CIS Newsletter

No. 240
September 2009

CIS Newsletter celebrates 21 years & still going strong!
Bringing news from Members to Members in over 154 countries in the CIS Network!


  1. Editorial
  2. 50 years of CIS... Celebrating the event... Meeting with the WHO... Some ideas to help in promoting the CIS Network... Don't Work Harder, Work Smarter!
  3. News, Events and OSH Briefs from around the World - Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Finland, Germany, Luxembourg, Malta, Philippines, Puerto Rica, Sweden, Singapore, Switzerland, UK and the USA to name a few!
  4. OSHE websites to explore
  5. Diary of Events

The CIS Newsletter is a monthly newsletter for the International Labour Organisation (ILO) International Occupational Health and Safety Information Centres and is edited by Sheila Pantry OBE. The CIS Newsletter is NOT an official publication of the ILO but a newsletter containing information from Members in CIS Centres and other sources and is intended to be shared by anyone who finds the data contained useful. Users are free to use and reuse the data in these newsletters.


Greeting Dear CIS Colleagues

Next month will bring together colleagues from around the world who will be attending the 2009 CIS annual meeting. Contact CIS HQ if you have not already received your invitation - but please put the dates 21 - 23 October 2009 firmly in your Diary and start making your preparations for the meeting. There is also a joint meeting with the WHO centres on Wednesday 21 October 2009 - see details below.

Some people have been asking about what they should be doing in their own country to celebrate this very special year - the 50th anniversary of the CIS network.

As suggested by Gabor Sandi ... reflect and promote what has been achieved in your country to improve the visibility of the CIS Network.

Then state what you and organisation intends to do in the future to:

See also further suggestions in the August 2009 CIS Newsletter.
Don't forget you can you use information in previous CIS Newsletters particularly the June 2009 Special edition that contains many articles on the promoting OSH information. Work smarter not harder - and use the ideas brought together by many experienced people. If you did not get a chance to read it, then take a few moments of your life to reflect what has been achieved over many years see
Together the CIS Network can achieve so much.

Thanks for all the publications, emails and news - these are always gratefully received and are used as soon as possible.

Remember any news you send gets an amazing further publicity as much of the CIS Newsletter content gets re-used around the world. Take advantage of free publicity! Remember you can see CIS Newsletters on the web site where back issues are stored.

Are you making plans to go to Geneva in October 2009 ... details of the 2009 CIS meeting in Geneva in October 2009 are in the CIS Newsletter May 2009 edition.
Look forward to meeting you in Geneva.

Make my day ... please send your news items to your Editor!

Remember... Publicity is the key ... tell them, tell them and tell them again...

All good wishes to you, your families and your colleagues.

Sheila Pantry, OBE

Sheila Pantry Associates Ltd, 85 The Meadows, Todwick, Sheffield S26 1JG, UK
Tel: +44 1909 771024
Fax: +44 1909 772829

47th Annual CIS Meeting and also joint session with the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres in Occupational Health

As you already know, the 47th Annual Meeting of CIS National, Collaborating and Regional Centres will be held from 22 to 23 October 2009 at the ILO Headquarters in Geneva. The World Health Organization (WHO) is organizing the 8th Meeting of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres in Occupational Health from 19 to 23 October 2009 at its Geneva offices.

In order to strengthen the collaboration between these two networks, CIS is organizing a joint Session on 21 October from 2:00 pm to 3.30 pm, as a joint WHO Collaborating Centres/ ILO CIS Centres' meeting.

Following this WHO and the ILO are also organizing a joint round-table on 21 October from 3:50 pm to 5:30 pm to discuss workers' health agenda in a climate of change.

You are cordially invited to participate in these two events and contribute to them with your wide knowledge and experience.


Joint Meeting of the ILO-CIS National, Collaborating and Regional Centres and of the WHO Collaborating Centres in Occupational Health

WHO Headquarters, 21 October, 2009
20 Avenue Appia, Geneva

Session Chair: Christine Branche

ILO responsible persons: Gabor Sandi/Annick Virot

WHO responsible person; Evelyn Kortum, Interventions for Healthy Environments

14:00-15:30 Session 1: Joint Meeting of the ILO-CIS Information Centres and of the WHO Collaborating Centres

Session Chair: tbd

ILO responsible person: Igor Fedotov, SafeWork

WHO responsible person: Ivan Ivanov, Interventions for Healthy Environments

Coffee break 20'

15:50-17:30 Session 2: Workers' health in climate of change

Chairs: ILO and WHO senior officials

The following is the Programme Overview of the 8th Meeting: Global WHO Network of CCs in Occupational Health; Geneva; 18-23 Oct 2009


Sunday, 18th October - Salle G - WHO main building

13:00 - 18:00

Planning meeting for GPA Objective Managers, Initiative Leaders, WHO Secretariat

Monday, 19th October - WHO main building - Allow 30 minutes to pick up badge at entry to WHO building

08:00 - 09:00

CC Network Planning Committee meeting (Salle G)

09:15 - 11:00

Meeting of WHO staff with WHO Regional Advisers (Salle G)

11:15 - 13:00

Regional Advisers meet with their respective Regional CC Networks
(C102 : AFRO / Salle G: AMRO / E233 : EURO / X7 : EMRO / EB Room : WPRO/SEARO)

13:00 - 13:45

Lunch on your own in WHO cafeteria


Monday, 19th October - EB Room - WHO main building

14:00 - 15:10

Opening of the WHO Network of CCs in OSH Meeting

15:10 - 15:45

Marco Maroni keynote speech and discussion

15:45 - 16:00

Coffee break

16:00 - 16:15

Overview of CC Network developments; benefits, highlights & opportunities

16:15 - 16:30

Structure of the Network: Advisory Committee Introduction and Functions

16:30 - 16:45

Collaborating Centres: an institutional overview

16:45 - 18:15

2009-2012 Workplan, 5 Objectives, closing

18:15 - 20:00

Buffet at WHO

Tuesday, 20th October - Kofi Annan Room - UNAIDS Building

08:30 - 10:00

The role of CCs in implementing the GPA in countries/regions; Instructions for Working Groups

10:15 - 13:45

5 Working Groups (including lunch) (room allocation in detailed agenda)

14:00 - 15:00

Report back in plenary session in Kofi Annan Room

15:15 - 17:00

Working Groups (room allocation in detailed agenda)

17:00 - 18:30

Report back in plenary session in Kofi Annan Room, closing

Wednesday, 21st October - WHO Building

08:30 - 11:30

4 Working Groups (room allocation in detailed agenda)

11:45 - 13:00

Report back in plenary session and wrap up in EB Room

14:00 - 17:30

Joint CC/CIS meeting and stakeholder roundtable discussion in EB Room

Thursday, 22nd October - WHO Building - EB Room

09:00 - 09:15

Summary of Meeting Accomplishments

09:15 - 09:45

Plenary discussion

09:45 - 10:30

The Way Forward: Conclusions, recommendations, next steps. Closing.

11:00 - 12:00

Post meeting session for CC Network Planning Committee in E110

Thursday, 22nd October - WHO Building: SPECIAL WORKSHOPS

13:00 - 18:00

Healthy Workplaces (EB Room); Healthcare Workers (E233)

13:00 - 21:00

Capacity Building (E110)

Friday, 23rd October: SPECIAL WORKSHOPS - same room allocation as previous day

09:00 - 13:00

Capacity Building

09:00 - 16:00

Healthy Workplaces; Healthcare Workers

Guidance on Getting Badges and Finding Rooms

BADGES: WHEN YOU ARRIVE at the WHO Building: You will need to pick up your badge at the main entrance (allow 30 minutes).




Plenary Sessions:

Working Group Rooms:

Some historical information for you to enjoy and perhaps use as you promote the CIS Network...

See the information in the June 2009 and July 2009 editions of the CIS Newsletter


Promoting the CIS Network, by Sheila Pantry OBE

Some of you have been asking for ideas to promote the CIS Network in your own country during this celebratory year.

A number of experienced CIS Members met last September (2009) in London to address this and other questions. Other experienced CIS Members sent in ideas and their experiences.

So there are many ideas and recommendations in the Report from the meeting... see ... See the report on the right hand of the screen.

Dr Herb Siegel

It is always a pleasure hearing from CIS Network people - both past and present, so it was with great delight when my phone rang and to hear Herb Siegel calling whilst he was passing through the UK!

Herb was Head of CIS for many years before he handed over to Jukka Takala in 1986. Members from that era will remember Herb. Sadly he tells me that Hannah, his wife of many years died in April this year.

Herb will be visiting the ILO shortly, but unfortunately will not be there at the October celebrations. He still lives in Las Vegas, USA.

Cochrane Review on Occupational Noise-induced hearing Loss

Interventions to Prevent Hearing Loss Caused by Noise at Work

The July 2009 issue of the Cochrane Review includes a review of the scientific evidence on interventions to prevent occupational noise-induced hearing loss. The review, co-authored by NIOSH researcher Thais Morata, looks at different occupational areas and what mechanisms (legislation, proper hearing protector usage, etc.) best work to reduce noise levels in workplaces and/or reduce noise exposure of workers. For the full review go to or listen to the podcast at

News from Belgium

NEW OSH ERA Forum on new and emerging OSH risks - "Towards a sustainable working life"

To be held on 29-30 October 2009 at FPS Employment, Labour and Social Dialogue
Rue E. Blérot 1, 1070 Bruxelles, Belgium

NEW OSH ERA aims to increase the overall scale, effectiveness and quality of research into new and emerging risks through coordination of OSH research in Europe. In addition to this core objective, NEW OSH ERA also aims

To achieve these goals, the NEW OSH ERA consortium initiates the Forum on new and emerging risks which is planned to be an annual event and one of the key activities of NEW OSH ERA.

The aim of the Forum is

The target audience includes policy and decision makers at national and European level, social partners, programme owners and representatives of OSH research funding organisations, research directors and other OSH stakeholders.

The first Forum will be organised on 29-30 October 2009 in Brussels with the title "Towards a sustainable working life"

Preliminary Programme:

Registration form:

Please take into account that as space is limited we will treat the registrations in order of receipt.

News from Canada

Exploring Differences in the Representations Held by Clinicians and Those Held by Workers Suffering from Musculoskeletal Disorders, during the Occupational Rehabilitation Process

A new exploratory study published by IRSST (Occupational Health and Safety Research Institute Robert-Sauvé) describes in detail, based on a limited number of cases, the various scenarios depicting the differences between clinical judgment, occupational rehabilitation professionals' understanding of workers' representations of their MSDs, and workers' actual representations, during the occupational rehabilitation process.

Work occupies an important place in people's active lives and is a determining factor in shaping adults' identity and their sense of social belonging. Yet every year, a large number of individuals are absent from work due to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), leaving 8% of them unable to continue working. This small number nonetheless accounts for half of the compensation indemnities paid by the CSST (Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail).

Many factors play a part in the development and long-term duration of work disability. Of these, some pertain to the person, workplace, or compensation policies, while others pertain to the healthcare and insurance systems. In terms of the person, his representation (i.e. understanding of his disease or condition) leads to the adoption of behaviours aimed at adapting to or controlling the problem. Clinicians' representations have not yet been the subject of investigation. At present, it is therefore impossible to understand the factors in the clinician/worker relationship that contribute to a premature end to the rehabilitation management process or to a non-return to work. In the therapeutic context, the existence of differences in representations would appear to be associated with a poor prognosis and to confirm the importance of the clinician understanding the worker's representations and of defining goals and strategies with the worker's input.

This study highlights how important it is that clinicians understand the representations held by workers who have a musculoskeletal disability. It also underscores the importance of the objective being acceptable to both parties, or at least of the proposed strategy making sense to the worker.

To download the study, please visit:

Contact details: Maura Tomi, Communications Division, IRSST | |

News from Finland

Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health

The Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health is published by the Finnish Institutional of Occupational Health, the Danish National Research Centre for the Working Environment, and the Norwegian National Institute of Occupational Health

Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health
Topeliuksenkatu 41 a A

telephone: +358-30-474 2694
telefax: +358-(0)9-878 3326
e-mail: see the editors for specific e-mail addresses

The Journal appears bimonthly. Its publication dates are the first day of the following months: January, March, May, July, September and November. It also publishes supplements on an ad hoc basis.

Lengthy papers may be published as supplements, for example, dissertations and symposium papers. Supplements are peer reviewed and are generally supervised by a guest editor. The editorial office will supply further information upon request.

Impact factor and ranking

For the latest available year, 2008, the impact factor of the Journal is 2.802. The five-year impact factor is 2.807. In the category of PUBLIC, ENVIRONMENTAL & OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH, the Journal is ranked 23 out of 100 journals.

The circulation of the Journal is worldwide. At the end of 2007, it was distributed to approximately 42 countries on 5 continents. Most of the subscriptions came from the United States, Netherlands, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Australia, South Korea, Canada, Japan, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Spain, Denmark, and France.

The Journal is open to all authors without regard to nationality. In 2008, the number of manuscripts submitted for publication in a regular issue was 187. In volume 34, the first author of the 60 published articles was from the Finland (15), Netherlands (10), Sweden (10), Denmark (7), Norway (4), Japan (3), United States (2), Germany (2), Great Britain (2), Italy (2), Spain (1), France (1), and Switzerland (1).

In a peer-review process, one to four referees independently evaluate the scientific quality of the submitted manuscripts. The Journal uses a double-blind peer-review system.

The Journal is indexed or abstracted in Thomson ISI (including Current Contents, the Science Citation Index, the Science Citation Index Expanded, Biological Abstracts, BIOSIS, and BIOSIS Previews), Excerpta Medica, OSH UPDATE (including CISDOC(E), HSELINE, & NIOSHTIC-2 see where there are c6 000 articles indexed), PubMed, TZXLIRE, CAB Abstracts, Ebsco Host databases, ProQuest, CAS, Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA/CIG), PASCAL database, National Archive Publishing Co, All-Russian Institute of Scientific and Technical Information (Viniti), Elsevier (Biographic Databases), SIIC Data Bases, Medworm, WorldCAT, Chemical Safety Newsbase, Global Health, PSYCINFO, CANCERLIT, Social Science, Pollution Abstracts, Uncover and ToxFile.

News from Ireland

Stark differences in working time across Europe: Eurofound publishes its annual report on working time developments across the European Union

In 2008, the average collectively agreed weekly working time in the European Union remained unchanged at 38.6 hours, according to the annual update on working time developments from Eurofound, the Dublin-based EU Agency. The report, which looks at working time agreements set by collective bargaining, also found that the average paid annual leave entitlement for workers in Europe was 25.2 days across the EU in 2008; however, some countries had up to three weeks' more holidays than others.

There are substantial differences in working time between the former EU15 Member States and the majority of the new EU Member States (NMS12), according to the report, Working time developments - 2008. The average working week in the EU15 was 37.9 hours in 2008 (the same as in 2007). It was longer in the NMS12 - 39.5 hours (down very slightly from 39.6 in 2007), a difference of 1.6 hours or 4.2%.

For most European workers, collective agreements are the main way in which working time is set. Through its analysis of working time developments over the past decade in the EU15, Eurofound has discovered that in these countries the working week has grown somewhat shorter: average agreed weekly working hours have fallen from 38.6 hours to 37.9 hours - a fall of 1.8%. While the working week has also reduced in the 10 Member States that joined in 2004 (the NMS10), the reduction has been less: since 2003, average agreed weekly working hours declined by only 0.2 hours or 0.5%, down from 39.6 hours to 39.4. These collectively agreed reductions in working hours did not entail a loss of pay; however, towards the end of 2008, cuts in working hours with consequent cuts in pay became increasingly topical as the economic crisis deepened. Enforced reductions in working time - and usually pay - in the form of short-time work and temporary layoffs have been on the increase in many EU countries as companies seek to cope with falling demand.

Across the European Union, the longest working weeks, worked by full-time employees in their main jobs, are found in Romania (41.8 hours), the Czech Republic (41.7 hours) and Latvia (41.7 hours). The shortest are in France (38.4 hours), Belgium (38.6 hours) and Ireland (38.9 hours). Only three of the EU15 countries have working weeks longer than the average for the entire EU27; by contrast, workers in 10 of the 12 new Member States work longer weeks than the EU27 average.

The report also compares the average collectively agreed entitlements for paid annual leave in the EU. It finds that the average number of fully paid holidays in Europe is 25.2 days per year. The average in the EU15 and Norway stands at 26.5 days, with a substantial difference between the average in Sweden (33 days) and in Greece (23 days). Among the new EU Member States, the average is 21.4 days per year, with notable, though smaller, differences between the Czech Republic (25 days) and Estonia (20 days).

Download the full report:

For further information, contact: Måns Mårtensson, Press Officer | Tel: +353-1-204 3124 | Mobile: +353-876-593 507 | Email:

News from Italy

EVENT - 28 September - 2 October 2010 - IOHA 2010

To be held in Rome Italy... The Call For Papers can now be found at

The deadline for submission of abstracts, both for presentations and posters, is 1st December 2009.

The deadline for Early Bird Registration is 28 May 2010.

Contact: International Occupational Hygiene Association, 5/6 Melbourne Business Court, Millennium Way, Derby DE24 8LZ, UK | Tel: +44 (0) 1332 298101 | Fax: +44 (0) 1332 298099 | Email: |

News from the ILO

Facing the global jobs crisis: Migrant workers, a population at risk

The global economic crisis is posing new challenges for the world's 100 million migrant workers. They may face reduced employment and migration opportunities, worsening living and working conditions and increasing xenophobia. Although no massive return of migrant workers has been observed so far, the crisis is having repercussions on their earnings and the remittances they send home. Ibrahim Awad, Director of the International Migration Programme at the International Labour Office, published a new study entitled The global economic crisis and migrant workers: Impact and response. Interview with ILO Online.

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News from the USA

Qualitative Risk Characterization and Management of Occupational Hazards: Control Banding (CB): NIOSH Publication No. 2009-152

The majority of chemical substances in commerce have no established occupational exposure limits (OELs). In the absence of established OELs, employers and workers often lack the necessary guidance on the extent to which occupational exposures should be controlled.

A strategy to control occupational exposures that may have value when there are no relevant OELs is known as control banding (CB). CB is a qualitative strategy for assessing and managing hazards associated with chemical exposures in the workplace.

The question about the utility of the CB strategy for workplaces in the United States has been raised, warranting a critical review of its concepts and applications. This report is the result of a review of the published literature and related proceedings on CB.

Global Happenings: Let's Collaborate!

US NIOSH and its global partners posted the latest issue of Collaborating Centre Connection, an electronic newsletter. The newsletter highlights the important work of occupational safety and health in different countries in concert with the World Health Organization (WHO).

Coal Mine Dust Exposure Is Predictor of Emphysema, Study Finds

A new study by NIOSH researchers and a colleague at the University of Calgary finds occupational exposure to coal mine dust is a significant predictor of risk for emphysema in coal miners after other risk factors, such as cigarette smoking, are accounted for. An abstract for the study is available online at

Less Dust - Better Health!
NIOSH offers Web Resources for Controlling Dust from Power Tools

Recently NIOSH posted new Web topic pages with practical recommendations for controlling potential silica dust exposures from operations involving the following four commonly used construction power tools:


EVENT NIVA Course: The evidence-based approach for OSH professionals

In March 2010 NIVA will organise the second EBM course for OHS professionals again in Kuopio, Finland. The course was well received by the participants of the first course in 2006. We chose to have the course in Kuopio in March because this is the best time to enjoy winter in Finland. Kuopio has many possibilities for skating and skiing, both down hill and cross-country. More information about the course will be made available at the NIVA website

For more information about Kuopio see Kuopio Tourist Services' pages here


ILO says significant steps undertaken for the development of a new international human rights instrument on HIV/AIDS.

The first draft text of an international labour standard in the form of a Recommendation on HIV/AIDS and the world of work has been released by the ILO.

Based on the discussions held at the International Labour Conference in Geneva in June 2009, the draft text of the human rights instrument has been sent to member States for tripartite consultations.

Use the CIS LOGO

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Remember >>>> Please Use the CIS Logo on your web site and publications!

Remember that your News in the CIS Newsletter goes to over 154 countries and gets re-used in other magazines and websites. Also there are many people who are not CIS Members who receive the CIS Newsletters. And through its presence on the web many people are getting to know more about the CIS Network. So with many thousands of web hits per month... send your news to me and get even more publicity for your Information services!

I keep asking the question...Will you be Surviving in 2010?... perhaps you will if you make efforts in promotion, publicity and telling the World that CIS and its network exists!

Your Editor
Sheila Pantry

OSHE web sites to explore...

We look at websites in different parts of the world that are offering quality information. This month we look at a variety of websites from Luxembourg to The Netherlands.

Also look in for hundreds of links to authoritative and validated web sites... constantly updated.

If we do not have your web site please send it to me


Official Journal of the European Communities   OJ   LUXEMBOURG

The Official Journal for the European Communities is published daily in the languages of the Member States gives the full text of European legislation, Directives, Recommendations, Decisions - which are free of charge for two months in the Official Journal of the European Union. Publications, case law and links to other Commission sites.


S2S is a European Network that aims to help industrial companies, particularly Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), to improve their level of process safety. Activities include connecting people working on safety topics; Analysing the future RTD strategy; Collecting, evaluating and offering available information; Developing interactive risk assessment tools and training materials and promoting awareness on EU legislation and standardisation. S2S is supported by HarsNet, PRISM and Safetynet. In this portal you can find safety information under the following topics: safety management, human factors, explosions, industrial fires, chemical reactions, measurement methods, and materials safety datasheets.

Senior Labour Inspectors Committee   SLIC   European inspection and communication campaign on Manual Handling of Loads LUXEMBOURG

The European Senior Labour Inspectors Committee (SLIC) campaign Manual Handling of Loads in Europe 2007 in transport and care. This inspection and communications campaign was initiated by the SLIC ties in line with the EU strategy. The project was developed in 2005-2006 and implemented in 2007. The project and accompanying products will help to achieve a more uniform implementation of the 1990 EU Directive (90/269/EEC), which sets down the safety and health provisions.


Malta Occupational Health and Safety Authority Board and the Occupational Health and Safety Authority Executive   MALTA

Malta's Occupational Health and Safety Authority Board and the Occupational Health and Safety Authority Executive website gives details of the legislation, publications, courses, frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Occupational Safety and Health Authority   MALTA

Malta's Occupational Safety and Health Authority has both a Board and an Executive. Website gives details of activities, publications and links


La Secretaría del Trabajo y Previsión Social   MEXICO

La Secretaría del Trabajo y Previsión Social site contains information on legislation, statistics, activities, publications and events.


Dutch Labour Inspectorate   NETHERLANDS

Dutch Labour Inspectorate covers the work, latest information and other links.

Elsevier - International Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers   NETHERLANDS

Elsevier site contains list of publications, journals and services.

European Association for Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion   NETHERLANDS

European Association for Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion contains information from safety organisations known as Eurosafetynet in Austria, Germany, France, Greece, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Covers reports, journals, statistics, product safety, good practice, education, consultancy and more.


TNO is a Dutch based organisation offering training in occupational safety and health, also carries out research and technical projects in a wide range of subject areas.

TNO Building and Construction Research   NETHERLANDS

TNO Building and Construction Research pursues its ambition to support process innovation in the building and construction industry. These innovations lead to improvements in the quality of solutions and increased process efficiency. The organisation focuses on the following research themes in the building industry and also studies the impact of social developments on these themes such as health and wellbeing; sustainable development; safety and risks.

TNO Work and Employment   NETHERLANDS

TNO Work and Employment covers research and consultancy, publications and other information.

Wageningen University, Wageningen   NETHERLANDS

Training in occupational safety, health and environment from the internationally recognized Department of Environmental Sciences at Wageningen University.

Diary of Events

These events may inspire you and your organisation to offer similar type of events.
If you have a seminar, conference or exhibition that you would like to promote - please send details to your Editor.

Also look in that is constantly being updated.

October 2009

8-10 October 2009 - 3rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Hygiene, Environmental Medizine and Preventive Medizine
Haus der Wirtschaft, Willi-Bleicher-Strasse 19, 70174 Stuttgart, Germany
Contact: Conventus Congress management & Marketing, Stuttgart, Germany | Tel: +49 3641 35 33 12 | Email: |

12-16 October 2009 - Indoor Air Quality: Links with Health, Environmental Perception and Productivity (4912)
Hotel Park Inn, Uppsala, Sweden
Contact: Annika Bärlund, NIVA Topeliuksenkatu 41 a A, 00250 Helsinki, Finland | Tel: +358 30 474 2333 | Email: | |
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13-14 October 2009 - The Amsterdam Process Safety Seminar Series - Making Changes Safely and Effectively: Management of Change
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Contact: For further details and brochure
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15 October 2009 - Research on the effectiveness of prevention measures at the workplace
Institute Work and Health (BGAG) Dresden, Germany
Contact: BGAG, Dresden, Germany | Tel: +49 (0) 351 4570 | Email: |

16 October 2009 - 1st International Congress on Occupational Risk on Health Care Sector
Palacio de Congresos de Madrid Paseo de la Castellana, 99 28046 Madrid, Spain
Contact: Tel: +39 0721 955866 | Email: |

18-21 October 2009 - Ventilation 2009, the 9th International Conference on Industrial Ventilation: Clean Industrial Air Technology Systems for Improved Products and Healthy Environments
ETH Zurich, Switzerland

19-23 October 2009 - Green Jobs: linking environment, climate change and the world of work
Turin, Italy
Contact: Ms. Maude Veyret-Picot or Mr. Pedro Pujol | Tel: +39-011 693 6909 | Fax: +39-011 693 6451 | Email:

19-23 October 2009 - 7th International Workshop "Work, global crisis and health" (7° Seminario Internacional "Trabajo, Crisis Global y Salud")
Organized by the National University of Colombia (Universidad Nacional de Colombia)
Themes: Debate on the consequences of the financial crisis on health in the world of work.
Bogotá, Colombia
Contact: Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Doctorado Interfacultades en Salud Pública, Calle 44 No. 45 - 67, Unidad Camilo Torres. Módulo 2, oficina 501, Bogotá D.C., Colombia | Email: |

26-28 October 2009 - Health People in a Healthy Environment: 2009 National Environment Public Health Conference
Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Contact: for conference details

27-30 October 2009 - APOSHO 25 Conference & Exhibition
SMS Convention Center, Seashell Drive, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Philippines
Organized by the Asia-Pacific Occupational Safety and Health Organization (APOSHO)
Theme: Regional Strengths, Strategies and Challenges of the New Safety Dimension
Contact: Asia-Pacific Occupational Safety and Health Organization (APOSHO) | Email: |

November 2009

November 2009 - Nordic Tour on Ageing: Does Age Matter more than Work Ability (4914)
Nordic country see programme
Contact: Siv Jansson, NIVA, Topeliuksenkatu 41 a A, FI-00250 Helsinki, Finland | Tel: +358 30 474 2488 | Fax +358 30 474 2497 | Email: |

3-6 November 2009 - A+A 2009
Dusseldorf, Germany
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5th November 2009 - 3rd Annual Joint HSW & IIRSM Health and Safety at Work Conference
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Birmingham, UK
Contact: LexisNexis Butterworths | Tel: +44 (0)20 7347 3573 | Email: quoting C542/PMEM

5-8 November 2009 - The 8th International Conference on Occupational Stress and Health
San Juan, Puerto Rica
Note: Organized by the American Psychological Association, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Society for Occupational Health Psychology
Themes: Job stress, risk factors, and interventions in developing countries; emergent concerns in developed regions; prevention and educational initiatives by governmental agencies and NGOs around the world; national policies and guidelines affecting work, stress, and health; etc.
Contact: 2009 American Psychological Association, Public Interest Directorate, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002-4242, United States | Tel: +1 202 336 6050 | Fax: +1 202 336 6040 | Email: |
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19-20 November 2009 - Tank Storage Asia Expo and Conference
Suntec Exhibition Centre, Singapore
Contact: Tank Storage magazine |

23-25 November 2009 - XXIXth International Symposium of the ISSA Construction Section on Occupational Safety and Health in the Construction Industry
Brussels, Belgium
Organized by the International Social Security Association (ISSA) and the National Committee of Action for Security and Health in Construction (Comité National d'Action pour la Sécurité et l'Hygiène dans la Construction (CNAC))
Theme: Ageing and globalization in construction
Contact: ISSA | Email: |

23-29 November 2009 - UK Road Safety Week 2009: Drink- and drug-drivers
Contact: contains lots of information about the theme for Road Safety Week 2009 and how you can get involved.

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