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We have just established a Mentor program to match experienced occupational hygienists with new entrants to the field of occupational hygiene. We are actively seeking projects to improve the quality of working life for workers everywhere. We are working 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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The photo below was taken by WHWB member Dustin Bennett at the AIOH 2013 conference December 2, 2013 where he spoke on WHWB. As I understand it, the folks with their hands up are either members or soon to be members of WHWB. If you were there and didn’t have your hand up, you can still join. Actually, even if you weren’t there you can join. Just fill out the membership form found here and submit it by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marguerite Pilger CIH, ROH
Since early November I have been mentoring a graduate student in occupational hygiene field monitoring. We have been meeting once or twice a week through Skype Video. In real time I can demonstrate various pieces of sampling equipment and techniques such as pump calibration, setting up sampling trains and using direct reading instruments. Augmented by slides and notes from a practical course that our company provides, this complements the course material provided by her professor.
We are finding Skype Video a very useful teaching tool. We can switch back and forth between slides and live demonstrations at any time and I can respond to her questions as they arise and provide more information. We often follow up our sessions with emails.
Equipment: I use a small external webcam on a tripod rather than the one in my laptop computer because it is of better quality. I can also reach over and tilt the camera from my face to my table top as needed. Also, I use a second old computer to display my teaching slides to myself so that Continue reading Mentoring at a distance: my personal experience
WHWB member Bernie Fontaine sends this link and comment:
Significant exposure to respiratory crystalline silica dust may extend to other non-industrial exposure groups. This article on Mozambique farmers raises questions about other non-industrial occupations that may be exposed to silica.
We have all been asked at one time or another “What is Industrial Hygiene?” or “What is an Occupational Hygienist?” Whenever I have been asked this question, after the person walks away, I often reflect that my answer was overly pedantic, or too simplistic, or unsatisfactory in some other way. In May, the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) produced an excellent video to answer this question. It is available at this link.
If you have to explain occupational hygiene, particularly to a non-technical audience, you will probably find this video useful.
EHS Today has a special issue on Banglaldesh factories, including an article by WHWB colleague Garrett Brown on CSR audits.
Workplace Health Without Borders is deeply grateful to Medgate, producer of OHS software, for their generous donation. At its recent User Group Conference in Philadelphia, Medgate’s gift to its clients was a donation to WHWB on behalf of each conference participant. Medgate’s innovative way of simultaneously demonstrating client appreciation and support for international occupational health is an inspiration to us all.