Indoor VOC Exposures In Early Childhood Education Facilities

The first-ever study investigating volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in 40 early childhood education facilities found that four of the VOCs present – benzene, chloroform, ethylbenzene, and naphthalene – exceeded age adjusted “safe harbor levels” based on California’s Proposition 65 guidelines,  the state’s list of chemicals that are known to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm. read more

The Burdens of a Heavy Load

The Burdens of a Heavy Load

MPH student Jillian Kadota came to UC Berkeley determined to make an impact in the fields of global health and women’s health. Soon after her arrival on campus, she learned of an emerging project that dovetailed her two passions – a study of the health impacts of women in Africa who carry heavy loads of water and food on their heads for long distances – a cultural tradition in developing countries. read more

Patricia Quinlan Retires from COEH

Patricia Quinlan Retires from COEH

Patricia Quinlan, MPH ’82, announced her retirement as deputy director of the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH) at a celebration held on January 11, 2017, at University Hall in Berkeley. The event, attended by more than 50 colleagues, friends, and family, capped three and a half decades of service with the University of California. read more

Summer 2017 Bridges stories:

Letter from the Director

While the last few months have been challenging on many levels, what perhaps has most disturbed me is the attack on science. And while as a scientist, the attack feels personal, it is the impact on our society that most concerns me. read more

Classroom VOC Contaminants

COEH investigator William Nazaroff led a team measuring VOC emissions in a university classroom. Researchers found that human-emitted VOCs were the dominant source contributing 57 percent of total emissions. read more

Julia Buss Named Deputy Director of COEH

The appointment of Julia Buss RN, PhD, as the new deputy director of COEH was announced by Director John Balmes. She replaces retiring deputy director Patricia Quinlan. read more

UCLA COEH Symposium: Unnatural Disasters and Environmental Health

The UCLA Center for Occupational and Environmental Health’s (COEH) Fall Symposium brought together 86 academics, government leaders, professional scientists, non-profits, monitoring agencies, and community groups to study the scientific, regulatory, and social issues surrounding the Aliso Canyon methane leak of 2016 near Porter Ranch. read more

Fake Silk: The Lethal History of Viscose Rayon

Interweaving stories of scientific discovery, industrialization, and public health, Dr. Paul Blanc’s new book, Fake Silk (Yale University Press), discloses the exploitation and cruelty of the factories and the profit-first system that created the product called cellulose viscose, the basis of the synthetic rayon, cellophane, cellulose sponges, and other products. read more

Spotlight on r2p
New Curriculum to Reduce Injuries for Workers with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

The rate of workplace injury among employees in vocational rehabilitation programs is more than 60 percent higher than that of injured workers as a whole, notes the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Intent on changing this figure, NIOSH recently adopted and helped update Staying Safe at Work, an innovative curriculum designed for workers and students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) that was originally developed by the Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP) in 2009. read more

Brianna Singleton Presents OHIP Study of Transit Workers at APHA

OHIP intern Brianna Singleton represented the UCSF School of Nursing at the 2016 American Public Health Association (APHA) conference in Denver. Singleton was selected to share her work during the session: Occupational Health Internship Program (OHIP): Thirteen years on – still shaping the future of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS). read more

Solar Lamps Outshine Kerosene, Kenya Study Finds

Electric lighting is not always an option in low and middle-income countries, particularly in rural areas of Asia and Africa. Even with grid access, connection and maintenance expenses can be financially beyond reach for the poor. read more

COEH's Continuing Education Program Launches Webinar Series

COEH Ergonomics Director Carisa Harris-Adamson presented The Latest Research on Sit-Stand Workstations in the first of a new monthly series of interactive continuing education webinars offered by COEH. The topic proved highly relevant with more than 135 participants joining the inaugural event online. read more

Climate Change Limits future Host Cities for Summer Olympics

A Lancet commentary by COEH authors Kirk Smith and John Balmes suggests that by 2085, only eight of 543 cities outside of Western Europe will likely have summer temperatures cool enough to safely host the Summer Olympics. read more

Occupational Heat Exposure Linked to Acute Kidney Injury

Agricultural workers who experience high levels of heat exposure and volume depletion over the course of a work shift – a change in body mass due to inadequate hydration and strenuous labor – are at danger of acute kidney injury (AKI), and workers paid by the piece face a higher risk, concludes new research from UC Davis. read more

In the Media

Awards and Announcements:

Asa Bradman Appointed to the National Organic Standards Board

The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture appointed COEH faculty Asa Bradman to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), the key body approving what materials are acceptable for organic agriculture in the United States. read more

Gina Solomon Honored by California Safe Schools

Gina Solomon, MD, MPH, Deputy Secretary for Science and Health at the California Environmental Protection Agency and Clinical Professor of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at UCSF, was honored by California Safe Schools (CSS) with their Humanitarian Award. read more

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COEH Community Saddened by the Loss of Dear Friend Rachel Roisman

Rachel Eleah Roisman, MD, MPH (MD Class of 2003) died of metastatic sarcoma on August 30, 2016, at her home in Berkeley, California. She was 42. read more

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