Welder-VietnamWelcome to the home of Workplace Health Without Borders! Workplace Health Without Borders was founded in the spring of 2011, as a not-for-profit organization, to help address occupational health and hygiene issues in the developing world. We hope to incorporate ideas from, and work with other organizations in achieving our objectives. Please browse the site using the navigation menu bar above.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), almost 2/3 of  the world’s 3 billion workers are employed in unhealthy and unsafe working conditions.   The International Labour Organization (ILO) reports  nearly  2 million deaths  each  year from occupational disease.  In addition, about 160 million of the world’s workers get sick  every  year due to non-fatal occupational diseases.  Most of  the world’s workers do not have access to  occupational hygiene expertise. They lack the resources, knowledge and technology to identify and control workplace  exposure  to  disease-causing  agents  such as chemicals, microorganisms, noise and radiation.

WHWB has the goal of  engaging  volunteers  in improving  workplace  health  in those regions of the world with under-served worker populations. Our focus is to provide workers and employers with  technical assistance,  training and skills development to help them develop capacity and infrastructure to manage and improve the health conditions in their workplaces. We also hope to help  NGOs in developing countries to integrate occupational health into their projects.

Strategic Framework Document

For more on our mission and goals please read our Strategic Framework document which can be downloaded here.

Although we are growing rapidly, we always need enthusiastic volunteers to help us reach our goals. Whatever your area of interest, if you wish to support global action in improving occupational health, there is a place for you with us.  Please consider joining WHWB. You can download a membership form by selecting JOIN WHWB in the menu bar above.

To read about our activities, to register in order to post items to the site, go to the Forum link in the menu bar. To join us for one of our monthly teleconferences, you will find instructions here.

Our Mentor program, matches highly experienced occupational hygienists with new to mid- career hygienists. We have found that mentoring can be provided at a distance very successfully via Skype and more effectively using Zoom.

We presented the OHTA course W201, Basic Principles in Occupational Hygiene, in cooperation with Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania February 23 – 27, 2015.

You can also follow us on our Facebook page.

Vision – A world where workers do not get sick because of their work.