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January 3, 2005

FOHS Announces Its 2004 Worldwide Outreach Program Grant Recipients and Call for 2005 Applications

Cincinnati, OhioJanuary 3, 2005The Foundation for Occupational Health and Safety (FOHS) is pleased to announce its Worldwide Outreach Program grant recipients for 2004. The Worldwide Outreach Program’s mission is to support the professional development of occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) throughout the world. By providing cooperative financial and technical support to enhance organizations emphasizing occupational hygiene training and education, FOHS forges toward achieving this mission. The Worldwide Outreach Program grant was established to address the needs of educational organizations in developing countries throughout the world. This new program was pledged last year with seed money from the YIHWAG Family Foundation of up to $15,000 over a period of five years. Last year YIHWAG contributed almost $3,000 to this program and will be contributing almost $4,500 this year. Anyone interested in making a contribution to this program can do so by sending a check or money order to the FOHS Worldwide Outreach Program at the address above. Contributions can also be made online at http://www.fohs.org/form.htm. Contributions to FOHS are tax deductible, as provided by the law.

Three recipients were selected to receive a Worldwide Outreach Program grant. They are:

Industrial and Management Systems Engineering
West Virginia University

The University of the West Indies (targeted for funding by West Virginia University through the grant) is proposing a new academic training program that will offer BS, MS, and PhD programs in occupational and environmental health and safety. The funds will help develop a comprehensive resource library and assist in the education of occupational hygiene students in the Caribbean.

Public Health and Development Sciences Program
Health Sciences
University of Balamand, Lebanon

The Public Health and Development Sciences Program at the University of Balamand offers a Public Health and Development Science degree. Grant funds will be used to strengthen this program by allowing for the purchase of indirect and direct reading instruments that will move the program from theoretical to practical application.

Department of Environmental Health Engineering
Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute
Chennai, India

The objectives of this Industrial Hygiene program are to establish methods for sampling in different workplaces, and to standardize those protocols for analysis of bioaerosols. The grant will be used to procure basic equipment and training materials related to bioaerosols/aerosols.

FOHS’s Worldwide Outreach Program benefits OEHS programs worldwide. Qualifying educational, professional and non-government organizations may apply for consideration to receive a Worldwide Outreach Program grant ranging between $1,000 - $2,000. Applications are now being accepted for the 2005 Worldwide Outreach Program Grant Award. Those seeking to further the goals of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centers for Occupational Health’s 2001–2005 Work Plan are encouraged to apply.

Visit the FOHS website for Grant Proposal Guidelines and to complete the Grant Proposal Form online or mail or e-mail the completed form to the ACGIH® International Committee at:

ACGIH® International Committee
1330 Kemper Meadow Dr.
Cincinnati, OH 45240
USA
Phone: +1 (513) 742-2020
Fax: +1 (513) 742-3355
E-mail: mail@acgih.org

FOHS has an alliance with the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH®).

ACGIH® Worldwide is a member-based organization that advances worker health and safety through education and the development and dissemination of scientific and technical knowledge. ACGIH® is one of the industry’s leading publications resources, with approximately 400 titles relative to occupational and environmental health and safety, including the renowned TLVs® and BEIs®. For more information, visit the ACGIH® website at www.acgih.org or call our Customer Service Representatives at 513-742-2020.

FOHS is a 501(c)(3) foundation whose mission is to (1) sponsor research, education, and the publication of scientific information, (2) provide a vehicle for financial support of the improvement and enhancement of occupational and environmental health and safety and the general public health, and (3) disseminate the results of valuable research findings and assure a heightened quality of continuing education in occupational safety and health. For more information, visit the FOHS website at www.fohs.org or call 513-742-6169.

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