During the Occupational and Environmental Diseases Congress in Antalya, Turkey (March 2019) Frank van Dijk has given a lecture about training in occupational health information sources and knowledge infrastructure. Learning objectives were knowledge about finding reliable sources and about knowledge infrastructure. A second objective was to encourage a positive attitude toward developing and evaluating OSH information and education programs.
The presentation shows available sources and infrastructure for Dutch OSH professionals, international orientated OSH professionals, primary and community health care professionals, and workers or managers. Many examples are given of good sources and a few results of evaluation studies.
Finally recommendations are presented. There is a need to develop custom-made and evidence-based Q&A facilities, websites, apps, guidelines and online learning materials. Governments, social partners, industrial branch organizations, professionals and patient organizations have to show responsibility in the development and maintenance.
Workers, managers and the various committed professionals have to be trained in using online sources adequately. Open Access of information and education sources is vital. Evaluation (also scientific evaluation) is important. Finally we need more international collaboration. For the presentation, see: