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NIOSH Global Collaborations Program
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    May 2016

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    DHHS publication ; no. (NIOSH) 2016-138
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    The Global Collaborations Program seeks to reduce occupational dis- eases, injuries and deaths in the U.S. and globally through capacity build- ing and information exchange with global collaborators. This snapshot shows recent accomplishments and upcoming work. What are our priorities? The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Global Collaborations Program works collaboratively on priority areas with the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Labour Organization (ILO), national ministries, and global partners in industry, labor, trade associations, professional organizations, and academia. The program focuses on these areas: 1. Reducing blood-borne pathogen infections in healthcare workers. 2. Reducing work-related respiratory health conditions globally. 3. Improving collaboration in occupational health and safety efforts through the Geolibrary, WHO Collaborating Centers, the ILO and other partners. 4. Reducing illnesses, injuries and deaths during international health and disaster emergencies. What do we do? 1. Provide leadership for the Global Network of 55 WHO Collaborating Centers for Occupational Health, institutions that carry out activities to assist WHO and to improve global worker health. 2. Develop, promote and disseminate tools and training to reduce transmission of blood-borne pathogens among healthcare workers. 3. Increase integration of worker health training for primary care professionals. 4. Add materials developed by NIOSH and international partners to the Global Environmental and Occupational Health e-Library (Geolibrary) to increase access to free worker health tools and trainings. 5. Respond to WHO requests for assistance in international health and disaster emergencies. 6. Provide training in radiographic reading and spirometry testing in countries seeking assistance to build capacity to eliminate dust-induced diseases such as silicosis. What have we accomplished? 1. Revised the NIOSH/WHO Train-the-Trainer Preventing Blood-borne Pathogen Curriculum to prepare additional leaders to join the 20,000 health professionals trained in 12 countries. 2. Added French, Italian, Russian, and Turkish language versions of the "Get Valid Spirometry Results EVERY Time" poster to the NIOSH list of international translations. The posters will be used as quick reference materials in clinical testing areas. 3. Established a Memorandum of Understanding with the ILO to further update the ILO Guide-lines for International Classification of Radio-graphs of Pneumoconiosis, which were previously updated in 2011 with NIOSH assistance. 4. Conducted a systematic review of 39 existing public domain training materials on workers' health for primary care providers to determine which are most likely to be effective. The results will be used to decide which materials should be included in future WHO training modules for training of primary care providers. NIOSHTIC No 20048137
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