New Video on Protecting Oil & Gas Workers


Workers at oil tank sites can be exposed to hydrocarbon gases and vapors, oxygen-deficient atmospheres, fires, and explosions when they open tank hatches to manually gauge or collect fluid samples. These preventable exposures can have immediate health effects, including loss of consciousness and death.

Watch a new video from NIOSH and the California Department of Public Health on how to prevent tank gauging injuries and deaths: http://bit.ly/OHWTank.


Free Respiratory Protection Program Training


NIOSH NPPTL collaborated with the American Association of Occupational Health Nursing (AAOHN) to debut a new Respiratory Protection Program Training and Resources web page for occupational health nurses and all safety and health professionals.

The new web page includes a comprehensive Respiratory Protection course, clinical case studies, and accompanying resources for occupational health professionals who want to learn more about OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Standard and the role of the Respiratory Protection Program Administrator.

You do NOT need to be an AAOHN member to access this FREE CNE training:




Free CWCS Webinar: Advancing Research on Delivering Workplace Health and Safety to Small Businesses

CWCS-1A free NIOSH Center for Workers’ Compensation Studies (CWCS) webinar will be held on Tuesday, October 3, 12-1 PM Eastern. Speakers will describe the latest work of the NIOSH Small Business Assistance Program, and directions for future advancements in effectively delivering workplace safety and health assistance to small employers and their workforce.

Event Schedule (all times Eastern):
12:00-12:45 pm: Presentation
12:45-1:00 pm: General Audience Q/A

Event Registration Page: https://niosh-connect.adobeconnect.com/smallbizcomp/event/registration.html

Advancing Research on Delivering Workplace Health and Safety to Small Businesses

The majority of businesses in the U.S. are small, and they experience a disproportionate burden of workplace injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. Safety and health solutions are often designed for larger workplaces, and tend to be too complicated or too expensive for small employers to adopt them. The purpose of this webinar will be to share new prevention insights for small employers. NIOSH also invites webinar attendees to explore these topics in greater detail at the upcoming Understanding Small Enterprises Conference in Denver, Colorado, October 25–27, 2017 (https://useconference.com).

Presenters: Thomas Cunningham, PhD and Garrett Burnett, MBA

Dr. Thomas Cunningham is a behavioral scientist and the Chief of the NIOSH Training Research and Evaluation Branch in the Education and Information Division.  He also coordinates the NIOSH Small Business Assistance Program and Translation Research Program. His research addresses intervention development and research translation for safety and health applications in construction, health care, and several small business sectors. He received his MS and PhD degrees in clinical psychology from Virginia Tech.

Garrett Burnett is a research-to-practice specialist and serves as the assistant coordinator for NIOSH’s Small Business Assistance program. He specializes in technology transfer, product strategy, and organizational innovation. At NIOSH he has been responsible for putting in place program understanding and reporting metrics on Institute-wide communication, developing a system for quickly and inexpensively developing mobile applications, and setting up the agency’s social media presence. Mr. Burnett has worked at NIOSH for eleven years. Before that, he provided marketing and communications at Micron Technology in Boise, ID. He holds a master’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in technical communication.

Event Registration Page: https://niosh-connect.adobeconnect.com/smallbizcomp/event/registration.html 


Nguyen Awarded UC Smoke – and Tobacco – Free Fellowship

Congratulations to UC Berkeley, School of Public Health undergraduate and COEH Professor S. Katharine Hammond’s student scholar,  Patton Nguyen, for being selected as a recipient of the University of California Smoke – and Tobacco – Free Fellowship Program!

Patton Nguyen

“I’m interested in researching cannabis to understand potential harmful exposures from smoking indoors. Cannabis may smell pleasant compared to traditional tobacco, but the research of what’s behind the smell and beyond is not well understood. Cannabis is illegal to smoke outdoors and people are forced to smoke in their homes around children and nonsmokers. The belief that cannabis smoke is not as harmful as it may truly be needs to be addressed. I am passionate about this topic because of my experience around peers who feel comfortable around cannabis smoke. However in many of my classes and current research projects with CHAPS, I see parallels between cannabis, tobacco, and environmental pollutants that pose serious harm and adverse health effects. 

I will be doing a research project evaluating harmful exposures from cannabis secondhand smoke. My research will fill gaps in the current literature and understandings of cannabis exposures. As a UC-STF Fellow I hope to use what I find and advocate against cannabis use on the Cal campus while informing the greater public of potential harm from cannabis secondhand smoke.” 

Read the official UC press release https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/uc-appoints-new-class-smoke-and-tobacco-free-student-fellows.