WHWB-US in conjunction with the University of Michigan School of Public Health has developed a pilot health and safety risk awareness program for volunteers helping with disaster recovery or community aid. This project is being developed by WHWB-US member Cheryl Schiller.
We are looking for members with links to other voluntary organizations to test and roll out this tool.
Do you know a student who might be interested in learning more about occupational health -- a student currently in the public health, nursing or medicine track or an energetic and curious student interested in economic and social disparities or environmental issues?
We need your help to recruit these students to apply for the Occupational Health Internship Program (OHIP). This is the 14th year of our very successful summer program that is designed as a field-based learning experience in occupational safety and health. Teams of two students are placed with labor unions or community-based organizations to work on projects that investigate job-related health and safety issues among workers, often of new immigrant groups, employed in an under-served or a high hazard job.
Students can apply to work in any of the following cities, regardless of where they now reside: San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, New Orleans, New York City, Seattle, Puerto Rico, and Idaho Falls. Supervision and mentorship are provided by senior occupational health researchers and their host organizations.
The deadline to apply is February 16, 2018.
The program is open both to undergraduates (3rd and 4th year) and graduate students with an interest in occupational health or related fields. A stipend is provided for the 9-week experience ($4,000 for undergraduates, $5,200 for graduates). Housing allowance is not provided but we can assist those relocating for the summer to find temporary housing.
More information about the program, and how to apply, can be obtained at the OHIP website at www.aoec.org/ohip
Please contact me ( firstname.lastname@example.org ), Administrative Program Coordinator Ingrid Denis (email@example.com) or the National Program Coordinator Sarah Jacobs (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
Robert Harrison, MD, MPH
The Board of Directors for Workplace Health Without Borders US (WHWB-US) is issuing an urgent call to support Puerto Rico recovery efforts. WHWB-US has created a fund to channel tax-free monetary donations to get needed supplies to Puerto Rico.
“We are asking our OEH colleagues to donate through WHWB-US to buy protective equipment and supplies,” said Mary O’Reilly, WHWB-US president. The organization has established a special fund and is coordinating directly with Sergio Augusto Caporal Filho, professor of Industrial Hygiene at the Graduate School of Public Health, University of Puerto Rico to get all needed items to them.
The WHWB-US Puerto Rico PPE fund provides a tax-exempt channel for those interested in responding the School of Public Health’s call for donations. WHWB-US will purchase needed supplies and coordinate shipments so the right mix of requested supplies get to the School as quickly as possible.
Last week, the School of Public Health sent out an urgent request for donations of protective gear for communities affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Students and faculty are working with communities to address the threat of infectious diseases during dangerous recovery efforts. The program wants to provide those involved with the necessary knowledge and supplies to protect volunteers during these activities.
To donate go to https://www.whwb-us.org
and click on the Puerto Rico Donation button.
You can also use the donate button here:
Mozambique OHS Training Program To Be Given Thanks to Grant from Underwriter’s Laboratories
WHWB-US has been funded through a grant provided by Underwriter’s Laboratories (UL) in conjunction with WHWB International and Eduardo Mondlane University’s (UEM),Center for Industrial Studies, Safety and Environment (CEISA), to deliver train-the-trainer OHS capacity building for UEM faculty and staff responsible for OHS. The curriculum will include a general overview of OHS, OHS Management, Safety Hazards, Occupational Health and Hygiene, Program Implementation, and Training Techniques. The train-the-trainer course will be held in at UEM in October 2017 with instructors from WHWB-US and WHWB International. CEISA will provide the classroom infrastructure, translation and printing of training materials.
WHWB-US and WHWB International would like to thank their members who participated in the writing and submission of the grant to UL. We would like to especially thank our member Rita Galvin of UL and Brittany Wright, Corporate Citizenship/Giving Specialist UL for their assistance during the grant submission process.
Mozambique OHS Training Program To Be Given Thanks to Grant from Underwriter’s Laboratories
WHWB-US Annual Board Meeting
Ann Arbor MI, October 12-13, 2017
Thursday Oct 12 starting 8 AM at NEW Center 1100 North Main St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Friday Oct 13 starting 8 AM at School of Public Health at University of Michigan
Dear WHWB-US members and supporters,
We would like to thank-you for your donations to our organization through your purchases through Amazon Smile this Thursday 16 March. These actions help us further our mission of building awareness to the plight of underserved workers with respect to occupational health and safety. These funds help us support projects within the US and abroad.
Ms. Cheryl Schiller has been selected to the Visiting Partners Program (VPP) in Occupational & Environmental Health & Safety at the University of Michigan, part of the Center of Occupational Safety & Health Engineering.
Funds for the Visiting Partners Program have been provided through the Center of Occupational Safety & Health Engineering, which is a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health funded Education and Research Center.
Cheryl serves as Assistant Secretary for WHWB-US and is a member of the Board. A summary of this project is included below:
A personal note from Cheryl: "I would welcome any of our members that have an interest and/or knowledge of this subject to contact me. I am open to any and all suggestions as to how best to accomplish the goal of promoting safety and health awareness to the 1000's of volunteers who work tirelessly but not always safely in the service of others. Thank you in advance for your assistance. I look forward to moving the project forward."
Promoting Health and Safety Awareness Among Volunteer Workers at Disaster Recovery Sites
Volunteer workers, including many youth volunteers, provide an essential service in rebuilding communities affected by natural, man-made, or economic disasters. However, their work in disaster recovery cleanup, site rehabilitation, and construction activities can put them at risk for sustaining injuries or acquiring illnesses associated with these tasks. Most of these volunteers are recruited through community-based non-profits who, though responsible for the health and safety of their work teams, have limited technical assistance and resources to devote to developing necessary training programs.
The project aims to develop instructional tools to promote work site health and safety awareness for volunteers working in these environments by taking concepts from industry standards and customizing them for non-professional volunteers. The training tools that will be created are a Job-Site Analysis Checklist to help job coordinators identify hazards and risks before the commencement of work, a Volunteer Training Tool to instruct volunteers on how to recognize and protect themselves from workplace hazards, and a Job-Site Awareness Tool to serve as a type of “Pocket Job Hazard Field Analysis Guide” to be given to each volunteer or team leader.
The monetary stipend provided by the VPP would be used to subsidize the production of the materials which would then be distributed to community organizations and other NGO's engaged in these activities. The final intention would be to make the products available from WHWB-US as a community outreach service.
Dr. Seshenanda Sanjel from the University of Kathmandu in Nepal has had his paper on Brick Kilns in Nepal accepted to present at the AIHCE 2017 in Seattle, WA. Dr. Sanjel is giving a 20 minute oral presentation. Dr. Sanjel has been working for years to improve the health of brick kiln workers in Nepal and has been a part of the Better Brick Nepal movement. His work furthers the mission of WHWB-US. This project will empower Dr. Sanjel to improve working conditions at brick kilns in Nepal and to build a network of professionals to assist him in future endeavors. If you are attending AIHCE 2017, please come by and see Dr. Sanjel's presentation.
The NGO WHWB and WHWB-US has been involved with projects aimed at the reduction of silicosis in brick kiln workers and are honored to have Dr. Sanjel speak at AIHCE. His travels are being sponsored courtesy of his co-author Steve Thygerson, Dr. Malik and a special conference travel grant set up by WHWB-US.
Please click the link to his attached abstract below:
Airborne particulate matters and health