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All Africa 6th September 2017 tells: Fire at biggest stadium construction site in Ethiopia kills seven, severely injures about a dozen – news kept secret.

A fire that engulfed workers’ dormitory at the construction site of Adey Abeba Stadium, the biggest stadium Ethiopia is constructing, has claimed the lives of seven people so far while almost a dozen were burned severely. Information about the accident has been difficult to achieve.

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 psychosocial working conditions. No one should be afraid at their work place.


The Guardian reports Tuesday 21 March 2017; “Child labourers exposed to toxic chemicals dying before 50, WHO says.”

Children as young as eight, working in the tanneries of Bangladesh producing leather that is in demand across Europe and the USA, are exposed to toxic chemical cocktails that are likely to shorten their lives, according to a new WHO report. The factories douse animal skins in cauldrons of chemicals as part of the processing of “Bengali black” leather, which is exported to European leather goods manufacturers in Italy, Spain and elsewhere. Child workers clad in no more than loin cloths and wellington boots are exposed to chemicals including formaldehyde, hydrogen sulphide and sulphuric acid.

Profile picture of educator Magne BrÃ¥tveit © 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 web page Mining Review Africa reported on 9th January 2017: South African mining industry improves health and safety performance in 2016.

This article from South-Africa shows why knowledge regarding occupational medicine is very important and how such knowledge can be used to improve workplaces, and prevent accidents and illnesses.

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


The Guardian reports Sunday 25 June 2017; “Cambodian female workers in Nike, Asics and Puma factories suffer mass faintings.”

Women working in Cambodian factories supplying some of the world’s best-known sportswear brands are suffering from repeated mass faintings linked to work conditions. The most serious episode, recorded over three days, saw 360 workers collapse. The brands confirmed the incidents, part of a pattern of faintings that has dogged the 600,000-strong mostly female garment workforce for years. The women who collapsed worked 10-hour days, six days a week and reported feeling exhausted and hungry. Excessive heat was also an issue in three factories, with temperatures of 37°C.

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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Occupational Health in Developing Countries

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