Welcome 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.
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Grand Challenges Canada has recognized the importance of preventing occupational disease, in awarding a grant to the University of Toronto in partnership with WHWB and People’s Training and Research Centre in India.
Grand Challenges is funded by the Government of Canada to support innovative ways of combating global health challenges.
Every year, work-related disease kills more than 2 million people around the world – more than die from armed conflict or HIV-AIDs. Another 160 million people get sick from workplace health hazards, and occupational diseases and injuries cost the world economy an estimated US$2.8 trillion per year. Exposure to workplace hazards affects children as well as adults – those who work as child labourers, go to work with their parents, or live in a home that doubles as a workplace.
“Controlling workplace hazards in developing countries is truly a grand challenge. Technical solutions commonly applied in the developed world may be very difficult to implement, due to lack of resources, energy and water,” explains Principle Investigator Paul Bozek of the University’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Through this project, the partners will address silica exposure among agate workers in India and develop a toolkit of technical, social and business approaches to preventing occupational disease. This pilot will serve as a model for communities around the world faced with similar occupational hazards.
For more details, see the University of Toronto’s article and videos explaining the project and WHWB.
David Zalk, WHWB Board member and author of the book Control Banding, gave a terrific presentation on Control Banding at our teleconference on August 25. If you missed it, you can see his slides here.
Garrett Brown is leading an initiative to engage volunteers who are willing to offer their OHS expertise in Bangladesh. We have set up a folder of his emails, resources and a form you can fill out if you are interested — available here
The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and the Malaysian Industrial Hygiene Association (MIHA) have announced that the 2014 AIHA Asia Pacific OH + EHS Conference + Exhibition will be held in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia from 4 – 6 November 2014. This year’s meeting will offer a forum for attendees to network with industry peers and discuss current trends while learning about practical applications in the managment of occupational hygiene/environmental health or safety issues. Full details are available at the AIHA web site.
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