Occupational health

Workers' health: ongoing activities

GOHNET Newsletter Number 19 - February 2012

This issue provides with information about a number of exciting projects around the world at global and at regional levels. WHO and its Collaborating Centres for Occupational Health (CCs) have been very active in the workers' health arena and this newsletter will only provide a glimpse of the achievements and ongoing activities.

We are also on the verge to go into the 9th Global CC meeting in Cancun, Mexico on 15 and 16 March 2012. A pre-meeting will be held for experts from WHO and the Planning Committee members of the Network on 14 March. We will agree on the development of specific WHO products for implementing the Global Plan of Action on Workers' Health, work towards increased collaboration, and look forward to stimulating discussions. Participants include directors and experts from the WHO CCs, WHO experts from headquarters and the regional offices, representatives from the NGOs in official relations with WHO, the ILO and trade union representatives.

Dr Evelyn Kortum, Interventions for Healthy Environments
WHO, Geneva

Following the CC meeting, the ICOH International Congress on Occupational Health will be also held in Cancun from 18 to 23 March 2012. The final academic programme has just been released and can be consulted on the ICOH website.

In this issue:

News from WHO

  • Connecting Health and Labour: Bringing together occupational health and primary care to improve the health of working people
  • Protecting and promoting health at the workplace: A WHO Global framework and global guidance on healthy workplaces
  • Occupational health in Africa
  • Meeting of the Regional Network of PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centres for Occupational Health (CCs)
  • Protecting Workers from Potential Risks of Manufactured Nanomaterials
  • Moving towards a Healthy Workplace: working together to Improve the health of PAHO personnel

News from the collaborating centres for occupational health

  • 9th Meeting of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Occupational Health (CCs)
  • Development of a Construction toolbox for a multidisciplinary risk assessment and management at the workplace
  • Multilingual questionnaire is aiming at not identified occupational bladder cancer cases
  • Respiratory Protection Program Development: developing and disseminating evidencebased prevention tools and raise awareness for the prevention of silica- and other dustrelated diseases
  • Providing and communicating evidence for action and practice: OSH Answer Service
  • Development of the Construction Safety Audit Scoring System (ConSASS) and the WSH Appraisal Tool in Singapore
  • Occupational Health and Safety Quality Assurance for Primary Health Care Unit (PCU)

Training courses in occupational health

  • NeTWoRM - Net-based-Training for Work-Related Medicine
  • EPINet: Using data for Prevention of Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Improving the performance of and access to occupational health services : short & intensive course curriculum in occupational health

New WHO publications

Other publications