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.

ICOH Elections for next tenure postponed

Following the decision of the postponement of the ICOH Congress to 2022, the current ICOH Of-ficers, Board, National Secretaries and Scientific Committees Chairs and Secretaries will remain in office until the ICOH 2022 Congress, as set forth in article 5 of ICOH Constitution.

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ICOH 2027 Bid postponed

The procedure for the determination of the venue of the ICOH 2027 Congress, which was to be carried out in these months, is postponed to 2021 following the decision of the postponement of the next ICOH Congress to 2022.
The process and deadlines for bid submission are indicated in the Guidelines for ICOH Congress Organization, which can be downloaded from the “Core Documents” sections of this website, and will be published again in the ICOH Newsletter and Website at a later stage.

COVID-Response: WHO’s quick survey on training and upskilling needs for Health Workers

Through the WHO Academy, the World Health Organization is rapidly upscaling training via a number of digital, easily accessible learning applications. To this aim, WHO is calling for support to design and prioritise content and delivery methodologies that support and enable health workers worldwide boost their knowledge and skills related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

ICOH members can support this initiative by participating in the survey set up by WHO and available at

Please be assured that this survey is anonymous, your responses will not be associated with your name or email address, and no identifiable information on any individuals will be shared or presented in the survey results.

Call for nominations for the election of ICOH Officers and members of the Board for the triennium 2021-2024

According to the current ICOH Bye-Laws the names of the candidates shall be submitted to the Secretary-General (ICOH Secretariat General c/o INAIL - via Fontana Candida, 1, 00078 Monte Porzio Catone (Rome) - Italy Tel: +39 0694181506 E-mail: no later than June 21, 2020 12:00 GMT.

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ICOH 2021 Congress in Melbourne, Australia (21-26 March 2021) - 2nd Announcement release and Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to announce you that the 2nd Announcement of the ICOH 2021 Congress has been released. (Download)

With the theme ‘Sharing Solutions in Occupational Health: Locally, Regionally, Globally’, ICOH 2021 will bring together occupational health researchers, practitioners and policy makers from around the world to share their collective knowledge about improving worker health and safety at the largest occupational health congress in the world.

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Coronaviruses are a group of viruses belonging to the family of Coronaviridae, which infect both animals and humans. Human coronaviruses can cause mild disease similar to a common cold, while others cause more severe disease (such as MERS - Middle East Respiratory Syndrome and SARS – Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). A new coronavirus that previously has not been identified in humans emerged in Wuhan, China in December 2019.

WHO is working closely with global experts, governments and partners to rapidly expand scientific knowledge on this new virus and to provide timely advice on measures to protect people’s health and prevent the spread of this outbreak.

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WHO’s call for Consultant - Technical Editor/Writer

Within the frame of the development of the joint estimates of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) of the work-related burden of disease and injury (WHO/ILO Joint Estimates), WHO is looking for a an outstanding scientific editor or writer with a track record in publishing in academic journals.

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ICOH Heritage Repository of all Congress proceedings online

As a result of a two-year project, the ICOH Heritage Repository has been released. The Repository is a large digital archive created to preserve and share at the same time a precious heritage in the field of international occupational health, also relevant from the historiographical point of view. It consists of all the congress proceedings of the 32 ICOH Congresses, starting from ICOH foundation in 1906 to the present time. The Repository includes more than 20,000 scientific papers available for download in Acrobat Reader format and more than 50,000 authors listed. Therefore, the Repository represents the most complete collection of scientific contributions in Occupational Medicine available today. The Repository is accessible from a dedicated box in the homepage of the ICOH website.