The approach taken by WHWB is to first identify projects in need of occupational hygiene resources in developing countries throughout the world. Examples of projects WHWB is willing to work on include assisting in knowledge transfer and training to educate other NGOs in basic occupational health and safety principles and practices, partnering with other NGOs on specific projects requiring occupational hygiene to prevent injury or illness, and work with multi-national corporations to educate workers in occupational hygiene topics.
Where local post secondary institutions are interested in partnering with us to offer training programs in occupational hygiene or to establish ongoing educational programs in occupational hygiene, WHWB is interested in investigating possible cooperative ventures. WHWB can provide access to experienced senior occupational hygienists with extensive academic and industrial experience who can advise on program design and curriculum development. WHWB members may also be available for short term interim teaching assignments during the induction period of a new program, until permanent faculty members can be recruited.
WHWB intends to develop core funding through individual and organizational memberships, support activities through the acquisition of grant money, and obtain support from multinational companies to provide assistance in ensuring good occupational hygiene practices.
We anticipate that a major activity of the volunteers of Workplace Health Without Borders is working on projects for groups in developing nations around the world. In some cases where project funding allows, these will involve volunteers traveling to the host country. These projects will bring occupational hygiene expertise to bear on problems that represent threats to workplace health. Exposure hazards such as respirable crystalline silica and asbestos are expected to be among the first projects initiated by WHWB.
To ensure that our limited resources are deployed where they will produce the greatest benefit to the workers involved, WHWB has developed specific criteria that prospective projects must meet in order to be considered.
Project Selection Criteria
- Projects selected will be consistent with WHWB objectives and principles, as set out in the Strategic Framework.
- Financial need; the beneficiaries would not otherwise have the means to pay for the assistance being provided.
- Non-partisan; wherever possible, WHWB will work jointly on prevention with workers and employers.
- Capacity-building: when the project is completed and WHWB withdraws, there should be members of the host community who can continue the occupational hygiene work.
- Time-limited; the project should not create on-going dependency on WHWB or other external agency to continue the work associated with the project.