Occupational health

Compendium of activities of the WHO Collaborating Centres in Occupational Health, 2001-2005

ISBN 92 4 159074 2
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Collaborating Centres are occupational health institutes or departments affiliated with WHO that are making a substantive contribution to the implementation of the strategy with a wide range of activities. In addition to traditional hazards of primary importance to developing nations such as, for example, noise, dust, biological and chemical substances, the centres are also addressing new and emerging problems of occupational health such as stress at work, computerised work, and violence at work.

The Work Plan 2001-2005 of the Network of the WHO Collaborating Centres in Occupational Health was developed over the period 2000 - 2001, and was reviewed during the Fifth Network Meeting in Chiangmai by the participating Collaborating Centres in November 2001. The Work Plan incorporates the commitments of WHO headquarters, the Regional offices, the WHO Collaborating Centres in Occupational Health, and the affiliated NGOs, for the implementation of the Global Strategy on Occupational Health for All.

The centres focused on priority areas in occupational health and safety and created fifteen Task Forces addressing fifteen priority areas. They committed themselves to carry out a five-year Work Plan 2001 - 2005 consisting of 130 funded project commitments at the time of the meeting in Chiangmai. Projects have resulted, and will still so for the duration of the Work Plan period, in products which range from documents and brochures to training courses for occupational health personnel and/or students, from translation of occupational health materials to the establishment of questionnaires, guidelines and increased international collaboration.

It has previously been noted that important contributions of the Collaborating Centres and other organizations are most likely when their choice of commitment refers to the current work plan of the centre. Thereby it is ensured that project goals and scope lie within its expertise and planning and can be modified to be of value globally. It is intended, that the products of the Network Work Plan 2001 - 2005 will be of particular value for developing and industrializing countries. A way to facilitate this process, is that the centres from industrialized nations will partner with centres from developing or industrializing countries in the development or the review of documents prepared under this Work Plan. It is understood that all projects listed in their respective Task Forces follow the priorities set out in the Global Strategy on Occupational Health for All , which represents the framework for the Work Plan 2001 - 2005.

In this Compendium particular efforts have been made to identify potential links among projects that relate to more than one Task Force. These links can be found at the end of each Task Force description as an indication to cross references.

For each Task Force, a Co-Chair from the WHO Secretariat was nominated, and a minimum of one Co-Chair from the Collaborating Centres have volunteered to co-ordinate the work of each Task Force. The Collaborating Centre Co-Chair is responsible for the smooth progress of any joint efforts agreed upon in the Task Force. The WHO Co-Chair is responsible for periodically tracking progress of the projects included in the Task Force.

At the Sixth Network Meeting in February 2003 in Brazil, progress reports for projects were delivered by each Centre represented and new goals were set. The current version of the Compendium is based on those updates.

However, as this is a rapidly evolving process, updates will be published periodically in hard copy and continually on this website .

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