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August 1, 2006

FOHS Announces Its 2005 Worldwide Outreach Program Grant Recipients and Call for 2006 Applications

Cincinnati, OhioAugust 1, 2006The Foundation for Occupational Health and Safety (FOHS) is pleased to announce its Worldwide Outreach Program grant recipients for 2005. 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 in 2004 with seed money from the YIHWAG Family Foundation of up to $15,000 over a period of five years. 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.

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

Laboratory of Occupational and Environmental Health
University of Abomey-Calavi
Republic of Benin

University of Abomey-Calavi’s and Lausanne Institute for Occupational Health Sciences (IST), in collaboration, provide occupational and environmental health training module to physicians in West Africa. Grant funds will be used to procure occupational hygiene and toxicology textbooks and CD ROM in support of its development of a documentation center.

Occupational Hygiene Department
Institute of Occupational and Radiological Health
Serbia and Montenegro

The Institute of Occupational and Radiological Health in Serbia and Montenegro provides educational training for occupational safety and health professionals, investigates and applies new methods of prevention, diagnostics, therapy and rehabilitation in the field of occupational and work-related diseases. Grant funds will be used to procure training materials related to course topics. Funds will help develop a reference library and assist in the education of labor inspectors and occupational hygiene students.

Occupational Health and Hygiene of Labor Environment Department
Institute of Higher Learning In Public Health
Venezuela

The Institute of Higher Learning In Public Health seeks to develop an experience and exchange program between Ergonomics consultants and workers of Venezuela to promote preventative and corrective ergonomics. Grant funds will be utilized to purchase ergonomic measurement instruments, educational materials, computer software and related texts.

Research Department
China Labour Bulletin
Hong Kong

The China Labour Bulletin, a Hong Kong-based labour rights organization, plans to publish and distribute within China a 65-page report on the occupational health and safety (OHS) situation in China, together with a 25 page report on the ongoing silicosis epidemic among jewelry workers to various government and nongovernmental organizations and libraries. Grant funds will be used to offset the costs to produce and publish OSH and Silicosis report.

FOHS’s Worldwide Outreach Program benefits OEHS programs worldwide. Qualifying educational, professional and non-government organizations and/or collaborating centers may apply for consideration to receive a Worldwide Outreach Program grant ranging between $1,000 - $2,000. Applications are now being accepted for the 2006 Worldwide Outreach Program Grant Award. Those seeking to further the goals of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centers for Occupational Health’s 2006–2010 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

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ACGIH® 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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