Continuing Education, Environmental Health, Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Health, Occupational Health Nursing, safety and health, Uncategorized

Pesticide Exposure & Health – Wednesday, June 20th in Oakland, CA

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Join COEH-CE on Wednesday, June 20th, in Oakland, CA for a half-day course on Pesticide Exposure & Health: Protecting Agricultural Communities.

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Agenda, Speakers, and more information here

 

About the Course:

Exposure to pesticides has been linked to a wide variety of short-term and long-term health effects. This course will explore the relationship between pesticides and Parkinson’s disease, residential proximity to insecticides and fumigants with neurodevelopment, and associations between insecticide exposure and neurodevelopment in children.

Learners will review findings from The Center for the Health Assessment of Mothers and Children of Salinas (CHAMACOS) study, a birth cohort study conducted in the agricultural Salinas Valley of California. Learners will also review case studies that demonstrate how state pesticide and labor laws and regulations are designed to prevent exposure to pesticides, and will identify areas of improvement to protect agricultural workers from pesticide exposure.

 

About the Instructors:

Anne Katten, MPH – Anne Katten is an industrial hygienist. She has worked with California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation for over 25 years. Her work includes analysis of pesticide illness episode investigations, pesticide risk assessments and regulatory proposals and advocating for improved enforcement and policy changes to reduce farmworkers exposure to pesticides and other work hazards. Earlier in her career she worked as a research assistant at a seed company.

Samuel Goldman, MD, MPH – Dr. Goldman received his medical degree from the University of Texas, Houston in 1987. He trained in Preventive Medicine and earned a Master of Public Health in Environmental Health Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1993. He is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Francisco in the Division of Occupational & Environmental Medicine and the Department of Neurology, and is an attending physician in the Environmental Medicine clinic at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. Dr. Goldman has published extensively on the epidemiology of neurodegenerative diseases, with a focus on environmental risk factors. Among these are pesticides, solvents, smoking and traumatic brain injury, and the interaction of these risk factors with genetic susceptibility factors.

Robert Gunier, PhD – Dr. Gunier is currently an assistant researcher at the Center for Environmental research and Children’s Health (CERCH) in the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley. He received his MPH and PhD in environmental health sciences from UC Berkeley. Dr. Gunier has worked for 20 years conducting exposure assessment and epidemiological analyses for studies of children’s environmental health including birth outcomes, neurodevelopment, respiratory function and cancer. He previously worked at the California Department of Public Health in the Environmental Health Investigations Branch.

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Continuing Education, Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Health, safety and health

Latest Research on Silica Dust Exposure & Health

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Silicosis is recognized as one of the most common occupational lung diseases worldwide. Exposure to silica dust also plays an even larger role in global health as a contributor to the Tuberculosis (TB) epidemic.

COEH Continuing Education will be hosting a course on Silica this April to explore the challenges in studying occupational exposures, the impact of respirable silica on health, mitigation strategies for drilling into concrete, and the efficacy of wet methods in low-income countries. Click here to register.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the risk of respiratory disease from silica exposure and the challenges in studying occupational exposures
  • Identify the occupational health hazards of drilling into concrete and workplace intervention strategies
  • Recognize the relationship between silica dust exposure and the Tuberculosis (TB) epidemic
  • Discuss the impact of reducing respirable silica exposures in small-scale mining and stone crushing mills in low-income countries through wet methods


Standard Registration: $75.00

Government Employees: $60.00

Accreditation

ABIH – ABIH® Diplomates may be eligible to earn up to 3 contact hours for this event. Visit http://www.abih.org /maintain-certification/cm-credit-education-events for more information.

Certified Safety Professionals may be eligible to earn up to 3 contact hours for this event. Visit http://www.bcsp.org/Certifications/Recertification for more information.

Nurses – Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 12983, for 3 contact hours.

Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Health

California’s Nonfatal Worker Injuries, Illnesses Level in 2016

DIR News Release No.: 2017-105
Date: November 15, 2017

The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has posted California’s 2016 occupational injury and illness data on employer-reported injuries. According to the estimates provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII), California’s overall incidence rate of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses remains steady at 3.7 cases per 100 workers for full time employees, the lowest rate in over a decade. The data posted includes detailed case and demographic tables, as well as a summary of findings by DIR’s research team.

“California continues to use research like this survey to refine and strengthen workplace safety and health regulations, training materials, and outreach and education efforts for employers and workers,” said DIR Director Christine Baker.

The estimates show there were approximately 466,600 nonfatal reportable job related injuries and illnesses in 2016, with 78% occurring in private industry and 22% in state and local government sectors. The statewide all-industry rate of “lost time” cases (referred to in the survey as “days away from work, job transfer or restriction” [DART] cases), remained constant at 2.2 cases per 100 full time workers over the last four years surveyed, while the rate of days away from work cases (DAFW) has remained unchanged for the last eight years.

By occupation, the highest DAFW rates were highest in 2016 for cleaning and maintenance workers (284 cases per 10,000 workers), those performing installation and repairs (252 cases), and construction (243 cases).

Estimates for the California Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses are derived from a statistical sample of employers in the state. The SOII program is administered by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in cooperation with participating state agencies. Surveyed employers report data as required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Recordkeeping regulation (29 CFR 1904), using the OSHA 300 Log.

Additional background and methodological information regarding the BLS occupational safety and health statistics program can be found in Chapter 9 of the BLS Handbook of Methods. Employment data are 2015 annual averages from the BLS Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program.

DIR protects and improves the health, safety and economic well-being of over 18 million wage earners, and helps their employers comply with state labor laws. Its Division of Occupational Safety and Health, commonly known as Cal/OSHA, helps protect workers from health and safety hazards on the job in almost every workplace in California. Cal/OSHA does not have authority when injuries occur on public roadways. Cal/OSHA’s Consultation Services Branch provides free and voluntary assistance to employers to improve their health and safety programs. Employers and workers who have questions or need assistance with workplace health and safety programs can call Cal/OSHA’s Consultation Services Branch at 800-963-9424.

Complaints about workplace safety and health hazards can be filed confidentially with Cal/OSHA district offices. Employees with work-related questions or complaints may contact DIR’s Call Center in English or Spanish at 844-LABOR-DIR (844-522-6734).

Members of the press may contact Erika Monterroza or Peter Melton at (510) 286-1161, and are encouraged to subscribe to get email alerts on DIR’s press releases or other departmental updates.

Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Health

IH Forum: E-Cigarettes: Policy, Toxicology, and Occupational Health and Safety

Thursday, June 29, 2017, 1:00PM – 4:00PM

Title: E-Cigarettes: Policy, Toxicology, and Occupational Health and Safety

Cost: $60

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This presentation will explore the current landscape of e-cigarette use and policies, and occupational health and safety concerns.

Objectives:Explore the current landscape of e-cigarette use and policies

  • Identify toxicological concerns of vaping e-liquids
  • Summarize current findings of exposure assessment conducted in e-cigarette vape shops in the Bay Area
  • Develop an understanding of worker health and safety in these emerging occupational environments
Accreditation:

ABIH – ABIH® Diplomates can earn up to 2.75 of contact hours for this event. Visit http://www.abih.org /maintain-certification/cm-credit-education-events for more information.

Nurses: COEH Continuing Education Program (BRN Provider # 12983) has approved this event for 2.75 contact hours.