2018 Webinars

February 7th, 2018

The legalization of marijuana has the potential to disrupt California’s tobacco control successes. Participants will learn about workplace policies relating to marijuana smoke exposure, and the key ways the marijuana industry may impact California’s tobacco control successes. Participants will also learn about California’s landscape of marijuana use and how the convergence and co-use of tobacco products with marijuana affects public health.

March 7th, 2018

Although medical cannabis has been approved for use in California since 1996, new information about this plant and its relationship with public health is constantly evolving. As the stigma around cannabis use lessens, researchers and practitioners are better able to understand the relationship between cannabis use and public health issues such as workplace safety, substance dependence and community well being. This talk will review the basics of the cannabis plant, and address some timely questions about cannabis use and specific public health areas of study.

April 4th, 2018

Dr. Balmes will review recommendations for practitioners regarding the diagnosis and management of beryllium sensitivity and chronic beryllium disease published in an official American Thoracic Society (ATS) statement in 2014. The ATS statement was prepared with the support and input of both NIOSH and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The DOL runs the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Act that provides medical monitoring and compensation for eligible employees of U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) facilities who develop beryllium sensitization and chronic beryllium disease as a consequence of their employment at a DOE facility. Dr. Balmes will also discuss federal OSHA’s new Final Rule to Protect Workers from Beryllium Exposure.

May 2nd, 2018

When occupational and environmental health principles inform chemical design and material selection, everyone benefits. This presentation will explore the rationale for green chemistry – the science of making chemicals “benign by design”. We will also investigate the changes in policy and practice that could catalyze the development and adoption of safer chemistries.

June 6th, 2018

Employee affect (i.e., emotion) has the capacity to influence a wide range of organizationally-valued outcomes, including performance, creativity, decision-making, group dynamics, turnover, and behavior. Organizational scholars have begun to evaluate the effectiveness of various strategies for making substantive improvements to employee emotional well-being and emotion regulation.

This webinar will explore the role employee affect plays in organizational life, and methods for improving emotional well-being in organizations. In particular, attention will paid to self-guided activities (e.g., gratitude journaling, practicing kindness) that can serve as an alternative (or complement to) organization-level efforts, and traditional person-focused initiatives such as stress management training.

August 1st, 2018

This webinar will provide an overview of the extraction, use, life cycle, and toxicity and exposure assessment of lithium, the key metal in EV battery applications. Participants will also explore opportunities and challenges for leaders in the EV industry to develop and implement Best Practices for medical surveillance, industrial hygiene, and product stewardship for lithium. 

September 5th, 2018

This webinar provides an overview of the components of the CalOSHA guidelines for a respiratory protection program. A variety of respirators commonly used in a workplace and their level of protection will be discussed. The process of medical clearance and fit testing will be addressed, and potential difficulties and solutions reviewed. A brief discussion of general public health concerns for respiratory protection will be included.

November 7th, 2018

This presentation discusses the effects of adjusting the assistive torque amplitude of a shoulder supporting exoskeleton on muscle activity, preference, and perceived exertion during a variety of simulated workplace tasks. The study further evaluates the shoulderX architecture in terms of usability, performance, and open-ended feedback.

December 5th, 2018

The legalization of marijuana has the potential to disrupt California’s tobacco control successes. Participants will learn about workplace policies relating to marijuana smoke exposure, and the key ways the marijuana industry may impact California’s tobacco control successes. Participants will also learn about California’s landscape of marijuana use and how the convergence and co-use of tobacco products with marijuana affects public health.

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