Occupational health


GOHNET Newsletter Number 15 - Spring 2009

This is the third issue of GOHNET that refers to the

which was endorsed by the World Health Assembly this year. Previous issues on the GPA covered the following topics:

This issue deals with coverage of occupational health services and provides best practice examples from a variety of regions. Occupational Health Services have a number of preventive functions, which require trained, motivated, skilled and multi-disciplinary health workers. Reality often shows mono-disciplinary services, lack of trained human resources, and a curative approach, lack of awareness, expertise, surveillance and evaluation.

Occupational health services are most needed in countries and sectors where services are totally lacking or which are seriously underserved. Particularly high-risk sectors, such as agriculture, mining, fishery, forestry and construction in developing and rapidly industrializing and in transitory countries, pose the highest work-related risks but the least developed services. The growing numbers of the self-employed, micro enterprises and informal sector workers will remain without any services unless special measures are applied.

Consecutive GOHNET issues will deal with the following topics:

  • Practical tools for managing risks at the workplace- Deadline for contributions: 31 July 2009 - Please send us updates on your ongoing work, your achievements, as well as your planned activities.
  • Future topics: Health of healthcare workers; deadline: 30 November 2009 Workers' health in other policies; deadline 31 March 2010

More information can be found on our website:

We would be pleased to learn about any examples of practical tools for managing risks at the workplace, including an evaluation component, and to be published in the next issue of GOHNET.

Enjoy your reading!

Evelyn Kortum Editor, ochmail@who.int