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Revista Brasileira de Saúde Ocupacional

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SIQUEIRA, Carlos Eduardo et al. The experience of the Worker's Health Observatory (Observatoriost) in Brazil. Rev. bras. saúde ocup. [online]. 2013, vol.38, n.127, pp.139-148. ISSN 0303-7657.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0303-76572013000100015.

Historical antecedents led labor organizations and worker's health researchers to create a Worker's Health Observatory aimed at disseminating credible information and subsidizing the defense of workers' health. This paper reviews and analyzes the national and international backgrounds that mobilized the labor unions, labor unions study centers, and workers' health researchers to produce a virtual and in person observatory aimed at communicating and storing scientific information. Participant observation and intervention, as well as document review methods were used. The paper starts by discussing the initiatives to overcome neoliberal policies. These iniciatives allowed the "Observatoriost" to be created in 2010 and kept in activity, compiling documents, press reports and labor union agendas, until 2013. The observatory was co-managed by six associations of labor unions (the so called "Centrais" in Brazil) through the Editorial Committee, which complied with the diversity and autonomy of the involved actors. The "Observatoriost" rotatory coordination established by the associations of labor unions Editorial Committee proved they were politically mature and prepared to networking. The main challenges for keeping this initiative were to prepare and integrate researchers and other professionals who would be organically committed to workers' struggle for life and health.

Keywords : science and technology observatories; occupational health; labor unions; occupational health information networks; public health policies.

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