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Knowledge enables prevention

Almost 10 years ago the International Occupational Safety and Health Information Centre (ILO CIS) engaged an in-depth modernization process with the aim of responding to ILO constituents needs to acquire and use OSH knowledge for prevention, departing from its previous role as a global repository of OSH information. The adoption of a needs-based approach called for undertaking a comprehensive survey of OSH knowledge agencies, institutions, and organizations (AIOs) around the world. It allowed to constitute a unique knowledge base on their scope of work, technical capacities, structure, functioning modalities and networking practices which is now used to support countries investing in OSH knowledge institutions. ... read more ...

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Protecting health workers: Lessons from COVID-19

More than 1600 health professionals across south-eastern Europe participated in OSH training to build resilient health systems in response to COVID-19. The project, spearheaded by the South-East European Network on Workers’ Health (SEENWH) and coordinated by the Institute of Occupational Health of the Republic of North Macedonia in Skopje, sought to disseminate knowledge and promote the implementation of WHO and ILO guidelines on occupational health and safety for health workers, and identify the need for further national occupational health and safety programmes for health workers. The training was made up of contextual relevant courses and took place from October to December 2021. It specifically focused on strengthening the capacities of health workers in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Turkey by sharing experiences and best practices with one another. The results of the project are now documented in a new publication that includes key lessons learned.

More info: Health and safety during COVID-19: training for health workers in south-eastern Europe

24 million workers affected by Ionizing Radiation

The Third International Conference on Occupational Radiation Protection that took place in Geneva from 5-9 September 2022 brought around 700 radiation experts from 105 countries and representatives from regulatory bodies, workers’ associations and employers’ organizations, to identify emerging challenges and opportunities for workers in operations involving containing or handling radioactive material. While radiation exposure is commonly associated with those working in the nuclear field or dealing with radioactive sources, workers in other professions, such as miners, aircrew, researchers, and healthcare professionals can also become seriously affected if adequate measures are not taken. There is an increasing awareness of the need to protect people exposed to radiation in the course of their work. Methods and approaches must be tailored towards broader workforce requirements as the use of radiation and nuclear technologies grows across a range of sectors, experts agreed. The event was organized by the IAEA in collaboration with the International Labour Organization and hosted by the Government of Switzerland. The Conference reviewed international standards and recommendations on occupational radiation protection, progress over the past twenty years, and identified priority actions for improving global occupational radiation protection system.
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IRSST to host IDIVOSH 2023 Global Forum

Diversity of the Workforce, Precariousness and Vulnerabilities in OSH
The organizing committee is happy to welcome you to the IDIVOSH 2023: Immigration, Diversity of the Workforce, Precariousness and Vulnerabilities in OSH, which will take place from June 12 to 14, 2023 in Montréal, Canada. This inaugural edition of the IDIVOSH global forum is intended to pursue the development of research programs related to workforce diversity, immigrant workers and OSH, and to learn from the various experiments that have been conducted around the world. Over 150 delegates will participate in making this one of the most interdisciplinary global forum. OSH researchers interested in questions concerning immigrant workers or workers from various minorities, students and postdoctoral researchers, decision-makers and managers, members of civil society and non-governmental organizations, community groups and NPOs, unions and employer associations, joint sector-based associations, volunteers, and many others will gather from around the globe to learn from and with each other for the betterment of these workers’ occupational safety and health (OSH).

Details: IDIVOSH 2023, June 12-14, Montréal, Canada

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  Institut de Santé et Sécurité au Travail (ISST)
Créé par la loi n°90-77 du 7 Août 1990 et modifiée par la loi n°96-9 du 6 Mars 1996, l'ISST est un établissement public à caractère administratif doté de la personnalité civile et de l'autonomie financière. Il est placé sous la tutelle du Ministère des Affaires Sociales. L'ISST est géré par un directeur et un Conseil Consultatif Tripartite.