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Kathleen Buckheit, MPH, RN, COHN-S/CM/SM, FAAOHN
Continuing Education Director
NC OSHERC Continuing Education and Outreach Programs

Phone 919-962-2101 | Fax 919-966-7579

33rd Annual Occupational Safety and Health Summer Institute

NC   Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center Coming   soon from NC OSHERC
UNC   School of Public Health
33rd   Annual Summer Institute
July 25-30, 2010
Marriott Norfolk Waterside
Norfolk, Virginia
Welcome exhibitors--Tues, July 27--Register now

Certification ReviewCheck out our Certification Review courses:

 

Lead TrainingLead RRP Training
NC-Approved
Offered in Spanish upon request
Online   courseFundamentals of Industrial Hygiene course available online

Approved for Technician Certificate Program Credit.
Asbestos   trainingEPA-Approved AHERA Asbestos Training
Held throughout the year in Chapel Hill, NC

 

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NEW Courses offered
at the Summer Institute July 26-30, 2010

1. Preparing for an OSHA Combustible Dust Inspection

Because OSHA has implemented it Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program, Industrial Hygienists are being asked by their companies to review their processes and to identify any existing gaps between OSHA and National Fire Protection Associating requirements. OSHA has also begun the several year process to develop formal general industry Combustible Dust Regulations. This course will prepare IH’s to assess combustible dust gaps and describe possible mitigation strategies to move towards compliance ahead of whatever regulatory deadlines that may be set.

Topics include:

  • How We Got Here – history of combustible dust incidents
  • Combustible Dust Definitions, Testing
  • Ignition Sources and Controls
  • Explosion Prevention, Protection, Isolation Options
  • Control of Fugitive Dusts
  • Combustible Dust Procedures
  • Consensus Standards, Guidelines
  • OSHA Combustible Dust NEP & pending regulatory process
  • Overview of Process Hazard Analysis
  • Case Study 1 – Ventilation issues (1/2 day)
  • Case Study 2 – Process Equipment issues (1/2 day)
  • Case Study 3 – Chemical and physical characteristics issues (1/2 day)
  • Wrap up & Critique

Please see the website for more details: http://osherc.sph.unc.edu/ce/courses/dust_insp.htm

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2. Ethics for Industrial Hygienists Course

Beginning in 2010, new applicants and CIHs/CAIHs due to recertify are required to document that they have completed at least two (2) hours of coursework in ethics.

The Ethics for Industrial Hygienists Course was developed to meet the ABIH 2-hr requirement for ethics training and as an overview of ethics for industrial hygienists.

Topics include:

  • Professional Ethics
  • Industrial Hygiene Professional Code of Ethics
  • The ABIH Code of Ethics
  • Ethical Challenges for the IH:  Case Studies
  • ABIH Ethical Review and Disciplinary Process

See the website for more information:  http://osherc.sph.unc.edu/ce/courses/ethics.htm

 

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EPA Lead Renovation, Repair & Painting (RRP)

EPA training requirements are now in place for Certified Lead Renovators! This 8-hr EPA course approved by the State of North Carolina will certify participants for compliance with the Initial Lead (RRP) Renovation, Repair and Painting training requirements. On April 22, 2010, the US EPA implemented new rules (40 CFR Part 745) which apply to contractors who renovate or repair housing, child-care facilities or schools built before 1978. Under the new rules, trained contractors and workers must follow lead-safe work practice standards to reduce potential exposure to dangerous levels of lead during renovation and repair activities. The requirements apply to anyone who could potentially expose children to lead dust during their work and includes builders, painters, plumbers, and electricians.

This course is for anyone who could potentially expose children to lead dust.  Make sure your business is prepared for this new regulatory mandate by attending our Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting course.

Lead-safe work practices, strategies for implementing work practices and documentation and recordkeeping requirements will be taught.

Class size is limited. Early registration is suggested.

Visit our website at:  http://osherc.sph.unc.edu/ce/courses/lead_rrp.htm

 

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65th Annual Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference and 22nd Annual Safety & Health Conference

Florida Workers' Compensation Institute, Inc.

65th Annual
Workers' Compensation
Educational Conference
& 22ND Annual Safety and Health Conference

Orlando World Center, Marriott
August 15 - 18, 2010
Conference Brochure (PDF)

Conference of Partnerships:

This nationally acclaimed annual conference remains the premier forum for the study of workers’ compensation, workplace safety and health, and related issues primarily because of the continued partnerships of state and national associations, all being recognized as leaders within their industries. Partners within this group include The National Underwriter Company, the Florida Safety & Health Institute, the Florida Underwriter, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), University of South Florida, and the original organizer, The Florida Workers’ Compensation Institute. The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) continues its sponsorship of The National Underwriter Award for Excellence in Workers’ Compensation Risk Management. Other participating organizations include the Florida and National Associations of PEOs, the Florida Orthopedic Society, the Florida Chiropractic Association, the Florida Association of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Physicians, the Florida Academy of Pain Management, the Florida Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, the Educational Research Centers at the Universities of North Carolina, Alabama and South Florida, and the Workers’ Compensation Claims Professionals (WCCP). For the first year, we welcome the National Alliance of Medicare Set Aside Professionals as a program participant. Leading providers in the workers’ compensation system have become prime sponsors of the conference and join the partnerships to create the most comprehensive workers’ compensation and workplace safety conference in the nation.  

Florida Workers' Compensation Institute, Inc., P.O. Box 200, Tallahassee, FL 32302, Phone (850) 425-8156, Fax (850) 521-0222

The North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center provides Hazardous Substance Training (HST) courses as scheduled and contract courses that can be tailored to a particular group's needs. The target audiences for HST training include:

  1. State and local health and environmental agency personnel;
  2. Other professionals engaged in the management of hazardous substances; and
  3. Community residents, educators, and leaders with concerns regarding the environmental contamination and issues of public health arising from exposure to hazardous substances.

The training is intended to prepare professional personnel to properly carry out their responsibilities in the hazardous substance response and site remediation activities authorized by Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) of 1986. This workforce is in continuing need of training through continuing education courses with specialization in the occupational and environmental health and safety field.

Some HST courses include:

  • HAZWOPER : 40 Hour initial; and 16 Hour and 8 Hour refresher courses
  • HAZWOPER Incident Command
  • Confined Space
  • Clandestine Methamphetamine Lab Awareness Training
  • Radon
  • Mold Assessment and Remediation
  • Health Effects of Pesticides
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Disaster Preparedness
  • DOT Regulations in Transporting Hazardous Substances
  • Environmental Health
  • Environmental Regulations
  • Health Effects of Exposure to Heavy Metals
  • Environmental Risk Assessment

For additional information on Hazardous Substances, go to the NIEHS Superfund Basic Research Program

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OSHA Regulation Alert: Combustible Dust Rule is coming!


On October 21, 2009 OSHA announced a proposed rule to address combustible dust explosions.  The rule would cover an estimated 16 million employees at approximately 426,000 facilities.  OSHA first addressed this issue in 1987 by promulgating 29 CFR 1910.272 for grain handling facilities.  In the 10 years prior to adopting that rule, there were 20.5 grain handling-related dust explosions per year in the U.S.  For the next 10 years there were 10.3, and from 1998-2007 there were 6.3 per year.

Following the 2008 Imperial Sugar explosion in Georgia, which killed, hospitalized or severely burned numerous employees, OSHA has been aggressively working toward drafting a comprehensive rule to address the larger issue of dust explosions in general industry, not just grain handlers.  Between 2007-2009, OSHA conducted 813 targeted inspections on affected facilities, issuing 3,662 citations primarily via the General Duty Clause.  In summarizing their findings, OSHA noted that 32 industry or consensus standards (i.e., NFPA, ASME, ANSI) address combustible dust, but that no single, comprehensive rule or standard exists.

Many industry sectors will be affected.  Per OSHA, “Materials that may form combustible dust include, but are not limited to, wood, coal, plastics, biosolids, candy, sugar, spice, starch, flour, feed, grain, fertilizer, tobacco, paper, soap, rubber, drugs, dried blood, dyes, certain textiles, and metals (such as aluminum and magnesium). Industries that may have combustible dust hazards include, among others: Animal food manufacturing, grain handling, food manufacturing, wood product manufacturing, chemical manufacturing, textile manufacturing, furniture manufacturing, metal processing, fabricated metal products and machinery manufacturing, pesticide manufacturing, pharmaceutical manufacturing, tire manufacturing, production of rubber and plastics, plastics and rubber products manufacturing, recycling, wastewater treatment, and coal handling.”

The proposed rule will reference NFPA 654 (Standard for the Prevention of Fire and Dust Explosions from the Manufacturing, Processing, and Handling of Combustible Particulate Solids)and NFPA 484 (Standard for Combustible Metals), and will include requirements for hazard assessments, engineering controls, housekeeping, building design, explosions controls, SOPs and worker training.  The Hazard Communication standard will be revised to include combustible dust as a hazardous material.  Public comment ended January 19, 2010.  Expect the draft rule soon and implementation possibly within a year.

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Occupational Epidemiology Program

The program emphasizes research training at the doctoral level. Completion of the PhD typically requires three to five years following the master's or professional degree. Applicants who are interested in the PhD but do not have a graduate degree may be admitted to the doctoral program, but are expected to earn the Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) as an intermediate step. The MPH in epidemiology is also available as a terminal professional degree for physicians and others with prior doctoral-level professional degrees.

The PhD in epidemiology prepares students for careers in research and teaching. Students develop skills in occupational epidemiology through course work, involvement in research projects and practice opportunities.

David Richardson, PhD
Director, Occupational Epidemiology Program
Gillings School of Global Public Health 
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Campus Box  #7435
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7435
Phone: 919-966-2675
Fax: 919-966-2089
david.richardson@unc.edu

For more information on the Occupational Epidemiology Program, visit: http://osherc.sph.unc.edu/academic/occ_epid.htm

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Occupational Health Nursing Program

Bonnie Rogers, DrPH, COHN-S, LNCC, FAAN
Director, NC Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center
Director, Occupational Health Nursing Program
Email: rogersb@email.unc.edu
Phone: 919-966-1765

Master of Public Health Program

Congratulations to one of our Master of Public Health (MPH) students who graduated in May 2010 – Shawna Hutchins, from Silver Spring, Maryland and Gold Canyon, AZ.     

We have four new students who will start the MPH Program this fall.  They are Kerry Garth from West Point, NY; Dawn Mopkins from Richmond, TX; James Remington from Durham, NC; and Jody Spivey from Helena, MT.  We welcome them to our program and will meet them in person when they come to campus in August to attend Dr. Rogers’ Occupational Health Nursing Class I.          

Applications for the Master of Public Health (MPH) in the Occupational Health Nursing (OHN) Concentration, spring (January) semester will be accepted until October 1, 2010.  Information about the MPH Program in the OHN concentration may be accessed at http://www.sph.unc.edu/phlp/distance_mph_in_occupational_health_nursing_2083_7115.html

The Program provides partial funding for tuition through the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Training Grant.

If you have questions about the program, please contact, Judy Ostendorf at 919-966-2597 or judy_ostendorf@unc.edu.

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Certificate Program


The Occupational Health Nursing Program (OHN) is proud to announce that two of the third group of students in the Certificate in Occupational Health Nursing Program graduated in May 2010. They are Nikki Adepoju from Bowie, MD and Kim Dennison from Perry, MI. Kim completed the certificate program in nine months, by taking 2 courses during the fall and spring semesters.  

We will be meeting our fourth group of Certificate students in August, when they come to campus to attend Dr. Bonnie Rogers’ Occupational Health Nursing I class. There are eight students in the third group; they are Sandra Bailey from Sadieville, KY; Tyia Dawson from West Jefferson, NC; Stephen Kalb from Tujunga, CA; Heidi Oberbeck from Louisville, CO; Kayode Ogungbohun from Ogun State, Nigeria; Vincent Pair from Griffin, GA; Debra Schmitz from Newark, IL; and Ashley Vanov from Florence, KY.  The students will attend the NORA Seminar and reception, attend class, visit several manufacturing sites in the area, and give presentations.
           
Applications for the Certificate in Occupational Health Nursing Program, fall 2011 semester (August) will be accepted until March 1, 2011.  Please note that the application deadline had been changed to March 1st.  Information about the Certificate in Occupational Health Nursing Program and the application can be accessed at http://www.sph.unc.edu/phlp/occupational_health_nursing_certificate_4796_8853.html

If you have questions about the program, please contact, Judy Ostendorf at 919-966-2597 or judy_ostendorf@unc.edu.

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Awards/Honors/Recognition

  • Bonnie Rogers, DrPH, COHN-S, LNCC, FAAN, served as Associate Editor of Legal Nurse Consulting Practices (3rd Edition, Volume 2), American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants, published 2010.

    Bonnie will be a moderator/speaker in the upcoming IOM workshop, “Current Research Issues —Personal Protective Equipment for Healthcare Workers to Prevent Transmission of Pandemic Influenza and Other Viral Respiratory Infections: PPE Implementation/Individual and Organizational Factors”, on June 3, 2010 in Washington, DC.

    Bonnie will also co-coordinate a session on Historical Case Studies at the June 19-22, 2010 on the History of Occupational and Environmental Health sponsored by the UCSF and the ICOH Scientific Committee on History of Prevention of Occupational and Environmental Diseases. This is the first North American conference for the ICOH scientific committee.
  • Susan Randolph, MSN, RN, COHN-S, FAAOHN, faculty in the Occupational Health Nursing Program, was reappointed to the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH) as a health representative for a two year term, March 31, 2010 to March 30, 2012. NACOSH, mandated by Section 7(a) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, was established to advise, consult with, and make recommendations to the Secretary of Labor and the Secretary of Health and Human Services on matters relating to the administration of the Act. The number of members (12) and the interests they represent (management, labor, safety and health professions, public) are specified in the Act. By statute, the Secretary of Labor appoints all 12 members of NACOSH while the Secretary of DHHS designates 4 of the members.

    Susan Randolph was also invited to give a keynote address as well as be a speaker of the Main Symposium for The Joint Conference of the 3rd International Conference on Occupational Health Nursing and the 2nd Asia Conference on Occupational Health Nursing in Yokohama, Japan, August 6-9, 2010. She will present on competency development of occupational health nursing and the competency development of OHN graduates at UNC-Chapel Hill.
  • Kathleen Buckheit, MPH, RN, COHN-S/CM/SM, FAAOHN (OHN Adjunct Faculty), Moniaree Parker-Jones, RN, MSN, COHN-S, CCM,  and Judith Ostendorf, MPH, RN, COHN-S, CCM, FAAOHN (OHN Faculty) authored a chapter, Employment Law and Occupational Health and Safety: The Role of the Legal Nurse Consultant, in Legal Nurse Consulting Practices, 2010.
  • Julie Maness (OHN Program Specialist), completed the Certificate in Technology and Communication program at the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication this May. The program focuses on 3 primary areas, Writing for Digital Media, Visual Communication & Multimedia, and Database & Web Research.
  • Sheryl McCall, BSN, RN, a student in the Distance MPH Program in Occupational Health Nursing, received the 2010 Imogene Pence Klingenfus Scholarship Award during the 2010 Public Health Leadership Program Award ceremony on April 15, 2010. She is responsible for 1200 employees in the long-term care division of the integrated healthcare corporation where she serves. She has grown from focusing on individual workers to looking at individuals as part of groups, looks more broadly at assessment, and develops logic models, not just educational programs. Sheryl writes, “I used these skills in a program about flue vaccine in 2009. Participants in that class demonstrated an increase in knowledge, and had increased participation in the seasonal flu vaccine program that year.”
  • Katie Slavin, MS, RN (2007 MS graduate) received a $3,000 Medtronic Academic Study Scholarship from the AAOHN Foundation.

 

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Leena Nylander-French, PhD
Director, Occupational Hygiene Training Program
Email: leena_french@unc.edu
Phone: 919-966-3826

For more information on Industrial Hygiene, contact Dr. Nylander-French at leena_french@unc.edu or visit http://www.sph.unc.edu/envr/focus_industrial_hygiene_2138_9181.html


 

Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Sheila Flack and Linda Gaines receive diplomaTwo NC OSHERC Industrial Hygiene trainees, Sheila Flack and Linda Gaines (Nylander-French, Advisor), received their doctoral degrees in Environmental Sciences and Engineering on May 9th, 2010. 

Sheila’s doctoral dissertation was entitled “Biological monitoring of occupational exposure to monomeric 1,6-hexamethylene diisocyanate” and Linda’s “1,6-Hexamethylene Diamine (HDA) as a Urinary Biomarker for Dermal and Inhalation Exposure to 1,6-Hexamethylene Diisocyanate (HDI) in Automotive Spray-Painters”.  Both Sheila and Linda attended the Society of Toxicology meeting held March 7-11 in Salt Lake City, UT.  They both presented posters discussing their works on biological monitoring for diisocyanate exposures.  Sheila also attended the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition held May 22-27 in Denver, CO to present two posters entitled “Hemoglobin adducts and plasma metabolites as biomarkers of exposure to 1,6-hexamethylene diisocyanate” by Flack, Gaines, Fent, Thomasen, Whittaker, Ball, and Nylander–French and “Factors affecting levels of urinary biomarker 1,6-hexamethylene diamine (HDA) after exposure to 1,6-hexamethylene diisocyanate (HDI)” by Gaines, Fent, Flack, Thomasen, Ball, Whittaker, and Nylander-French. 

In addition, Jennifer Thomasen, NC OSHERC Industrial Hygiene trainee and a doctoral candidate in Environmental Sciences and Engineering, attended AIHCe in Denver, CO and delivered an oral presentation entitled “Penetration Patterns of 1,6-Hexamethylene Diisocyanate Monomer in Human Skin.”

 

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Occupational Safety and Ergonomics (OSE)
North Carolina State University Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering

David B. Kaber, PhD, CHFP
Director, Occupational Safety and Ergonomics Training Program
Professor
Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering
Phone: 919-515-3086
Email: dbkaber@ncsu.edu

For more information on this program, contact Dr. David Kaber via email or visit The Ergonomics Lab website at: http://www.ise.ncsu.edu/ergolab/niosh_tpg/niosh_tpg.php

 

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Trainee Research Activities

 

Ergonomics in Vet Clinic Operations:

During spring 2010, Meghan Rogers (NIOSH trainee) and Shruti Gangakhedkar (OSE masters student) conducted a short project for the Triangle Veterinary Emergency Clinic (TVEC) to identify ergonomic risks associated with veterinarian tasks and to provide recommendations of ergonomic interventions for implementation in the design of a new 24 hr. Treatment facility. The students interviewed clinic administrators regarding workplace hazards and used first-hand observations and videos to identify critical task and steps exposing workers to extreme postures, muscle forces, repetition, etc. Meghan and Shruti also used an Industrial Ergonomics Screening Tool developed by The Ergonomics Center of North Carolina to rate the risks of each job examined in the task analysis. Following this, high risk tasks were reviewed and factors contributing most to risk ratings were listed. These tasks included transportation of patients (small animals) to and from destination to cage, pre-surgery preparation, restraint techniques on floor, and restraint techniques on table. The students also used a work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD) survey by Mats Hagberg to capture technician demographic information, including age, gender, number of years on job and information about discomfort experienced in work, if any. To complement the survey, workplace dimension and body joint angle data was collected for high-risk tasks. The job screening and analysis data were correlated and used as a basis for intervention recommendations.


In general, 26.7% of the variability in subjective symptom ratings by staff was accounted for by the ergonomics job risk ratings. For transportation of patients, the use of elevated-level cages was recommended along with a sliding cage floor for ease of access to animals. For pre-surgery preparation, adjustable height tables were recommended, integrating electrical or hydraulic controls. Regarding restraint techniques, load-lifter tables were recommended along with the use of a custom V-shaped animal position restraint device. Tie downs, such as velcro straps were also recommended versus using the body to restrain a patient. The results of the study were very well received by TVEC and the design and construction firm working with the Clinic (The Resolute Building Company).


Use of cage in transporting patient to destination.

Patient floor restraint technique

Recommended high-load capacity pull-out shelf for base of cage

Use of cage in transporting patient to destination.

Patient floor restraint technique

Recommended high-load capacity pull-out shelf for base of cage


Hygiene Risk Factor Modeling in Healthcare Operations:

Kinley Taylor initiated a new research project focused on modeling risk factors to hygiene in healthcare operations. The Ergonomics Lab is working with Massachusetts General hospital to establish the frequency of staff exposures to sources of disease during outpatient clinic operations and the severity of outcomes associated with specific exposures. A taxonomy of (hand) hygiene risks is to be developed based on actual hospital infection data and a review of the medical literature. This work will be extended by an analysis of outpatient care tasks to identify steps or staff practices that may degrade hygiene throughout a workday. The taxonomy of risk factors and list of critical tasks steps is to be verified by the hospital Infectious Disease Unit. Based on the frequency and severity data for hygiene hazards, risk scores will be determined for each type of hazard and used as a basis to identify high priority hazards and tasks. Finally, a survey study is to be conducted to capture staff perceptions of hygiene hazards in the various steps of outpatient care. These perceptions will be compared with objective risk scores for hazards in order to specify staff education and training needs.

Basic taxonomy of hygiene risk factors.
Basic taxonomy of hygiene risk factors.

 


 

Biomechanical Analysis of Detergent Bottle Handle Design:

Chad Uy is conducting a biomechanical study of detergent bottle handle design in order to provide new design recommendations for reducing wrist forces in dispensing detergent. Early in the spring semester, Chad investigated detergent pouring behaviors with conventional handle designs and developed biomechanical models of the wrist, elbow and shoulder. He also collected actual force data at the hand in order to quantify wrist torque in dispensing detergent. Chad is now working on new handle prototypes that are lightweight and easy to use.

Observation of detergent pouring behavior

New prototype detergent bottle handle design

Observation of detergent pouring behavior

New prototype detergent bottle handle design

 

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Conference Participation

This past spring term, NIOSH trainees, Will Heath & Chad Uy, and Dr. Simon Hsiang participated in the 2010 International Conference on Fall Prevention & Protection, held in Morgantown, WV from May 18-20.

This summer NIOSH trainees and other OSE students and faculty will participate in the Applied Human Factors & Ergonomics Conference to be held in Miami. FL from July 17-20. Papers published by NC State through the conference include, “Linguisitc Etiquette for Service Robots in a Patient Medicine Delivery Task,” “Workload-based Evaluation of Supervisory Control Interfaces for Life Science Automation,” “Effects of Modes of Cockpit Automation on Pilot Performance and Workload in a Next Generation Flight Concept of Operation,” “Testing Measures of Aviation Display Clutter for Predicting Pilot Subjective Impressions and Flight Performance,” “Characterization of Mental Models in an Inductive Reasoning Task Using Measures of Situation Awareness,” and “An Empirical Assessment of Driver Motivation, Emotional Response and Driving Conditions on Risk-Taking Decisions.” 

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Program Trainee and Faculty Awards/Honors/Appointments/Recognitions

OSE Students

Ms. Manida Swangnetr and Mr. Biwen Zhu received Student Annual Meeting Awards from the Cognitive Engineering & Decision Making Technical Group (CEDM-TG) of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society (HFES). Awardees were selected based on funding need for participation in the HFES Annual Meeting, quality of essays regarding potential benefits of the meeting experience, and the strength of recommendations. All awardees received checks for $700 to be used for meeting participation related expenses.

OSE Faculty

David Kaber edited (with Guy Boy) a new volume on Advances in Cognitive Ergonomics, as part of the Proceedings of the 3rd Applied Human Factors & Ergonomics Conference to be held in Miami, FL in July 2010.

 

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The NC OSHERC Occupational Medicine Program
Duke University Occupational and Environmental Medicine Clinic

Dennis Darcey, MD, MSPH, FACOEM
Program Director
Occupational Medicine Residency Program
Duke University Occupational and Environmental Medicine Clinic
Email:  darce001@mc.duke.edu
Phone:  919-286-1722 Ext. 226

For more information on the Duke Occupational Medicine Program and Residency, visit: osherc.sph.unc.edu/academic/occ_med.htm

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Conference Participation in 2010

Program Residents, Diane Ballerino-Regan and Qilin Song, presented at the 2010 ACOEM American Occupational Health Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Diane Ballerino-Regan, MD, MPH, MS, Duke University

  • “Pre-term Delivery of Tijuana’s Working Women – Associated Risk Factors: A Case-controlled study.” (Abstract 804563)

Qilin Song, Duke University:

  • "Risk Factors for Syphilis and Sexually Transmitted Infections Among Female Sex Workers in Seven Provinces of China " (Abstract 800301 - Poster P-041)
  • "HIV/AIDS Knowledge, HIV-Risk Related Behaviors and Availability of  HIV-Related Health Services Among Female Sex Workers in Seven Provinces of China." (Abstract 803832- Poster P-042)

 

DUKE OEM Program receives maximum accreditation!

The Duke OEM Residency program received the maximum five year ACGME continued accreditation certification with commendation April 15, 2010. The program was also cited for an ACGME notable practice for it's Competency Curriculum Checklist.

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Join the Occ-Env-Med-Listserv!

Gary N. Greenberg, MD MPH
Systems Operator/Moderator
Occ-Env-Med-L MailList
Occ-Env-Med-L email forum, hosted at the University of North Carolina by the Occupational Health Nursing Program. This dynamic community of electronic announcements, news, commentary and debate has operated continuously since 1983 (that pre-dates the whole World Wide Web!).

There are now more than 4,000 subscribers, but the reach is much greater since many readers routinely forward their favorite (or most important) messages to professional partners who choose not to
personally receive the approximately 200 messages distributed monthly. You can choose the option to receive one Email per day, listing the topics of the day, to read or not as your choice. Among subscribers, we include more than 70 different countries and a wide distribution of professions, employment sites and special topics in Occupational & Environmental Health.

 

 

Though subscription and participation is without charge, our recent fund-drive raised hundreds of voluntary contributions, provided to maintain the moderator and technical support required for a useful resource.

Topics in recent discussion include:

  • Environmental risks from diacetyl released from microwave popcorn

  • Evidenced-based critique of the AMA guide to disability ratings

  • Pharmacokinetics of abused drug metabolities

  • Job and grant announcements from private and public sources

  • Disaster planning projects within Occupational Health

  • Was anybody really hurt by the April Fools' posting about Toxic (jello) Mold?

    Subscription and further information are available at
    http://www.occhealthnews.net or
    simply enter your email address at http://subscribe.occhealthnews.net

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    NC Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center
    Bonnie Rogers, DrPH, COHN-S, LNCC, FAAN, Director

    Supported by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

    North Carolina Institute for Public Health
    Gillings School of Global Public Health, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Phone 919-962-2101