2015 Lela Morris COEH Symposium: National Perspectives on Ergonomics, Workplace Design, and Health

Photo: Guest speaker Jack Dennerlein at the 2015 Lela Morris COEH Symposium.
Guest speaker Jack Dennerlein at the 2015 Lela Morris COEH Symposium. Read more about the symposium's focus on ergonomics, workplace design, and health.

Before a capacity crowd of 200 at the David Brower Center, COEH Director John Balmes kicked-off the 2015 Lela Morris Symposium on ergonomics, health, and workplace design. Held in Berkeley on May 22, 2015, the symposium brought together industry and worker representatives from the United States and around the world. read more

Spotlight on r2p
New Director of the California
AgrAbility Project: Fadi Fathallah

Photo: A modified tractor.

Fadi Fathallah from UC Davis received a 4-year grant to fund California AgrAbility, a program that improves the lives of people with disabilities by helping them to stay working in agriculture. read more


Teens Monitor Neighborhood Air Quality in San Joaquin Valley

Photo: CART Students Nancy Gonzales and Amber Sargent record PAH levels as measured by the PAS 2000 CE monitor.

CART Students Nancy Gonzales and Amber Sargent record PAH levels as measured by the PAS 2000 CE monitor.
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Summer 2015 Bridges stories:

Letter from the Director

This summer has seen a lot of activity about climate change, both in California and globally. In May, Governor Jerry Brown signed an agreement between California and 10 other U.S. states and foreign provinces to sharply limit emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050. read more

LOHP Offers Health and Safety Training to Workers with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Workers with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) are injured at higher rates as compared to the general population due to the hazardous nature of the work they most commonly perform, such as light manufacturing, recycling, assembly, janitorial tasks, landscaping services, and warehouse work. read more

California Heat Standard Revisions Bring New Protections for High Risk Workers

The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB) approved important revisions to the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (better known as Cal/OSHA) heat illness prevention standard by a majority vote effective May 1, 2015. read more

“Household Hazards” Blog Reveals Hidden Connections Between Environmental and Consumer Issues

COEH faculty Dr. Paul Blanc, author of more than 200 peer-reviewed biomedical publications, steps out of his usual realm once a month to publish a blog for general audience readers of Psychology Today (PT). read more

Heart Disease and Work: What is the Connection?

Highlights from the UCSF Occupational and Environmental Medicine CME Conference, March 2015

There were numerous highlights in this year’s annual UCSF Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) and Continuing Medical Education (CME) conference. The theme focused on Cardiovascular Health and Disease and was held in March at Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco. read more

New Research from COEH

COEH faculty member Martyn Smith and COEH faculty affiliate Luoping Zhang from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health published an up-to-date review on “Functional genomic screening approaches in mechanistic toxicology and potential future applications of CRISPR-Cas9” in Mutation Research Review ahead of print on January 25, 2015. read more

Exposure to Small Particle Air Pollution Linked to Ischemic Heart Disease in Aluminum Workers

Occupational exposure to air pollution less than 2.5 microns in diameter (PM2.5) is associated with an increased risk of ischemic heart disease (IHD) among aluminum smelter and fabrication workers, a new study by COEH researchers at UC Berkeley concludes read more

2015 Whorton Award Winners

Daniel Brown won the 2015 COEH M. Donald Whorton Award for “Best Original Paper” and Michael Guarnieri received first place for “Best Scientific Writing Paper.” read more

COEH Profile: Dan Odell

UC Berkeley alumnus Dan Odell, ’04, began a new position in April as staff researcher for Google X, a semi-secret campus of Google located in Mountain View, California. read more

COEH Retirements

Professor David Rempel retired from UCSF, Professor Alan Buckpitt retired from UC Davis, and Barbara Plog retired from her position a the director of the COEH Continuing Education Program. read more

Profile: COEH Advisory Committee Member Lynette Landry, Hawaii Pacific University

In January 2014, Lynette Landry became dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Hawaii Pacific University, the largest nursing program in the state of Hawaii. read more

WCAHS and UCD Blum Center Cosponsor Ag Health and Safety Projects in Developing Countries

The Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (WCAHS) is proudly partnering with the UC Davis Blum Center for Developing Economies to help impoverished communities around the world improve their agricultural health and safety. read more

Safe Jobs for Youth Month!

The Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP) once again helped coordinate a statewide annual public awareness campaign designed to highlight the importance of preventing teen injuries on the job. read more

The Bangladesh Accord Brings Health & Safety to South Asia

The Accord is a legally binding agreement between 190 clothing brands and two international trade unions and their local Bangladeshi affiliates that addresses health and safety hazards in Bangladesh’s garment industry. read more

In the Media


Awards and Announcements:

Fadi Fathallah Director of New COEH Agriculture Safety and Health Training Program

COEH faculty Fadi Fathallah is the director of a newly awarded educational research program designed to train PhD students in agricultural safety and health (ASH). read more

ILWU Local 6 Honors LOHP for Health and Safety Training

International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local (ILWU) 6 recognized Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP) staff Suzanne Teran, Dinorah Barton Antonio, and Valeria Velazquez (formerly with LOHP) for providing health and safety training to almost 250 workers in the recycling industry. read more

Kirk Smith Receives 2014 Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award

On June 25, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) honored COEH faculty Kirk Smith with the 2014 Haagen-Smit Clean Air award. read more

Sarah Daniels Wins Fellowship from Soroptimist International of the Americas

UC Berkeley PhD candidate Sarah Daniels received a Founder Region Fellowship (FRF) from Soroptimist International of the Americas. read more

AIHA-NCS Honors Blythe and Raval

AIHA-NCS presented the awards to Rachel Blythe and Amee Raval during its Student and Vendor Night held in Berkeley in March 2015. read more

American Industrial Hygiene Association Honors Kathleen Navarro

COEH student Kathleen Navarro won “Best of Session - 1st Place Student Poster Award” at the American Industrial Hygiene Association’s annual conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah, from May 30 to June 4, 2015. read more

Garrett Brown Recognized for Contributions to Industrial Hygiene

The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists honored COEH Advisory Committee member Garrett Brown with the 2015 William Steiger Memorial award at the AIHce conference held May 30 to June 4, 2015, in Salt Lake City, Utah. read more

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