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OpenWHO course: COVID-19 – Occupational Health and Safety for health workers

The WHO Platform OpenWHO developed a course for health workers who work under challenging or difficult conditions related to COVID-19. In this pandemic health workers are exposed to many different occupational risks to health and safety. In this one hour lasting course the following topics are discussed: (1) infectious risks to health and safety, (2) physical risks to health and saftey, (3) psychosocial risks to health and safety, and (4) basic occupational health and safety in health services.

This course is suitable for health workers, incident managers, supervisors and administrators who make policies and protocols for health facilities.

Joining this course is for free on the WHO Platform OpenWHO website (  For this course, it is possible to gain a Record of Achievement certificate when you manage to earn at least 80 percent of the maximum number points from all graded assignments.


English, Spanish, Portuguese

Original Authors:

World Health Organization (WHO)

Original affiliation, ownership:

World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)

Year of publication:


Charge for use or free:

Free of charge


Target group(s):

Workers or managers; or in vocational training, graduate students, OSH experts; or in training

Usefulness for non-OSH-expert professionals:

More or less useful for non-OSH-expert professionals in health care or other sectors; or in training

Time demand to complete the lesson or course:

Approximately 1 hour


Intellectual property and copyright:

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