We are very grateful to our many volunteers and supporters for all they have contributed to WHWB during 2016, and would appreciate your continued support through the coming year. If you missed the opportunity to make a donation in December, you can still contribute. Donations are tax-deductible in Canada, and donations to WHWB-US are tax deductible in the USA. You can use the Paypal or Canada Helps buttons on the sidebar, or find more details on our donation page. Wishing everyone a happy, safe and healthy new year!
On November 6th, 2016, the National Toxicology Program of NIH released its 14th Report on Carcinogens.
The Report on Carcinogens (RoC) is a US congressionally mandated, science-based, public health report that identifies agents in the environment that pose a carcinogenic risk.
Substances are listed in the RoC following a multi-step process with several opportunities for scientific and public inputs and using established listing criteria. For each listed substance, the RoC contains a profile that contains the listing recommendation and a summary of the scientific evidence used in reaching that recommendation. The profile also contains information on potential sources of exposure and current US federal regulations to limit exposures.
The technical information in the RoC makes it a valuable toxicological reference work for all occupational hygiene professionals. Each of us should have a copy in our electronic library.
The RoC can be downloaded free of charge as a 24.3 Mb zip file from this link: https://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/ntp/roc/content/roc14.zip. Once the file is extracted to a folder on your computer or tablet, its contents can be viewed in you web browser by simply clicking on the start.html file.
Although we missed it when it first appeared, we would like to draw your attention to the June issue of the new IOHA newsletter Global Exposure Manager, which contains an article about WHWB. The article includes quotes from Marianne Levitsky, President of WHWB and Noel Tresider, WHWB board member and President of the Australian branch.
The entire newsletter is very attractive, a credit to IOHA and a great read. It should be of interest to all members of WHWB. (The article on WHWB is on page 7.) A PDF version of the newsletter can be downloaded from the IOHA website at:
This is just a note to remind visitors to the site that WHWB offers a mentoring program to individuals new to the occupational health field. Among our members are a number of very experienced senior health and safety professionals who have volunteered to act as mentors to less experienced and new entrants to the field. If you would like to take advantage of this program, just go to our mentoring page (http://www.whwb.org/mentoring/) and download an application. Send your completed application to email@example.com and we will begin the process of matching you with a suitable mentor.
If you have previously submitted an application but have not been matched, or if you had a mentor and for some reason have lost contact with your mentor, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will attempt to match you with a suitable mentor as soon as possible.
Fifty-four students attended the OHTA Introductory Occupational Hygiene course, held in Hanoi June 20 – 24, 2016 and sponsored by the Vietnamese National Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health, the American Industrial Hygiene Association and Workplace Health Without Borders. The course was taught by WHWB members Elaine Lindars, PhD, COH, (lead instructor), assisted by Mary O’Reilly, PhD, CIH, and guest lecturers Jonathan Haney, CIH (ret), Tuan Nguyen, CIH, MBA and Noel Tresider, COH. Tuan Nguyen, a Vietnamese-American, orchestrated the entire course.
Opening Day. Dr. Hai is speaking and Dr. Hiep Nhi is sitting at the table on the left. The teaching team is sitting at the front table (Jonathan Haney, Mary O’Reilly, Tuan Nguyen, Elaine Lindars and Noel Tresider).
The course content was developed by the Occupational Health Training Association (OHTA) as an introduction to occupational/industrial hygiene to help fill the knowledge gap in developing countries as they increase industrial production. Vietnam has a growing industrial sector and many Vietnamese physicians and scientists are concerned about workers’ health in Vietnam as industrialization increases. Because Vietnam currently has no certified occupational hygienists, the Institute decided to invite a team of industrial hygienists and scientists to help them develop occupational hygiene capacity.
Tuan Nguyen leading the discussion with the students after our visit to a local factory. This was a lively discussion with much interaction as we debated recognition, evaluation, prioritization and possible controls.
The Vietnamese National Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health.
Last Day with the Head of the Office of Health Affairs at the US Embassy, Dr. Jeffrey O’Dell (in the middle) and Dr. Hai, Director of the Vietnamese Institute for Occupational and Environmental Health (white shirt) along with the WHWB team.
A more detailed description of the course presentation can be downloaded at this link.
If you are new to WHWB, or new to this web site, you may not be aware that WHWB has a Mentoring program that partners new entrants to the occupational health field with more experienced professionals. A substantial number of senior occupational hygienists have signed up to act as mentors. Oddly, very few new hygienists or other occupational health professionals have contacted us asking to be paired with a mentor. I find this very surprising because those of us who are part of the mentor program find it very rewarding.
Typically, the mentor and mentee will meet online at regular intervals that they find appropriate. I meet with my mentee online about once every week, although we often go much longer without talking, depending on our schedules. We also exchange emails in between our online meetings. Some people meet their mentor only about once a month or so. Typically the online video chats last between 30-60 minutes. Some meet using Skype whereas others connect on Zoom. As much as possible, we try to connect people who are in the same or adjacent time zones.
If you are a young hygienist or someone new to the field of occupational health and you think you could benefit by having the opportunity to speak regularly with an experienced professional, I suggest that you check out our mentoring program at the link in the navigation bar above and fill out an application.
If you are an experienced, accredited professional willing to act as a mentor I encourage you to volunteer as a mentor. An application form can be downloaded at this link.
WHWB Mentoring committee