Outdoor Workers Vulnerable to Climate Change

Photo: Climate Change Linked to Global Respiratory Health IssuesClimate change will compromise global agricultural production and working outdoors.

If climate change continues as projected by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), by mid-century, high temperatures and humidity are likely to compromise global agricultural production and working outdoors, according to the report from IPCC’s Working Group II released on March 25 in Yokohama, Japan. The IPCC identifies lost work capacity and reduced labor productivity in vulnerable populations among the top impacts from global warming if no major mitigation efforts are taken.

Agricultural and construction workers are some of the most highly exposed, say climate change experts from Working Group II led by Kirk Smith, one of two coordinating lead authors of the health impacts chapter. read more

Lead Standards Studied for Health Impacts at COEH Symposium

Photo: Dr. John Howard at the COEH Lead Symposium

A total of over 2,200 viewers have visited the webinar series from COEH’s Continuing Education symposium on workplace lead exposures led by Director Barbara Plog, with assistance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). The one-day science symposium held in November 2013 in Berkeley, California, distilled the latest information on the occupational health risks of low-level lead exposures. read more


UC Davis Helps Farm Workers Avoid Heat Illnesses

Photo: UC Davis Helps Farm Workers Avoid Heat Illnesses

The heat index hovered between 100 and 110 degrees on the tobacco farm on August 1, 2006, the day Juan Jose Soriano, a 44 year old Hispanic worker, told his supervisor he was not feeling well at around three in the afternoon. Driven home by the farmer, he fell unconscious by 3:45 p.m. on the steps of his house and was pronounced dead less than five minutes later by emergency medics. The father of five had been in the United States 11 days. read more

Spring 2014 Bridges stories:

Letter from the Director

The California Air Resources Board is charged with overseeing the state’s implementation of AB32’s mandate to mitigate climate change with concrete policies. read more

Heat Stress Prevention a Priority at LOHP

The Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP) will coordinate a media campaign this summer to prevent heat-related illness among California’s outdoor workers. read more

UCSF Continuing Medical Education Focuses on Controlling Infectious Disease

Dr. Paul Blanc kicked off the UCSF Department of Medicine Continuing Medical Education (CME) course on “Occupational and Environmental Factors in Infectious Disease” on March 6, 2014, at the Holiday Inn Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, California. read more

UCSF OEM Profile: Dr. James Craner, COEH In Nevada

For Dr. James Craner, growing up in northern New Jersey influenced his choice at an early age to become an occupational and environmental medicine physician. “I count myself as one of the few people who chose this specialty as the reason to enter medicine as a profession,” says Craner, an assistant clinical professor in the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the UCSF School of Medicine since 1995. read more

Youth Leaders Shine

Participants attending the 10th annual Young Worker Leadership Academy in Berkeley arrived as teens and left as leaders well-versed about their health and safety rights in California. read more

Small Businesses Learn Injury Prevention Practices from LOHP

Hundreds of small businesses from across California are taking advantage of the Labor Occupational Health Program’s (LOHP) half day training workshops designed to help owners and managers develop their Injury and Illness Prevention Programs (IIPP). read more

Student Profile: OEM Resident Lien (TJ) Tran

Lien (TJ) Tran worked for two years as a flight surgeon for the U.S. Air Force before starting his Occupational and Environmental medicine residency at UCSF in June 2013. read more

Alumna Profile: Assistant Professor Carisa Harris-Adamson

It was while treating physical therapy patients in occupational health and orthopedic clinics that Carisa Harris-Adamson became convinced of the critical role musculoskeletal injuries played in worker health. read more

Metalworking Fluids Play Role in COPD - Study Finds No Safe Limit Exists

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) accounts for 3 percent of all disability-adjusted life years lost world-wide according to the 2010 Global Burden of disease report. Approximately 15 percent of cases are linked to occupational exposures such as dust and fumes in the workplace. read more

In the Media

 

Announcements:

Stock Appointed Executive Director of LOHP

Laura Stock became the executive director for the UC Berkeley Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP) in November 2013. read more

DIR Names Wilson Chief Scientist

Michael Wilson was named chief scientist for the State of California’s Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) in December 2013. read more

Awards and Honors:

Smith Recognized for Achievements in Environmental Toxicology

Martyn Smith was honored with the 2014 Alexander Hollaender Award by the Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society (EMGS) for his contributions to the field of environmental toxicology. read more

Holmes Honored for His Book on Migrant Farmworkers

Seth Holmes received the 2013 New Millennium Book Award from the Society for Medical Anthropology for his book, Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States. read more

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