WHO Offers New Free Online Courses for Frontline Responders

The World Health Organization has started a free online course platform aimed at responders to disease outbreaks and health emergencies.

OpenWHO is WHO’s new interactive, web-based, knowledge-transfer platform offering online courses to improve responses to health emergencies. OpenWHO enables the Organization and its partners to quickly transfer life-saving knowledge to large numbers of frontline responders to environmental health emergencies.These are video courses on epidemics, pandemics and health emergencies. The courses are free and accessible to anyone wishing to register.

These courses can be found at the projects web site OpenWHO.org. There is a video on the front page of the OpenWHO.org site describing the aims of the project and a list of courses that are available now. All of our members should visit this site.

OpenWHO’s aim is to transform complex scientific knowledge into easy-to-understand introductory video lessons, using as small a bandwidth as possible so that people in any country can access them. Offline versions of the courses are available for IOS and Android devices. These versions allow sharing of the course materials with persons who do not have Internet access.

A permanent link to  OpenWHO.org has been added to the Links list at the bottom of the right hand column of this site to allow easy future access.

Introduction to Analytical Chemistry for Hygienists

Unless you entered occupational hygiene from a background in chemistry, analytical chemistry is probably not a hygiene rubric that you are strong in. If you have always wished that you knew more analytical chemistry as it applies to occupational hygiene, you may be interested in a new eLearning course being offered by AIHA. If you are a CIH in need of CE or CM credits this is a way to earn them while improving your understanding of this important facet of occupational hygiene. Full details of this ecourse are available at:


OHS Initiative for Workers and Community in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Garrett Brown has shared a third update on the OHS Initiative for Workers and Community in Dhaka, Bangladesh.  The project is well underway with the hiring of the four staff members and the launch of start-up activities.

The key activity this spring has been work on developing an effective and accessible curriculum, materials and lesson plans for the “train-the-trainer” (ToT) program to be conducted with the experienced worker educators designated by the Initiative’s six member organizations.  An Expert Committee of local and international occupational health and safety professionals to assist the Training Manager was formed and has met in April and May.

The first class of 25-30 participants in the ToT program will be recruited in June, and the courses are tentatively scheduled to begin in July. Continue reading OHS Initiative for Workers and Community in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Heat Related Injuries Survey


WHWB member Ross Di Corleto has just posted a notification of an important heat related injuries survey on his blog, The Thermal Environment.

The University of Adelaide is heading a research project looking into heat related injuries in industry. This project is funded by the Australian Research Council and is being conducted by the University of Adelaide, in cooperation with Queensland University of Technology, Monash University, the University of Western Australia, SafeWork SA, SA Health and Safe Work Australia. To access his original post, visit his site by following this link.

Zoom Webinar Available

As many of the visitors to this site know, I am a proponent of the Zoom video conferencing application for mentoring and small group meetings. Periodically Zoom offers a training session to familiarize users with its capabilities. If you are new to Zoom, this is a good way to learn how to use it. Since we only use the free version in our meetings, some of the capabilities described in these webinars are not available to us. Nonetheless, I think that these informal training sessions are a good way to overcome any reluctance you may feel to using Zoom. Zoom records these sessions and make them available to attendees to share with their colleagues, so that is what I am doing. You can view this latest session by following this link:


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Free Online Occupational Health Course – March 20, 2017

Last year we announced a free online course Occupational Health in Developing Countries offered by the University of Bergen. WHWB member Ross Di Corleto has drawn our attention to the fact that the course is being offered again, with the next session starting on March 20, 2017. This free online course provides an introduction to occupational health that should be useful for many members of WHWB.

If you are interested you can register for the March 20 course by following this link: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/occupational-health-developing-countries