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UNC Gillings School of Global Public HealthWINTER/SPRING 2016

 


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Continuing Education and Outreach

In today’s ever changing job market with expanding job roles and responsibilities, continuing education is more important than ever.  NC OSHERC offers a variety of unique educational and practical opportunities designed to allow workers to obtain and maintain a professional advantage.

36th Annual Occupational Safety and Health Winter Institute

February 28 – March 4, 2016
Hilton Daytona Beach Resort/Ocean Walk Village

Daytona Beach, Florida

NC OSHERC prepares to reach occupational safety and health workers across the southeast with its 36th Annual Occupational Safety and Health Winter Institute

Preparations are underway 36th Annual Occupational Safety and Health Winter Institute, which is scheduled for February 28 – March 4, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida. The Winter Institute is an integral and long established part of the Continuing Education Program at the North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center (NC OSHERC) and it offers participants a great opportunity to update their skills while networking with colleagues at the same time.

The Winter Institute is a week-long interdisciplinary conference with over 25 courses varying in length from one to five days. The courses cover a range of topics and include such courses as Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene, OSHA 501 Trainer Course for General Industry, Applied Industrial Toxicology and Fundamentals of Occupational Safety.  Occupational Health Nurses and Physicians, Safety Professionals, Industrial Hygienists and others with an interest in community and occupational health regularly attend the Institutes.  The annual Winter Summer Institutes also provide attendees the opportunity to complete the requirements for any or all of the three Technician Certificate Programs (IH, Safety, and Environmental) that are available only through NC OSHERC.   

For a detailed list of classes:  http://osherc.sph.unc.edu/continuing-education/institutes/winter16/index.html

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New and featured courses offered at the Winter Institute:

OSHA Fire Prevention
This course covers an introduction to basic accident investigation procedures and describes accident analysis techniques. Course topics include reasons for conducting accident investigations, employer responsibilities related to workplace accident investigations, and a six step accident investigation procedure. The target audience is the employer, manager, employee or employee representative who is involved in conducting accident and/or near-miss investigations.

OSHA 7505 Introduction to Accident Investigation
This course covers an introduction to basic accident investigation procedures and describes accident analysis techniques. Course topics include reasons for conducting accident investigations, employer responsibilities related to workplace accident investigations, and a six step accident investigation procedure. The target audience is the employer, manager, employee or employee representative who is involved in conducting accident and/or near-miss investigations.

OSHA 7205 Health Hazard Awareness
This course covers common health hazards that are encountered in the workplace. These health hazards include exposure to chemicals, asbestos, silica and lead. Course topics include identification and evaluation of health hazards and their sources of exposure, health hazard information, and engineering and work practice controls. Students participate in workshops on evaluation and abatement of workplace health hazards. Upon course completion students will have the ability to understand common health hazards in the workplace and methods for controlling and abatement of these hazards.

OSHA Recordkeeping Rule
This course is intended for the participant who wants an understanding of 29 CFR 1904 and forms, an explanation of the current interpretations, and practice using the rules and interpretations through class exercises.  This course includes several exercises that help the participant understand how to prepare the OSHA 300 log, how to determine work-relatedness, how to distinguish the difference in medical treatment versus first aid treatment, and how to determine restricted duty and lost time

Here are some other programs offered—
Check here for dates and registration information.

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On-Line Courses Available from NC OSHERC

On-Line Occupational Safety and Health Courses

  • These courses closely follow the Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene and Fundamentals of Occupational Safety classes offered at the NC OSHERC Winter and Summer Institutes
  • Self-paced courses that follow the UNC academic calendar
  • Discussion forum available for participants
  • Interactive course design allows students frequent and personal interaction with the instructor

Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene Online: January 11-May 6, 2016

  • Designed to provide attendees with basic practical information to anticipate, recognize, evaluate and control potential or existing occupational hazards.
  • Upon completion of this course you will be able to define terms and basic regulatory requirements, describe the effects of various chemical, physical and biological agents, and consider appropriate control measures. Also, the attendees will be able to perform basic Industrial Hygiene calculations.
  • Can be used to fulfill the requirements for the NO OSHERC Industrial Hygiene Technician Certificate

Instructor:
Nelson Couch, PhD, CIH, CSP
Triangle Health & Safety Inc., Research Triangle Park, NC
Adjunct Faculty, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Who should Take This Course:

  • Personnel new to Industrial Hygiene responsibilities
  • Experienced safety professionals looking to expand their areas of expertise
  • Participants in the NC OSHERC Technician Certificate Program

Fundamentals of Occupational Safety Online: January 11-May 6, 2016

  • This course closely follows the Fundamentals of Occupational Safety course offered at the NC OSHERC Winter and Summer Institutes
  • Upon completion of this course, you will be able to apply the basic principles and practices of safety to improve the safety performance of your workplace and utilize management techniques for protecting people, property and the environment as well as complying with safety standards, codes and regulations.
  • Self-paced course that follows the UNC academic calendar
  • Can be used to fulfill the requirements of the Safety Technician Certificate

Instructor:
W. Jon Wallace, CSP, MBA
Partner, Workplace Group, Inc., Chapel Hill, NC
Adjunct Faculty, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Who should Take This Course:

  • Personnel new to Occupational Safety responsibilities
  • Experienced health professionals looking to expand their areas of expertise
  • Participants in the NC OSHERC Technician Certificate Program


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NORA Interdisciplinary Seminar Series

The NORA Interdisciplinary Seminar Series, required for NIOSH-funded students, was established in 2002 and has been offered quarterly since 2005, typically in the months of February, April, August, and November. The seminars are "live" on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus and also webcast with an archive link available shortly after the seminar. Contact Susan Randolph at susan.randolph@unc.edu to be added to the email distribution list used solely for the NORA seminars.

For more information, go to: http://osherc.sph.unc.edu/continuing-education/nora_seminars/index.html

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Helpful Tips on Diagnosing Acute Pesticide Poisoning                  

The North Carolina Pesticide Incident Surveillance Program, a program within the NC Division of Public Health, monitors the frequency of acute pesticide poisonings in the state and requires health providers to report confirmed or suspicious cases to them.   Like many illnesses linked to environmental exposures, however, pesticide poisonings are commonly under diagnosed due in large part to barriers in seeking care and lack of recognition.

So how do you properly diagnose and treat a pesticide poisoning?   Taking an occupational and environmental history is the first step.  It is not only extremely important for diagnostic and therapeutic reasons, but for workplace corrective action and prevention counseling.
A thorough occupational and environmental history can result in these benefits:

  • An accurate diagnosis increases the possibility that pesticide poisonings and other environmental exposures are recognized,
  • An accurate diagnosis leads to appropriate care,
  • An accurate diagnosis helps in identifying the source of exposure.  This information provides the basis for education about avoiding future overexposures and correcting workplace health and safety failures.

Suggested screening questions for adult patients (EPA*):

  • What kind of work do you do?
  • Are your health problems related to your home or other location? (if unemployed)
  • Are your health problems related to your work? (if employed)
  • Are your symptoms better or worse when you are at home or at work?
  • Are you now, or have you previously, been exposed to pesticides, solvents, or other chemicals, dusts, fumes, radiation or loud noise?

Want more information of diagnosing pesticide poisonings?   See EPA 6th Edition Recognition and Management of Pesticide Poisoning. http://www2.epa .gov/pesticide-worker-safety/recognition-and-management-pesticide-poisonings

 


                 Want to report?  Call Carolinas Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222.      

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For more information on Continuing Education contact Kathleen Buckheit at
buckheit@email.unc.edu.


Occupational Safety and Ergonomics

Occupational Safety and Ergonomics
North Carolina State University Department of Industrial Engineering

The program, located in the Department of Industrial Engineering at North Carolina State University, considers all aspects of safety and ergonomics, including occupational safety, systems safety, cognitive ergonomics, and physical ergonomics, as well as cross-disciplinary topics, such as industrial toxicology and epidemiology that are available through the NC OSHERC.

Trainee Activities

Amy Wadeson joined the NIOSH trainee group and began research under the direction of Dr. Chang Soo Nam in the area of brain-computer interface design. Amy is also working on another physical ergonomics research project to identify ergonomic risk factors in compressed gas cylinder handling operations as well as muscle activation levels associated with delivery operations. Amy will graduate with her masters in industrial and systems engineering in Spring of 2017.

Three second-year NIOSH trainees (Lau, Morejon, and White) were involved in several lab research projects.

Mei Lau continued work on NC Department of Transportation (DOT) sponsored research on driver visual behavior and performance in use of logo signs on freeway off-ramps. Mei was responsible for graphical modeling of driving simulations used in this research and all model integration. Related to this, Mei initiated her thesis research on, “Cognitive Workload Costs of Logo Sign Panel Detection as Mediated by Driver Age.”

Olivia Morejon continued work on empirical study of usability of electronic medical record interface design for physician use in review of systems, physical exams, and diagnoses. She and two other students conducted an experiment with a small sample of physician and recorded task times, data entry errors and usability ratings on conventional and enhanced interface designs. This research is to be submitted to the 2016 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC). Olivia also initiated her thesis research, which is focused on, “Ergonomic Risk Factor Identification in Commercial Gas Cylinder Delivery Operations with Recommendations for Procedure Design.”

Melissa White was involved in two research projects focused on evaluation of upper-extremity prosthetics design. She was responsible for design and execution of one experiment (within industrial engineering) that covered muscle activation, physical workload and task performance in use of prosthetics of varying weight. She was also responsible for data collection and analysis for another study (with the Biomedical Engineering Program) on the relation of prosthetic design and function to user cognitive workload, as measured using pupilography. White has also initiated her thesis research, which will focus on the biomechanical implications of mobile nurse workstation design.

One continuing trainee, Carl Pankok, completed his dissertation on, “A Knowledge and Data-Driven Integrated Measure of Display Clutter with Attention Allocation Factors.” This research is to be submitted to the Journal of Human Factors and represents the first attempt at developing a model of display clutter based on display features, user task objectives, and visual attention allocation patterns. Pankok also continued his work on the NC DOT sponsored research on, “Evaluation of Attentional Demands of Specific Service Signs and Driver Performance Under Freeway and Ramp Conditions.” Pankok lead a student research team in completing data collection and analysis of driver visual behavior and vehicle control during use of familiar and unfamiliar logo panels as part of specific service signs with varying panel counts. The study also involved assessment of driver distraction and use of destination guide signs under freeway driving conditions. Beyond this, Pankok led the design of a second experiment to assess driver capability in use of specific service signs with directional and distance information during freeway off-ramp driving. Pankok graduated with his Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering on December 18, 2015.

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Program Trainee and Faculty Awards/Honors/Appointments/Recognitions

OSE STUDENTS

Amy Wadeson published a book chapter with Dr. Chang Soo Nam and other students with a focus on, “Brain-Computer Interfaces: Research in Communication and Control.” The chapter appears in the 2016 Handbook of Human-Computer Interaction. Carl Pankok published a journal article (with co-authors) on the effects of guide and logo sign design on driving behavior through the Transportation Research Record. Carl Pankok, Maryam Zahabi and Wenjuan (Isabel) Zhang published a journal article (with co-authors) on the effect of physical workload and mode of information presentation on cognitive task performance by high fit males, which appeared in IIE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics & Human Factors.  A student research team including Carl Pankok, Maryam Zahabi, Isabel Zhang, Inchul Choi, and Yi-Fan Liao received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Foundation of Professional Ergonomics for a study of the effect of interruption task similarity and complexity on performance in a mock industrial assembly operation. The team was a runner-up for the 2015 Dieter W. Jahns Student Practitioner Award.

OSE FACULTY

Dr. Chang Soo Nam was elected senior member of IEEE in June 2015. Dr. Nam was also appointed as a member of the International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee (ISO/TC159/SC4) on “Ergonomics of Human-System Interaction.” Dr. Nam was also elected Program Chair of the Augmented Cognition Technical Group of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society. Nam will serve in this role through 2017. Finally, Dr. Nam was appointed as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems (THMS).

David Kaber was appointed as Editor-in-Chief of IEEE THMS. Kaber will serve in this role through 2018.

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Conference Participation and Recent Events

Carl Pankok attended the IEA2015 – 19th World Congress on Ergonomics in Melbourne, AUS (August 9-14, 2015). Pankok presented three papers on, “Interaction of Physical Workload and Information Presentation Modality on Cognitive Inhibition Performance,” “Assessment of a Transfer Pick Pallet on Lower Back Biomechanics,” and “Effect of Locomotion Environment Familiarity and Cognitive Loading on Gait Control and Situation Awareness in Multitasking.” The latter presentation was developed into a magazine article that appeared in Occupational Safety & Health in the U.S.

Maryam Zahabi published a paper in the proceedings of the IEA2015 – 19th World Congress on Ergonomics with a focus on, “A Constrained Review of Safety Analyses of Electronic Medical Record Use and Recommendations for Enhanced Design.” This research was related to a journal article that Zahabi published on electronic medical record usability in Human Factors in early 2015. Maryam Zahabi also attended the 95th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington, DC (January 10-13, 2016) to gain additional information on current practice and research in active and intelligent traffic management systems.

David Kaber also attended the IEA2015 – 19th World Congress on Ergonomics in Melbourne, AUS and gave a research presentation on, “Computer-based haptic control assessment of 3-D manipulation and drawing skill with analytical application of machining metrics.” Kaber was also a co-author on two other papers published through the conference, including, “Integration of Cognitive Task Analysis and Predetermined Time System for Laboratory Task Time Estimation,” and “A Biometric Evaluation of a Computerized Psychomotor Test for Motor Skill Training.”

Chang Soo Nam also participated in, and published papers through, several international conferences. Dr. Nam published with students a paper on, “Comparison of Stimulation Patterns to Elicit Steady-State Somatosensory Evoked Potentials (SSSEPs): Implications for Hybrid and SSSEP-Based BCIs,” through the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics. Dr. Nam also published with OSE students a paper on, “Feasibility of a Wearable, Sensor-Based Motion Tracking System,” through the 6th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics.

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Program Publications

Below is a list of journal articles, book chapters and conference proceedings publications by NIOSH-sponsored trainees and OSE Program faculty appearing during the reporting period. In general, the trainees were productive in moving articles into print and in press.

(NIOSH trainee and OSE faculty names are highlighted)

  1. Corbett, B., Nam, C. S., and Yamaguchi, T. (2016). The Effects of Haptic Feedback and Visual Distraction on Pointing Task Performance. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction (DOI:10.1080/10447318.2015.1094914)
  2. Kaber, D. B., Pankok, C., Corbett, B., Ma, W., Hummer, J. & Rasdorf, W. (2015). Driver behavior in use of guide and logo signs under distraction and complex roadway conditions. Applied Ergonomics, 47, 99-106.
  3. Pankok, C., Kaber, D. B., Rasdorf, W. & Hummer, J. (2015). Effects of Guide and Logo Signs on Freeway Driving Behavior. Transportation Research Record (Journal of the Transportation Research Board), No. 2518, pp. 73-78. DOI: 10.3141/2518-10.
  4. Pankok, C., Zahabi, M., Zhang, W. & Kaber, D. B. (in press). The effect of physical workload and modality of information presentation on cognitive inhibition in high­fit young males. To appear in IIE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics & Human Factors.
  5. Nam, C S., Wadeson, A., Whang, M., and Choi, I. (2016). Brain-Computer Interfaces: Research in Communication and Control. In K. L. Norman (Ed.): Handbook of Human-Computer Interaction. Wiley Press.
  6. Wadeson, A., Nijholt, A., and Nam, C. S. (2015). Artistic brain-computer interfaces: State-of-the-Art Control Mechanisms. Brain-Computer Interfaces, 2(2-3), 60-69.

Below are additional journal and conference proceeding publications prepared by OSE faculty and students during the reporting period.

(OSE faculty names are highlighted.)

  1. Choi, H., Bond, K., Krusienski, D., & Nam, C. S. (2015). Comparison of Stimulation Patterns to Elicit Steady-State Somatosensory Evoked Potentials (SSSEPs): Implications for Hybrid and SSSEP-Based BCIs. The 2015 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC 2015).
  2. Choi, H., Feng, J., & Nam, C. S. (2015). A Wandering Mind Cannot Resolve Conflicts in Displayed Information. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society’s 59th Annual Meeting.
  3. Lee, J., Lindquist, K., & Nam, C. S. (2015). Predicting Emotional Intelligence with EEG Coherence. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society’s 59th Annual Meeting.
  4. Li, Y., & Nam, C. S. (2015). A Collaborative Brain-Computer Interface for ALS Patients. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society’s 59th Annual Meeting.
  5. Mohammadzadeh, F. F., Bond, K. A., Liu, S., & Nam, C. S. (2015). Feasibility of a Wearable, Sensor-Based Motion Tracking System. Proceeding of the 6th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE 2015), Las Vegas, USA.
  6. Mohammadzadeh, F. F., Liu, S., Bond, K. A., & Nam, C. S. (2015). Feasibility of a Wearable, Sensor-Based Motion Tracking System. Procedia Manufacturing, 3, 192-199.
  7. Nijholt, A., and Nam, C. S. (2015). Arts and Brain-Computer Interface. Brain-Computer Interfaces, 2(2-3), 57-59.
  8. Powers, J., Bieliaieva, K., Wu, S., and Nam, C. S. (2015). The Human Factors and Ergonomics of P300-Based Brain–Computer Interfaces. Brain Sciences, 5, 318-356.
  9. Zahabi, M., Kaber, D. B. & Swangnetr, M. (in press). Usability and safety in electronic medical records: A review of literature and guideline formulation. To appear in Human Factors. DOI: 10.1177/0018720815576827.

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For more information on Safety and Ergonomics, contact Dr. David B. Kaber at dbkaber@ncsu.edu

Occupational Health Nursing

Master of Public Health Program in the Occupational Health Nursing Concentration

Congratulations to our two MPH students who graduated in 2015!

  • Kevin Aicher graduated in May 2015. His master’s paper was entitled “Occupational Health Nursing and The Art of War: Sun Tzu’s Lessons in Strategic Thinking for the OHN Manager.” Kevin is a nurse epidemiologist for the New Mexico Department of Health. In addition to assisting the state epidemiologists with disease outbreaks, he conducts individual investigations for a number of reportable diseases including pertussis, varicella, hepatitis B, as well as several enteric diseases. He is also involved with the state’s Harm Reduction program which provides clean needles and drug paraphernalia for IV drug users.
  • Linda Mensing graduated in August 2015. Her master’s paper was entitled “Shift Work, Sleep Disorder: Implications for the Occupational and Environmental Health Nurse.” Linda works in Employee Health and Wellness at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, MN.

New MPH Students

New MPH Students for Fall 2015

  • Hannah Byun (VA): Hannah completed the OHN Certificate Program in May 2015. Hannah works an OHN at GlaxoSmithKline in Rockville, MD.
  • Natasha Collins (NC): Natasha also completed the OHN Certificate Program in May 2015. Natasha works at the Federal Medical Clinic in Butner, NC.
  • Janice Hartgens (GA): Janice is the Director of Occupational Health and Wellness in the corporate office of UPS in Atlanta, GA.
  • Natalie Levchenko (CA): Natalie started in the OHN Certificate Program and completed two courses before transferring into the MPH degree program. Natalie is a Nurse Case Manager for California Children’s Services, County of Lake Public Health Department.

Applications for the Master of Public Health (MPH) in the Occupational Health Nursing (OHN) Track are accepted twice a year, for Fall and Spring admissions. The next admission cycle is for Spring 2017, due early October 2016.

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

Click here for information about the MPH Program in the OHN Track. Please contact Susan Randolph (919-966-0979; susan.randolph@unc.edu) or Bonnie Rogers (919-966-1765; rogersb@email.unc.edu) for more information.

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Certificate in Occupational Health Nursing Program

OHN Certificate Graduates

  • Hannah Byun, RN, BSN completed the Certificate in Occupational Health Nursing Program in May 2015.
  • Natasha Collins, RN, BSN also completed the OHN Certificate Program in May 2015.

New OHN Certificate Students

We are pleased to welcome new OHN Certificate Students who started in Fall 2015.

  • Charles Amponsah (Ghana). Charles works for the AngloGold Ashanti Mine Hospital.
  • Jennifer Carr (AR). Jenny is an Occupational Health Nurse for Kimberly Clark Maumelle.
  • Kelly Cox (VA). Kelly works at NASA Langley Research Center Occupational Health Clinic and at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, VA.

The Spring 2016 OHN Certificate students are:

  • Linda Almeida (NC). Linda works at the Greensboro Metro Treatment Center part-time and at Guilford Technical Community College where she coordinates the chemistry laboratories and ensures safety and OSHA compliance.
  • Janis Freeman (NY). Janis works as a family nurse practitioner at a rural clinic in upstate NY
  • David Magnotta (MD). David serves as acting Chief, Commissioned Corps Compensation in Rockville, MD and is also Chief of Officer Support.

Applicants are accepted twice a year for the OHN Certificate Program; the application window for Fall 2016 is January 6, 2016 through May 5, 2016. Information about the Certificate in Occupational Health Nursing Program and the application can be accessed here.

Please contact Susan Randolph or Bonnie Rogers if you have any questions about either the MPH or OHN Certificate program.

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OHN Awards and Honors

We are so pleased that Linda Mensing, RN, BSN received the Imogene Pence Klingenfus Scholarship Award on April 16, 2015. While she was unable to attend the award ceremony in person, she remarked:
“I am honored to accept this award, and wish I could be there in person. Thank you to everyone who made this award possible. Recognition such as this strengthens my commitment to public health in my future career endeavors.”

Lisa Pompeii, RN, MS, PhD, FAAOHN (OHN MS graduate, 1995) was honored as a 2015 AAOHN Fellow at the AAOHN National Meeting in Boston, MA .

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Student and graduate UPDATES!

  • Janice Hartgens (MPH student) was elected to the board of directors of the Georgia Association of Occupational Health Nurses
  • Janet Campbell (Certificate student) obtained a clinical practice opportunity as a Nurse Practitioner in Occupational Health at the Durham VAMC.
  • LTC Brenda Ruhrer (MPH student) and Angelique Lawyer (Certificate student) work in the Chief Surgeon’s Office for the Army National Guard with Brenda as the Chief Occupational Health Nurse and Angelique her deputy. They recently put their OHN training to practical use.

The ARNG Office of the Chief Surgeon’s Occupational Health Section wanted to enhance professionalism through training and certification, and to increase nursing capacity to deliver quality care in accordance with standards for best practice. A comprehensive week-long review course in occupational health nursing was held May 1-3, 2015 at Camp Dawson, West Virginia and offered to all of the OHNs in the 54 states, territories, and the District of Columbia. It was attended by 34 State Occupational Health managers. After attending the review course, doing months of independent study at their home states, and joining together in after-hours study groups, 14 nurses took the COHN-S examination with 11 (78%) achieving certification in occupational health nursing. This educational training significantly increased ARNG occupational health program capabilities by nearly tripling the number of certified OHNs in the ARNG. By meeting the challenge of certification, the certified OHNs have made a commitment to their specialty and to continued professional growth and development.

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For more information on Occupational Health Nursing, contact Susan Randolph at 919-966-0979 or susan.randolph@unc.edu.

Occupational Exposure Science

While offering four master's degree programs, the OES program is focused on doctoral-level training to prepare scientists for research and teaching careers in occupational health. The program also supports continuing education for occupational health professionals. Program completion is generally two-and-a-half years for master's degrees and four to five years for the PhD degree.

OES trainee, Kathie Sun, interned at Cardno ChemRisk in Aliso Viejo, CA

Kathie Sun, MSPH graduate student and OES trainee (Dr. Nylander-French, adviser), interned at Cardno ChemRisk in Aliso Viejo, CA this past summer to complete her MSPH practicum project. Cardno ChemRisk is an international scientific consulting firm specializing in chemical risk assessment, environmental toxicology, and industrial hygiene. Kathie worked under the tutelage of Certified Industrial Hygienists, environmental scientists, and molecular toxicologists on a meta-analysis of human epidemiologic data to evaluate the profile of common or therapy-targetable mutations in lung cancers of never- and ever-smokers. Her findings show that key driver mutations and several patient features are highly prevalent in lung cancers of never smokers, which may provide useful information as targeted treatment modalities are developed for lung cancer. Results from the work that Kathie conducted over the summer will be presented as a poster at the Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting 2016 held in New Orleans, LA. 

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For more information on Occupational Exposure Science, contact Dr. Nylander-French at leena_french@unc.edu

Occupational Epidemiology

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 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.

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For more information on Occupational Epidemiology, contact Dr. David Richardson at david.richardson@unc.edu

Occupational Medicine

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

Servicing individual and corporate clients, they provide research in a variety of settings, including academia, public health agencies, corporate occupational health, and community based clinical occupational medicine. The knowledge and skills necessary to practice preventive medicine and occupational medicine are acquired over the course of a career and lifelong learning skills are emphasized.

Student HIGHLIGHTS

Tamara James from Duke University and Dr. Sharon Joines from North Carolina State University recently published ground-breaking research in the journal “Work” on how  lighting impacts work posture in office settings.  (Joines, S., James, T., Liu, S., Wang, W., Dunn, R., Cohen, S.  Adjustable task lighting: Field study assesses the benefits in an office environment. WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation, IOS Press, (15) 471-481, 2015.)

Ms. James presented recent safe patient handling research which was conducted at Duke University at the International Ergonomics Association conference in Melbourne, Australia.  (The State of Mobility Assessments - Use and Relationship to Falls Prevention and Patient Lift Equipment. Proceedings of the 19th Triennial Congress of the International Ergonomics Association - Melbourne, Australia, 9-14 August, 2015. http://ergonomics.uq.edu.au/iea/proceedings/Index_files/papers/995.pdf)

Ms. James was recently re-appointed by the American Dental Association (ADA) Council on Dental Practice to serve on the Dentist Wellness Advisory Committee, providing ergonomics consultation to the dental community.  She has served on this committee since 2008.

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Publications and Awards

Dement J, Epling C, Joyner J, Cavanaugh K.  Impacts of Workplace Health Promotion and Wellness Programs on Health Care Utilization and Costs: Results from an Academic Workplace.  JOEM 57 (11): 1159 – 1169, 2015.

Myers D, Lipscomb H, Epling C, Hunt D, Richardson W, Smith-Lovin L, Dement J. Surgical Procedure Characteristics and Risk of Sharps-Related Blood and Body Fluid Exposure.  Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, Jan;37(1):80-7, 2016.

Myers D, Lipscomb H, Epling C, Hunt D, Richardson W, Smith-Lovin L, Dement J. Surgical Team Stability and Risk of Sharps-Related Blood and Body Fluid Exposures during Surgical Procedures," (accepted for publication ICHE 2016)

Award – 12/15 DUHS Teamwork Award for Implementation of the Isolation Unit for Patients who have Highly Contagious Illness.

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For more information on Occupational Medicine, contact Dr. Dennis Darcey at
darce001@mc.duke.edu

Occ-Env-Med-Listserv

Join the Listserv!

Gary N. Greenberg, MD MPH
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Occ-Env-Med-L MailList

Occ-Env-Med-L email forum is a 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.

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