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Global Environmental and Occupational e-Library of Training Materials

The development of human resources, and especially e-learning resources, is a priority of the WHO Global Strategy on Occupational Health for All and the CDC regional environmental health centers.  The purpose of this project is to construct an entirely public domain E-library/portal of environmental and occupational health and safety training materials and with the following specific aims, to provide:

  1. Training materials on diseases of occupation and the environment
  2. Training materials on hazards and diseases as they pertain to individual economic sectors
  3. Teaching materials specific to prevention, safety, advocacy, legal and ethical issues, roles of government, etc.
  4. Practice materials for control and prevention

The library is divided into three sections: Environmental Health; Occupational Health and Safety; and a specialty library on Road Safety at Work.

Resource entries to the website will be added directly by authorized participants so that they fall into the appropriate section.  These authorized participants will include the UIC administrator, the WHO international collaborating centers, selected CDC regional environmental health collaborating centers, and others, creating a global perspective that will benefit all users.  These participants will submit entries that are particularly valuable to them and to their region.  The format of their entries may be web-casts, slide shows, teaching modules, etc.  The entries may either be original contributions or direct links to a particular resource.  Entries must be in the form of training material, i.e., resources for health care professionals, public health workers, students, and teachers to learn and disseminate information in the field.  In general, if learning objectives could easily be crafted for a particular source, then that source qualifies as training material.  This method of institutional collaboration will ensure diverse content.  Furthermore, this collaboration will likely accelerate the recognition and acceptance of the website as a viable source, both regionally and globally.

Individuals populating the website on behalf of their institution will fill out a short, web-based template that will systematically describe their contribution.  The template includes a title, format, year, author, languages, a brief summary, and pull-down menus for subject and categories.  This “library card” system will ensure proper placement of the entry, establish easier browsing of the entries by users, and allow for a highly efficient “search” function for users.

The website is designed to be user friendly.  There is a primary homepage with links to separate environmental and occupational homepages.  The homepage, all link titles, and other common elements will be available in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian.  Other features of the website will include a site index, user feedback capabilities, and traffic tracking software that provides data on the country of origin of visitors and on the volume of visits. 

With the technical support of the Centers for Advanced Distance Education (CADE) at UIC, the website is currently available at: GEOLibrary