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Keynote Address: Consequences of Globalization on Worker Health and Safety in Developing Countries

Monday, September 24
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. 
Liberty Ballroom, Marriott Marquis DC

Nancy Leppink, JD

International Labour Organization, (LABADMIN/OSH)

Geneva, Switzerland

The opening keynote address for IOHA 2018 will be delivered by Ms Nancy Leppink, the International Labour Organization's Chief of the Labour Administration, Labour Inspection, Occupational Safety and Health Branch. The ILO, founded in 1919, is a tripartite organization specialized agency of the United Nation that brings together governments, employers and workers of 187 member states to set labour standards conventions, develop policies and devise programs promoting decent work. Prior to the ILO, Ms Leppink's experience includes governmental enforcement, practicing in the areas of occupational safety, and health, human rights, labour and employment law.

Ms Leppink's topic is "The Consequences of Globalization on Worker Health and Safety in Developing Countries." Her keynote will illuminate the history of the ILO and its functions in tripartite collaboration including assisting governments of developing countries with regard to regulatory structures and OHS management systems. With a global economy dominated by large multinational corporations' free access to labor in lesser developed countries, new health and safety impacts are being introduced into rural economies poorly equipped to handle them. Ms Leppink will address in particular the ILO's OSH-GAP analysis focusing on the hazardous sectors of construction and agriculture, global supply chains, and protection for child laborers.​​​


IOHA Lifetime Achievement Award - Capability in Occupational Hygiene

Tuesday, September 25
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
Liberty Ballroom, Marriott Marquis DC 

Roger Alesbury, MSc, Dip OH, CFFOH 

Occupational Hygiene Training Association (Ret.)

Hook, Hants, United Kingdom

The session will look at examples of developing programs in parts of the world where there are few or no occupational hygiene resources. Where the focus is on finding or developing skilled people, equipment and basic facilities. The talk will also include thoughts and reflections based on a lifetime in occupational hygiene, and a look at what it takes to build capability and grow occupational hygiene.​​

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