UTHealth SPH - Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health

UTHealth SPH - Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health A training resource for professionals and decision-makers in the occupational health and safety field. The Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (SWCOEH) supports research, education and outreach in occupational and environmental health.

The SWCOEH is housed within the Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences of the UTHealth School of Public Health. The SWCOEH was established in 1977 as a NIOSH-funded Education and Research Center (ERC), now one of 18 ERCs in the nation. In 1985, the SWCOEH became a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Occupational Health. Having grown considerably since

The SWCOEH is housed within the Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences of the UTHealth School of Public Health. The SWCOEH was established in 1977 as a NIOSH-funded Education and Research Center (ERC), now one of 18 ERCs in the nation. In 1985, the SWCOEH became a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Occupational Health. Having grown considerably since

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Jennifer Ish, MS, a SWCOEH NIOSH trainee in Occupational Epidemiology, will present her abstract virtually at ISEE - Int...
08/19/2021
Jennifer Ish, MS, details Abstract for ISEE 2021

Jennifer Ish, MS, a SWCOEH NIOSH trainee in Occupational Epidemiology, will present her abstract virtually at ISEE - International Society for Environmental Epidemiology, Aug. 23-26. Here, Ish details "Maternal occupational exposure to chemicals and neurocognitive development at 4-5 years of age."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FshwOtJZTsg

Jennifer Ish, MS, a SWCOEH NIOSH trainee in Occupational Epidemiology, will present her abstract at ISEE 2021, held Aug. 23-26 as a virtual conference. In th...

🚨Last Call for Abstracts for Es4OSH 2021!Ex4OSH 2021 conference will bring together an international and interdisciplina...
07/23/2021

🚨Last Call for Abstracts for Es4OSH 2021!

Ex4OSH 2021 conference will bring together an international and interdisciplinary audience of employers, workers, health and safety professionals, researchers, policymakers, and the academic community to address the need for an expanded focus for occupational safety and health (OSH).

This expanded focus has been made more acute by the accelerated pace of change brought about by the global pandemic.

The conference will address three critical areas for the future of OSH: research, training, and policy. The challenges facing OSH will be explored. Recommendations to address these challenges will be developed.

Submit Abstract & Learn More:
https://sph.uth.edu/research/centers/swcoeh/Ex4OSH/

🚨Last Call for Abstracts for Es4OSH 2021!

Ex4OSH 2021 conference will bring together an international and interdisciplinary audience of employers, workers, health and safety professionals, researchers, policymakers, and the academic community to address the need for an expanded focus for occupational safety and health (OSH).

This expanded focus has been made more acute by the accelerated pace of change brought about by the global pandemic.

The conference will address three critical areas for the future of OSH: research, training, and policy. The challenges facing OSH will be explored. Recommendations to address these challenges will be developed.

Submit Abstract & Learn More:
https://sph.uth.edu/research/centers/swcoeh/Ex4OSH/

NEWS: Dr. Jorma Rantanen has been confirmed as a featured speaker at Ex40SH 2021. Professor Rantanen has served for 30 y...
07/21/2021

NEWS: Dr. Jorma Rantanen has been confirmed as a featured speaker at Ex40SH 2021. Professor Rantanen has served for 30 years as the Director General of the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health. Dr. Rantanen was awarded the NIOSH Lifetime Achievement Award in Occupational Safety and Health. Story: https://sph.uth.edu/research/centers/swcoeh/news/professor-jorma-rantanen-to-speak-at-ex4osh-2021-in-houston

NEWS: Dr. Jorma Rantanen has been confirmed as a featured speaker at Ex40SH 2021. Professor Rantanen has served for 30 years as the Director General of the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health. Dr. Rantanen was awarded the NIOSH Lifetime Achievement Award in Occupational Safety and Health. Story: https://sph.uth.edu/research/centers/swcoeh/news/professor-jorma-rantanen-to-speak-at-ex4osh-2021-in-houston

We have a fantastic list of speakers for Ex4OSH 2021 (Dec. 9-11 in Houston). Don't forget: Submit your abstract by Frida...
07/08/2021
Ex4OSH International Conference 2021

We have a fantastic list of speakers for Ex4OSH 2021 (Dec. 9-11 in Houston). Don't forget: Submit your abstract by Friday, July 23!

Speakers: John Howard (Director, NIOSH National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health); Laura Punnett, ScD (UMass Lowell); David Weil, PhD, MPH (The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University); George Delclos, MD, MPH, PhD (UTHealth School of Public Health); Sarah Felknor, MS, DrPH (NIOSH National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health); Eric Boerwinkle, PhD (UTHealth School of Public Health); Faiyaz Bhojani, MD, DrPH, FACP (Shell); Lee Newman, MD, MA (Center for Health, Work & Environment Colorado School of Public Health)

Submit Abtract & Learn More: https://sph.uth.edu/research/centers/swcoeh/ex4osh/index.htm

Ex4OSH 2021 conference will bring together an international and interdisciplinary audience of employers, workers, health and safety professionals, researchers, policymakers, and the academic community to address the need for an expanded focus for occupational safety and health (OSH).

Abstracts for Ex4OSH 2021 will be accepted through July 23. Ex4OSH 2021 will feature a variety of keynote, plenary and c...
06/17/2021

Abstracts for Ex4OSH 2021 will be accepted through July 23. Ex4OSH 2021 will feature a variety of keynote, plenary and concurrent sessions, and networking opportunities.

The conference will bring together an international and interdisciplinary audience of employers, workers, health and safety professionals, researchers, policymakers, and the academic community to address the need for an expanded focus for occupational safety and health (OSH). This expanded focus has been made more acute by the accelerated pace of change brought about by the global pandemic. The challenges facing OSH will be explored and recommendations to address these challenges will be developed. Join us to take part in the future directions for OSH research, training, and policy.

Learn more: https://tinyurl.com/2syxuzu8

Abstracts for Ex4OSH 2021 will be accepted through July 23. Ex4OSH 2021 will feature a variety of keynote, plenary and concurrent sessions, and networking opportunities.

The conference will bring together an international and interdisciplinary audience of employers, workers, health and safety professionals, researchers, policymakers, and the academic community to address the need for an expanded focus for occupational safety and health (OSH). This expanded focus has been made more acute by the accelerated pace of change brought about by the global pandemic. The challenges facing OSH will be explored and recommendations to address these challenges will be developed. Join us to take part in the future directions for OSH research, training, and policy.

Learn more: https://tinyurl.com/2syxuzu8

The 1st Annual Southwest Centers Occupational Health Research Symposium is only 3 days away (9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Friday, J...
06/15/2021
1st Annual Southwest Centers Occupational Health Research Symposium

The 1st Annual Southwest Centers Occupational Health Research Symposium is only 3 days away (9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Friday, June 18)! A collaboration between Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (SWCOEH) & Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury Prevention and Education (SW Ag Center), the webinar features keynote speaker Carissa M. Rocheleau, PhD, Epidemiologist, CDC & NIOSH as well as presentations by nine Pilot Projects Research Training Awardees. REGISTER NOW & Learn more: https://reg.learningstream.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0037-0020-63a982ff988446e49df4cd8c18168588

The Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (SWCOEH) at UTHealth Houston & the Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury Prevention and Education (SW Ag Center) at UTHealth Tyler present the 1st Annual Southwest Centers Occupational Health Research Symposium! Join us for Ke...

News: SWCOEH NIOSH trainee Jennifer Ish to present abstract at ISEE - International Society for Environmental Epidemiolo...
06/11/2021
SWCOEH NIOSH trainee Jennifer Ish to present abstract at ISEE 2021

News: SWCOEH NIOSH trainee Jennifer Ish to present abstract at ISEE - International Society for Environmental Epidemiology 2021. Ish’s abstract estimates job-related exposure to chemicals among expecting mothers in Spain & potential adverse consequences on early childhood cognitive function. Learn more about Ish's abstract: https://sph.uth.edu/research/centers/swcoeh/news/swcoeh-niosh-trainee-jennifer-ish-to-present-abstract-at-isee-2021

Jennifer Ish, MS, a SWCOEH NIOSH trainee in Occupational Epidemiology, will present her abstract at the 33rd Annual Conference of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE 2021), held Aug. 23-26 as a virtual conference, hosted by Columbia University Mailman School of Public H...

SWCOEH's teaching East Houston why #respirators are important to use during cleanup from #Harvey flooding and how to wea...
09/23/2017

SWCOEH's teaching East Houston why #respirators are important to use during cleanup from #Harvey flooding and how to wear and use #N95 masks the right way. You can learn by visiting us at: youtu.be/A0yg1x-Kbqk

Team members will be at East Houston Civic Center today delivering Harvey Worker and Resident Protection Training. Find ...
09/23/2017

Team members will be at East Houston Civic Center today delivering Harvey Worker and Resident Protection Training. Find supplies and health education surrounding cleanup and recovery efforts at 7418 E. Houston Rd. Houston, TX 77079 today from 11am - 2pm. This site is also a relief aid site by Salvation Army. Don't forget to also visit us on the web at www.SWCOEH.org/Harvey for more helpful resources. Stay healthy and safe friends!

Harris County Public Health is advising people concerned about the exposure to stay indoors during the evening aerial ap...
09/14/2017

Harris County Public Health is advising people concerned about the exposure to stay indoors during the evening aerial application in treated areas. Read the memo and review map for proposed treatment area.

To address increasing numbers of mosquitoes and the risk they pose to the recovery effort and public health, the U.S. Air Force Reserve’s 910th Airlift Wing flying modified C-130 cargo planes staged out of Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio will be conducting an aerial spray operation beginning Thursday evening, September 14 and may take more than one day. The plan is to spray approximately 600,000 acres by air, weather permitting. Please see attached map.

http://www.hcphtx.org/Portals/27/Documents/News/AerialSpray%209%2013%2017.pdf?ver=2017-09-13-100234-240

Hurricane Harvey and flooding in coastal Texas and Louisiana has left many communities and workers with questions on how...
09/09/2017

Hurricane Harvey and flooding in coastal Texas and Louisiana has left many communities and workers with questions on how to safely cleanup and remove flooded materials from homes, schools and businesses in order to rebuild. The health and safety of communities and workers is our priority and therefore we have put together a list of web resources to use as a guide for cleanup and recovery efforts. Visit our website to review the top health considerations for entering a flooded home or business before you begin the re-entry process and cleanup. Life threatening risks include electrocution, carbon monoxide poisoning, or other accidents occurring during remediation. Stay safe, stay healthy and best wishes to all during this difficult time.

https://sph.uth.edu/research/centers/swcoeh/harvey/

09/06/2017

To our Texas and Louisiana colleagues, friends and students please know that we are here for you if you need guidance. Visit us at www.swcoeh.org for helpful hurricane and flood cleanup resources and recovery tips. SWCOEH disaster response and research efforts are in development so visit us regularly on the web for updated information and look for us in the community soon!

Storm/Flood cleanup can be hazardous.  Read about potential dangers and how you can stay safe.  Please Share!
08/30/2017
NIOSH National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Storm/Flood cleanup can be hazardous. Read about potential dangers and how you can stay safe. Please Share!

Storm and flood cleanup activities can be hazardous. Workers and volunteers involved with flood cleanup should be aware of the potential dangers involved, and the proper safety precautions. Learn more on the NIOSH website. http://go.usa.gov/xRGdN #HurricaneHarvey

Don't forget to grab your "Eclipse Glasses" & prepare Handheld Viewers this weekend in preparation for Monday! Glasses &...
08/18/2017
Safety | Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Don't forget to grab your "Eclipse Glasses" & prepare Handheld Viewers this weekend in preparation for Monday! Glasses & Viewers need to be compliant with the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard in order to protect your eyes from damage. Visit NASA's Eclipse 101 webpage for the how's & when's and most importantly, SAFE viewing information.

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety

Total Solar Eclipse 2017 - On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun's te...

“Neighbor surprises World War II #veteran with medals" happens to be our very own Dr. Brett Perkison! Dr. Perkison, Assi...
06/21/2017
Neighbor surprises World War II veteran with medals

“Neighbor surprises World War II #veteran with medals" happens to be our very own Dr. Brett Perkison!
Dr. Perkison, Assistant Professor at UTHealth School of Public Health - SWCOEH is a former US Navy Commander and neighbor of the honored #WWII Army Veteran, Sargent Major Raymond Hunter.
Join us in cheers to Sgt. Hunter on this commemorative event and thanks to both Sgt. Hunter and Dr. Perkison for their service.
Read more about this at #ABC13 #KTRK: http://abc13.com/2105712/

It's impossible not to smile when you meet 97-year-old Raymond Hutner.

05/30/2017

Early Registration pricing for upcoming Industrial Hygiene
Fundamentals & Sampling course ends tomorrow, May 31st.

Designed specifically for environmental health and safety professionals with little to no training in Industrial Hygiene, this course provides a solid basis for understanding and appreciating the tasks performed by Industrial Hygienists and an introduction to industrial hygiene sampling approaches.

Course dates: Wed 07/26/2017 - Fri 07/28/2017
in Houston, Texas

Register at: https://is.gd/IHFS2017

On April 24, 2017 SWCOEH Faculty Dr. Perkison presented an overview of the paper he and his group are currently drafting...
05/19/2017
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On April 24, 2017 SWCOEH Faculty Dr. Perkison presented an overview of the paper he and his group are currently drafting on the occupational health effects of climate change at the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM)'s annual American Occupational Health Conference 2017 in Denver, CO.

Read the news story here:https://sph.uth.edu/research/centers/swcoeh/SWCOEH_Perkison_AOHC.pdf

Looking forward to seeing many occupational and environmental medicine practitioners tomorrow at the Texas College of Oc...
05/05/2017
UTHealth SPH - Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health

Looking forward to seeing many occupational and environmental medicine practitioners tomorrow at the Texas College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (TxCOEM) at TexMed Business Meeting and Symposium!

Saturday, May 6, 2017, The Texas College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (TxCOEM) invites OEM health care professionals to join us in Houston, Texas for the Annual TxCOEM Business Meeting and Symposium 2017. The TxCOEM symposium is a unique and FREE educational experience for physicians, medical students, residents and other health care professionals practicing in the areas of occupational and environmental medicine, and those interested in learning more. This event is held in conjunction with the annual TexMed conference. http://goo.gl/Vh6yJo

As we at observe Workers' Memorial Day on Friday April 28th 2017, we honor the more than 4,000 workers who die on the jo...
04/28/2017
CDC - Workers Memorial Day, 2017: Statement by John Howard, M.D., Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) - NIOSH Press Release

As we at observe Workers' Memorial Day on Friday April 28th 2017, we honor the more than 4,000 workers who die on the job every year, as well as the nearly 4 million workers who are injured or made sick at work. Today, affected individuals and families, alongside regional OSHA offices and worker organizations are holding events to bring together communities to acknowledge the significance of workplace tragedies. In remembrance of America's dead, injured and sick working men and women, let us recommit ourselves to the fight for safe and healthful workplaces for all.

Check out the Workers' Memorial Day Statement by John Howard, M.D., Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) here: goo.gl/0uBKnR

April 28th was the day OSHA was established in 1971, a landmark Federal initiative under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 that holds employers responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for America's workforce. Since its establishment, OSHA has worked to improve worker safety through enforcing workplace standards, and provide training, education and assistance.

For a full list of Workers' Memorial Day events, and to find one near you, visit the Workers' Memorial Day webpage: goo.gl/wBbW7J

Each year we pause on April 28 for Workers Memorial Day to publicly remember the workers who died or suffered from exposures to hazards at work. While worker deaths in America are down, on average, even one death or one injury is still too many.

In response to student interest, the SWCOEH Continuing Education Office will be offering NIOSH trainees and students a r...
04/24/2017
Greater Houston Industrial Hygiene Council - June 2017

In response to student interest, the SWCOEH Continuing Education Office will be offering NIOSH trainees and students a reduced rate of $15.00 to attend Greater Houston Industrial Hygiene Council (GHIHC) meetings. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, June 15, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Register here: goo.gl/J5n5ph (Select the student or trainee option at check-out.)

Many thanks to the SWCOEH faculty speakers who presented on the latest in research and technology at the April GHIHC meeting last Thursday:

Robert Emery, DrPH, CHP, CIH, CSP, CBSP, CHMM, CPP, ARM, "The Compelling Display of Data to Achieve Desired Decision Making"

David Gimeno, PhD, "Stata and Its Ability to Analyze Large Volumes of Data, What it is and How it Works"

Sadie Conway, PhD, "The Relationship between Work Hours and Cardiovascular Disease"

Lisa Pompeii, PhD, COHN-S, FAAOHN, "Development of Respiratory Protection Training for Frontline Occupational Health"

Brett Perkison, MD, MPH, FACOEM, "Noise-Induced Hearing Loss" and "Occupational Health Effects Related to Climate Change"

Greater Houston Industrial Hygiene Council (GHIHC) is an informal group of industrial hygienists and safety professionals who meet six times per year to discuss trends in the safety profession, share challenges (and their solutions), and network with their peers in an educational setting. Industry professionals provide practical lessons in management, equipment, and compliance.

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