Many economically developing countries and nations without robust occupational hygiene (OH) educational programs endure a shortage of qualified occupational hygienists, resulting in higher rates of workplace injury, illness, and fatality. Damage to valuable infrastructure, environment, and public health also occurs without adequate support.
Improving Global Worker Health and Safety Through Collaborative Capacity Building Initiatives outlines a broad variety of capacity building projects in OH. It also introduces detailed experiences of occupational hygienists working abroad and working on special global topics including a discussion of how global trade agreements influence the practice and policy within OH. It describes the special needs of informal workers who do not have a "typical" employer and special challenges of creating university curricular guidelines for OH, building competency, and increasing capacity. This book also informs experienced professionals in international OH-capacity building initiatives and directions.
- Presents the global impact and importance of occupational hygienists
- Outlines knowledge and collaboration through networking
- Provides case studies on real world situations and problems
This text will be useful for professionals and graduate students in the fields of occupational health and safety and public health.
Table of Contents
Preface. Acknowledgments. Editor. Contributors. Chapter 1 Foundations and Networks of Occupational Hygiene Capacity. Chapter 2 Building OHS Capacity at the Grass Roots: A Case Study of the Maquiladora Health & Safety Support Network and Its Global Partners. Chapter 3 Workplace Health Without Borders: Engaging Volunteers to Improve Workplace Health and Safety in Underserved Regions around the Globe. Chapter 4 Promotion of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene through Education: A Case Study of the Occupational Hygiene Training Association (OHTA). Chapter 5 The Developing World Outreach Initiative: Expansion of Occupational Hygiene through Volunteerism and Networking. Chapter 6 International Education, Research, and Service Opportunities for Students and Faculty in Higher Learning Institutions. Chapter 7 The Role of Equipment and Services Vendors in Advancing Occupational Hygiene Globally. Chapter 8 Capacity Crashing: The Ongoing Transfer of Dangerous Jobs and Processes to Underdeveloped Regions. Chapter 9 Challenges of Managing Occupational Health, Safety, and Environment on International Hydropower Construction Projects. Chapter 10 An Analysis of the Impacts of National Regulation on Occupational Safety and Health: How Regulations Protect Workers and Their Employers. Chater 11 International Trade Agreements and Their Impact on Worker Health and Safety. Chapter 12 Creating and Expanding the European Network Education and Training in Occupational Safety and Health (ENETOSH) to Build Capacity in OSH and Education. Chapter 13 International Occupational Health Outreach: One Step at a Time: Vietnam Progress Report. Chapter 14 Pathways Forward in New Collaborations for Capacity Building in Occupational Hygiene. Index.
Dr. Thomas P. Fuller is a Professor in the Occupational Safety and Health Program at Illinois State University. He has a Doctor of Science from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in Industrial Hygiene, a Master of Science in Public Health from The University of North Carolina, a Master of Business Administration from Suffolk University. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienists, a Certified Safety Professional, and a Fellow of the American Industrial Hygiene Association. Dr. Fuller is the current President of the International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA), and Chair of the IOHA Education Committee. He is a past Chair of the AIHA International Affairs Committee (IAC) and is currently Chair of the IAC Emerging Economy Microgrant Subcommittee. Dr. Fuller is a Contributing Editor for the American Journal of Nursing, a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the National Safety Council, and a member of the Editorial Advisory Panel of the journal of Occupational Hygiene Southern Africa. As a member of the International Commission on Occupational Health he serves on the Industrial Hygiene Committee and the Working Group on Infectious Occupational Agents. He is also a Board member of the Occupational Hygiene Training Association.