Global Launch – WHO/ILO Joint Estimates of cardiovascular disease burden from long working hours

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) have jointly produced the first estimates on the loss of life and health from ischemic heart disease and stroke associated with working long hours. These are WHO/ILO Joint Estimates of the Work-related Burden of Disease and Injury. WHO and ILO were supported in this estimation by a Technical Advisory Group of individual experts.

Two systematic reviews and meta-analyses of the latest existing bodies of evidence were conducted, with Working Groups of individual experts, specifically to provide the evidence base for this study. These found sufficient evidence that working 55 hours/week or more is associated with a higher risk of both ischemic heart disease and stroke, compared to working standard hours of 35-40 hours/week.

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28 April 2021 – ICOH supporting the ILO World Day on Safety and Health at Work

The International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) strongly supports the efforts related to the ILO World Day on Safety and Health at Work.

This year, the World Day for Safety and Health at Work will focus on strategies to strengthen national occupational safety and health (OSH) systems to build resilience, in order to face crises now and in the future, drawing on lessons learned and experiences from the world of work.

The ICOH President, Dr. Jukka Takala, prepared the ICOH message for the World Day for Safety and Health at Work of 28 April 2021.

To read the full message, please click here.

ICOH 2021 Congress postponed to 2022

In consideration of the ongoing CoViD-19 pandemic, the ICOH Officers together with the ICOH2021 National Organizing Committee decided to postpone the Congress to be held in Mel-bourne, Australia. The new dates will be 6-11 February 2022.

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18th National Congress of ANAMT held virtually on April 8-10, 2021

The 18th National Congress of ANAMT (Associaçăo Nacional de Medicina do Trabalho, Brazil) took place on April 8-10, 2021. The event was held in digital format and brought together occupational health reference experts for an extensive lecture circuit, conferences and courses on the central theme “The role of occupational physicians in primary prevention”.

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ICOH Statement on Occupational Health and Safety as an ILO Fundamental Right at Work

The ICOH Statement “Safety and health is a Fundamental Right at Work” was referenced at the 341st Session of the ILO Governing Body on 22 March 2021. To read the full statement, please click here.

Catalan TV programme “La Marató” about COVID-19

On 20 December 2020, the TV programme “La Marató” will go live on TV3 Televisió de Catalunya, in Catalonia. The programme will focus on raising awareness and spreading information about Covid-19. A cartoon has been developed for children, for educational purporses related to prevention.

Link to the cartoon (in Catalan):

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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