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.
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The SWCOEH is housed within the Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences of the UTHealth School of Public Health and is under the leadership of Elaine Symanski, PhD who serves as Director. 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. Our events and courses are attended by individuals from across the country. For our ERC courses, we target audiences in Public Health Region VI which includes Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Currently, our training events are held in live face-to-face sessions. In the future, online courses will be available as well.

Mission: The Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (SWCOEH) is one of 18 NIOSH-funded Education and Research Centers (ERC) in the nation. Our mission is promoting health, safety and well-being in the workplace and community, with a special emphasis on Public Health Region VI: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

Operating as usual

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.

For SWCOEH's annual field trip on April 12th, 2017, SWCOEH faculty, staff, students, OM residents and NIOSH trainees wen...
04/21/2017
Petra Nova Project| NRG Energy

For SWCOEH's annual field trip on April 12th, 2017, SWCOEH faculty, staff, students, OM residents and NIOSH trainees went to see Petra Nova, the world’s largest carbon capture system, at the NRG W.A. Parish Power Plant southwest of Houston. $1 billion has been invested into NRG’s Carbon Capture and Sequestration Project, which finally became operational in January of 2017 after nearly a decade of planning. Petra Nova is the only system of its kind in the U.S., and the largest in the world.

The plant’s newest technology cuts carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions on its unit by 90%, capturing a ton of CO2 every 17 seconds. The amount of CO2 it captures every year is equivalent to taking 350,000 cars off the road. The CO2 is transported along an 80 mile pipeline from the plant to the oil field. The oil industry purchases the CO2 from NRG for its oil recovery process to produce even more energy from Texas oil.

By incorporating “clean coal” technologies, the W.A. Parish plant furthers its mission to “capture more and emit less,” capturing most of the emissions generated from coal combustion, including carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur dioxide (SO2), mercury (Hg) and airborne particulate.

For more information, visit NRG's official website for the Petra Nova Project here: http://www.nrg.com/generation/projects/petra-nova/

Source:
https://www.click2houston.com/news/worlds-largest-carbon-capture-plant-opening-in-richmond

The Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (SWCOEH) congratulates our National Institute for Occupat...
04/19/2017

The Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (SWCOEH) congratulates our National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) trainees and students who presented research posters at the annual UTHealth School of Public Health Research Day 2017 on April 6, 2017!

View photos here: goo.gl/u359Yq

Great job, everyone: Amal Rammah, Xueying Zhang, Allyson Chee, Benjamin Lee, Christopher Kaipust, Amanda Marshall, Jenil Patel, Erika Figueroa, Anabel Rodriguez, Heather Garza and Tsun-Hsuan Chen.

Epidemiology MPH student Allyson Chee, a SWCOEH graduate research assistant, and DrPH student Benjamin Lee were awarded an honorable mention for their poster titled, "Identifying Key Concerns in Underserved Houston Neighborhoods Near Metal Recycling Facilities: Laying the Foundation for a Public Health Action Plan."

DrPH Student and NIOSH Occupational Epidemiology trainee Amanda Marshall was also recognized with an honorable mention for her poster titled, "Maternal residential proximity to unconventional gas development in early pregnancy and preterm birth."

Research Day is held annually as an opportunity for UTHealth SPH students to showcase their ongoing research projects in their respective degree programs. During the event, students receive valuable feedback from a judging panel. The students with the three best posters win a cash prize.

This year's Research Day winners from the entire UTHealth School of Public Health were:

First Place: Arup Sinha, Doctoral Student in Biostatistics - "Mammographic breast density associated with the development of contralateral breast cancer"

Second Place: Kathryn Gallardo, Doctoral Student in Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences - "Predicting Latino laborers' job injury risks: a structural equation model"

Third Place: Jaejoon Song, Doctoral Student in Biostatistics - "Scalable metrics for extracting activity intensity features from three-dimensional wearable sensor data"

Honorable Mentions: Amanda Marshall, Allyson Chee and Benjamin Lee

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04/03/2017

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Saturday, May 6, 2017, The Texas College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (TxCOEM) invites OEM health care pro...
03/31/2017
TxCOEM at TexMed

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

The Texas College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (TxCOEM) invites you to join us in Houston for a unique and FREE educational experience in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. This event is held in conjunction with the annual TexMed conference. CME activity, determination of credit…

Recently launched the new and updated website for our UTHealth Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residents.Learn m...
02/24/2017
Occupational Medicine Residency - Research - The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health

Recently launched the new and updated website for our UTHealth Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residents.

Learn more about the SWCOEH Occupational Medicine Residency/Fellowship Program here: https://sph.uth.edu/research/centers/swcoeh/occupational-medicine-residency/

Even more updates to come soon. Kudos to SWCOEH staff on behalf of the physicians!

At six campuses across Texas, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health works to improve the state of public health in Texas every day. Each of our campuses is strategically placed to meet the public health education and research needs of the diverse...

We are excited to announce our new online training calendar and registration system! Signing up for SWCOEH events and co...
02/22/2017
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We are excited to announce our new online training calendar and registration system! Signing up for SWCOEH events and continuing education (CE) courses on topics including Industrial Hygiene, Safety, Occupational Medicine and Occupational Health Nursing is now easier than ever. Visit our website http://swcoeh.org, and navigate to Continuing Education. Click Training Schedule to view upcoming events and courses.

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02/22/2017

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09/12/2016
Fall Seminar Series-The History & Culture of Disease and Healing

FREE Seminar, FREE CEUs, FREE Parking!

Join us on Tuesday evenings at The Health Museum as we hear from speakers on the subjects of public health, history, and humanities.

The History and Culture of Disease and Healing series of lectures have been chosen for their relevance to the relationships between human history and culture and the epidemiology and impact of disease and the art of healing.

Click to find more information: http://goo.gl/ZbsX9Y

Join us on Tuesdays at The Health Museum as we hear from speakers on the subjects of public health, history, and humanities! The History & Culture of Disease and Healing series of lectures have been chosen for their relevance to the relationships between human history and culture and the epidemiolog...

Interesting and innovative things are happening here at UTHealth School of Public Health! Students, check out a new cour...
08/25/2016
New course explores the history and culture of disease and healing story - The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health

Interesting and innovative things are happening here at UTHealth School of Public Health!

Students, check out a new course PH 5098 “The History and Culture of Disease and Healing.”

Continuing Education (CE) seeking professionals, we haven’t forgotten about you! Continuing education (CME, CNE, CPE, CEUs) units are available at no cost for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, and other public health professionals who attend the Tuesday seminar series at The Health Museum.

For those interested in CE, please contact Michelle McDaniel at [email protected]

Read all about it and print out the flyer at: https://sph.uth.edu/news/story/new-course-explores-the-history-and-culture-of-disease-and-healing/

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