PDC 104

Global Occupational Health Concerns in Developing Countries: A Partner for Social Justice





intermediate | Credits: 8 CM Credit Hours / 0.8 CEU / 0.5 CMP
Saturday, May 21 | 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Limit: 60


Emerging Issues, Emerging Markets/Global IH/OH Standards of Care, International, Occupational Medicine


Occupational health remains neglected in developing countries because of competing social, economic, and political challenges. Developing countries need to recognize the social, political, and economic benefits to promoting occupational health in the context of work relations, especially since the majority of developing countries lack the political mechanisms, fail to calculate the economic impact, and refuse to value the social implications that translate scientific findings into effective policies. Occupational hygienists in the developed world can achieve tangible progress in promoting occupational health by collaborating with other professionals within the same framework. There is support from external non-governmental organizations, multi-national employers, and other allied stakeholders to change the mind set by championing the business case and value of occupational health. The occupational health paradigm should focus both on the workplace as well as workers and their family in downstream in family-owned enterprises.

Learning Aids

Participants must bring a laptop OR tablet/iPad.


Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of global occupational health.
  • Identify the prominent positions UN/WHO and other organizations have in occupational health and the limitations imposed by member states.
  • Describe the complex global workforce and the inadequacy of laws and enforcement to protect workers.
  • Discuss the global occupational health research being done.
  • Compare/contrast the importance of major industries and the role that labor plays in occupational health.
  • Highlight why occupational injuries, illness, and diseases are increasing.
  • Describe how working conditions are not improving and why access to care and benefits are very limited.
  • Promote the various non-profit entities seeking to change.


  • Describe the global occupational health concerns in developing countries along with ongoing research at universities
  • Highlight that the workforce is an integral part of the industry, social structure, and economics of the country
  • Illustrate the social, political, and economic values and concerns in developing countries to increase GNP
  • Discuss what is being done by UN/WHO and the efforts by other NGO stakeholders

Transfer of Knowledge

Instructors will evaluate participants understanding of the materials presented based on:

  • Group activities

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Sponsoring Committee

International Affairs, Occupational and Environmental Medicine