The Changing World of Work in the Gig Economy

2016 Lela Morris COEH Symposium

This past May, the Lela Morris Symposium brought together influential leaders from across the nation to address the most urgent occupational and safety impacts of the “gig economy,” a growing sector of employment characterized by temporary, contingent workers often lacking the safety net afforded by permanent positions. read more

COEH Student Profile: Diane Gonzalez

COEH Student Profile: Diane Gonzalez

In early 2016, COEH PhD student Diane Gonzales received national attention as part of a rapid response team of volunteer students collecting air monitoring samples in Porter Ranch following the catastrophic leak at the Aliso Canyon natural gas facility, an event that resulted in the largest release of methane—100,000 tons—in the history of the United States. read more

r2p: Janitors Vulnerable to Sexual Harassment, LOHP Reports

r2p: Janitors Vulnerable to Sexual Harassment, LOHP Reports

Janitors and security officers, particularly Latina immigrants and undocumented workers, face a heightened risk of sexual harassment and assault — often by their own supervisors, according to a groundbreaking report from the Labor Occupational Health Program. read more

Fall 2016 Bridges stories:

Letter from the Director

To improve public health by reducing toxic emissions and mitigate climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, we need to reduce the combustion of fossil fuels. read more

LOHP Injury and Illness Prevention

In May 2016, LOHP launched a new initiative to tailor its training on Injury and Illness Prevention Programs (IIPPs) for staffing agencies that hire temporary workers and place them in secondary workplaces. read more

Harrison and Colleagues Uncover Lethal Chemical Exposures at Oil & Gas Facilities

In 2013, COEH faculty Dr. Robert Harrison received a report of a young worker who died at an oil and gas facility in North Dakota. Alone on the night shift, the 21 year old was gauging fluid levels through a small hatch door of a storage tank at the well site. read more

Reducing Household Air Pollution Will Substantially Improve Outdoor Air in Beijing

In Beijing and the surrounding region, reducing household pollution emissions may have greater benefits to air quality than reducing emissions in the transportation and power sectors, according to a new paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). read more

Pioneering Workshop in Bhutan Brings Attention to Household Air Pollution

COEH faculty Kirk Smith’s and Lisa Thompson’s landmark workshop on the topic of household air pollution (HAP) in Paro, Bhutan, was the first of its kind in a country where roughly 40 percent of households still rely on solid fuels as a main source of cooking. read more

Recognizing Low Wages as an Occupational Health Hazard

Low wages are detrimental to worker health and should be recognized alongside other occupational health hazards, argue COEH faculty J. Paul Leigh and co-author Roberto De Vogli in an editorial published in the May 2016 issue of the Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine. read more

Curbside Medical Surveillance Program Brings Healthcare to the Workplace

Over the last three decades, the UC Davis Medical Surveillance Program has grown from serving 150 patients a year to almost 5 thousand – an extraordinary accomplishment given it operates without a traditional bricks and mortar clinic. Using two RVs custom-built from the chassis up as self-contained health clinics, the mobile program allows employers the flexibility to schedule group screenings delivered right to their door. read more

Inhaled Silver Nanoparticles Easily Access the Brain

A study from UC Davis is the first to demonstrate airborne silver nanoparticles (AgNP) found in occupational environments can travel from the nose to the brain and remain for up to 2 months, possibly producing neurological effects. The finding raises the potential importance of workplace regulation of inhaled AgNP, suggests COEH faculty Kent Pinkerton and his research team. read more

Wildfires Linked to Increased Asthma Risk, with Women More Susceptible

Heightened exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) during wildfire events is associated with a significant increase in asthma hospitalizations and emergency department (ED) visits, along with an increase in ED visits for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). read more

In the Media

Awards and Announcements:

Balmes Honored with Public Service Award

The American Thoracic Society honored COEH Director John Balmes with a Public Service Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to fighting respiratory disease through research, education, patient care or advocacy. read more

Dr. Blanc Receives Honorary Doctorate from the Sahlgrenska Academy, Sweden

The Sahlgrenska Academy of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, awarded Dr. Paul Blanc an honorary doctorate for his long and significant collaboration with the institution. read more

UC Davis Appoints Fathallah Associate Vice Provost for Global Education and Services

UC Davis Vice Provost and Associate Chancellor of Global Affairs Joanna Regulska appointed of Professor Fadi Fathallah as the associate vice provost for Global Education and Services, Global Affairs, effective July 1, 2016. read more

Harrison Recognized by the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists

Robert Harrison, MD, MPH, Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF and Chief, Occupational Health Surveillance and Evaluation Program at the California Department of Public Health, received the Pumphandle Award from the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE). read more

Navarro Wins Two Best Student Poster Awards at AIHce

Kathleen Navarro, PhD, 2016, in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences in the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, won two Best Student Poster awards at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference & Exposition held in Baltimore, Maryland, in May 2016. read more

CDC Honors “A Story of Health Team” with an Excellence in Communications Award

The National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) presented the “A Story of Health” team with an Excellence in Communications Award at the annual NCEH/ATSDR Honor Awards in February 2016. read more

M. Donald Whorton Award: Ajay Pillarisetti

Ajay Pillarisetti, a doctoral student in the UC Berkeley School of Public Health’s division of Environmental Health Sciences, won this year's M. Donald Whorton Award for his paper, “Patterns of Stove Usage after Introduction of an Advanced Cookstove: The Long-Term Application of Household Sensors.” read more

Quinlan Reappointed to OSHA Standards Board

COEH Deputy Director Patricia Quinlan was reappointed to the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board in June 2016. read more

Migrant Labor and Global Health Conference, March 1-3, 2017

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