WHWB Forum

Cutting core samplesWelcome to the Workplace Health Without Borders Forum. This is where we  post news items and discuss WHWB projects and issues of importance to the international occupational hygiene community.

For example, you will see below a post from Marianne where she describes our first crowdfunding campaign to fund a workshop in India in partnership with  Jeevan Rekha Parishad (JRP) to educate employers, workers, government and public health staff about the health hazards associated with exposure to silica.

We continue to look for mentors and people seeking mentors through our Mentor program, matching experienced occupational hygienists with new entrants to the occupational hygiene field. We continue to work on a training module on the hazards of silica exposure and their control. This will be contributed to the collection of modular occupational hygiene training materials produced by OHTA and available at the www.ohlearning.com website.

If you are registered with WHWB, please login using the Login link at upper right to post your ideas and comments on the forum. Comments and new posts will normally appear here within 24 hours of submission. If you are not registered, but wish to do so, just send an email to the webmaster at: webmaster@whwb.org. If you have difficulties with any part of the web site, please contact the webmaster.

Joining WHWB meetings with Calliflower Connect

WHWB holds its monthly meetings and some committee meetings using the web conference application Calliflower. The visual channel is of course accessed by going to the Calliflower website, usually from a link received by email. Here you link to the conference using a conference number. If you go to Calliflower from an email link received as a reminder, you are automatically connected to the correct conference.

For audio, the simplest approach is to Continue reading Joining WHWB meetings with Calliflower Connect

Would you like to help us with the web site?

I continue to look for help with the WHWB website. If you have any ideas for content or if you would like to help maintain the site, I would be delighted to hear from you. You don’t have to be able to code in order to contribute. Material submitted as a Word document or a suggestion sent in an email is welcome. Even if you don’t have the time to write content, you can help by suggesting things you would like to see here. You can also help by notifying me when you find broken links on the site. These are  easy for me to overlook since I cannot read the entire site and check every link on a regular basis. If you try to follow a link and find that it does not work, I would appreciate your contacting me so I can fix it. You can always reach me at: c.pilger@whwb.org.


Chuck Pilger

Registration on this web site

If you are a long time visitor to the site, you may have noticed that the “login/register” link at the top of the right hand column has been replaced with a “Login” link.  If you are already registered as a subscriber on the site, you can simply click on the link to login. If you are new to the site, you may like to register, so that you can post new material or comment on other peoples’ posts. You can no longer do this from the web site. Instead, you must register by sending an email to webmaster@whwb.org requesting registration. In this email, please include your full name and a username.

When your request is received, we will register you and send you an email with a temporary login password. When you login to the site for the first time, you should click on the profile link on the left hand side of the screen and edit your profile to change your password to something easy to remember, yet secure. You should also include a few biographical details in the box provided. Next scroll down to the bottom of the profile page and click the blue update button to save your edits. Logout by mousing over to the “Howdy Username” in the upper right corner of the screen and clicking the Log Out link that appears. If you have any problems with this registration, please contact the webmaster.

Setting up Asbestos Analysis Lab in Mongolia

WHWB has received a request from Mongolia for advice and assistance in setting up an asbestos analysis laboratory. If any of our members are interested in volunteering to provide advice and assistance with this subject they are encouraged to contact Chuck Pilger at c.pilger@whwb.org.

NTP symposium on assessing exposures and health effects related to indoor biomass fuel burning

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NTP is offering a free one-day symposium on August 18, 2014, on exposures and health effects related to indoor biomass fuel burning. The symposium will be presented live at NIEHS, Research Triangle Park, NC and also online as a webcast, August 18, 2014, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST.

Details and a link to a registration form can be found at:

The burning of solid fuels (e.g., wood, charcoal, dung) for cooking and heat results in significant global health problems. Over 4 million premature deaths per year can be attributed to indoor air pollution from inefficient combustion of solid fuels.  Addressing this widespread public health challenge requires a determined cross-disciplinary effort involving exposure scientists, toxicologists, epidemiologists, engineers, and public policy experts. This free symposium will bring together researchers working in the area of indoor biomass fuel burning emissions and health effects to discuss the latest science, policy, and future directions. The symposium should be of interest to all health professionals, particularly those with an interest in environmental health in the developing world.

We encourage all of our members who can do so, to register for this important environmental health symposium.

Buy Quiet!

NIOSH has launched a “Buy Quiet” website that encourages industry to specify low noise emissions when purchasing tools and machinery. This initiative also provides information on equipment noise levels and encourages manufacturers to design quieter equipment. As the site points out, noise-induced hearing loss can’t be reversed, but it is 100% preventable. NIOSH recommends that workers should not be exposed to noise at a level that results in the equivalent steady state noise level of more than 85 decibels (dBA) for 8 hours. Buy Quiet strategies can help employers to ensure their employees have noise exposures below this recommended exposure level for noise. View the Buy Quiet website here.