The Use of Real-time Respirable Dust Monitors

In occupational health and safety, specialized sensors are used widely for exposure monitoring, emergency response, and safer worker-machine interfaces. The use of sensors for real-time respirable dust monitoring is an application with unique challenges; however the information from real-time respirable dust monitors can be used to quickly identify workplace tasks, during which the worker is exposed to higher than average concentration levels. These monitors can also help the hygienist assess the effectiveness of engineering control technologies and specific work practices. In the future, dust sensors might allow automatic adjustments of control technologies.

The first real-time dust monitors used in occupational environments were bulky and complicated to use, with limited capabilities. More recently, they have become small enough for personal monitoring, with advanced displays and software. As their popularity increases, it is important for the user to understand their strengths and limitations.

WHWB member Emanuele Cauda has posted an article describing the use of real-time respirable dust monitors on the NIOSH Science Blog. Interested members can access this article by following this link.

AIHA offers some digital products at discounted prices

AIHA is offering digital versions of some of its publications at deeply discounted pricing (80% OFF list price) to OEHS Professionals & Practitioners in Developing / Emerging Economies.

Please note that these discounts apply only to OEHS professionals in certain countries. AIHA wishes to promote and expand awareness of fundamental IH/OH education at affordable prices to those living in lower per capita income regions.

More details on this offer can be found here or under the Resources tab in the navigation bar above.

 

A request for assistance

Recently a member wanted to promote the web site to a Spanish speaking audience, but discovered that the translate function did not work. This was presumably due to changes made by the authors of the translation “plugin” we use on the site. This plugin has undergone several updates in the last couple of months which suggests the authors were having problems keeping up with changes in Google Translate. The plugin underwent another update just a few days ago.

This sort of problem occurs frequently on most web sites, but errors like this are usually found and corrected quickly on the sites of large organizations with teams of workers who constantly scan their sites for errors and fix any that are found. It is more difficult for one person to stay on top of this problem for a site like whwb.org. Because of this I am asking for your help.

If you visit the site and notice something that doesn’t seem to work or a typo or sentence structure error or an image that does not display correctly or any other problem, please take a moment to send an email to the webmaster to alert him to the situation. This will help ensure that these problems are dealt with as quickly as possible. Thank you.

Chuck Pilger

New WHWB International Strategic Framework Document Issued

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Kevin Hedges, President of WHWB (International) has released a new Strategic Framework document that reiterates and updates the mission and goals of Workplace Health Without Borders. This document can be downloaded as a PDF from this link.

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 .