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.
WHWB-US was proud to support our parent organization, WHWB International. In an effort to provide continuing education, WHWB developed and presented two donation-based online webathons on the subject of global workplace health. The first of the presentations, November 27 was directed to occupational health practitioners, while the second on December 4 was aimed at a broader audience of those who have an interest in improving the lives and well-being of fellow world citizens and their families and communities. We hope all of the attendees walked away with information on how to improve workplace health and safety, and thank you all for your generous donations!
In the fall of 2017, Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico. Despite the official relief efforts from the United States government, much of the island remained in conditions ranging from poor to desperate in the aftermath of the storm. Dr. Sergio Augusto Caporal Filho, Ph.D., CSP, CIH, Professor and Coordinator of the Industrial Hygiene program at the University of Puerto Rico, sent out an urgent appeal to the industrial hygiene community through a letter to AIHA and Workplace Health Without Borders-US. His letter urged the IH community to help Puerto Rico by sending items such as personal protective equipment to the Graduate School of Public Health where faculty and students were spending much of their spare time in disaster assessment and recovery. These recovery efforts required hard hats, protective gloves, safety glasses, and related PPE to protect those doing this vital work.
Dr. Caporal Fihlo’s plea was answered immediately by many individuals and organizations sending both money and supplies. Premiere Safety in Chesterfield, Michigan was among the first to respond and WHWB-US was proud to assist in this effort. Two pallets of personal protective and monitoring equipment were sent to protect volunteers from physical, chemical or biologic hazards resting from the effects of the hurricane. Please continue to think of the Puerto Rico recovery efforts as we enter into the holiday season.