Welcome to the Collaborating Centre Connection, a quarterly e-newsletter of the WHO Global Network of Collaborating Centres (CCs) in Occupational Health. It is my pleasure, as Chair of the Network and as Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in the United States of America, to introduce this first issue of the newsletter that aims to communicate successes, opportunities and developments in the Network while linking the projects, CCs and Activity Area (AA) managers. The newsletter is a project of the Centres and AAs to facilitate communication within the Network. We look forward to your stories and to serving you through this communication mechanism. 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. In this issue: Message from the Chair; Spotlight: Timo Leino, Activity Area 5 Manager; The 2006-2010 Workplan of the WHO Global Network of Collaborating Centres; Network Statistics; The Centre for Workplace Health - A Partnership Approach; Needlestick Injury Prevention Pilots; GeoLibrary; Prevention and Control of Occupational Exposure to Dust Workshop; Did you know...; Terms of Reference for Activity Area Managers and Deputy Managers; Conferences; Include Your Article.