Industrial Hygiene

Creative Use of Direct Reading Instruments

About the Webinar:

During this webinar, Dr. Peters will present on the use of direct reading instruments to assess workplace exposures. He will discuss various methods to handle data, such as hazard mapping and analysis of time-series data. The presentation will blend education and literature review.

06/07/2022: Take a Deep Breath! Work-related Aerosol Respiratory Deposition Study

About the webinar:

Aerosol in the workplace has been and continues to be a significant occupational health concern. The inhalation and deposition of aerosol in a worker’s respiratory system can lead to various adverse health effects. This presentation will provide basic information on particle lung deposition, and explore the past, present, and future of aerosol respiratory deposition experiments using human airway replicas.

04/11/23: Protecting Workers from the Dangers of Heat: Evidence-based Approaches to Heat Stress Management

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This webinar will review the latest information on occupational heat stress and evidence-based approaches to building an effective heat stress management plan. Learners will explore topics including physiological monitoring for heat strain, environmental monitoring, heat safety education, and emergency action plans and procedures for heat-related illnesses. Dr. Morrissey will also discuss common misconceptions and appropriate strategies for heat stress management.

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03/07/23: Colorado State University Industrial Hygiene Program Training Needs Analysis

About the webinar: Graduates of industrial hygiene (IH) programs must be able to meet continuously evolving health and safety needs in a wide variety of occupational settings. Therefore, academic IH graduate programs must regularly evaluate their curricula and solicit input from industry professionals in order to make curricular changes that will better prepare their students for professional roles in industry. This presentation will review a training needs analysis performed for the Industrial Hygiene Master’s program at Colorado State University (CSU) in 2021. The purpose of this study was...

02/07/23: Lithium Batteries: Understanding the Technology, Hazards, and Safety Risks

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Lithium battery technologies are in widespread and growing use in many manufacturing and commercial applications, and incidences of explosions, fires, and injuries are on the rise. OSHA issued a safety and health bulletin in 2019 to raise awareness about the hazards and controls of lithium batteries. In addition, fire, electrical, and building codes, as well as other standards (e.g., Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)), continue to evolve to reduce the risks around the design, use, and transportation of these batteries...

UCLA UCI Cal/OSHA Safety Update Series

About the webinars: The University of California Los Angeles invites you to join the UCLA UCI Southern California NIOSH Education and Research Center for their free monthly webinar series on California OSHA Safety Updates. Presented by OSHA Authorized Trainer and ERC Course Director Alba Vazquez, this series will discuss safety updates and how to be compliant with Cal/OSHA. This series will be hosted the first Friday of every month, unless noted.

12/13/22: E-Cigarette Aerosol Exposure: Select BioMarkers in Vape Shop Workers

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Vape shops are currently exempt from smoke-free workplace regulations in California, putting vape shop workers at risk of repeated occupational exposure to e-cigarette (e-cig) aerosols. During this webinar, learners will explore select biomarkers including cotinine, a marker for nicotine as a tracer for e-cig aerosol, and markers of oxidative stress (8-OHdG, 8-isoprostane (8-iso)), system inflammation (human C-reactive protein (CRP)), metal toxicity and antioxidant activity (metallothionein (MT)) quantified in urine samples from thirty vape shop workers. Urine samples...

11/08/22: Assessment of Chemotherapy Drugs in Occupational Settings

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The American Cancer Society estimated there would be more than 1.8 million new cancer cases diagnosed in 2020, an increase of 55% over the last 15 years. This correlates with an expected 58 million patient oncology clinic visits in the United States. The increase in cancer incidence and patients undergoing chemotherapy has exacerbated the need for oncology technicians to administer treatment and patient caregivers to act as a support system. Cancer is also the leading cause of death in dogs, with an estimated 1 in 3 dogs developing the disease. Similar to cancer...

10/11/22: Fine Particulate Matter Exposure from Secondhand Cannabis Bong Smoking

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Secondhand cannabis smoke (SHCS) is a novel exposure source uncharacterized in homes, containing known health risk factors including exposure to several hundred toxic chemicals, carcinogens, and fine particulate matter (PM2.5), many at higher concentrations than tobacco smoke. Decades of secondhand tobacco smoke (SHTS) research demonstrate causal links to cancer, respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, preterm birth, and decreased immune function. These concerns have not translated to cannabis bong smoking, a popular consumption method in social settings among...

09/13/22: Understanding COVID-19 Among Industrial Livestock Operation Workers: Salivary Bio-markers & Mixed Method Approaches

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Industrial livestock operations (ILOs), particularly livestock processing facilities, emerged as centers of COVID-19 outbreaks across the United States in early spring of 2020. In collaboration with a North Carolina community organization, we conducted a prospective cohort study of ILO workers, their household members, and community residents in metropolitan areas of North Carolina to compare SARS-CoV-2 infection and antibody levels. Higher levels of SARS-CoV-2 nucleocapsid IgG antibody, which suggests recent COVID-19 infection, were present among ILO workers and...