|Volume One, Number One, March 2007|
|Message from the Chair|
We are a strong Network of 58 CCs plus 9 in the process of designation, the International Commission of Occupational Health (ICOH), the International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA), the International Ergonomics Association (IEA) and with the International Labor Organization (ILO). The adoption of the 2006-2010 Workplan of the Network at the June 2006 Stresa Meeting brought us the opportunity to work together as partners on 203 projects. We are grateful to the AA managers, who are coordinating the project activities. Please feel encouraged to communicate with the AA managers and with each other directly. Also, please send your stories to our editor, Jane Hingston of NIOSH, at JHingston@cdc.gov.
John Howard, MD
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|Message from the
Spotlight: Timo Leino, Activity Area 5 Manager
The 2006-2010 Workplan of the WHO Global Network of Collaborating Centres
The Centre for Workplace Health – A Partnership Approach
Needlestick Injury Prevention Pilots
Prevention and Control of Occupational Exposure to Dust Workshop
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Terms of Reference for Activity Area Managers and Deputy Managers
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|Spotlight: Timo Leino, Activity Area 5 Manager|
In his work as AA 5 Manager, Timo sees the goal of “expanding and delivering occupational health services in all six regions of the WHO; the developing and developed countries.” Timo anticipates a lot of work ahead and hopes to see the WHO Network double its access to occupational health services. Timo would like to see “more resources given to the area of occupational health services as an integral part of public health and development. It is important to network and create bridges across cultural barriers. This is work for freedom and work for peace.” Timo has a wife of 30 years and three grown children. Growing up, Timo played Finnish baseball and now enjoys running and playing badminton.
|The Workplan is posted at:
AA 1. Global situation analysis – describe, analyze and act on how globalization and changing employment patterns influence the prerequisites for occupational safety and health. (Wendy Macdonald, W.Macdonald@latrobe.edu.au)
AA 2. Evidence for action– enhance global understanding of occupational health by sharing information about activities that support national, regional and global policies and influence the decision makers and stakeholders. (Jo Harris-Roberts, Jo.Harris-Roberts@hsl.gov.uk)
AA 3. Practical approaches to identify and reduce occupational risks – develop and implement simplified risk reduction tools and methods. Projects will address chemicals, safety and psychological hazards, silica and ergonomics with focus on the construction, healthcare and agriculture sectors. (Stravroula Leka, firstname.lastname@example.org)
AA 4. Education, training and technical materials – develop human resources, curricula and toolkits on occupational health issues. Support implementation and evaluation of the materials. (Leslie Nickels, email@example.com)
AA 5. Development and expansion of occupational health services – develop and expand occupational health services as part of public health services. Strengthen infrastructure and develop best practices to double the number of workers who have access to occupational health services by the end of 2015. (Timo Leino, firstname.lastname@example.org)
AA 6. Communication and networking – establish a communication network to serve as a resource of knowledge and skills in occupational health. Market the scientific information products of the Collaborating Centres and Activity Areas. Assist in fund-raising efforts of the Activity Areas. (Claudina Nogueria, email@example.com)
|Total number of projects in the
Network = 203
Total number of countries that the AAs are working in = 65
Total number of Collaborating Centres = 58, with 9 in process of designation
Participating non-governmental organizations = 3
Partnering with the International Labor Organization
Centre for Workplace Health – A Partnership Approach
In September 2005, The University of Sheffield, The Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Health and Safety Laboratory signed a memorandum of understanding to cement the long-standing close partnership between these three organisations, and in doing so, launched the Centre for Workplace Health (CWH).
Operating out of the new laboratory facility in Buxton, United Kingdom, within the Peak District National Park, CWH has put itself on the map as a national centre of excellence in the field of occupational health and safety research, training and service provision. It is the expertise, experience and facilities available between the three partners and its associates that puts CWH in a unique position to provide customers and stakeholders with simple, practical solutions to workplace health problems based on high quality science.
Through visits to CWH by a number of key government ministers and the newly appointed Director of Health, Work and Well-Being, the Centre has secured widespread backing and support and is currently involved in large programmes of work focusing on a broad range of occupational health issues, such as respiratory disease and ageing populations.
Dr. Jo Harris-Roberts, Activity Area 2 Manager, manages the core team in Buxton that is comprised of senior specialist medics, nurses, technicians and researchers. “It’s fantastic to have such an excellent team on board that is able to respond to the rapidly changing demands of occupational health in the 21st Century. The Centre represents a new approach to Occupational Health (OH) research and delivery which we hope will benefit employers and employees on a number of levels, as well as providing a vital resource for advice and consultancy to other organisations and health professionals involved in OH.”
More information about CWH and HSL can be found at
|Needlestick Injury Prevention Pilots|
A meeting with state and national government officials to draft a state plan for protecting healthcare workers against occupational transmission of bloodborne pathogens was held in Venezuela in February 2007. The Aragua State experience was used to model a national plan. A train-the-trainer workshop trained sixty health care workers from four pilot hospitals and CORPOSALUD.
|by Leslie Nickels, AA 4 Manager, University of Illinois
School of Public Health, Chicago, U.S.A.
Geolibrary.org is an electronic library of occupational and environmental health training materials and practice tools. The materials are in the public domain and are available free of charge in six languages. While many of the materials found in the library currently exist in the public domain at various web site locations, the GeoLibrary is a growing collection of these materials in a single location that can be accessed globally. Key features of the library are a comprehensive index of environmental and occupational health topics and advance search features to assist in finding the most relevant materials. Visit www.geolibrary.org today! To learn how to include materials from your Collaborating Centre, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Prevention and Control of Occupational Exposure to Dust Workshop|
A workshop on the “Prevention and Control of Occupational Exposure to Dust” took place in São Paulo, Brazil, on 5 – 6 December 2006. The event launched joint efforts by institutions involved in protecting the health of workers, particularly in Portuguese-speaking countries. The workshop was organized and co-hosted by WHO Collaborating Centres FUNDACENTRO and SENAC. Thank you to Rosangela Ribeiro (SENAC) and Eduardo Algranti (FUNDACENTRO) for their hospitality.
The 25 delegates were from Brazilian organizations, the Centre for Environmental and Occupational Health of the National Institute of Health in Oporto, Portugal, and the National Institute for Occupational Health in Johannesburg, South Africa. Decisions reached at the workshop include:
Preparations are currently underway for an international seminar on the “Prevention of Occupational Diseases” to be held in Oporto, Portugal in October 2007. This will be a WHO seminar, organized locally and conducted in Portuguese. The target audience is OH professionals in Portuguese-speaking countries, including Africa. A number of short courses are planned as post-seminar training activities.
|Did you know…|
|that 37% of all back pain on earth is due to occupational
risk factors? Below is a summary of findings from the WHO Global Burden
of Disease efforts.
[M Fingerhut, D Imel Nelson, T Driscoll, M Concha-Barrientos, K Steenland, L Punnett, A Prüss-Üstün, J Leigh, C Corvalan, G Eijkemans, J Takala. “The Contribution of Occupational Risks to the Global Burden of Disease: Summary and Next Steps.” La Medicina del Lavoro. 97(2):313-323 (2006)]
|Terms of Reference for Activity Area Managers and Deputy Managers
|Communication between managers and CCs is paramount
in the Network. The following roles of the AA managers and deputy managers
provide reference for collaboration.
Activity Area manager (time commitment of 25%,
agreed by CC Director, between June 2006 and 2010)
2. The AA manager is involved in the day-to-day planning and management of the AA.
Deputy manager (10%-25% time commitment, 2006-10)
*The members of the CC Planning Committee are the members of the Advisory Board, WHO HQ and Regional Advisers, ILO, NGOs in official relation (ICOH, IOHA and IEA) and the AA managers.
For a list of upcoming conferences, visit http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/exhibits.html.
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