Occupational health and chemical safety

Chrysotile asbestos

All types of asbestos cause lung cancer, mesothelioma, cancer of the larynx and ovary, and asbestosis (fibrosis of the lungs). Exposure to asbestos occurs through inhalation of fibres in air in the working environment, ambient air in the vicinity of point sources such as factories handling asbestos, or indoor air in housing and buildings containing friable (crumbly) asbestos materials.

Eliminate lead paint – international call for action 2014

The second International Lead Prevention Awareness Week will take place 19-25 October 2014. Experts gave their voices to the issue of eliminating lead from paint when they met in New Delhi (22-24 September 2014) for the third meeting of the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint.

Regional Workshop on Chemical Safety

The Regional Workshop on Chemical Safety as held from 24 -26 June 2013 at the Chulabhorn Research Institute, Thailand with the objective of developing a regional implementation plan for the WHO South-East Asia region on the health-related aspects of chemical safety. Over 70 participants in the workshop were drawn from ministries of health, ministries of environment and other government agencies, inter-governmental and regional bodies and non-governmental bodies active in chemical safety.

Risk assessment and management of chemicals

A new electronic distance learning tool on risk assessment and risk management was today officially launched by Professor Dr Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn Mahidol, President of the Chulabhorn Research Institute on the occasion of a visit to the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for South-East Asia in New Delhi.


Overview of occupational health

Occupational health deals with all aspects of health and safety in the workplace and has a strong focus on primary prevention of hazards. The health of the workers has several determinants, including risk factors at the workplace leading to cancers, accidents, musculoskeletal diseases, respiratory diseases, hearing loss, circulatory diseases, stress related disorders and communicable diseases and others.

Employment and working conditions in the formal or informal economy embrace other important determinants, including, working hours, salary, workplace policies concerning maternity leave, health promotion and protection provisions, etc.


World Health Organization

Regional Office for South-East Asia
World Health House
Indraprastha Estate
Mahatma Gandhi Marg
New Delhi 110 002, India
Telephone: +91-11-23370804, 23370809-11