06 January 2014
CR to provide safety and health awareness training to improve working conditions in the garment, tannery and construction industries of BangladeshDhaka Community Hospital and Collegium Ramazzini, with assistance from the International Social Security Association (ISSA), propose to undertake a training of Bangladeshi public health and medical practitioners, business and labor leaders, related NGOs and others interested in evidence-based protection of the health of Bangladeshi workers and their families with practical tools they need to seek improvements, especially in the high risk Textile/Garment-making, Tanneries, and Construction Sectors. This training course will be held in Dhaka on Feb. 24-26, 2014
This training comes in response to local requests for intervention to begin to correct the deplorable safety and health conditions in these industries, which were highlighted by the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment plant in April 2013.
The outcome will be the development of a consensus-based action plan that local practitioners can implement. The training is expected to be followed by - and feed into - a larger international conference being convened by ISSA/ILO in October focusing on strengthening the policy foundations for sustainable work and development in Bangladesh, which will reinforce the action plan.
Questions may be directed to CR Fellow Ronald Dobbin at firstname.lastname@example.org
27 October 2013
Kathleen Ruff given Special Award from the Collegium RamazziniThe Collegium Ramazzini and the Town of Carpi are proud to recognize KATHLEEN RUFF as the recipient of a Special Award to honor her steadfast and effective advocacy in the international effort to ban the ongoing use of asbestos and for promoting better occupational and environmental health protections throughout the world.
Kathleen Ruff has been active in human rights law for many years. From 1972 to 1979, she served as director of the British Columbia Human Rights Commission. She was the founding publisher and editor of the Canadian Human Rights Reporter and host of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation television program Ombudsman. From 1986 to 1993 she published the Canadian Human Rights Advocate. She was also the director of the Canadian Court Challenges Program which supported precedent setting legal cases on equality and language rights under the Canadian Constitution. She is also the founder of the human rights website RightOnCanada.ca and Senior Advisor on Human Rights to the Rideau Institute.
Kathleen Ruff's human rights work intersected with the work of the Collegium when she turned her attention to environmental and occupational health and in 2007 organized a social movement to close the asbestos mines in Canada. Her report, Exporting Harm: how Canada markets asbestos to the developing world, focused on the damage done by Canada's defense of its continued export of asbestos, largely to developing countries and its role as a propagandist for the asbestos industry. Her efforts working with supporters from Canada and elsewhere led the Quebec and Canadian governments to eventually change their policies on asbestos. In 2012, she led the fight against the attempt to reopen the Quebec asbestos mines.
She founded the Rotterdam Convention Alliance in order to provide a voice and vehicle for environmental, labor, and health organizations to defend and promote the full and effective implementation of the Rotterdam Convention. Working with several fellows of the Collegium, she has been a leading advocate for a worldwide ban on asbestos and has been a key voice in countering the efforts of Canada, India, and later Russia to block the inclusion of chrysotile asbestos under the convention.
Kathleen Ruff's efforts on asbestos have been recognized by the Canadian Public Health Association in presenting her with their National Public Health Hero Award in 2011. The Collegium Ramazzini is proud to present this special award to someone who has partnered with us and has done so much to ban the further use of this deadly material. In bringing the perspective of human rights to the global asbestos struggle, her advocacy efforts have already helped to save countless lives and exemplify the mission of the Collegium to be a bridge between scientific work and the social and political efforts to protect public health.
26 October 2013
Dr. John Froines awarded 2013 Ramazzini Award by the Collegium Ramazzini The Collegium Ramazzini and the Town of Carpi are proud to recognize JOHN R. FROINES as Ramazzini Award recipient and Ramazzini Lecturer for 2013 for his outstanding career in occupational and environmental health research and advocacy, especially his pioneering work to develop the federal occupational lead and cotton dust exposure standards in the United States and his work in California that led to the recognition of diesel exhaust as a significant toxic air contaminant, preserving the health and the lives of millions.
Dr. John Froines has led a remarkable 45-year career. He is a scientist, a teacher, a public servant and a leader. John Froines has translated his research to inform policy in both occupational medicine and in environmental health, thus embodying and extending the indomitable legacy of Bernardino Ramazzini.
John Froines established his scientific credentials with an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. in physical-organic chemistry from Yale. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Nobel Laureate Sir George Porter at the Royal Institution of Great Britain. Throughout the 1960's John was involved in social justice issues including civil rights and opposition to the Vietnam War. He was one of the Chicago 7, a trial of a generation which became widely recognized.
John combined his passions for social justice and for science by pursuing a career in occupational and environmental health. As Director of the Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Program he developed effective regulatory standards for the state's nuclear power plant. He also established an occupational safety and health regulatory program and defended it against federal efforts to weaken state enforcement. Under the leadership of Dr. Eula Bingham, John joined the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration in 1977 as Director of its Office for Toxic Substances Standards. There he developed the lead and cotton dust standards, two of most comprehensive occupational health standards ever crafted. He then served as the Deputy Director of the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
In 1980 UCLA's School of Public Health recruited John to their faculty, where he chaired the School of Public Health's Department of Environmental Health Sciences and directed the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health. During this time John always kept the policy applications of science in sight. He led an evaluation of MTBE use in gasoline in California that played a critical role nationally in phasing out this chemical. His work on fire stations became a key evidence-based document in government advisories on fire station design. Since 1999, Dr. Froines has focused on air pollution and conducted research on the mechanisms of pollution's health effects. As chair of the California State Scientific Review Panel on Toxic Air Contaminants, he was a key player regulating diesel as a human lung carcinogen. He also led a committee to review the state's risk assessment for methyl iodide which led to its removal from the entire US market.
In 2011 the California Air Resources Board honored John Froines as an "outstanding individual who has made significant contributions toward improving air quality through his lifetime of commitment, perseverance, leadership, and innovation in research and environmental policy." In 2012, Physicians for Social Responsibility Los Angeles chapter recognized his "courageous commitment to scientific integrity and to increasing understanding of the impacts of toxic chemicals on the health of workers and communities."
John Froines' extraordinary public health accomplishments - which continue to this day - have never before been recognized with an international award. It is the great privilege of the Collegium Ramazzini to be the first to bestow this well-deserved honor upon our friend, colleague and public health hero.
12 August 2013
Collegium Ramazzini Fellow Ana Soto named Blaise Pascal Chair in Biology at the Ecole normale superieure in ParisThe Collegium Ramazzini extends its most sincere congratulations to Fellow Ana Soto, who was named Blaise Pascal Chair in Biology at the Ecole normale superieure in Paris.
The Blaise Pascal Chair, (Chaires Internationales de Recherche Blaise Pascal, France) was established in 1996 by the Government of the Ile-de-France Region for internationally acclaimed foreign scientists in all disciplines. A scientific committee annually selects the most outstanding candidates from all over the world. Since its inception a number of famous scientists were the Blaise Pascal Chair laureates: G?rard Debreu (UC Berkeley, 1983 Nobel Prize in Economics), Ahmed Zewail (Caltech, 1999 Nobel Prize in Chemistry), Igor Mel'čuk (University of Montreal, the world leading researcher in linguistics), George Smoot (LBL, 2006 Nobel Prize in experimental Astrophysics), Robert Langlands (UBC, 1996 Wolf Prize, one of the most influential mathematicians of the 20th century), outstanding theoretical physicists Gabriele Veneziano (CERN/College de France), Alexander Zamolodchikov (Rutgers), and others.
Each year four scientists are chosen for this great honor; Collegium Ramazzini Fellow Ana Soto is this year's recipient of the biology chair. Her predecessor in biology is Elizabeth Blackburn, a Nobel Laureate. Professor Soto will spend 12 months in France at Ecole Normale Superieure over two years, working on a project to develop theoretical insights on the complexity of development. Her host is Professor Giuseppe Longo, a member of the European Academy of Sciences.
See announcement (in French) on Ecole normale superieure website.