Continuing Education, Occupational Health

COEH Celebrates 40 Years!

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Every year, thousands of California workers become injured or ill due to work. While fatal workplace injuries have been on a downward trend since 1999, preventable workplace fatalities still occur. In the years ahead, climate change, social disparities, and the changing world of work will present new challenges to health and safety professionals tasked with protecting public health.

For the last 40 years, faculty, researchers, and students at the Northern Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH) have conducted vital research to help inform state policy, provided education and training to protect vulnerable workers, and promoted health and safety in California’s workplaces.

“During the past four decades, COEH researchers have had a major impact on work-related musculoskeletal injury in multiple work settings, including computer work, farm work, clothing manufacture, and construction. Reduction of injuries has resulted from the design of ergonomically improved work stations and tools. Our work has also contributed to efforts to protect farm workers and their communities from the hazards of pesticide and heat exposures. COEH researchers have provided the scientific evidence that led OSHA to establish a stricter exposure limit for benzene. We also have contributed important experimental evidence to support EPA air quality standards.” John Balmes, Director, Northern California Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (UC Berkeley)

“The COEH is proud of its important role in conducting research on the causes of occupational and environmental disease, educating future practitioners and the public and translating its findings into policies and programs to reduce illness and injury.” Marc Schenker, Founding Director, Northern California Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (UC Davis)

In celebration of their 40th anniversary, COEH at UC Berkeley and UC Davis will be hosting a joint symposium in Sacramento, California on May 4 & May 5, 2018. The symposium will celebrate occupational health successes, and look ahead to explore emerging occupational and environmental health issues.

Continuing education credits are available, visit to learn more.


Friday, May 4:

Day one of the symposium will feature moderated panel discussions on topics such as climate change and health, animal health and human infectious disease risk, community outreach and engagement, sexual harassment and assault at work, and the prevention of injuries though ergonomics. Course content is intended for occupational and environmental health and safety professionals including occupational medicine physicians and mid-level practitioners, occupational health nurses, registered environmental health specialists, industrial hygienists, and certified safety professionals.


Saturday, May 5:

Day two of the symposium will explore current topics in occupational and environmental medicine. Topics include the health impacts of wildfires, emerging treatments for myofascial pain, managing co-morbidities in the workplace, and updates in the examination of commercial drivers, among others. Course content is intended for clinicians including MD, DO, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, and allied health professionals.

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