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
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.
More information: https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/tailored-approaches-key-to-optimizing-occupational-radiation-protection