About Us

Empowering people to change their working conditions

Why we do what we do

According to the World Health Organization, almost 2/3 of the world’s 3 billion workers are employed in unhealthy and unsafe working conditions. Dr. Jukka Takala presented a WHWB webinar  in March 2021. He reported data from the ILO and WHO showing nearly 3 million deaths from occupational disease and 380,500 fatal accidents occurred in 2017. In addition, 374 million of the world’s workers suffered non-fatal occupational accidents. In 2020,  2.4 million fatal diseases were reported.

Workplace Health Without Borders works to advance the protection of workers and promote best practices to improve worker safety and Health. To this end, in 2019 WHWB International signed a Memorandum of Collaboration with the United States National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

Our National Branches

Workplace Health Without Borders International was founded in the spring of 2011 by a group of occupational hygienists in Toronto, Canada. Since then, WHWB has grown to include national branches in the United Kingdom, United States, and Australia. Each branch is an autonomous entity that operates consistently within WHWB’s strategic framework and guideline.

Our Mission

Our goal is to provide workers with technical assistance, training and skills development to help them to develop the capacity and local infrastructure to manage and improve health conditions in their workplaces. This is achieved by providing education on identification and control of workplace exposure to disease-causing agents like chemicals, biological agents, noise and radiation. During 2020 we expanded our focus to include educational efforts to provide information on the control of transmission of Covid-19

Our intent is to also offer help to Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in developing countries to integrate occupational health into their operations.

Learn More

More details about the mission of WHWB can be found in our Strategic Framework document available here.

WHWB is governed by an international Board of Directors. The Board  page can be found here. 

Learn more about our work by visiting our charity profile, or viewing our promotional video and slide presentation.