Introduction to WHWB-UK

Founded in April 2016 at the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) Annual Conference, the UK branch have been working to develop a platform from which to launch projects aiming to improve the occupational health provision where it is needed most.

WHWB-UK is the UK branch of WHWB International. WHWB international (Workplace Health Without Borders) was founded in 2011, as a not-for-profit organisation, to help address occupational health and hygiene issues in the developing world.

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.

WHWB-UK works on projects and provides expertise to assist WHWB International and develop projects to further the aims of WHWB internationally.

WHWB-UK Committee at Harrowgate

Committee at Harrowgate, April 2017, (from left to right) Sean Young, Mike Slater (past chair), Dorothy Cook (secretary), Jackie Morton and Dave Zalk


WHWB-UK believes in a world in which workers, their families and local community don’t get sick because of their work.

WHWB-UK Mission:

To engage the occupational health profession in ensuring that workers and employers throughout the world have the knowledge and means to prevent work-related disease (and injury).

Core Values:

WHWB-UK recognises occupational health and safety as a basic human right, and that workers have a right to go home from work each day at least as healthy as when they arrived.

Current Projects

Silica Awareness e-Learning

Silica exposure is a leading cause of occupational disease in regions with emerging economies and a key way of addressing the issue is improving worker education. With the widespread provision of smart phones and internet access globally WHWB-UK are working to develop an online e-learning tool for at risk workers.

If we can improve knowledge about simple improvements to a job, exposures can be reduced.

A Rubbish Fan competition

LEV technology is widely unavailable in many areas of the world. Working with Vent-Tech WHWB-UK has launched a UK nationwide competition to design a simple LEV using widely available recyclable waste materials.



To become a member of WHWB-UK, contribute financially or just find out more about our work contact us by email at whwb.uk@whwb.org.