Prof. Vito Foŕ passed away

Prof. Vito Foŕ passed awayIt is with great sadness that we announce the passing away of Professor Vito Foŕ, ICOH Honorary member.

After his graduation in occupational medicine and toxicology, he started working at the industrial hygiene laboratory of the Clinica del Lavoro of Milan in 1958 and was involved in occupational toxicology. In 1977 he was appointed as Director of the Department of occupational toxicology and industrial hygiene.

He was Professor of Occupational Medicine at the University of Milan and at the University of Bari, Italy.
With Luigi Ambrosi, he published the handbook “Medicina del Lavoro”.

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ICOH Statement at the Special Session of the WHO Executive Board on the implementation of resolution WHA73.1 COVID-19 response

Dr. Jukka Takala (ICOH President) and Prof. Jorma Rantanen (former ICOH President) represented ICOH at the Special Session of the WHO Executive Board on the implementation of resolution WHA73.1 COVID-19 response, on October 5-6, 2020.

On this occasion, an ICOH statement was submitted to highlight the importance of successful prevention and management of the COVID-19 pandemic at work.

To read the full statement, please click here.

World Patient Safety Day (WPSD) - 17 September 2020

Registration for the Virtual Event:
When: 17 September 2020, 14:00 –17:30 CEST

The World Patient Safety Day (WPSD), organized by the WHO, will be held on September 17. This year the objective of WPSD 2020 is to raise global awareness of the importance of health workers′ safety in sustaining a healthcare system and increasing patient safety. The chosen theme is: “Health Worker Safety: A Priority for Patient Safety”, which focuses on the interrelationship between patient and health safety.

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ICOH Survey on COVID-19 for National Secretaries / Contact Persons

We are pleased to announce the launch of the ICOH Survey on COVID-19 administered to National Secretaries / Contact Persons.

CoViD-19 pandemic is a global health emergency that is having an impact on the world of work.

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Webinar on "Health & Safety at Workplace: Battle Against COVID 19" – Saturday 11 July - 1:30 PM (GMT)

We invite you to join the webinar session on the theme "Health & Safety at Workplace: Battle Against COVID 19" hosted by the Indian Association of Occupational Health (IAOH) with support from ICOH and WHO on Saturday, July 11th, 2020 at 6:00 PM (IST)/ 1:30 PM (GMT).

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Revitalising Attention on the Global Asbestos Disaster – audio recording published on SciPod

The audio summary of the paper ‘Global Asbestos Disaster’ by Dr Jukka Takala et al. is now available on the science communication channel, SciPod. Link:

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ICOH-IEA Statement at the 73rd World Health Assembly, supported by IOHA

ICOH has submitted a statement at the 73rd World Health Assembly of 18 May 2020, in collaboration with IEA and IOHA, on occupational risk from SARS-CoV-2 virus.

To read the statement, please click here.

A study on ICOH Repository published in Safety and Health at Work (SH@W)

“Making the Difference in Occupational Health: Three Original and Significant Cases Presented at ICOH Congresses in the 20th Century”: this is the title of the study which illustrates the historical role of the ICOH Congresses as the first example of scientific transferability of the research and prevention results that have had such an impact on global public health. The article is published in Safety and Health at Work (SH@W) volume 11, issue 2 (in press) and is also available at the following link:

The study was conducted by Sergio Iavicoli, Antonio Valenti, Caterina Barillari, Grazia Fortuna, Valeria Boccuni, Francesco Carnevale, Michele A. Riva, Seong-Kyu Kang, and Luigi Tomassini.

Global survey on health and safety of health workers in COVID-19

WHO′s department of Occupational and Workplace Health, in collaboration with the ICOH Scientific Committee on Occupational Health for Health Workers, have compiled a survey of health and safety of health workers during the COVID-19 crisis. The survey is very short (takes about 7 minutes) and is basically a needs assessment to focus on the topics that our peers around the world identify as most important. Link:

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World Day for Safety and Health at Work: 28 April 2020

The International Commission on Occupational Health strongly supports the April 28 efforts related to ‘ILO World Day on Safety and Health at Work’ and ‘Workers’ Memorial Day’

ICOH President Dr. Jukka Takala and ICOH Secretary-General Prof. Sergio Iavicoli prepared the ICOH Statement for the World Day for Safety and Health at Work of 28 April 2020. Read more.