Occupational health

GOHNET Newsletter Number 20 - January 2013

In this issue:

News from WHO

• Updates on the Healthy Workplace Initiative
• Towards universal health coverage of workers: Delivering essential interventions for workers’ health at the primary care level
• Occupational Diseases: Abu Dhabi Conference
• First Meeting of the WHO Global Working Group on GMP Priority 4 “Strengthening health systems, governance, capacities and service delivery for workers' health”
• “Not every headache needs brain surgery!”
• National conference on asbestos-related diseases in Italy
• Activities in WHO European Region on providing technical support to the Member States in the preparation of national asbestos profiles
• Workers’ health on the agenda of WHO Executive Board
• The Draft Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013–2020
• WHO’s proposed programme budget 2014–2015
• The report on progress made under the WHO Global Plan of Action on Workers’ Health

Dr Evelyn Kortum, Interventions for Healthy Environments
WHO, Geneva

Healthy Workplaces and Toolkits

• NIOSH Total Worker HealthTM
• Stoffenmanager - chemical risk management toolkit now published in Finnish
• A pilot survey of expatriate working conditions in the Gulf region
• A Global Approach to Promoting Health at the Workplace

Climate Change and Workers’ Health

• Climate Change and Occupational Health and Safety in a temperate climate: Potential impacts and Research priorities in Quebec, Canada

Other related Activities in Countries

• Occupational Health Intervention among Nutmeg Processing Workers in Grenada
• SESI’s ongoing activities
• UVa Center, American Nurses Association Unite to Protect Healthcare Workers From Needlesticks : An Initiative to Prevent Spread of Bloodborne Diseases Wins Backing of 18 Healthcare Groups Across Country

Networks advancing the Global Plan of Action

• The Mongolian Network for Workplace Health Promotion
• Knowledge Network on Mining - KNOHMi – launched!

Training Activities

• New: The workershealtheducation Website
• Post Graduate Training in Pesticide Risk Management
• Needle Stick Injury Prevention Training for Health Care Workers in the Caribbean
• Virtualpatient-Work.Net - Free Virtual Patients for Everyone

Conference Reports

• Latin American Forum of Healthy Companies
• Congratulations to civil society organisations working to improve occupational health and safety – there is a lot to do!
• Report on the Singapore Workplace Safety and Health Conference 2012
• An International Meeting on Climate, the Workplace and the Lungs