The Problem

Work-related disease kills 2 million people a year around the world – more than other well-recognized global health and safety challenges like HIV/AIDS, armed conflict and automobile crashes. Another 160 million people in the world get sick every year from occupational health hazards.  Not only adults are affected: 168 million of the world’s children are child laborers, half of whom work in hazardous conditions.

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Workplace Health Without Borders –US Branch (WHWB-US)

WHWB-US main objective is the prevention of occupational disease for underserved populations. We are dedicated to ensuring healthy working conditions for workers everywhere. WHWB-US members volunteer their time to offer training, mentoring and technical assistance to develop capacity and knowledge to prevent occupational disease around the world. WHWB_US is incorporated in the state of Michigan since September of 2015 and is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization.   WHWB-US was formed (a) to raise awareness of the need for effective control of workplace hazards and risks, particularly workplaces of developing countries and underserved local populations, (b) to provide oversight for projects initiated by WHWB-US and (c) to access resources for both national and international projects more accessible by a nonprofit incorporated in the US. We are an independent branch of WHWB, an international charity based in Canada.


What We Do

WHWB-US offers support and technical assistance to underserved workers and their communities, both at home and around the world, to evaluate and control occupational health hazards.  Much of this work involves leveraging partnerships: for example, we put academic researchers in touch with partners who are working to address occupational health problems in developing countries.  We have also arranged in-kind donations of occupational hygiene equipment and laboratory services.  Prevention of silicosis has been a major focus with support for projects such as dust control for agate workers in India and brick kiln workers in Nepal and other countries in Asia and Africa. Another focus is to advise and support students entering into the field of occupational health especially industrial hygiene. Together with our international branches, we have a network of more than 500 people around the world, including occupational hygienists, physicians and others concerned about workplace health.