As many of the visitors to this site know, I am a proponent of the Zoom video conferencing application for mentoring and small group meetings. Periodically Zoom offers a training session to familiarize users with its capabilities. If you are new to Zoom, this is a good way to learn how to use it. Since we only use the free version in our meetings, some of the capabilities described in these webinars are not available to us. Nonetheless, I think that these informal training sessions are a good way to overcome any reluctance you may feel to using Zoom. Zoom records these sessions and make them available to attendees to share with their colleagues, so that is what I am doing. You can view this latest session by following this link:
Last year we announced a free online course Occupational Health in Developing Countries offered by the University of Bergen. WHWB member Ross Di Corleto has drawn our attention to the fact that the course is being offered again, with the next session starting on March 20, 2017. This free online course provides an introduction to occupational health that should be useful for many members of WHWB.
From the course description:
This free online course provides an introduction to occupational health – a part of public health that is neglected in many developing countries, where industrial activity is increasing, but the health and safety of workers is hardly discussed.
The course will teach you basic knowledge of occupational health and how to prevent the development of diseases and injuries, which are caused by working conditions in developing countries.
The course may also be helpful in providing ideas to those of us who are involved in the development of e-learning materials or who are contemplating developing online courses of our own. At the very least it can offer the members of the latter group an appreciation of what it is like to take an e-learning course.
If you are interested you can register for the March 20 course by following this link: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/occupational-health-developing-countries
WHWB member Ross Di Corleto has posted a new article on his blog The Thermal Environment dealing with myths, near myths and facts related to blanket statements often used in discussions of heat stress. As always, this latest from The Thermal Environment is informative and should clear up some misconceptions related to heat stress. You can read the entire post at: http://www.thethermalenvironment.com/myth-busting-in-heat-stress/
A WHWB member emailed me the other day and told me he could not log in to this website. He had forgotten his login password. If this has happened to you, it is very easy to reset your password. Simply click the login link at the top of the right hand column and then click on Lost your password? below the login box. Enter your Username or the email address you used when you registered and answer the skill testing question. A new password will be emailed to you at that address. If you have changed your email address, you will of course not get a new password. In this case simply send an email to email@example.com and I will arrange for a new password to be sent to you.
The new password will probably be secure but difficult to remember. If you wish to do so, you can login using it, and then change it to something more easily remembered in your profile. Select a password that is strong as well as memorable (WordPress will estimate the strength of the password when you type it into your profile). You access your profile by moving your mouse over the Howdy _____ in the upper right corner. Just remember to update your profile (update button at bottom of page) after making the password change. If you have a question about this, just click the Leave a comment link below and ask. Happy posting!
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.