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WHWB-US is ending the year in the giving spirit! Our board members have just approved the funding of three Developing World Outreach Initiative (DWOI) global industrial hygiene training courses. These trainings will take place in 2020 in West Bengal, Mozambique, and Bangladesh. We are excited to have the opportunity to support DWOI and their in-country partner organizations as they train occupational hygiene and safety personnel, collaboratively increasing global industrial hygiene knowledge and application around the world.
Thanks to the wonderful support of our members, we were able to raise $250 for Giving Tuesday! All of your financial support is vital to ensuring our continued contributions to underserved working populations across the globe. We couldn’t do it without you!
In collaboration with Remake and Adalinda, a project was launched to look at worker health and safety together with designers, operating officers, and founders of fashion companies. WHWB-US helped fund the first public forum on sustainable fashion on November 7 in lower Manhattan. The event included about a dozen committed and concerned individuals, mainly from the fashion industry. The discussion included the NYC shirtwaist factory fire and Rana Plaza. Having an experienced buyer participate in the discussion underlined the complexity of interrelationship of occupational and environmental health and economics. This meeting served as a springboard for future events and projects. WHWB-US board members Jennifer Galvin and Mary O’Reilly will continue to advise on worker health and safety, while partnering organizations will focus on integrating this and other sustainable practices into the fashion industry. We’re excited to begin breaking ground on this new and exciting project!
Thanks to all who were able to join us for our quarterly general membership teleconference! As Dr. Mary O’Reilly’s presentation highlighted, please continue to consider how your clothing is manufactured when purchasing new items. The average American discards ~80 pounds of clothing each year. Workers in the textile industry who manufacture clothing in low- and middle-income countries may be subjected to long hours, repetitive work, awkward postures, poor ventilation, and low or no pay. Dr. O’Reilly has developed partnerships with organizations such as Remake and Adalinda in order to help promote safe and sustainable fashion.
What a wonderful evening our board members had. Following the first day of our annual board meeting in Ann Arbor, WHWB-US board members hosted students from the University of Michigan Industrial Hygiene Student Association for our 5th annual student dinner at The Original Cottage Inn. It’s always great to hear what the students have been up to and see the wonderful direction we’re heading; we’re really looking forward to their presentations next fall on the global hygiene and safety internships they complete over the summer semester. Good luck to all!
The University of Michigan Industrial Hygiene Student Association (UMIHSA), a student chapter of WHWB-US, raised over $400 during their annual scavenger hunt fundraiser. This money was donated to WHWB International and will be a huge contribution to future projects and improving worker health and safety across the globe. A huge thank you to UMIHSA for all of their hard work!
WHWB-US is thrilled to announce that a new student chapter has been formed in Washington DC – a warm welcome to our newest student members from George Washington University and Georgetown University! This effort was spearheaded by Dr. David Goldsmith and Gayle Goff, with Dr. Goldsmith acting as the faculty sponsor.
Congratulations to Aubrey Arain, a doctoral student at the University of Michigan and member of UMIHSA Student Chapter of WHWB-US. Aubrey’s abstract was accepted for presentation at the 11th International Occupational Health Association conference in Washington, DC from September 14-16, 2018. Mrs. Arain was awareded a grant from WHWB-US to present her doctoral dissertation, “Exposure of electronic waste recyclers to metals in Thailand and Chile: Routes of exposure and biomarkers”. Her work in support of electronic waste workers around the globe will further our understanding of the occupational health hazards and risks to these workers, and enable strategies and interventions to improve worker health and safety.
With a generous grant from Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL), WHWB-US funded a WHWB International OHS Train the Trainer Project at Eduardo Mondaine University in Mozambique. Trainers Steve Thygerson, Custodio Muianga, and Dalila San, all WHWB-US and WHWB International members, provided occupational health and safety training for thirty-six (36) participants. An extra special thank you to Underwriter’s Laboratory; this project wouldn’t have been possible without their generous donation! Contact us if you know of a company who may be interested in sponsoring a similar event.