Zoom. You will find links to their webinars at the bottom of their home page at: https://zoom.us.

If you would like to attend any future Zoom webinars, you will find a schedule on the Zoom website at: https://zoom.us/events.

There is also a PDF file describing how we use Zoom for mentoring available for download here: https://tinyurl.com/WHWB-Zoom

If you currently use Skype™, you may want to investigate Zoom as an alternative.

WHWB Presence at SAIOH Annual Conference 2017

Workplace Health Without Borders (WHWB) had a strong presence at the recent 2017 Annual Conference of the Southern African Institute for Occupational Hygiene (SAIOH), held from 25 to 27 October at the Misty Hills Country Hotel and Conference Venue, in the Cradle of Humankind in the Gauteng province of South Africa.

Approximately 150 delegates attended the Conference, from within and outside of South Africa, including delegates from the USA, Canada, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique.

Marianne Levitsky, WHWB Secretary and Immediate Past President and WHWB Board Member Claudina Nogueira, were among the participants at the conference. Marianne delivered an international keynote address titled “Workplace health and the global hygiene community” and offered a PDC ““Global health, community and culture”. Claudina, in her capacity as SAIOH Council Member with responsibility for Liaison, Communication & Marketing, was heavily involved in the organization of the conference as a whole.

The Conference was hosted by the SAIOH Gauteng branch and was attended by approximately 150 delegates including presenters, exhibitors and SAIOH support staff. The participants were from South Africa, and from beyond its borders, including Botswana, Canada, Malawi, Mozambique, USA and Zambia.

A complete report on the conference, presented by Marianne and Claudina is available at this link: http://bit.ly/2yU24zb. A complete collection of photographs from the conference is available here: http://bit.ly/2oDeyve .

Posting to this Forum

A WHWB member emailed me the other day and told me he could not log in to this website. He had forgotten his login password. If this has happened to you, it is very easy to reset your password. Simply click the login link at the top of the right hand column and then click on Lost your password? below the login box. Enter your Username or the email address you used when you registered and answer the skill testing question. A new password will be emailed to you at that address. If you have changed your email address, you will of course not get a new password. In this case simply send an email to webmaster@whwb.org and I will arrange for a new password to be sent to you from WordPress.

The new password will be secure, but difficult to remember. If you wish to do so, you can login using it, and then change it to something more easily remembered in your user profile. Select a password that is strong as well as memorable (WordPress will estimate the strength of the password when you type it into your profile). You access your profile by moving your mouse over the Howdy _____ in the upper right corner. Just remember to update your profile (update button at bottom of page) after making the password change. If you have a question about this, just click the Leave a comment link below and ask. Happy posting!

Please help the people of Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria has devastated Puerto Rico. Two weeks after the storm made landfall, the vast majority of Puerto Rico still lacks power, and most households don’t have running water. Residents are desperately in need of help during the recovery period.

Deborah Nelson, President of AIHA has issued a letter asking all AIHA members to do what they can to help. Her request follows:

Dear AIHA Member,

Over the last few weeks I’ve been keeping you informed about our efforts to help those affected by the recent natural disasters. Today I am calling on you directly to help the people of Puerto Rico, who will be facing infectious diseases and other hazards in the coming months.

I received an email from Professor Sergio Caporali Filho, Ph.D., CSP, CIH, the coordinator of the Industrial Hygiene Program at the University of Puerto Rico Graduate School of Public Health. The full-time faculty and volunteer graduate students from the program want to provide their communities with the knowledge to protect themselves from injury and illness during the recovery process. However, to do so they will need protective gear. So I ask all of you, if you can, to please send one or more of the items listed on our Disaster Response Resource Center.

Each donor will receive acknowledgment of their donation’s arrival, including a general description of contents, within one week. When donated goods are delivered to communities, donors will be informed of what was donated and to whom. The program is not asking for, nor will it accept any monetary donations.

The IH community in Puerto Rico is seeking our help, and as I said in my last letter, our individual contributions may be small, but together, we can make a difference. Will you answer the call?

Please feel free to donate directly to support this urgent cause; however, if you have any questions, please email Professor Caporali. Please note, there may be a delay in his response due to the challenges in internet coverage.


Deborah Imel Nelson
AIHA President (2017-2018)

Note: Professor Caporali’s email is: sergio.caporali@upr.edu

Requested supplies include:

  • Heavy duty gloves, all sizes
  • Latex and non-latex gloves, all sizes
  • Health care gowns, such as those normally worn by nurses and nurses’ aides
  • Full-face and half-face respirators, all sizes
  • Particulate filters, N95, as well as organic vapor, acid, hydrogen sulfide, and ammonia cartridges
  • Filtering face pieces, dust masks
  • Safety shoes, sizes 8 through 14
  • Rubber boots, sizes 8 through 14
  • Safety glasses
  • Face shields, both clear plastic and metal or plastic mesh
  • Hearing protection, ear muffs
  • Hard hats
  • High-visibility clothing
  • Working pants and long-sleeve shirts
  • Portable water filtration systems
  • Tarps to protect from sunlight

Although Dr. Nelson’s appeal was directed to AIHA members, there may be WHWB members who are not members of AIHA who are in a position to help. All interested parties can send packages or pallets of donated goods to the following address (please include donor´s identification):

Industrial Hygiene Program
University of Puerto Rico – Medical Sciences Campus
Main Building, 4th Floor
Office B-410
San Juan, PR 00936-5067
Att: Sergio Augusto Caporali Filho

Each donor will receive acknowledgment of their donation, including a general description of contents, within one week.  When donated goods are delivered to communities, donors will be informed of what was donated and to whom.

Low-Resource Contaminant Controls: A Student Development Challenge!

The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) Hazard Prevention and Engineering Controls Committee (HPECC),  Workplace Health Without Borders (WHWB) and WHWB-US are co-sponsoring a workplace contaminant controls development challenge directed to students to promote worker health and safety in developing countries.

For this inaugural challenge, the focus is on silica exposures arising from work with agate. Agate stones have been shaped and polished into beads and other decorative items for thousands of years. The shaping and polishing of agate generates a fine crystalline silica dust when shaped and polished. People typically perform these jobs in workshops in their homes, a practice which has resulted in high incidences of silicosis among these workers, their families, and their neighbors.

Occupational health activists have tried to find effective strategies to confront this problem, with only limited success; huge challenges remain.

More details on this challenge are available as a downloadable PDF file at this link.