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Channel News Asia reports from Singapore 30th Sept 2019: “17 workplace deaths in first half of 2019, and a rise in non-fatal injuries.”

Major injuries were in accommodation and food services. Falls from heights is a key concern regarding death accidents.

Profile picture of lead educator Bente E. Moen © University of Bergen Bente Elisabeth Moen: -My wish is that this MOOC can be an inspiration for all students to work for good working conditions.


Hindustantimes 1th Oct 2019 tells: “Blast at fireworks unit kills 23 in Punjab town.”

The blast which took place in the afternoon was so powerful that it completely destroyed the firecracker factory and damaged nearby houses as well.

Profile picture of educator Magne Bråtveit © University of Bergen Magne Bråtveit: -Our course has focused on occupational exposures in traditional industries in developing countries. This knowledge will make you prepared to look out for occupational risks in newer sectors like the recycling industry.


The Guardian 3rd October 2019 informs: “Improving Worker Safety With Drones.”

“Workers at Dubai’s Expo 2020 likely to have suffered dangerous heat stress” The article describes construction work in one of the hottest places on the planet, Dubai, and the challenges faced with performing the work in a safe way. Numbers of workers suffering from heat stress are difficult to find, and the numbers found are limited by uncertainties. In Dubai, most workers are migrants, coming from low-income countries nearby.

Profile picture of educator Ole Jacob Møllerløkken. © University of Bergen Ole Jacob Møllerløkken -I hope that you in this course have learned about different factors that may be encountered at workplaces, and that you are inspired to find possible ways to achieve a safe workplace in spite of different risk factors for health.


Raconteur.net published this story, June 4, 2019 “Cobalt: the dark side of a clean future.”

An estimated 35,000 children work in perilous conditions to extract cobalt from the ground in the Democratic Republic of Congo. So what will the impact be on these exploited workers from rapid advances in electric cars, which are heavily reliant on this conflict mineral?

Profile picture of educator Gro Tjalvin © University of Bergen Gro Tjalvin: - Health personnel should be educated to recognize work-related diseases, and be able to suggest preventive measures. This is where I hope this course will make a major contribution. Because, - no one should be harmed at work!

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