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9 September 2015

Report on Collegium Ramazzini 2015 summer courses: Munich, Bangkok and Brescia

Three international courses on Occupational Health and Safety and Environmental Health were successfully held this summer under the auspices of the Collegium Ramazzini: i) the summer course "Teaching interventions crossing borders" from 30 July to 7 August at the Ludwig Maximillian University of Munich, Germany (Radon et al., 2009); ii) the "Advanced International Training Course in Occupational and Environmental Health", held 17-22 August at the Chulabhorn Research Institute in Bangkok, Thailand; iii) and the summer course "Occupational and Environmental Determinants of Diseases: a multidisciplinary approach as a key for prevention", held 31 August to 4 September at the University of Brescia, Italy.

In addition to high-quality, hands-on training in occupational health and safety, these courses provide unique opportunities for networking among OHS professionals from both HICs and LMICS and for developing approaches to continuing education that extend beyond the courses. Students and faculty attending the three courses were invited to join an electronic discussion group that will follow up on various aspects approached during the courses, such as the situation of OHS services coverage and organization, workers benefits and compensation, ratification and implementation of ILO and WHO policies, preventive intervention in hazardous waste sites.

To provide an opportunity for young OHS professionals to publish their work in a peer-reviewed journal, students and faculty participating in the above courses were also invited to submit publications reflecting OHS issues in their countries in a special issue of the Annals of Global Health, specifically dedicated to Occupational Global Health. The current issue of the Annals is first issue of the journal in this new annual series. Participating fellows of the Collegium were Philip Landrigan, Roberto Lucchini, Melissa Mc Diarmid, Khunying Mathuros Ruchirawat, Dennis Nowak, William Suk.

Reference:
Radon K, Ehrenstein V, Bigaignon-Cantineau J, Vellore AD, Fingerhut M, Nowak D; Occupational Health Crossing Borders Summer School. Occupational health crossing borders - part 1: concept, teaching methods, and user evaluation of the first international summer school in Munich, Germany. Am J Ind Med. 2009 Oct;52(10):774-81




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