Mozambique OHS Training To Be Offered Funded By Underwriter’s Laboratories

WHWB-US has been funded through a grant provided by Underwriter’s Laboratories (UL) in conjunction with WHWB International and Eduardo Mondlane University’s (UEM),Center for Industrial Studies, Safety and Environment (CEISA),  to deliver train-the-trainer OHS capacity building for UEM faculty and staff responsible for OHS. The curriculum will include a general overview of OHS, OHS Management, Safety Hazards, Occupational Health and Hygiene, Program Implementation, and Training Techniques. The train-the-trainer course will be held in at UEM in early 2018 with instructors from WHWB-US and WHWB International.  CEISA will provide the classroom infrastructure, translation and printing of training materials.

WHWB-US and WHWB International would like to thank their members who participated in the writing and submission of the grant to UL. We would like to especially thank our member Rita Galvin of UL and Brittany Wright, Corporate Citizenship/Giving Specialist UL for their assistance during the grant submission process.

WHO Offers New Free Online Courses for Frontline Responders

The World Health Organization has started a free online course platform aimed at responders to disease outbreaks and health emergencies.

OpenWHO is WHO’s new interactive, web-based, knowledge-transfer platform offering online courses to improve responses to health emergencies. OpenWHO enables the Organization and its partners to quickly transfer life-saving knowledge to large numbers of frontline responders to environmental health emergencies.These are video courses on epidemics, pandemics and health emergencies. The courses are free and accessible to anyone wishing to register.

These courses can be found at the projects web site OpenWHO.org. There is a video on the front page of the OpenWHO.org site describing the aims of the project and a list of courses that are available now. All of our members should visit this site.

OpenWHO’s aim is to transform complex scientific knowledge into easy-to-understand introductory video lessons, using as small a bandwidth as possible so that people in any country can access them. Offline versions of the courses are available for IOS and Android devices. These versions allow sharing of the course materials with persons who do not have Internet access.

A permanent link to  OpenWHO.org has been added to the Links list at the bottom of the right hand column of this site to allow easy future access.

OHS Initiative for Workers and Community in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Garrett Brown has shared a third update on the OHS Initiative for Workers and Community in Dhaka, Bangladesh.  The project is well underway with the hiring of the four staff members and the launch of start-up activities.

The key activity this spring has been work on developing an effective and accessible curriculum, materials and lesson plans for the “train-the-trainer” (ToT) program to be conducted with the experienced worker educators designated by the Initiative’s six member organizations.  An Expert Committee of local and international occupational health and safety professionals to assist the Training Manager was formed and has met in April and May.

The first class of 25-30 participants in the ToT program will be recruited in June, and the courses are tentatively scheduled to begin in July. Continue reading OHS Initiative for Workers and Community in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Heat Related Injuries Survey

 

WHWB member Ross Di Corleto has just posted a notification of an important heat related injuries survey on his blog, The Thermal Environment.

The University of Adelaide is heading a research project looking into heat related injuries in industry. This project is funded by the Australian Research Council and is being conducted by the University of Adelaide, in cooperation with Queensland University of Technology, Monash University, the University of Western Australia, SafeWork SA, SA Health and Safe Work Australia. To access his original post, visit his site by following this link.

Ross Di Corleto’s Latest Post on Heat Stress

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/

Happy Lunar New Year WHWB members! We still need your support!

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!