Industrial hygienists needed to train Chinese EHS professionals

Industrial Hygiene in China is a program of McGill University in Montreal to train Chinese EHS professionals in industrial hygiene.  They are seeking trainers for a program this summer in Montreal, and possible future online training and training in China.  If you are interested, please contact ihicprogram@163.com

Another IH fundance Video

WHWB member Jas Singh has also produced a video for the AIHA ‪#‎IHFundance‬ Festival  –   Things you can do if you’re an Industrial Hygienist. Check it out here.

WHWB Video submitted to AIHA Fundance Festival

Workplace Health Without Borders has submitted a video to the AIHA ‪#‎IHFundance‬ Festival. Watch it here.

Volunteer Engagement

hands-upWHWB has a responsibility to inform you about the progress in the various projects and the developments of the organization. WHWB is also proactively reaching out to provide ideas on how you can become more involved in the organization. The various projects and the ongoing organizational committees are are always looking for new participants. Both those well experienced in a particular field or those wanting to learn, are encouraged to volunteer. Please email the contact person for any of the projects and committees you would like to join. We would also recommend those who are not already members to join by clicking here and completing the Membership form.

Robert Maklan

Chair, Membership Committee

r.maklan@whwb.org

 

AIHce Upcoming Events involving WHWB Members

The following events involving WHWB members and partners will take place at the 2015 AIHce in Salt Lake City, Utah. All events are in Mountain Daylight Time. If the location isn’t listed, please check the AIHce program.

Monday, June 1,

7:00 a.m.
Occupational Hygiene Training Association (OHTA) Scholarship Breakfast

10:30 AM -12:30 PM
OHTA Stakeholders session
SPCC Room 355A

2:00 PM
ABIH Forum
Lynn O’Donnell Award Lecture by Jas Singh: “ From a Dusty Farm Village in India to Salt Lake City, USA; An Industrial Hygiene Journey”

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Tuesday, June 2, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

William P. Yant Award Lecture by Noel Tresider: Advancing Industrial Hygiene Worldwide: Do We Have Enough People With IH Technical Skills? IH Certification Programs Around the World.

For more information see William P Yant Award Lecture

2:30-4:30 PM

Ignite sessions, including presentations by Marianne Levitsky on WHWB, Mary O’Reilly on Industrial Hygiene for the 21st Century, and Garrett Brown on Bangladesh.
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Wednesday, June 3

Round Table: Occupational Hygiene and Safety in Africa 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
moderated by WHWB member Lydia Renton; will include a presentation on OH in Mozambique by Marianne Levitsky on behalf of WHWB member Custodio Muianga

For more information, see Round Table

12:00 PM- 1:00 PM

Global Industrial/Occupational Hygiene Issues Table Topic Discussions -Brick Kilns Exposure Evaluation by WHWB member Bill Carter

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
WHWB meeting, Marriott Hotel, Grand Ballroom, Salon D

WHWB Teaches Occupational Hygiene Course in Tanzania

Workplace Health Without Borders volunteers Lydia Renton and Marianne Levitsky taught the 5-day OHTA course W201 – Basic Principles in Occupational Hygiene to a group in Tanzania during the week of February 23-27, 2015. The course was offered in collaboration with and hosted by the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public Health at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) in Dar Es Salaam.
WHWB is an approved training provider with OHTA (the Occupational Hygiene Training Association). OHTA courses are intended to provide training in occupational hygiene for people with responsibilities for occupational health, or who wish to develop their career in occupational hygiene. W201, the Foundation level course, provides an overview of all aspects of occupational hygiene, including chemical exposures, noise, the thermal environment, lighting, radiation, and ergonomics.
Twenty-six participants from Tanzania attended the course. They included people working in occupational health and safety in the mining industry, Tanzania Occupational Safety and Health Authority, oil and gas, and telecommunications. Nearly all the students opted to take the examination set by the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) to obtain a certificate for the course.
The course was led by Lydia Renton, Course Director. In addition to Marianne Levitsky of WHWB, instructors included four MUHAS faculty: Dr. Simon Mamuya, Dr. Vera Ngowi, Yahya Kishashu, and Gloria Sakwari.
The course was greeted with much enthusiasm from the students and rated highly on evaluation sheets. All said they would recommend it to their colleagues and responses to a question on the quality of instruction included “wonderful” and “excellent”. A number of students thought that too much information was packed into a short duration and that the course should be extended over a longer time period. Students indicated that the course would be of great help in their work, and many expressed interest in taking further OHTA courses.
The WHWB training committee and our members and partners in Tanzania are discussing options for offering future OHTA courses in Tanzania and other African countries.

Written by: Marianne Levitsky

For questions or comments regarding the course or  other information from this article please email newsletter@whwb.com